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Rapper Kanye West scores 10 Grammy Nominations; Alicia Keys & Usher land 8; List of the 47th Grammy Award main nominations

SANTA MONICA, CA. (The Recording Academy) - Nominations for the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced today by The Recording Academy reflecting a year in which some artists did it all, collaborations were numerous and diverse, and breakout music makers ran the genre gamut. The press event was held at The Music Box @ The Fonda in Hollywood and was attended by national and international media, as well as key music industry executives. Artists reading nominations this morning included Anita Baker, the Black Eyed Peas (Will and Fergie), Earth, Wind & Fire, Hoobastank (Dan Estrin and Doug Robb), Mark McGrath, JD Natasha, Nelly, Kevin Spacey, Joss Stone, Kanye West, and Gretchen Wilson. The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 13, 2005 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in High Definition TV and 5.1 Surround Sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (EST/PST).

Topping the nominations, Kanye West earned 10, while Alicia Keys and Usher each earned eight. Ray Charles garnered seven nods, Green Day received six, and Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn, Prince, and engineer Al Schmitt each earned five.

"This year's nominees truly reflect a trend of music makers participating in multiple aspects of the creative process, while also often collaborating with a diverse slate of other artists in various genres," said Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy. "And with new artists emerging in rock, country, pop, R&B and rap, as well as in many other fields, we are pleased to see the robust health and creativity of all genres of music. All of this ensures that GRAMMY Sunday will once again deliver music's biggest night filled with unique, special, and unforgettable performances."

In the General Field, nominees for Album Of The Year include Genius Loves Company by Ray Charles & Various Artists; American Idiot by Green Day; The Diary Of Alicia Keys by Alicia Keys; Confessions by Usher; and The College Dropout by Kanye West. Nominees for Record Of The Year include "Let's Get It Started" (The Black Eyed Peas), "Here We Go Again" (Ray Charles & Norah Jones), "American Idiot" (Green Day), "Heaven" (Los Lonely Boys), and "Yeah!" (Usher). The Best New Artist nominees are Los Lonely Boys, pop/rock group Maroon 5, soul singer Joss Stone, rapper/producer Kanye West, and country artist Gretchen Wilson.

This year's Song Of The Year nominees represent a wide cross section of genres from pop to R&B to rap to country and rock. Nominated songwriters include John Mayer for "Daughters"; Alicia Keys for "If I Ain't Got You"; C. Smith and Kanye West for "Jesus Walks"; Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman for "Live Like You Were Dying" (performed by Tim McGraw); and Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb for "The Reason" (performed by Hoobastank).

Green Day, the Killers, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, and Velvet Revolver earned top nominations in the Rock Field. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal nominations went to Elvis Costello & The Imposters for "Monkey To Man"; Franz Ferdinand for "Take Me Out"; Green Day for "American Idiot"; the Killers for "Somebody Told Me"; and U2 for "Vertigo." Best Rock Song nods go to Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool for "American Idiot" (Green Day); Duff, Dave Kushner, Slash, Matt Sorum, and Scott Weiland for "Fall To Pieces" (Velvet Revolver); Isaac Brock, Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy, and Benjamin Weikel for "Float On" (Modest Mouse); Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer, and Ronnie Vannucci for "Somebody Told Me" (the Killers); and Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen for "Vertigo" (U2). And the nominees for Best Rock Album include The Delivery Man by Elvis Costello & The Imposters, American Idiot by Green Day, The Reason by Hoobastank, Hot Fuss by the Killers, and Contraband by Velvet Revolver.

In the newly added Best Electronic/Dance Album category, the nominations are Kish Kash by the Basement Jaxx; Legion Of Boom by the Crystal Method; Creamfields by Paul Oakenfold; Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned by the Prodigy; and Reflections by Paul Van Dyk. And Best Dance Recording nods were claimed by Basement Jaxx Featuring Lisa Kekaula for "Good Luck"; the Chemical Brothers for "Get Yourself High"; Kylie Minogue for "Slow"; Scissor Sisters for "Comfortably Numb"; and Britney Spears for "Toxic."

In the Pop Field, Ray Charles earns three of his seven nominations. In the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals category he has two nominations for "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" (with Elton John) and "Here We Go Again" (with Norah Jones). Other nominees include "Redemption Song" by Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer; "Something" by Paul McCartney and Eric Claption; and "Moon River" by Stevie Wonder and Take 6. Charles' third nom in the Pop Field is in Best Pop Vocal Album for Genius Loves Company (Ray Charles & Various Artists), along with Norah Jones' Feels Like Home; Sarah McLachlan's Afterglow; Joss Stone's Mind, Body & Soul; and Brian Wilson's Brian Wilson Presents Smile.

The R&B Field features multiple nominees Usher, Alicia Keys, and Prince and the Best R&B Song category is dominated by the three: Bryan Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, and Usher Raymond for "Burn" (Usher); Prince for "Call My Name" (Prince); Jermaine Dupri, Alicia Keys, Usher Raymond, Manuel Seal, and Adonis Shropshire for "My Boo" (Usher & Alicia Keys); Chris Bridges, Sean Garrett, LaMarquis Jefferson, Robert McDowell, James Phillips, Jonathan Smith and Patrick J. Que Smith for "Yeah!" (Usher Featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris); and Alicia Keys, Harold Lilly and Kanye West for "You Don't Know My Name" (Alicia Keys). Best R&B Album nominees include My Everything (Anita Baker), I Can't Stop (Al Green), The Diary Of Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys), Musicology (Prince), and Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2 (Jill Scott). Prince and Usher also share nods in Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (for "Call My Name" and "Burn," respectively), along with Anthony Hamilton ("Charlene"), R. Kelly ("Happy People"), and Brian McKnight ("What We Do Here").

Half of Kanye West's 10 nominations are in the Rap Field, and he competes against himself in Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with "Slow Jamz" (Twista Featuring Kanye West & Jamie Foxx) and "All Falls Down" (Kanye West & Syleena Johnson). Other nods in this category are "Why" (Jadakiss Featuring Anthony Hamilton), "Dip It Low" (Christina Milian Featuring Fabolous), and "Yeah!" (Usher Featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris). Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group nominations go to the Beastie Boys ("Ch-Check It Out"), the Black Eyed Peas ("Let's Get It Started"), the Roots ("Don't Say Nuthin'"), Snoop Dogg & Pharrell ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), and Terror Squad ("Lean Back"). Best Rap Album nominees include the Beastie Boys' To The 5 Boroughs, Jay-Z's The Black Album, LL Cool J's The Definition, Nelly's Suit, and Kanye West's The College Dropout.

In the Country Field, Loretta Lynn has five nominations, two of them in Best Country Song for "Miss Being Mrs." and "Portland Oregon." She also vies for Best Country Album (Van Lear Rose) along with Tim McGraw (Live Like You Were Dying), Tift Merritt (Tambourine), Keith Urban (Be Here), and Gretchen Wilson (Here For The Party). Nods for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals go to Jimmy Buffett, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith & George Strait for "Hey Good Lookin"; Norah Jones & Dolly Parton for "Creepin' In"; Loretta Lynn & Jack White for "Portland Oregon"; Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Toby Keith for "Pancho & Lefty"; and Shania Twain with Alison Krauss & Union Station for "Coat Of Many Colors."

Nominees in the Jazz Field reflect an interesting mix of old favorites and new voices, as reflected in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category. The nominees include Andy Bey's American Song, Jamie Cullum's Twentysomething, Al Jarreau's Accentuate The Positive, Queen Latifah's The Dana Owens Album, and Nancy Wilson's R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal).

Best Gospel Performance is a new category for the 47th GRAMMY Awards and features nominees Shirley Caesar & Ann Nesby ("The Stone"); Ray Charles & Gladys Knight ("Heaven Help Us All"); Dr. John & Mavis Staples ("Lay My Burden Down"); Fred Hammond ("Celebrate [He Lives]"); and Ben Harper & The Blind Boys Of Alabama ("There Will Be A Light").

GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 15 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 12, 2005, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast.

Following is the list of nominees in main categories announced Tuesday for the 47th annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles (Staples Center):

Record of the Year:
"Let's Get It Started," The 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 and Various Artists
"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 (John Mayer)
"If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys)
"Jesus Walks," C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West)
"Live Like You Were Dying," Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman (Tim McGraw)
"The Reason," Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb (Hoobastank).

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

Female Pop Vocal Performance:
"Oceania," Bjork
"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 Collaboration With Vocals:
"Redemption Song," Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," Ray Charles and Elton John
"Here We Go Again," Ray Charles and Norah Jones
"Something," Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton
"Moon River," Stevie Wonder and Take 6.

Pop Vocal Album:
"Genius Loves Company," Ray Charles and Various Artists
"Feels Like Home," Norah Jones
"Afterglow," Sarah McLachlan
"Mind, Body and Soul," Joss Stone
"Brian Wilson Presents Smile," Brian Wilson.

Dance Recording:
"Good Luck," Basement Jaxx featuring Lisa Kekaula
"Get Yourself High," The Chemical Brothers
"Slow," Kylie Minogue
"Comfortably Numb," Scissor Sisters
"Toxic," Britney Spears.

Electronic/Dance Album:
"Kish Kash," Basement Jaxx
"Legion of Boom," The Crystal Method
"Creamfields," Paul Oakenfold
"Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned," Prodigy
"Reflections," Paul Van Dyk.

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 and The Imposters
"Take Me Out," Franz Ferdinand
"American Idiot," Green Day
"Somebody Told Me," The Killers
"Vertigo," U2.

Hard Rock Performance:
"Megalomaniac," Incubus
"Some Kind of Monster," Metallica
"Feelin' Way Too Damn Good," Nickelback
"Duality," Slipknot
"Slither," Velvet Revolver.

Metal Performance:
"Nymphetamine," Cradle of Filth
"Live for This," Hatebreed
"The End of Heartache," Killswitch Engage
"Whiplash," Motorhead
"Vermilion," Slipknot.

Rock Song:
"American Idiot," Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool (Green Day)
"Fall to Pieces," Duff, Dave Kushner, Slash, Matt Sorum and Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver)
"Float On," Isaac Brock, Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy and Benjamin Weikel (Modest Mouse)
"Somebody Told Me," Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers)
"Vertigo," Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen (U2).

Rock Album:
"The Delivery Man," Elvis Costello and The Imposters
"American Idiot," Green Day
"The Reason," Hoobastank
"Hot Fuss," The Killers
"Contraband," Velvet Revolver.

Alternative Music Album:
"Medulla," Bjork
"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 Vocals:
"Lose Your Breath," Destiny's Child
"Show Me The Way," Earth, Wind and Fire featuring Raphael Saadiq
"Say Yes," Floetry
"Diary," Alicia Keys featuring Tony! Toni! Tone!
"My Boo," Usher and Alicia Keys.

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance:
"You're My Everything," Anita Baker
"Sinner's Prayer," Ray Charles and B.B. King
"I Can't Stop," Al Green
"New Day," Patti LaBelle
"Musicology," Prince.

Urban/Alternative Performance:
"Sex, Love and Money," Mos Def
"Are You Experienced?" Musiq
"She Wants to Move," N.E.R.D
"Star," The Roots
"Cross My Mind," Jill Scott.

R&B Song:
"Burn," Bryan Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri and Usher Raymond (Usher)
"Call My Name," Prince (Prince)
"My Boo," Jermaine Dupri, Alicia Keys, Usher Raymond, Manuel Seal and Adonis Shropshire (Usher and Alicia Keys)
"Yeah!" Chris Bridges, Sean Garrett, LaMarquis Jefferson, Robert McDowell, James Phillips, Jonathan Smith and Patrick J. Que Smith (Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris)
"You Don't Know My Name," Alicia Keys, Harold Lilly and Kanye West (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 and 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/Sung Collaboration:
"Why," Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton
"Dip It Low," Christina Milian featuring Fabolous
"Slow Jamz," Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
"Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
"All Falls Down," Kanye West and Syleena Johnson.

Rap Song:
"Drop It Like It's Hot," Calvin Broadus, Chad Hugo, S. Thomas and Pharrell Williams (Snoop Dogg)
"Hey Mama," Will Adams and Anthony Henry (The Black Eyed Peas)
"Jesus Walks," C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West)
"Let's Get It Started," Will Adams, Mike Fratantuno, Jaime Gomez, George Pajon, Jr., Allan Pineda and Terence Yoshiaki (The Black Eyed Peas)
"99 Problems," Shawn Carter and Rick Rubin (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 and Rich
"You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl," Brooks and 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 Collaboration With Vocals:
"Hey Good Lookin'," Jimmy Buffett, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and George Strait
"Creepin' In," Norah Jones and Dolly Parton
"Portland Oregon," Loretta Lynn and Jack White
"Pancho and Lefty," Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Toby Keith
"Coat of Many Colors," Shania Twain with Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Country Instrumental Performance:
"Billy in the Low Ground," Asleep at the Wheel
"Puppies 'N Knapsacks," Sam Bush
"Luxury Liner," Albert Lee, Vince Gill and Brad Paisley
"Earl's Breakdown," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band featuring Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Vassar Clements and Jerry Douglas
"Bowtie," Mark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton and Byron House.

Country Song:
"It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long," Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill (The Notorious Cherry Bombs)
"Live Like You Were Dying," Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman (Tim McGraw)
"Miss Being Mrs.," Loretta Lynn (Loretta Lynn)
"Portland Oregon," Loretta Lynn (Loretta Lynn and Jack White)
"Redneck Woman," John Rich and Gretchen Wilson (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.

Bluegrass Album:
"The Bluegrass Sessions," Lynn Anderson
"Twenty Year Blues," Nashville Bluegrass Band
"Brand New Strings," Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
"Carrying On," Ralph Stanley II
"A Tribute to Jimmy Martin 'The King of Bluegrass'," Various Artists.

New Age Album:
"Returning," Will Ackerman
"Atlantis," David Arkenstone
"Two Horizons," Moya Brennan
"American River," Jonathan Elias
"Piano," Peter Kater.

Contemporary Jazz Album:
"Journey," Fourplay
"Unspeakable," Bill Frisell
"In Praise of Dreams," Jan Garbarek
"The Hang," Don Grusin
"Strength," Roy Hargrove (The RH Factor).

Jazz Vocal Album:
"American Song," Andy Bey
"Twentysomething," Jamie Cullum
"Accentuate the Positive," Al Jarreau
"The Dana Owens Album," Queen Latifah
"R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)," Nancy Wilson.

Latin Jazz Album:
"Bebop Timba," Raphael Cruz
"Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas Del Flamenco," Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas Del Flamenco
"Land of the Sun," Charlie Haden
"Another Kind of Blue:
The Latin Side of Miles Davis," Conrad Herwig Nonet
"Soundances," Diego Urcola.

Latin Pop Album:
"Amar Sin Mentiras," Marc Anthony
"SinVerguenza," Bacilos
"Pau-latina," Paulina Rubio
"Diego Torres:
MTV Unplugged," Diego Torres
"El Rock De Mi Pueblo," Carlos Vives.

Latin Rock/Alternative Album:
"Komp 104.9 Radio Compa," Akwid
"Lipstick," Alejandra Guzman
"Mi Sangre," Juanes
"Street Signs," Ozomatli
"Si," Julieta Venegas.

Traditional Tropical Latin Album:
"Inolvidable," Candido and Graciela
"Ahora Si!" Israel Lopez "Cachao"
"Angel Melendez and the 911 Mambo Orchestra," Angel Melendez and the 911 Mambo Orchestra
"Flor De Amor," Omara Portuondo
"Recuerda a Benny More," Tropicana All Stars.

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