SOURCE: Atlantic Records

December 02, 2010 18:30 ET

Elektra Rocks 53rd Annual Grammy Nominations; Bruno Mars Is Year's Second Most-Nominated Artist, Scoring a Stunning Seven Overall Nods; Cee Lo Green Draws Four Nominations for "F**k You"; Second Volume of TRUE BLOOD Soundtrack Honored, Including Lucinda Williams' "Kiss Like Your Kiss"

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 2, 2010) - Elektra Records has received a noteworthy collection of nominations for the upcoming 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Elektra recording artist Bruno Mars proved the year's second most-nominated artist with seven total nods, paying tribute to his diverse talents as performer, songwriter, and producer. Mars got two nominations in the "Record of the Year" category, for both his featured role on Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B's "Nothin' On You (Feat. Bruno Mars)" as well for his production (with The Smeezingtons) on fellow Elektra artist Cee Lo Green's "F**k You." Both tracks also earned Mars nods for his work as a songwriter, with "F**k You" named in the "Song of the Year" category and "Nothin' On You" listed among the "Best Rap Song" nominees. A gifted performer in his own right, Mars received a "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" nomination for his own solo single, "Just The Way You Are," as well as a "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" nod for "Nothin' On You." As if all that weren't enough, Mars -- with his Smeezingtons partners, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine -- is also in the running for the "Producer of the Year, Non-Classical" award.

The aforementioned Cee Lo Green was honored with four high-profile nominations, all in celebration of his groundbreaking hit single, "F**k You." The track was named in two of the Grammys' most prestigious categories, "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year," as well as "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" and "Best Short Form Music Video."

Furthermore, Elektra's "TRUE BLOOD - MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES VOLUME II" was named in the "Best Compilation Album For Motion Picture, Television, Or Other Visual Media" category. Among the collection's many highlights is Lucinda Williams' "Kiss Like Your Kiss," which was nominated as "Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television, Or Other Visual Media."

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 13th, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8-11:30 pm (ET/PT).

About Elektra:

On October 10, 1950, Elektra Records was born in 19-year-old Jac Holzman's dorm room at St. John's College in Maryland. The label's first release came in March 1951 with an album entitled "New Songs by John Gruen." The jacket copy noted that Elektra "shall continue to offer disks of unusual and worthy musical fare," a mission statement that came to define the label for decades to come. Through the 1950s, the label released an eclectic mix of traditional folk, ethnic music, blues, and some jazz -- with a roster including such influential artists as Josh White, Sonny Terry, and Theodore Bikel. In 1960, Elektra released an unlikely million-selling set of successful "Sound Effects" records that put the label on sound financial footing.

In June 2009, it was announced that Elektra was being relaunched after a five-year hiatus. Named to head the reborn label were Mike Caren, Atlantic Executive Vice President of A&R, and John Janick, founder and President of the prominent indie label Fueled By Ramen. The label which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary boasts an eclectic array of artists including Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Little Boots, Uffie, Justice, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Laza.

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