Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Gaga Lead Grammy Noms

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The nominees of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night in Los Angeles, and it was all about the ladies: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift all received nods for Album, Record, and Song of the Year.

Jay-Z, Eminem, Drake, the Kings of Leon, and Green Day also garnered nods at the event, which was hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances from Black Eyed Peas, Nick Jonas and the Administration, and Maxwell.

In total, Beyonce led the pack with 10 noms; 19-year-old Swift followed with eight.

"To be recognized by the Grammys is the ultimate honor," Swift told the AP after Wednesday's event. "The last couple of months has been a nonstop dream come true."

The Black Eyed Peas' single "I Gotta Feeling" snagged a Record of the Year nom, as did the Kings of Leon hit "Use Somebody." The southern rockers also scored a nod for Song of the Year.

Elsewhere, Kanye scored six nods, while Jay-Z and DJ David Guetta each earned five.

The Zac Brown Band, R&B singer Keri Hilson, Brooklyn psych-poppers MGMT, Brit duo the Ting Tings, and L.A. rockers the Silversun Pickups dominated the Best New Artists Category, while the year's biggest newcomer, Lady Gaga, was barred from the category; her single "Just Dance" was nominated last year, thus disqualifying her.

Wednesday's event was attended by celebs like Jimmy Carter and Michael J. Fox, and revealed only a handful of the 109 nominees. For a complete list, click here.

Tune into CBS Sunday, Jan. 31, for the Grammy ceremony.

So, SPIN readers, who do you think will take home statues? Tell us in the comment section below!

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