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Impressed with West

Kanye West leads the Grammy nominees with 10 nods, followed by Alicia Keys and Usher with eight each

Kanye West | KANYE WALKS West nabbed 10 nominations
KANYE WALKS West nabbed 10 nominations

Maybe the Grammy voters were listening a couple weeks ago when Kanye West loudly complained that he'd been robbed of the Best New Artist prize at the American Music Awards. They certainly made it up to the producer-turned-rapper on Tuesday, as West led the pack of newly announced Grammy nominees with 10 citations, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year (for The College Dropout), and Song of the Year (''Jesus Walks''). That's two more than anticipated Grammy front-runner Usher, who tied with duet partner and Grammy darling Alicia Keys with eight nominations apiece.

The late Ray Charles earned seven nominations, including the top prize, Record of the Year (for ''Here We Go Again,'' his duet with Norah Jones) and Album of the Year (Genius Loves Company). Green Day's ambitious rock opera American Idiot paid off with six nods for the punk trio. Earning five nods each were Norah Jones, Prince, and country comeback queen Loretta Lynn.

The announcement of the nominations at a press conference held Tuesday morning at Hollywood's Music Box theater was an exercise in mutual back-patting, as several soon-to-be-nominees read each other's names. Nominated presenters included West, Joss Stone, Hoobastank, the Black Eyed Peas (who stumbled over Lynn's name), Gretchen Wilson, Anita Baker, and Earth, Wind & Fire. (Also on hand was a ringer, Kevin Spacey, who's not a Grammy winner but who plays one in his upcoming movie, the Bobby Darin biopic Beyond the Sea.) Actual Grammys will be handed out on Feb. 13 during a live broadcast on CBS originating from Los Angeles' Staples Center. A list of nominees in major categories is below.

Record of the Year
''Let's Get It Started,'' Black Eyed Peas
''Here We Go Again,'' Ray Charles and Norah Jones
''American Idiot,'' Green Day
''Heaven,'' Los Lonely Boys
''Yeah!'', Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris

Album of the Year
Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles
American Idiot, Green Day
The Diary of Alicia Keys, Alicia Keys
Confessions, Usher
The College Dropout, Kanye West

Song of the Year
''Daughters,'' John Mayer
''If I Ain't Got You,'' Alicia Keys
''Jesus Walks,'' Kanye West
''Live Like You Were Dying,'' Tim McGraw
''The Reason,'' Hoobastank

New Artist
Los Lonely Boys
Maroon 5
Joss Stone
Kanye West
Gretchen Wilson

Female Pop Vocal Performance
''Oceania,'' Björk
''The First Cut Is the Deepest,'' Sheryl Crow
''Sunrise,'' Norah Jones
''What You Waiting For?'', Gwen Stefani
''You Had Me,'' Joss Stone

Male Pop Vocal Performance
''Let's Misbehave,'' Elvis Costello
''You Raise Me Up,'' Josh Groban
''Daughters,'' John Mayer
''Cinnamon Girl,'' Prince
''Love's Divine,'' Seal

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
''My Immortal,'' Evanescence
''The Reason,'' Hoobastank
''Heaven,'' Los Lonely Boys
''She Will Be Loved,'' Maroon 5
''It's My Life,'' No Doubt

Pop Vocal Album
Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles
Feels Like Home, Norah Jones
Afterglow, Sarah McLachlan
Mind, Body & Soul, Joss Stone
Brian Wilson Presents Smile, Brian Wilson

Solo Rock Vocal Performance
''Wonderwall,'' Ryan Adams
''The Revolution Starts Now,'' Steve Earle
''Breathe,'' Melissa Etheridge
''Code of Silence,'' Bruce Springsteen
''Metropolitan Glide,'' Tom Waits

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
''Monkey to Man,'' Elvis Costello & the Imposters
''Take Me Out,'' Franz Ferdinand
''American Idiot,'' Green Day
''Somebody Told Me,'' The Killers
''Vertigo,'' U2

Rock Song
''American Idiot,'' Green Day
''Fall to Pieces,'' Velvet Revolver
''Float On,'' Modest Mouse
''Somebody Told Me,'' The Killers
''Vertigo,'' U2

Rock Album
The Delivery Man, Elvis Costello & the Imposters
American Idiot, Green Day
The Reason, Hoobastank
Hot Fuss, The Killers
Contraband, Velvet Revolver

Alternative Music Album
Medulla, Björk
Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand
Uh Huh Her, PJ Harvey
Good News for People Who Love Bad News, Modest Mouse
A Ghost Is Born, Wilco

Female R&B Vocal Performance
''I Want You,'' Janet Jackson
''If I Ain't Got You,'' Alicia Keys
''I'm Still In Love,'' Teena Marie
''Whatever,'' Jill Scott
''U-Haul,'' Angie Stone

Male R&B Vocal Performance
''Charlene,'' Anthony Hamilton
''Happy People,'' R. Kelly
''What We Do Here,'' Brian McKnight
''Call My Name,'' Prince
''Burn,'' Usher

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
''Lose Your Breath,'' Destiny's Child
''Show Me the Way,'' Earth, Wind & Fire featuring Raphael Saadiq
''Say Yes,'' Floetry
''Diary,'' Alicia Keys featuring Tony! Toni! Toné!
''My Boo,'' Usher and Alicia Keys

R&B Song
''Burn,'' Usher
''Call My Name,'' Prince
''My Boo,'' Usher and Alicia Keys
''Yeah!'', Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
''You Don't Know My Name,'' Alicia Keys

R&B Album
My Everything, Anita Baker
I Can't Stop, Al Green
The Diary of Alicia Keys, Alicia Keys
Musicology, Prince
Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2, Jill Scott

Contemporary R&B Album
Afrodisiac, Brandy
Damita Jo, Janet Jackson
It's About Time, Christina Milian
Confessions, Usher
Hurt No More, Mario Winans

Rap Solo Performance
''On Fire,'' Lloyd Banks
''Just Lose It,'' Eminem
''99 Problems,'' Jay-Z
''Overnight Celebrity,'' Twista
''Through the Wire,'' Kanye West

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
''Ch-Check It Out,'' Beastie Boys
''Let's Get It Started,'' The Black Eyed Peas
''Don't Say Nuthin','' The Roots
''Drop It Like It's Hot,'' Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
''Lean Back,'' Terror Squad

Rap Song
''Drop It Like It's Hot,'' Snoop Dogg and Pharrell
''Hey Mama,'' The Black Eyed Peas
''Jesus Walks,'' Kanye West
''Let's Get It Started,'' The Black Eyed Peas
''99 Problems,'' Jay-Z

Rap Album
To the 5 Boroughs, Beastie Boys
The Black Album, Jay-Z
The Definition, LL Cool J
Suit, Nelly
The College Dropout, Kanye West

Female Country Vocal Performance
''You Will Be My Ain True Love,'' Alison Krauss
''Miss Being Mrs.'', Loretta Lynn
''In My Daughter's Eyes,'' Martina McBride
''She's Not Just a Pretty Face,'' Shania Twain
''Redneck Woman,'' Gretchen Wilson

Male Country Vocal Performance
''Engine One-Forty-Three,'' Johnny Cash
''In My Own Mind,'' Lyle Lovett
''Live Like You Were Dying,'' Tim McGraw
''You Are My Flower,'' Willie Nelson
''You'll Think of Me,'' Keith Urban

Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
''New San Antonio Rose,'' Asleep at the Wheel
''Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),'' Big & Rich
''You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl,'' Brooks & Dunn
''Top of the World,'' Dixie Chicks
''It's Hard to Kiss The Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long,'' The Notorious Cherry Bombs

Country Song
''It's Hard to Kiss The Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long,'' The Notorious Cherry Bombs
''Live Like You Were Dying,'' Tim McGraw
''Miss Being Mrs.'', Loretta Lynn
''Portland Oregon,'' Loretta Lynn and Jack White
''Redneck Woman,'' Gretchen Wilson

Country Album
Van Lear Rose, Loretta Lynn
Live Like You Were Dying, Tim McGraw
Tambourine, Tift Merritt
Be Here, Keith Urban
Here for the Party, Gretchen Wilson

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media
Cold Mountain
De-Lovely
Garden State
Kill Bill -- Vol. 2
Shrek 2

Best Short Form Music Video
''Take Me Out,'' Franz Ferdinand
''American Idiot,'' Green Day
''Flawless,'' George Michael
''Walkie Talkie Man,'' Steriogram
''Vertigo,'' U2

Originally posted Dec 07, 2004
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