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46TH GRAMMY AWARDS (article first published : 2004-01-25)

Once again M-Net gets the exclusive rights to broadcast the prestigious 46th Grammy Awards on February 9 at 20h00.

The awards continue to celebrate the best in recording arts and sciences in musical fields as diverse as pop, rock, jazz, blues, rap, classical and even polka. A GRAMMY is awarded by and to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not sales or chart positions.

Each year the Grammy Awards bring together thousands of creative and technical professionals in the recording industry from all over the world. Annually the ceremony brings a potential worldwide audience of 650 million.

This year’s nominations reflected the mainstream domination of Rap and R&B and also renewed surge in popularity of rock. Topping the nominations with six apiece were Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Outkast and Pharrell Williams. Garnering five each were Missy Elliott, Eminem, Evanescence, 50 Cent, Chad Hugo, Ricky Skaggs, Justin Timberlake, Luther Vandross and the late Warren Zevon. Nominees earning four nods were Erykah Badu, Willie Nelson, conductor José Serebrier and Jack White.

The Rap Field featured many multiple nominees, including Missy Elliott, 50 Cent and Pharrell Williams, who is competing against himself in two categories (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song which is new for the 46th Annual GRAMMYs.

Beyoncé, Erykah Badu and Luther Vandross earned top nominations in the R&B Field and in the Pop Field, top nominations included Christina Aguilera and the late George Harrison, who both earned three.




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