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Karen O Gets "Wild Thing" Grammy Nod After Cyrus Withdraws "The Climb"

December 10, 2009 12:00 AM ET

The Grammy Awards just got a little wilder. Last week, when the nominees were revealed at a concert in Los Angeles, fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were peeved by the omission of Karen O and the Kids' "All is Love," written for Where the Wild Things Are, from the Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media field. This week, however, "All is Love" is in the running thanks to strange series of events.

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A blog post from Wild Things director Spike Jonze broke the news that a previously nominated track was "disqualified." That track, Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," which appears on the soundtrack to Hannah Montana: The Movie, was removed from consideration, leaving the slot open for the song with the next-highest initial vote count: "All is Love."

But according to sources close to Cyrus, "The Climb" was never disqualified from the ballot, and Miley did not write the tune; Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe did. It was Miley's camp that actually withdrew the nomination, our source says, because the song was not eligible for contention (it was evidently not written specifically for the film). The decision to remove the song from the ballot was made last week, after the nominations were announced. The song was mistakenly submitted for consideration, the source says.

Karen O's publicist confirms "All is Love" is now in the running for a Grammy, which brings the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer's Grammy haul to two nods — the band's It's Blitz! is also up for Best Alternative Music Album.

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