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& guns n roses were not' even wanted in their own country.AC/DC, Urban lead Aussie Grammys charge
Veteran Australian rockers AC/DC and country star Keith Urban have collected a swag of nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards.
But music's night of nights is set to be a showdown between Beyonce and Taylor Swift.
Beyonce is the early frontrunner with 10 nominations.
Swift - a 19-year-old pop and country princess - has eight nods.
Other artists and bands loaded with nominations include Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and the Dave Matthews Band.
The Grammys will be staged inside the 20,000-seat Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles on January 31.
Urban's four Grammy nominations come as he prepares to fly home to Australia with wife Nicole Kidman and daughter Sunday Rose for a concert tour and Christmas with their families.
"We'll be able to spend it with all of our extended family on Nic's side and my side, so we're really looking forward to that," Urban told People magazine.
"My sister-in-law on Nic's side has four children and my brother has two, so there'll be lots of kids running around."
Urban is nominated for best male country vocal performance for Sweet Thing, best country album for Defying Gravity, best long form music video for Love, Pain And The Whole Crazy World Tour Live and best country collaboration with Brad Paisley for Start A Band.
In the vocal performance category Urban goes head-to-head with George Strait and Trace Adkins, while the album category places Urban against Swift's chart-topping Fearless.
Age has not slowed down AC/DC - formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. The rockers picked up two nominations.AC/DC's album Black Ice is competing for the Grammy in the best rock album category with U2's No Line On The Horizon and Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown.
AC/DC is also nominated for best hard rock performance for War Machine.
Beyonce's 10 nods include album of the year for I Am... Sasha Fierce, song of the year for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) and record of the year for Halo.
Swift's nominations are headed by album of the year for Fearless, as well as song and record of the year for her hit, You Belong With Me.
Eccentric diva Lady Gaga scored five nominations, garnering a best album nod for The Fame.
Competing against Beyonce, Swift and Lady Gaga for album of the year are The Black Eyed Peas (I Gotta Feeling) and Kings of Leon (Use Somebody).