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Kanye West Leads Grammy Nominations with 8; Amy Winehouse Earns 6

Posted on December 6, 2007 by

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Nominations for the 50th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards were announced today by The Recording Academy(R) reflecting one of the most diverse years ever with the Album Of The Year category alone representing the country, hip-hop, jazz, pop and rock genres. The press event was held at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood and was attended by national and international media, as well as key music industry executives. Artists reading nominations this morning included Akon, Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park), Fergie, Vince Gill, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Jam, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), George Lopez, Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park) and Taylor Swift. The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 10, 2008, 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. (ET/PT).

Kanye West tops the nominations with eight, Amy Winehouse garners six, and the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and T-Pain each earn five nods. Akon, Dierks Bentley, Chris Daughtry, Feist, Tim McGraw, John Newton, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, and Bruce Springsteen receive four each.

“This year’s nominations truly reflect a diverse and talented community of artists and creators who represent some of the most exceptional music of the year,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “The GRAMMY Awards process once again has yielded a comprehensive group of excellent nominees and coupled with the fact that it’s our milestone 50th year, this year’s telecast promises music fans a spectacular show filled with stellar performances and unique ‘GRAMMY Moments’ for which Music’s Biggest Night(TM) has come to be renowned.”

Following is a sampling of nominations in 110 categories from the GRAMMY Awards’ 31 Fields:

GENERAL FIELD
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Nominees for Album Of The Year are:
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Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace — Foo Fighters
These Days — Vince Gill
River: The Joni Letters — Herbie Hancock
Graduation — Kanye West
Back To Black — Amy Winehouse

Nominees for Record Of The Year are:
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“Irreplaceable” — Beyonce
“The Pretender” — Foo Fighters
“Umbrella” — Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
“What Goes Around…Comes Around” — Justin Timberlake
“Rehab” — Amy Winehouse

Best New Artist nominees are:
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Feist
Ledisi
Paramore
Taylor Swift
Amy Winehouse

Song Of The Year nominees include:
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“Before He Cheats” — John Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie
Underwood)
“Hey There Delilah” — Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T’s)
“Like A Star” — Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
“Rehab” — Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
“Umbrella” — Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius “Dream” Nash &
Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)POP FIELD
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Nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album go to:
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Lost Highway — Bon Jovi
The Reminder — Feist
It Won’t Be Soon Before Long — Maroon 5
Memory Almost Full — Paul McCartney
Back To Black — Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals nods go to:
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“Steppin’ Out” — Tony Bennett & Christina Aguilera
“Beautiful Liar” — Beyonce & Shakira
“Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” — Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
“The Sweet Escape” — Gwen Stefani & Akon
“Give It To Me” — Timbaland Featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin
Timberlake

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