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The 2011 Grammy Nominees were released Wednesday night and this year the awards seem to be unpredictable with a number of surprises and snubs.
The first major surprise was Chris Brown's dominance of the rap categories despite being known as an R&B artist. His nominations included Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his collaboration with Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne on "Look At Me Now."
Dub step DJ, Skrillex, is also getting his due with five nominations: Best New Artist, Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Remixed Recording, and Best Music Video.
Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, and Bon Iver were surprising nominees for Best New Artist because of how successful they are. New Artists who sell well are usually snubbed in favor of more unknown artists, according to E!
One of the most notable snubs on the list is Beyoncé with only two nominations despite a slew of music videos for solid singles and a four-night performance at Roseland Ballroom in New York.
Her nominations are for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Party" with Andre 3000 and the other for Best Long Form Video.
Foster the People were left off a number of lists except for Best Alternative Album. However, they are pitted up against big names like Radiohead and Death Cab For Cutie –so a win will prove tough.
Tony Bennett seemed to be a sure fire winner of many categories with his hit album Duets, but only received two nominations despite collaborating with Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, and Willie Nelson. His song with Amy Winehouse is up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Body and Soul."
Other unexpected snubs are Lady Gaga's exclusion of "Born This Way" for Song of the Year and Mumford & Sons for not being nominated for Album of the Year for Sigh No More.