Kanye West Leads Grammy Nominations

Kanye West — a rapper who has steered away from hard-core topics in favor of lyrics about everyday life — led nominations Tuesday for the 47th annual Grammy Awards, earning 10 nods, including song of the year, album of the year and best new artist.

Several artists — including Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Green Day and Usher — earned nominations in two of the big three categories: song, album and record of the year.

Usher’s hit single “Yeah!” and album “Confessions” are nominated for record of the year and album of the year, respectively, while Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” and “The Diary of Alicia Keys” are up for song of the year (a songwriter’s award) and album of the year.

Rounding out the latter category are Charles’ “Genius Loves Company,” Green Day’s “American Idiot” and newcomer West’s “College Dropout.” West’s song of the year nomination is for “Jesus Calls.”

Other record of the year nominees are “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas; “Here We Go Again” by Charles and Norah Jones; “American Idiot” by Green Day; and “Heaven” by Los Lonely Boys.

Song of the year nods went to “Daughters,” written and performed by John Mayer; “Jesus Walks,” written by West and C. Smith; Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman; Hoobastank’s “The Reason,” by Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb; and Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” which she wrote and performed.

West, Los Lonely Boys, Maroon 5, Joss Stone and Gretchen Wilson are up for best new artist.

The Grammys will be given out February 13 in Los Angeles, California, during a broadcast on CBS.

Source CNN.com.

The full list of nominations is available at grammys.com

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