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48TH GRAMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS (article first published : 2005-12-23)

The nominations for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards recently announced by The Recording Academy® reflect a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories, collaborations were numerous and diverse, and newer up-and-comers were nominated alongside more established, legendary artists.

Topping the nominations, Mariah Carey, John Legend and Kanye West each earned eight. 50 Cent, Beyoncé Knowles and Stevie Wonder garnered six apiece. Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Gwen Stefani and U2 received five nods each, while Common, Destiny's Child, Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, Neptunes, Brad Paisley, Phil Tan, and Gretchen Wilson each earned four.

South Africa’s internationally-renowned Ladysmith Black Mambazo received two grammy nominations in the Best Contemporary World Music category for their album No Boundaries, recorded with the Strings of The English Chamber Orchestra. No Boundaries is regarded by most international and local critics as the band’s best production.

In the General Field, nominees for Album Of The Year are The Emancipation Of Mimi by Mariah Carey; Chaos And Creation In The Backyard by Paul McCartney; Love. Angel. Music. Baby by Gwen Stefani; How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2; and Late Registration by Kanye West. Nominees for Record of the Year are We Belong Together (Mariah Carey), Feel Good Inc. (Gorillaz featuring De La Soul), Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (Green Day), Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani) and Gold Digger (Kanye West). The Best New Artist nominees are R&B singer Ciara, rockers Fall Out Boy, Brit popsters Keane, soul singer John Legend, and country artist SugarLand.

This year's Song of the Year nominees represent a wide cross-section of genres from pop to R&B to country and rock. Nominated songwriters include Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna & Marcus Hummon for Bless The Broken Road (performed by Rascal Flatts); Bruce Springsteen for Devils & Dust; William Adams (Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas) & J. Stephens (John Legend) for Ordinary People (performed by John Legend); U2 for Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own"; and J. Austin, Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, and Manuel Seal for We Belong Together" (performed by Mariah Carey).

In the Pop field, an eclectic array of artists, across genres and generations, is represented. In the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals category the nominees are: The Black Eyed Peas & Jack Johnson for Gone Going"; Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones for Virginia Moon; Gorillaz featuring De La Soul for Feel Good Inc.; Herbie Hancock featuring Christina Aguilera for A Song For You; and Stevie Wonder featuring India.Arie for A Time To Love. The Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category features Jack Johnson (Sitting, Waiting, Wishing), Paul McCartney (Fine Line), Seal (Walk On By), Rob Thomas (Lonely No More), and Stevie Wonder (From The Bottom Of My Heart). Best Pop Vocal Album nominations are Extraordinary Machine (Fiona Apple), Breakaway (Kelly Clarkson), Wildflower (Sheryl Crow), Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (Paul McCartney), and Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (Gwen Stefani).

Half of Mariah Carey's eight nominations, six of John Legend's eight nods and all of Alicia Keys' five nominations are in the R&B Field. All three artists are vying for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. Best R&B Album nominations are from world-renowned Earth, Wind & Fire, Fantasia, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Stevie Wonder. Carey and Keys also share nods in Best Female R&B Vocal Performance along with Amerie, Beyoncé and Fantasia.

Half of Kanye West's eight nominations and all of Common's four nods are in the Rap Field. They both are vying for Best Rap Solo Performance along with Eminem, 50 Cent. Ludacris and T.I are both also are up for Best Rap Album Missy Elliott, Eminem, and 50 Cent.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will be shown on M-Net on February 8 at 21h00. For more information visit www.grammys.com




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