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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

♪♫ Grammy nominations 2010: The good, the bad, the who?

By Melissa Bell
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(Reed Saxon/AP)

Justin Bieber's nominated for Best New Artist. Seriously? Is it just me or has this kid been around for my entire life? I know, he's only 16, but I feel like he's existed in our world consciousness for so many years now.

Perhaps it's just award show burnout. By the time we get to the Grammy Awards, we've already slogged through the American Music Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, the European MTV Video Music Awards, the Soul Train Awards and the Country Music Awards. Still, the Grammys like to tout themselves as the Oscars of the music world, so expect plenty of news to come churning out of the 2010 Grammy nominations that were announced last night. Sample headlines: "Glee nominated for best pop group!" "Eminem: comeback kid!" "Taylor Swift surprised at no nominations!"

(Check out a gallery of the nominations here.)

But in the sea of the big-budget Hollywood headlines, here's three of the non-headline names on the quieter side that grabbed my attention:

Channeling Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Joss Stone destroys "I Put a Spell on You" with the help of Jeff Beck. Nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, she owns this song:

Nominated for Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding's really going to be a long shot to take down Justin Bieber or Florence and the Machine, but the jazz singer is bar-none amazing.

The Roots are nominated for six Grammys this year, but it's their collaboration with John Legend that I'm hooked to. Here's the song that nabbed them a Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals nomination:

By Melissa Bell  | December 2, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
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