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Yamaha Artists Earn an Abundance of Grammy Nods

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 14, 2009) – Nominations for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced by The Recording Academy® on Dec. 2, reflecting a year in which Yamaha artists were recognized for their supreme musical skills. Pop superstars The Black Eyed Peas, featuring Yamaha artists Fergie and George Pajon Jr, earned six nominations, while The Fray, Jason Mraz and the Dave Matthews Band each earned two nods.

Jason Mraz
Yamaha Artist Jason Mraz
"We are extremely proud of all of our Yamaha artists who were acknowledged for their tremendous talents. It is an honor to support them in their careers, and we wish them all the best of luck," comments Chris Gero of Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc.

The Black Eyed Peas are nominated for the prestigious Record of the Year and Album of the Year awards for their fifth studio album The E.N.D. Also vying for Album of the Year is the Dave Matthews Band, featuring Yamaha artists Carter Beauford on drums and Jeff Coffin on saxophone, for their album Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King. Big Whiskey is also nominated for Best Rock Album.

In addition to Record and Album of the Year, the members of the Black Eyed Peas are celebrating nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "I Gotta Feeling," Best Dance Recording and Best Short Form Music Video for "Boom Boom Pow."

The Fray, featuring Yamaha pianist Isaac Slade and drummer Ben Wysocki, join the Peas in two categories: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Never Say Never" and Best Pop Vocal Album for their self-titled sophomore album.

Justin Timberlake, who plays Yamaha upright pianos and acoustic guitars and already has six GRAMMYs under his belt, finds himself amid numerous nominations for his collaborations in 2009. He and Ciara’s song "Love Sex Magic" is up for the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, along with releases from Jason Mraz ("Lucky" with Colbie Caillat) and Norah Jones ("Baby, It’s Cold Outside" with Willie Nelson). Timberlake is also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song for "Dead and Gone" with T.I.

Mraz, who plays Yamaha electric guitars, is also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Make It Mine" off his third studio album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Other Yamaha artists in the running for this category are John Legend for "This Time" and Stevie Wonder for "All About The Love Again.

George Pajon
Yamaha Artist George Pajon
Multi-platinum crooner Michael Bublé is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden.

Best Hard Rock Performance is a crowded Yamaha artist category. Nine-time GRAMMY Award winning band Metallica, featuring Yamaha bassist Robert Trujillo, are nominated, along with Nickelback, featuring Yamaha guitarist Chad Kroeger, and Megadeth, featuring Yamaha bassist James Lomenzo.

Yamaha drummer Will Champion of the band Coldplay is celebrating a nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song "Life In Technicolor II" off the EP Prospekt’s March.

Country trio Rascal Flatts, featuring Jay DeMarcus who plays Yamaha keyboards, are up for an award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Here Comes Goodbye."

In the jazz categories, legendary fusion pianist Chick Corea could walk away with the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group award for his work with the Five Peace Band. Also, Roy Hargrove is nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for "Ms. Garvey, Ms. Garvey." Yamaha bassist John Patitucci’s album Remembrance earned him a nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group.

Yamaha guitarist Daniel Ho, who has won a GRAMMY the past four years for Best Hawaiian Music Album, is nominated once again in that category for two different albums. His album He Nani with Tia Carrere and his album Masters Of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 with George Kahumoku, Jr., Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong are both nominated.

Other Yamaha nominations include: Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Big Neighborhood for guitarist Mike Stern; Best Contemporary Blues Album for Susan Tedeschi for Back To The River; Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for Christian band Leeland for Love Is On The Move; Best Rock Instrumental Performance for Jeff Beck for the album A Day In The Life; Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters (Danyel Morgan); and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for Béla Fleck for Throw Down Your Heart.

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards returns to the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). A complete listing of all Yamaha artists nominated for a GRAMMY follows. For more information on the extensive Yamaha product catalog and critically acclaimed Yamaha artists, please visit www.yamahaartists.com.

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Yamaha artists nominated for a GRAMMY include:

Record Of The Year
"I Gotta Feeling" – The Black Eyed Peas (George Pajon Jr)

Album of the Year
The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King – Dave Matthews Band (Carter Beauford)

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
"This Time" – John Legend
"Make It Mine" – Jason Mraz
"All About The Love Again" – Stevie Wonder

Best Pop Vocal Album
The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
The Fray – The Fray

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
"I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas
"Never Say Never" – The Fray

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
"Love Sex Magic" - Justin Timberlake & Ciara
"Lucky" – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
"Baby It’s Cold Outside" – Norah Jones and Willie Nelson

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
"Throw Down Your Heart" – Béla Fleck

Best Dance Recording
"Boom Boom Pow" - The Black Eyed Peas

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden - Michael Bublé

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
"Life in Technicolor II" – Coldplay (Will Champion)

Best Hard Rock Performance
"The Unforgiven III" – Metallica (Robert Trujillo)
"Burn It To The Ground" - Nickelback (Yamaha artist Chad Kroeger, lead singer, guitar)
"Head Crusher" – Megadeth (James Lomenzo)

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
"A Day In The Life" – Jeff Beck

Best Rock Album
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King – Dave Matthews Band

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
"Higher Ground" - Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters (Danyel Morgan)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"Dead And Gone" – T.I. & Justin Timberlake

Best Rap Song
"Dead And Gone" – T.I. & Justin Timberlake

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
"Here Comes Goodbye" – Rascal Flatts

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Big Neighborhood – Mike Stern

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
"Ms. Garvey, Ms. Garvey" - Roy Hargrove

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Five Peace Band — Live - Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band
Remembrance - John Patitucci

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Love Is On The Move – Leeland

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Back To The River - Susan Tedeschi

Best Hawaiian Music Album
He Nani - Daniel Ho
Masters of Hawaiin Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 – Daniel Ho
Yamaha Artists Earn an Abundance of Grammy Nods
—The Black Eyed Peas garnered six nominations, while The Fray, Jason Mraz and Dave Matthews Band each garnered two—