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Grammys 2007: The Nominees

Mary J. Blige leads the contenders for music's top honors -- see who else will vie for awards on Feb. 11

MUCH O' BLIGE The R&B singer's eight nominations lead the pack
MUCH O' BLIGE The R&B singer's eight nominations lead the pack

Mostly on the strength of her single ''Be Without You,'' Mary J. Blige racked up eight Grammy nominations on Thursday — more than any other artist — including nods in two major categories, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On her heels: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who'll vie for six awards, including the coveted Album of the Year (for Stadium Arcadium).

Also in the Album of the Year category and tying with five nods each: Dixie Chicks (for Taking the Long Way) and John Mayer (for Continuum). James ''You're Beautiful'' Blunt and Prince also scored five nods, while Beyoncé, Gnarls Barkley, T.I., and Justin Timberlake got four.

The list of nominees was announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles by a slate of recording artists including Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Corinne Bailey Rae, James Blunt, Ludacris, Evanescence's Amy Lee, and Chris Brown. The 49th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 11 at L.A.'s Staples Center and will air live on CBS. (For our ''snap judgment'' on the nominees and to post your own comments, click over to EW's PopWatch.)

Record of the Year
''Be Without You,'' Mary J. Blige
''You're Beautiful,'' James Blunt
''Not Ready to Make Nice,'' Dixie Chicks
''Crazy,'' Gnarls Barkley
''Put Your Records On,'' Corinne Bailey Rae

Album of the Year
Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks
St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley
Continuum, John Mayer
Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers
FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake

Song of the Year
''Be Without You,'' Mary J. Blige (Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox & Jason Perry, songwriters)
''Jesus, Take the Wheel,'' Carrie Underwood (Brett James, Hillary Lindsey & Gordie Sampson, songwriters)
''Not Ready to Make Nice,'' Dixie Chicks (Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison & Dan Wilson, songwriters)
''Put Your Records On,'' Corinne Bailey Rae (John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou & Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriters)
''You're Beautiful,'' James Blunt (James Blunt, Amanda Ghost & Sacha Skarbek, songwriters)

New Artist
James Blunt
Chris Brown
Imogen Heap
Corinne Bailey Rae
Carrie Underwood

Female Pop Vocal Performance
''Ain't No Other Man,'' Christina Aguilera
''Unwritten,'' Natasha Bedingfield
''You Can Close Your Eyes,'' Sheryl Crow
''Stupid Girls,'' Pink
''Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,'' KT Tunstall

Male Pop Vocal Performance
''You're Beautiful,'' James Blunt
''Save Room,'' John Legend
''Waiting on the World to Change,'' John Mayer
''Jenny Wren,'' Paul McCartney
''Bad Day,'' Daniel Powter

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
''My Humps,'' Black Eyed Peas
''I Will Follow You Into the Dark,'' Death Cab for Cutie
''Over My Head (Cable Car),'' the Fray
''Is It Any Wonder?'' Keane
''Stickwitu,'' Pussycat Dolls

Pop Vocal Album
Back to Basics, Christina Aguilera
Back to Bedlam, James Blunt
The River in Reverse, Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
Continuum, John Mayer
FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake

Solo Rock Vocal Performance
''Nausea,'' Beck
''Someday Baby,'' Bob Dylan
''Route 66,'' John Mayer
''Saving Grace,'' Tom Petty
''Lookin' for a Leader,'' Neil Young

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
''Talk,'' Coldplay
''How to Save a Life,'' the Fray
''Steady, as She Goes,'' the Raconteurs
''Dani California,'' Red Hot Chili Peppers
''The Saints Are Coming,'' U2 & Green Day

Rock Song
''Chasing Cars,'' Snow Patrol (Nathan Connolly, Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn, Tom Simpson & Paul Wilson, songwriters)
''Dani California,'' Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis & Chad Smith, songwriters)
''Lookin' for a Leader,'' Neil Young (songwriter)
''Someday Baby,'' Bob Dylan (songwriter)
''When You Were Young,'' the Killers (Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer & Ronnie Vannucci, songwriters)

Rock Album
Try!, John Mayer Trio
Highway Companion, Tom Petty
Broken Boy Soldiers, the Raconteurs
Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Living With War, Neil Young

Alternative Music Album
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Arctic Monkeys
At War With the Mystics, the Flaming Lips
St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley
Show Your Bones, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Eraser, Thom Yorke

Female R&B Vocal Performance
''Ring the Alarm,'' Beyoncé
''Be Without You,'' Mary J. Blige
''Don't Forget About Us,'' Mariah Carey
''Day Dreaming,'' Natalie Cole
''I Am Not My Hair,'' India.Arie

Male R&B Vocal Performance
''Heaven,'' John Legend
''So Sick,'' Ne-Yo
''Black Sweat,'' Prince
''I Call It Love,'' Lionel Richie
''Got You Home,'' Luther Vandross

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
''Breezin','' George Benson & Al Jarreau
''Love Changes,'' Jamie Foxx featuring Mary J. Blige
''Everyday (Family Reunion),'' Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams & Carl Thomas
''Family Affair,'' John Legend, Joss Stone With Van Hunt
''Beautiful, Loved and Blessed,'' Prince & Támar

R&B Song
''Be Without You,'' Mary J. Blige (Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox & Jason Perry, songwriters)
''Black Sweat,'' Prince (songwriter)
''Deja Vu,'' Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z (Shawn Carter, Rodney ''Darkchild'' Jerkins, Beyoncé Knowles, Makeba, Keli Nicole Price & Delisha Thomas, songwriters)
''Don't Forget About Us,'' Mariah Carey (Johnta Austin, Mariah Carey, Bryan-Michael Cox & Jermaine Dupri, songwriters)
''I Am Not My Hair,'' India.Arie (Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders & India Arie Simpson, songwriters)

R&B Album
The Breakthrough, Mary J. Blige
Unpredictable, Jamie Foxx
Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, India.Arie
3121, Prince
Coming Home, Lionel Richie

Contemporary R&B Album
B'Day, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, Chris Brown
20 Y.O., Janet Jackson
Kelis Was Here, Kelis
In My Own Words, Ne-Yo

Rap Solo Performance
''Touch It,'' Busta Rhymes
''We Run This,'' Missy Elliott
''Kick, Push,'' Lupe Fiasco
''Undeniable,'' Mos Def
''What You Know,'' T.I.

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
''Ridin,'' Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone
''Georgia,'' Ludacris & Field Mob (featuring Jamie Foxx)
''Grillz,'' Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp
''Mighty 'O','' OutKast
''Don't Feel Right,'' the Roots

Rap Song
''It's Goin' Down,'' Yung Joc (Chadron Moore & Jasiel Robinson, songwriters)
''Kick, Push,'' Lupe Fiasco (Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, songwriter)
''Money Maker,'' Ludacris featuring Pharrell (Christopher Bridges & Pharrell Williams, songwriters)
''Ridin,'' Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone (Anthony Henderson, J. Salinas, O. Salinas & Hakeem Seriki, songwriters)
''What You Know,'' T.I. (A. Davis & Clifford Harris, songwriters; Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson & Curtis Mayfield, songwriters)

Rap Album
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, Lupe Fiasco
Release Therapy, Ludacris
In My Mind, Pharrell
Game Theory, the Roots
King, T.I.

Female Country Vocal Performance
''Kerosene,'' Miranda Lambert
''I Still Miss Someone,'' Martina McBride
''Something's Gotta Give,'' LeAnn Rimes
''Jesus, Take the Wheel,'' Carrie Underwood
''I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today,'' Gretchen Wilson

Male Country Vocal Performance
''Every Mile a Memory,'' Dierks Bentley
''The Reason Why,'' Vince Gill
''The Seashores of Old Mexico,'' George Strait
''Would You Go With Me,'' Josh Turner
''Once in a Lifetime,'' Keith Urban

Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
''Not Ready to Make Nice,'' Dixie Chicks
''Heaven's My Home,'' the Duhks
''Boondocks,'' Little Big Town
''What Hurts the Most,'' Rascal Flatts
''Leave the Pieces,'' the Wreckers

Country Song
''Every Mile a Memory,'' Dierks Bentley (Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley & Steve Bogard, songwriters)
''I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today,'' Gretchen Wilson (Matraca Berg & Jim Collins, songwriters)
''Jesus, Take the Wheel,'' Carrie Underwood (Brett James, Hillary Lindsey & Gordie Sampson, songwriters)
''Like Red on a Rose,'' Alan Jackson (Melanie Castleman & Robert Lee Castleman, songwriters)
''What Hurts the Most,'' Rascal Flatts (Steve Robson & Jeffrey Steele, songwriters)

Country Album
Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks
Like Red on a Rose, Alan Jackson
The Road to Here, Little Big Town
You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker, Willie Nelson
Your Man, Josh Turner

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media
Brokeback Mountain, various artists
Cars, various artists
Grey's Anatomy — Volume 2, various artists
Little Miss Sunshine, various artists
Walk the Line, Joaquin Phoenix & various artists

Best Short Form Music Video
''8th of November,'' Big & Rich
''When You Were Young,'' the Killers
''Here It Goes Again,'' OK Go
''Dani California,'' Red Hot Chili Peppers
''Writing on the Walls,'' Underoath

For a full list of nominees, check out the official Grammys website.

Originally posted Dec 07, 2006
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