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Grammy nominations show was a ladies' night

Beyoncé and Taylor Swift scoop up 18 nominations between them, but Whitney Houston is a surprising absence.

The Black Eyed Peas perform during The Grammy Nominations Concert Live - Countdown to the Music's Biggest Night event in Los Angeles, California, Thursday.

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It was ladies' night at the 52nd Grammy Awards nominations show Wednesday evening. This is the second year in a row that the Grammy nominations have been presented at a live event in downtown Los Angeles. Once again, the list of acts being honored skewed heavily to the young female, pop artist, leading off with Beyoncé Knowles who received 10 nods, followed closely by 19-year-old country music crossover phenom Taylor Swift who earned eight.

Behind those marquee names, a string of tried-and-true acts lined up for their work (the nominations honor work recorded from Oct. 1, 2008, to Aug. 31, 2009). The Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, and Kanye West landed six each; David Guetta, Jay-Z, and Lady Gaga earned five each; and Colbie Caillat, Michael Giacchino, Kings of Leon, John Newton, RedOne, Bruce Springsteen, T-Pain, and Keith Urban each took in four nominations, while rock icon Neil Young was tapped in two categories: "Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance," and his Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972) was nominated for "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package."

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