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Yamaha Artists Celebrate 47 GRAMMY Nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 13, 2010) - Nominations for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced by The Recording Academy® on Dec. 1 through a star-studded live primetime concert, and a diverse group of Yamaha artists took the spotlight, with a total of 47 nominations. John Legend, Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, Questlove, Zac Brown, Sara Bareilles and Barry Manilow are just a few of the artists who earned nods for their contributions to the music industry this past year.

"Yamaha sincerely congratulates all of our artists who have been nominated," comments Chris Gero of Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs, Inc. "There is truly no higher honor in this industry, we are humbled to be working with such talented artists."

Yamaha artist Dave Haywood of the country band Lady Antebellum is celebrating an impressive six nominations for their cross-over album and infectious song of the same title Need You Now. Lady Antebellum is nominated for the prestigious Album of the Year award as well as Best Country Album, while their song "Need You Now" earned them nominations for "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year," "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best Country Song.

Haywood is joined by the relatively new Yamaha artist Zac Brown in four of the categories: Best Country Song (Brown for "Free"), Best Country Album (Zac Brown Band for You Get What You Give) and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson for "As She's Walking Away," and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals (Zac Brown Band for "Free").

Yamaha pianist John Legend and Yamaha drummer Questlove of The Roots earned five and six nominations, respectively. Legend and Questlove are in the running for Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song for "Shine." They earned a Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance nod for "Hang On In There" and a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Wake Up! Everybody." Their final collective nomination is for the coveted title of Best R&B Album for Wake Up! Questlove and his band The Roots also scored a nomination for Best Rap Album for How I Got Over.

Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, who plays Yamaha pianos, a CLP280 and Yamaha keyboards, was nominated once again for Best Female Pop Vocal for her single "King of Anything" off her sophomore album Kaleidoscope Heart. She's up against fellow Yamaha artist Norah Jones for her performance of "Chasing Pirates."

R&B superstar Alicia Keys, who performs on Yamaha grand pianos, is nominated for Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap Song for her collaboration with Jay Z on "Empire State of Mind."

Joining Lady Antebellum in the Album of the Year category are two more Yamaha artists: drummer Teddy Riley for his contribution to Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster and indie rock band Arcade Fire for The Suburbs, which is also up for Best Alternative Music Album.

The legendary Elton John earned a nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "If It Wasn't For Bad," the first single off his highly acclaimed collaborative album with Leon Russell.

Hit crooner Michael Bublé snagged a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Haven't Met You Yet." He joins Barry Manilow in the category for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Bublé for Crazy Love and Manilow for The Greatest Love Songs of All Time.

Yamaha Christian artists were represented as well, with Chris Tomlin securing a nomination for Best Gospel Song ("Our God") and Marvin Sapp nominated for Best Traditional Gospel Album for Here I Am.

Many Yamaha artists were nominated in nearly every genre, including Rock, Gospel, Blues and Jazz. Other Yamaha nominations include: Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for Paul McCartney ("Helter Skelter"); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album for drummer Steve Jordan for his work with John Mayer; Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Jeff Lorber Fusion (Now Is The Time); Best Contemporary Blues Album for Dr. John (Tribal); Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Rock Album for drummer Matt Cameron; Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for Fred Hammond (Love Unstoppable); Best Jazz Album for Francisco Torres' work on Psychedelic Blues; Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance for Chris Martin, John Hagstrom and Tage Larson; Best Contemporary World Music Album for Béla Fleck (Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks) and for Mike Shapiro on Sergio Mendes' album Bom Tempo; Best Surround Sound Album for David Miles Huber (Parallax Eden); Best Classical Crossover Album for percussionist Joseph Gramley on Off The Map; Best Hawaiian Music Album for Daniel Ho (Polani).

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Feb. 13, 2011, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live in high definition 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
Alicia Keys (with Jay Z) - "Empire State of Mind"
Lady Antebellum, featuring Yamaha artist Dave Haywood - "Need You Now"

Album Of The Year Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Lady Antebellum, featuring Yamaha artist Dave Haywood - Need You Now
Teddy Riley - The Fame Monster (Lady Gaga)

Song Of The Year
Dave Haywood (of Lady Antebellum) - "Need You Now"

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Sara Bareilles - "King of Anything"
Norah Jones - "Chasing Pirates"

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Michael Buble - "Haven't Met You Yet"
Steve Jordan (John Mayer) - "Half of My Heart"

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Elton John and Leon Russell - "If It Wasn't for Bad"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Steve Jordan (John Mayer) - Battle Studies

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Michael Buble - Crazy Love
Barry Manilow - The Greatest Love Songs of All Time

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Paul McCartney - "Helter Skelter"

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Arcade Fire - "Ready To Start"

Best Rock Album
Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam) - Backspacer

Best Alternative Music Album
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Best Hard Rock Performance
Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) - Black Rain

Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals
John Legend & The Roots - "Shine"

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
John Legend & The Roots - Hang On In There

Best R&B Song
John Stephens - "Shine" (John Legend & The Roots)

Best R&B Album
John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up!

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Alicia Keys (& Jay Z) - Empire State Of Mind
John Legend, The Roots - Wake Up! Everybody

Best Rap Song
Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind

Best Rap Album
The Roots - How I Got Over

Best Jazz Album
Francisco Torres (Poncho Sanchez) - Psychedelic Blues

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
Zac Brown Band (Zac Brown) - Free
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
Zac Brown Band (with Alan Jackson) - As She's Walking Away

Best Country Song
Zac Brown - Free
Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum) - Need You Now

Best Country Album
Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Jeff Lorber Fusion - Now Is The Time

Best Gospel Song
Chris Tomlin - "Our God"

Best Traditional Gospel Album
Marvin Sapp - Here I Am

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Dr. John And The Lower 911 - Tribal

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Fred Hammond - Love Unstoppable

Best Classical Album
Chris Martin, John Hagstrom, Tage Larson - Verdi: Requiem

Best Orchestral Performance
Chris Martin, John Hagstrom, Tage Larson - Stravinksy: Pulcinella: Symphony in Three Movements; Four Études

Best Classical Crossover Album
Joseph Gramley (The Silk Road Ensemble) - Off The Map

Best Hawaiian Music Album
Daniel Ho - Polani

Best Contemporary World Music Album
Béla Fleck - Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks
Mike Shapiro with Sergio Mendes - Bom Tempo

Best Surround Sound Album
David Miles Huber - Parallax Eden

Yamaha Artists Celebrate 47 GRAMMY Nominations
Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum and Questlove of The Roots earn six nods, while John Legend earns five