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West wins top noms; Keys, Usher follow with eight

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HOLLYWOOD — Kanye West, a producer, songwriter and rapper who compiled a significant resume before releasing his debut album this year, received 10 Grammy nominations Tuesday, the highest tally since Carlos Santana was up for the same number five years ago.

R&B artists were heading the class, as Alicia Keys and Usher nabbed eight noms, and the late Ray Charles pulled in seven. Green Day was next with six. Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn, Prince and Al Schmitt, who engineered Charles’ “Genius Loves Company,” each earned five, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater in Hollywood.

Elvis Costello, Los Lonely Boys, Tim McGraw, Will.I.am and Mark Stent of Black Eyed Peas, conductor Robert Spano and country singer Gretchen Wilson garnered four each.

Trophies will be handed out Feb. 13 at Staples Center in ceremonies broadcast on CBS.

‘Dropout’ drops in

West’s “The College Dropout” (Roc-A-Fella/Universal) and its tracks nabbed noms for album, song (“Jesus Walks”), new artist, rap song, rap album and rap solo perf. He also picked up two noms for rap/sung collaboration, guesting with Jamie Foxx on Twista’s “Slow Jamz” and for “All Falls Down” with Syleena Johnson on his own album. For co-writing and producing Key’s “You Don’t Know My Name,” he ends up with two entries in the album category and is up for R&B song.

West, who has been producing since 1998 and worked with Jay-Z, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, Talib Kweli and others before being involved in a near-fatal car accident in 2002, was the only artist with three noms in the top four categories; Usher, Charles, Green Day and Keys had two each.

“I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to touch people with my music,” West said at the announcement ceremony. “To be honest, it’s even a bit scary.” “The College Dropout” has sold 2.5 million copies.

Among distributors, Universal Music Group pulled in 138 noms, Sony-BMG scored 121, Warner Music Group had 66 and EMI nabbed 62. More than 140 noms went to independent labels.

True to form

In the record and album of the year categories, the Recording Academy has stayed true to form by honoring a sentimental favorite (Ray Charles, whose last win was in 1993), a ubiquitous song and album (Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started” and Usher’s “Confessions”) and an upstart that had a good year (Los Lonely Boys). The wild card is Green Day, the veteran punk band from Northern California that has been receiving glowing reviews for “American Idiot” (Re-prise/Warner), giving the two categories added credibility.

Song of the year, on the other hand, ignores huge singles such as Usher’s “Yeah!,” Modest Mouse’s “Float On,” Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” the nouveau sports an-them “Let’s Get It Started” (a re-recording of their less-than-p.c. track “Let’s Get Retarded”) and the U2 track that slid in under the wire, “Vertigo.” Instead, the acad has gone with John Mayer’s hit ballad “Daughters” and four songs that were genre, if not widespread, hits.

New artists category pits two very fresh faces — country singer Gretchen Wilson and Brit soulstress Joss Stone — against three acts with some wear and tear on them. West has six years of recordings under his belt; Maroon 5, which recorded as Kara’s Flowers until changing their moniker in 1999, initially released “Songs About Jane” in June 2002; and Los Lonely Boys features three brothers who spent years backing their father.

Usher’s gusher

Per usual, the Grammys acknowledge million-selling acts in the big-four categories. Usher’s “Confessions,” with 7 million sold, is the biggest-selling album released during the eligibility period of Oct. 1, 2003 through Sept. 30. (Last year’s biggest seller, 50 Cent, grabbed five noms but went home empty-handed on Grammy night).

Usher’s collaboration with fellow eight-time nominee Alicia Keys, “My Boo,” is up for R&B performance by a duo or group and R&B song, two categories in which he is also nominated for “Yeah,” his collaboration with Lil’ Jon and Ludacris.

Keys is also double-booked in the categories via her “You Don’t Know My Name” single. (Other artists with two noms in a category are Ray Charles in pop collaboration; Black Eyed Peas members in rap song; Toby Keith in country collaboration; Loretta Lynn in country song; Maria Schneider in instrumental com-position; and Emmanuelle Haim in opera recording.)

The Grammys have had a long love affair with the artists who endure, and in years past, they have slid rock performers, sometimes speciously, into pop, folk and blues categories. This year finds those categories filled by artists who honestly ply their trade in them. And while three nominations for the Killers in rock categories are surprising, rock noms generally went to critically, rather than commercially approved artists.

Among the non-classical acts with more than 25 years of recordings who were nominated: George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart (his 14th nom with no wins), Rush, Al Green, McCoy Tyner, Van Morrison and Etta James.

Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys founder who will be honored as the acad’s MusiCares person of the year during Grammy week, received two nominations, and his album “Brian Wilson Presents Smile” picked up an engineering nod for Mark Linett. Neither Wilson nor the Beach Boys have ever won a Grammy.

Costello duo

Two of Costello’s four nominations came from his work in film. His version of Cole Porter’s “Let’s Misbehave,” from MGM’s “De-Lovely,” is up for male pop vocal, and “The Scarlet Tide,” which he wrote with T Bone Burnett for Miramax’s “Cold Mountain,” is a contender for song written for a motion picture or televi-sion. The latter will be up against Oscar winner “Into the West” by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore and Fran Walsh, and Sting’s contribution to “Cold Mountain,” “You Will Be My Ain True Love.”

Jon Brion’s score for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and Thomas Newman’s work for HBO’s “Angels in America” will battle with last year’s Oscar nominees Howard Shore and Danny Elfman for score album. John Williams’ music for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” rounds out the category.

Three of last year’s Tony nominees for musical, including winner “Avenue Q,” are up for musical show album.

The category list is up to 107 with the addition this year of electronic/dance album and gospel performance.

Grammy ballots will be mailed Dec. 15. The academy is working with Apple and iTunes to provide digital access to nominated tracks for voting members.

And the nominees are…

“Let’s Get It Started” — The Black Eyed Peas; Will.i.am, producer; Mark “Spike” Stent, Will.i.am, engineers/mixers (track from: “Elephunk”) (A&M Records)
“Here We Go Again” — Ray Charles & Norah Jones; John Burk, producer; Terry Howard, Al Schmitt, engineers/mixers (track from: “Genius Loves Company”) (Concord Records/Hear Music)
“American Idiot” — Green Day; Billie Joe Armstrong, Rob Cavallo, Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool, producers; Chris Lord-Alge, Doug McKean, engineers/mixers (track from: “American Idiot”) (Reprise Records)
“Heaven” — Los Lonely Boys; John Porter, producer; Steve Chadie, John Porter, engineers/mixers (track from: “Los Lonely Boys”) (Epic Records)
“Yeah!” — Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris; Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith, producer; John Frye, Donnie Scantz, Smith, the Trak Starz & Mark Vinten, engineers/mixers (track from: “Confessions”) (Arista/LaFace/Zomba Label Group)

“Genius Loves Company” — Ray Charles & Various Artists; John Burk, Terry Howard, Don Mizell, Phil Ramone & Herbert Waltl, producers; Robert Fernandez, John Harris, Terry Howard, Pete Karam, Joel Moss, Al Schmitt & Ed Thacker, engineers/mixers; Robert Hadley & Doug Sax, mastering engineers (Concord Records/Hear Music)
“American Idiot” — Green Day; Billie Joe Armstrong, Rob Cavallo, Mike Dirnt & Tré Cool, producers; Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, engineers/mixers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer (Reprise Records)
“The Diary Of Alicia Keys” — Alicia Keys; Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Vidal Davis, Easy Mo Bee, Andre Harris, Alicia Keys, Kumasi, Timbaland, Kanye West & Dwayne “D. Wigg” Wiggins, producers; Tony Black, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Vincent Dilorenzo, Russ Elevado, Manny Marroquin, Walter Millsap III, Ann Mincieli & Pat Viala, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers Jr., mastering engineer (J Records)
“Confessions” — Usher; Bobby Ross Avila, Valdez Brantley, Bryan Michael Cox, Vidal Davis, Destro Music, Jermaine Dupri, Andre Harris, Rich Harrison, IZ, Jimmy Jam, Just Blaze, James Lackey, Terry Lewis, Juan Johnny Najera, Pro J, Usher Raymond, Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith, Aaron Spears, Arthur Strong, Thicke & James “Big Jim” Wright, producers; Ian Cross, Kevin “KD” Davis, Vidal Davis, Vince DeLorenzo, Jermaine Dupri, Blake Eisman, Brian Frye, John Frye, Serban Ghenea, Andre Harris, John Horesco IV, Ken Lewis, Matt Marrin, Manny Marroquin, Tony Maserati, Pro J, Donnie Scantz, Jon Smeltz, Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith, Phil Tan, The Trak Starz, Mark Vinten & Ryan West, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, mastering engineer (Arista/LaFace/Zomba Label Group)
“The College Dropout” — Kanye West; Kanye West, producer; Eddy Schreyer, engineer/mixer; Eddy Schreyer, mastering engineer (Roc-A-Fella Records)

“Daughters” John Mayer, songwriter (Mayer)(track from: “Heavier Things”) (Aware Records/Columbia; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tunes/Specific Harm Music)
“If I Ain’t Got You” Alicia Keys, songwriter (Keys) (track from: “The Diary of Alicia Keys”) (J Records; Publishers: Lellow Prods./EMI Music Publishing)
“Jesus Walks” C. Smith & Kanye West, songwriter (West) (track from: “The College Dropout”) (Roc-A-Fella Records; Publishers: Konman Entertainment/Gimme My Publishing Co./Hip Hop Since 1978 & Mapleshade Prods.)
“Live Like You Were Dying” Tim Nichols & Craig Wiseman, songwriters (Tim McGraw) (track from: “Live Like You Were Dying”) (Curb Records; Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane Publishing/Big Loud Shirt)
“The Reason” Daniel Estrin & Douglas Robb, songwriters (Hoobastank) (track from: “The Reason”) (Island Records; Publisher: Spread Your Cheeks and Push out the Music.)

Los Lonely Boys
Maroon 5
Joss Stone
Kanye West
Gretchen Wilson

“Oceania” Bjork (track from: “Medulla”) (Elektra/Atlantic)
“The First Cut Is the Deepest” Sheryl Crow (track from: “The Very Best of Sheryl Crow”) (A&M Records)
“Sunrise” Norah Jones (track from: “Feels Like Home”) (Blue Note Records)
“What You Waiting For?” Gwen Stefani (Interscope Records)
“You Had Me” Joss Stone (S-Curve Records)

“Let’s Misbehave” Elvis Costello (track from: “De-Lovely — Music From the Motion Picture” (Various Artists) (Columbia)
“You Raise Me Up” Josh Groban (track from: “Closer”) (143/Reprise)
“Daughters” John Mayer (track from: “Heavier Things”) (Columbia/Aware)
“Cinnamon Girl” Prince (track from: “Musicology” (Columbia Records/NPG Records)
“Love’s Divine” Seal (track from: “Seal IV”) (Warner Bros.)

“My Immortal” Evanescence (track from: “Fallen”) (Wind-up Records)
“The Reason” Hoobastank (track from: “The Reason”) (Island Records)
“Heaven” Los Lonely Boys (track from: “Los Lonely Boys”) (Epic Records)
“She Will Be Loved” Maroon5 (track from: “Songs About Jane”) (Octone/J)
“It’s My Life” No Doubt (track from: “The Singles 1992-2003”) (Interscope Records)

“Redemption Song” Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer (track from: “Unearthed”) (American Recordings/Lost Highway Records)
“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” Ray Charles & Elton John (track from: “Genius Loves Company”) (Concord Records)
“Here We Go Again” Ray Charles & Norah Jones (track from: “Genius Loves Company”) (Concord Records)
“Something” Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton (track from: “Concert for George”) (Warner Strategic Marketing)
“Moon River” Stevie Wonder & Take 6 (track from: “Ultimate Mancini” (Concord Records)

“Chasing Shadows” Herb Alpert, Russ Freeman, James Genus, Gene Lake and Jason Miles (track from: “Maximum Grooves: Coast to Coast”) (Various Artists) (Telarc)
“Take You Out” George Benson (track from: “Irreplaceable”) (GRP)
“11th Commandment” Ben Harper (track from: “There Will Be a Light”) (Virgin Records)
“Song F” Bruce Hornsby (track from: “Halcyon Days” (Columbia Records)
“Rat Pack Boogie” Brian Setzer (track from: “Nitro Burnin’ Funny Daddy” (Surfdog Records)

“Pure” Boney James (Warner Bros.)
“Saxophonic” Dave Koz (Capitol Records)
“Forever, for Always, for Luther” Various Artists Bud Harner & Rex Rideout, producers (GRP)
“Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar” Various Artists James Jensen, producer (Solid Air Records)
“EP 2003: Music for the Epicurean Harkener” Mason Williams (Skookum Records)

“Genius Loves Company” Ray Charles & Various Artists (Concord Records)
“Feels Like Home” Norah Jones (Blue Note Records)
“Afterglow” Sarah McLachlan (Arista Records)
“Mind, Body & Soul” Joss Stone (S-Curve Records)
“Brian Wilson Presents Smile” Brian Wilson (Nonesuch Records)

“Good Luck” Basement Jaxx featuring Lisa Kekaula Basement Jaxx, producers; Basement Jaxx, mixers (XL Recordings/Astralwerks)
“Get Yourself High” The Chemical Brothers The Chemical Brothers, producers; The Chemical Brothers, mixers (Astralwerks)
“Slow” Kylie Minogue Dan Carey & Emiliana Torrini, producers; Mr. Dan, mixer (track from: “Body Language”) (Capitol Records)
“Comfortably Numb” Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters, producers; Neil Harris & Scissor Sisters, mixers (track from: “Scissor Sisters”) (Universal Records)
“Toxic” Britney Spears Avant & Bloodshy, producers; Niklas Flyckt, mixer (track from: “In the Zone”) (Jive/Zomba Label Group)

“Kish Kash” Basement Jaxx (XL Recordings/Astralwerks)
“Legion of Boom” The Crystal Method (V2 Records)
“Creamfields” Paul Oakenfold (Thrive Records)
“Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned” The Prodigy (XL Recordings/Maverick)
“Reflections” Paul Van Dyk (Mute Records)

“Only You” Harry Connick Jr. (Columbia)
“Count Your Blessings” Barbara Cook (DRG)
“Ultimate Mancini” Monica Mancini (Concord Records)
“Just for a Thrill” Ronnie Milsap (Image Music Corp.)
“Stardust … The Great American Songbook Volume III” Rod Stewart (J Records)

“Wonderwall” Ryan Adams (track from: “Love Is Hell”) (Lost Highway Records)
“The Revolution Starts Now” Steve Earle (track from: “The Revolution Starts … Now”) (Artemis Records/E-Squared)
“Breathe” Melissa Etheridge (track from: “Lucky”) (Island Records)
“Code of Silence” Bruce Springsteen (track from: “The Essential Bruce Springsteen”) (Columbia Records)
“Metropolitan Glide” Tom Waits (Anti)

“Monkey to Man” Elvis Costello & The Imposters (track from: “The Delivery Man”) (Lost Highway Records)
“Take Me Out” Franz Ferdinand (track from: “Franz Ferdinand”) (Domino Recording Co.)
“American Idiot” Green Day (track from: “American Idiot”) (Reprise Records)
“Somebody Told Me” The Killers (track from: “Hot Fuss”) (Island Records)
“Vertigo” U2 (Interscope Records)

“Megalomaniac” Incubus (track from: “A Crow Left of the Murder”) (Epic/Immortal)
“Some Kind of Monster” Metallica (track from: “Some Kind of Monster”) (Elektra Records)
“Feelin’ Way Too Damn Good” Nickelback (track from: “The Long Road”) (Roadrunner Records)
“Duality” Slipknot (track from: “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)”) (Roadrunner Records)
“Slither” Velvet Revolver (RCA)

“Nymphetamine” Cradle of Filth (track from: “Nymphetamine”) (Roadrunner Records)
“Live for This” Hatebreed (track from: “The Rise of Brutality” (Universal Records)
“The End of Heartache” Killswitch Engage (track from: “The End of Heartache” (Roadrunner Records)
“Whiplash” Motorhead (Big Deal Records)
“Vermilion” Slipknot (track from: “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)”) (Roadrunner Records)

“Instrumental Illness” The Allman Brothers Band (track from: “One Way Out”) (Sanctuary)
“Onda” Los Lonely Boys (track from: “Los Lonely Boys”) (Epic Records)
“O Baterista” Rush (track from: “Rush in Rio”) (Anthem/Atlantic Records)
“Whispering a Prayer” Steve Vai (track from: “G3 Live: Rockin’ in the Free World”) (Epic Records)
“Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” Brian Wilson (track from: “Brian Wilson Presents Smile” (Nonesuch Records)

“American Idiot” Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tre Cool, songwriters (Green Day) (track from: “American Idiot”) (Reprise Records; Publishers: WB Music Corp. & Green Daze Music)
“Fall to Pieces” Duff, Dave Kushner, Slash, Matt Sorum & Scott Weiland, songwriters (Velvet Revolver) (track from: “Contraband”) (RCA; Publishers: Velvet Revolver Songs, Slash & Cash Publishing)
“Float On” Isaac Brock, Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy & Benjamin Weikel, songwriters (Modest Mouse) (track from: “Good News for People Who Love Bad News”) (Epic Records; Publishers: Ugly Casanova, Tschudi Music & The Best Dressed Chicken in Town)
“Somebody Told Me” Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer & Ronnie Vannucci, songwriters (The Killers) (track from: “Hot Fuss”) (Island Records; Publisher: The Killers Publishing)
“Vertigo” Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge & Larry Mullen, songwriters (U2) (Interscope Records; Publisher: Universal Polygram International Publishing)

“The Delivery Man” Elvis Costello & The Imposters (Lost Highway Records)
“American Idiot” Green Day (Reprise Records)
“The Reason” Hoobastank (Island Records)
“Hot Fuss” The Killers (Island Records)
“Contraband” Velvet Revolver (RCA Records)

“Medulla” — Bjork (Elektra/Atlantic)
“Franz Ferdinand” — Franz Ferdinand (Domino Recording Co.)
“Uh Huh Her” — PJ Harvey (Island Records)
“Good News for People Who Love Bad News” — Modest Mouse (Epic Records)
“A Ghost Is Born” — Wilco (Nonesuch Records)

“I Want You” — Janet Jackson (track from “Damita Jo”) (Virgin Records)
“If I Ain’t Got You” — Alicia Keys (track from “The Diary of Alicia Keys”) (J Records)
“I’m Still In Love” — Teena Marie (track from “La Dona”) (Cash Money/Universal Records)
“Whatever” — Jill Scott (track from “Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2”) (Hidden Beach Recordings)
“U-Haul” — Angie Stone (track from “Stone Love”) (J Records)

“Charlene” — Anthony Hamilton (track from “Comin’ From Where I’m From”) (So So Def/Zomba Label Group)
“Happy People” — R. Kelly (track from “Happy People/U Saved Me”) (Jive/Zomba Label Group)
“What We Do Here” — Brian McKnight (track from “Gemini”) (Motown Records)
“Call My Name” — Prince (track from “Musicology”) (Columbia Records/NPG Records)
“Burn” — Usher (track from Confessions”) (Arista/LaFace/Zomba Label Group)

“Lose Your Breath” — Destiny’s Child (Columbia Records)
“Show Me the Way” — Earth, Wind & Fire featuring Raphael Saadiq (Sanctuary Urban Records Groups)
“Say Yes” — Floetry (track from “Floacism Live”) (DreamWorks)
“Diary” — Alicia Keys featuring Tony! Toni! Tone! (track from “The Diary of Alicia Keys”) (J Records)
“My Boo” — Usher & Alicia Keys (track from “Confessions Special Edition”) (Arista/La Face/Zomba Label Group)

“You’re My Everything” — Anita Baker (track from “My Everything”) (Blue Note Records)
“Sinner’s Prayer” — Ray Charles & B.B. King (track from “Genius Loves Company”) (Concord Records)
“I Can’t Stop” — Al Green (track from “I Can’t Stop”) (Blue Note)
“New Day” — Patti LaBelle (track from “Timeless Journey”) (Def Soul Classics)
“Musicology” — Prince (track from “Musicology”) (Columbia Records/NPG Records)

“Sex, Love & Money” — Mos Def (Geffen)
“Are You Experienced?” — Musiq (track from “Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (Various Artists)”) (Experience Hendrix)
“She Wants to Move” — N.E.R.D. (Virgin Records)
“Star” — The Roots (track from “The Tipping Point”) (Geffen Records)
“Cross My Mind” — Jill Scott (track from “Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2”) (Hidden Beach)

“Burn” — Bryan Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, Usher Raymond, songwriters (Usher) (track from “Confessions”) (Arista/LaFace/Zomba Label Group; publishers: Shaniah Cymone Music/EMI April Music, Babyboy’s Little Publishing Co., Noontime South, UR IV Music/EMI April Music)
“Call My Name” — Prince, songwriter (Prince) (track from “Musicology”) (Columbia Records/NPG Records; publisher: NPG Music)
“My Boo” — Jermaine Dupri, Alicia Keys, Usher Raymond, Manuel Seal, Adonis Shropshire, songwriters (Usher & Alicia Keys) (track from “Confessions Special Edition”) (Arista/LaFace/Zomba Label Group; publishers: EMI April Music, Shaniah Cymone Music, BMG Songs, Manusee Publishing, EMI Blackwood Music, Lellow Prods., UR IV Music/EMI April Music)
“Yeah!” — Chris Bridges, Sean Garrett, LaMarquis Jefferson, Robert McDowell, James Phillips, Jonathan Smith, Patrick J. Que Smith, songwriters (Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris) (track from “Confessions”) (Arista/LaFace/Zomba Label Group; publishers: liljon00017 music/TVT Music, Christopher Garret’s Publishing/Hitco South, Christopher Matthew Music/Hitco Music, Ludacris Music Publishing/EMI April Music, Swole Music/Basajamba Music/Air Control Publishing/EMI April Music)
“You Don’t Know My Name” — Alicia Keys, Harold Lilly, Kanye West, songwriters (Alicia Keys) (track from “The Diary of Alicia Keys”) (J Records; publishers: Lellow Prods./EMI Music Publishing, Ye World Music/EMI April Music, Uncle Bobby Music/EMI Blackwood Music, A Dish-a-Tunes Ltd.)

“My Everything” — Anita Baker (Blue Note Records)
“I Can’t Stop” — Al Green (Blue Note)
“The Diary of Alicia Keys” — Alicia Keys (J Records)
“Musicology” — Prince (Columbia Records/NPG Records)
“Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2” — Jill Scott (Hidden Beach Recordings)

“Afrodisiac” — Brandy (Atlantic Records)
“Damita Jo” — Janet Jackson (Virgin Records)
“It’s About Time” — Christina Milian (Island Def Jam)
“Confessions” — Usher (Arista/LaFace/Zomba Label Group)
“Hurt No More” — Mario Winans (Bad Boy Records)

“On Fire” — Lloyd Banks (track from “The Hunger for More”) (G Unit/Interscope Records)
“Just Lose It” — Eminem (Aftermath/Interscope Records)
“99 Problems” — Jay-Z (track from “The Black Album”) (Roc-A-Fella Records)
“Overnight Celebrity” — Twista (track from “Kamikaze”) (Atlantic Records)
“Through the Wire” — Kanye West (track from “The College Dropout”) (Roc-A-Fella Records)

“Ch-Check It Out” — Beastie Boys (track from “To the 5 Boroughs”) (Capitol)
“Let’s Get It Started” — The Black Eyed Peas (track from “Elephunk”) (A&M Records)
“Don’t Say Nuthin'” — The Roots (track from “The Tipping Point”) (Geffen Records)
“Drop It Like It’s Hot” — Snoop Dogg & Pharrell (Geffen Records)
“Lean Back” — Terror Squad (track from “The Story”) (SRC/Universal Records)

“Why” — Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton (track from “Kiss of Death”) (Ruff Ryders/Interscope Records)
“Dip It Low” — Christina Milian featuring Fabolous (track from “It’s About Time”) (Island Def Jam Music Group)
“Slow Jamz” — Twista featuring Kanye West & Jamie Foxx (track from “Kamikaze”) (Atlantic Records)
“Yeah!” — Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris (track from “Confessions”) (Arista/LaFace/Zomba Label Group)
“All Falls Down” — Kanye West & Syleena Johnson (track from “The College Dropout”) (Rocafella Records)

“Drop It Like It’s Hot” — Calvin Broadus, Chad Hugo, S. Thomas, Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Snoop Dogg & Pharrell) (Geffen)
“Hey Mama” — Will Adams, Anthony Henry, songwriters (The Black Eyed Peas) (track from “Elephunk”) (A&M Records; publishers: Will.i.am Music, Liftmoney/Greensleeves)
“Jesus Walks” — C. Smith, Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West) (track from “The College Dropout”) (Rocafella Records; publishers: Konman Entertainment/Gimme My Publishing Co./Hip Hop Since 1978, Mapleshade Prods.)
“Let’s Get It Started” — Will Adams, Mike Fratantuno, Jaime Gomez, George Pajon Jr., Allan Pineda, Terence Yoshiaki, songwriters (The Black Eyed Peas) (track from “Elephunk”) (A&M Records; publishers: Will.i.am Music, Jeepney Music, Nawasha Networks, Hisako Songs, Tuono Music, El Cubano Music)
“99 Problems” — Shawn Carter, Rick Rubin, songwriters (Jay-Z) (track from “The Black Album”) (Roc-A-Fella Records; publishers: EMI April Music/Carter Boys Music, Copyright Control/Careers BMG Music, BMG Songs, Spirit Two Music/Songs of the Knight)

“To the 5 Boroughs” — Beastie Boys (Capitol Records)
“The Black Album” — Jay-Z (Roc-A-Fella Records)
“The Definition” — LL Cool J (Def Jam)
“Suit” — Nelly (Universal Records)
“The College Dropout” — Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella Records)

“You Will Be My Ain True Love” — Alison Krauss (track from “Cold Mountain — Soundtrack (Various Artists)”) (Columbia)
“Miss Being Mrs.” — Loretta Lynn (track from “Van Lear Rose”) (Interscope Records)
“In My Daughter’s Eyes” — Martina McBride (track from “Martina”) (RCA Records Nashville)
“She’s Not Just a Pretty Face” — Shania Twain (track from “Up!”) (Mercury Records)
“Redneck Woman” — Gretchen Wilson (track from “Here for the Party”) (Epic Records)

“Engine One-Forty-Three” — Johnny Cash (track from “The Unbroken Circle — The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family (Various Artists)”) (Dualtone Music Group)
“In My Own Mind” — Lyle Lovett (track from “My Baby Don’t Tolerate”) (Lost Highway Records)
“Live Like You Were Dying” — Tim McGraw (track from “Live Like You Were Dying”) (Curb Records)
“You Are My Flower” — Willie Nelson (track from “The Unbroken Circle — The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family (Various Artists)”) (Dualtone Music Group)
“You’ll Think of Me” — Keith Urban (track from “Golden Road”) (Capitol Records Nashville)

“New San Antonio Rose” — Asleep at the Wheel (track from “Asleep at the Wheel Remembers the Alamo”) (Shout! Factory)
“Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” — Big & Rich (track from “Horse of a Different Color”) (Warner Bros.)
“You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” — Brooks & Dunn (track from “Red Dirt Road”) (Arista Nashville)
“Top of the World” — Dixie Chicks (track from “Top of the World Tour — Live”) (Columbia)
“It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long” — The Notorious Cherry Bombs (track from “The Notorious Cherry Bombs”) (Universal South)

“Hey Good Lookin'” — Jimmy Buffett, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, George Strait (track from “License to Chill”) (BNA Records)
“Creepin’ In” — Norah Jones & Dolly Parton (track from “Feels Like Home”) (Blue Note)
“Portland Oregon” — Loretta Lynn & Jack White (track from “Van Lear Rose”) (Interscope Records)
“Pancho & Lefty” — Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Toby Keith (track from “Outlaws and Angels”) (Lost Higwhay Records)
“Coat of Many Colors” — Shania Twain with Alison Krauss & Union Station (track from “Just Because I’m a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton”) (Sugar Hill Records)

“Billy in the Low Ground” — Asleep at the Wheel (track from “Asleep at the Wheel Remembers the Alamo”) (Shout! Factory)
“Puppies ‘n Knapsacks” — Sam Bush (track from “King of My World”) (Sugar Hill Records)
“Luxury Liner” — Albert Lee, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley (track from “Heartbreak Hill”) (Sugar Hill Records)
“Earl’s Breakdown” — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band featuring Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Vassar Clements, Jerry Douglas (track from “Will the Circle Be Unbroken — The Trilogy”) (Capitol Records Nashville)
“Bowtie” — Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Byron House (OMAC Records)

“It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long” — Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, songwriters (The Notorious Cherry Bombs) (track from “The Notorious Cherry Bombs”) (Universal South; publisher: Vinny Mae Music)
“Live Like You Were Dying” — Tim Nichols, Craig Wiseman, songwriters (Tim McGraw) (track from “Live Like You Were Dying”) (Curb Records; publishers: Warner-Tamerlane Publishing/Big Loud Shirt)
“Miss Being Mrs.” — Loretta Lynn, songwriter (Loretta Lynn) (track from “Van Lear Rose”) (Interscope Records; publisher: Coal Miners Music)
“Portland Oregon” — Loretta Lynn, songwriter (Loretta Lynn & Jack White) (track from “Van Lear Rose”) (Interscope Records; publisher: Coal Miners Music)
“Redneck Woman” — John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson) (track from “Here for the Party”) (Epic Records; publishers: Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing, Hoosiermama Music, WB Music Corp.)

“Van Lear Rose” — Loretta Lynn (Interscope Records)
“Live Like You Were Dying” — Tim McGraw (Curb Records)
“Tambourine” — Tift Merritt (Lost Highway)
“Be Here” — Keith Urban (Capitol Records Nashville)
“Here For The Party” — Gretchen Wilson (Epic Records)

“The Bluegrass Sessions” — Lynn Anderson (DM Records)
“Twenty Year Blues” — Nashville Bluegrass Band (Sugar Hill Records)
“Brand New Strings” — Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Skaggs Family Records)
“Carrying On” — Ralph Stanley II (Rebel Records)
“A Tribute to Jimmy Martin ‘The King of Bluegrass’ ” — various artists; Ben Isaacs, producer (Koch Records)

“Returning” — Will Ackerman (Decca)
“Atlantis” — David Arkenstone (Narada)
“Two Horizons” — Moya Brennan (Decca)
“American River” — Jonathan Elias (Decca)
“Piano” — Peter Kater (Point of Light Records)

“Journey” — Fourplay (Bluebird)
“Unspeakable” — Bill Frisell (Nonesuch Records)
“In Praise of Dreams” — Jan Garbarek (ECM)
“The Hang” — Don Grusin (Sovereign Artists)
“Strength” — Roy Hargrove (The RH Factor) (Verve)

“American Song” — Andy Bey (Savoy Jazz)
“Twentysomething” — Jamie Cullum (Verve/Universal)
“Accentuate the Positive” — Al Jarreau (Verve Records)
“The Dana Owens Album” — Queen Latifah (Vector Records)
“R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)” — Nancy Wilson (MCG Jazz)

“What’s New” — Alan Broadbent, soloist (track from: “You and the Night and the Music”) (A440 Music Group)
“I Want to Be Happy” — Don Byron, soloist (track from “Ivey-Divey”) (Blue Note Records)
“Speak Like a Child” — Herbie Hancock, soloist (track from “With All My Heart (Harvey Mason)”) (Bluebird)
“Bulería, Solea y Rumba” — Donny McCaslin, soloist (track from “Concert in the Garden (Maria Schneider Orchestra)”) (ArtistShare)
“Wee” — John Scofield, soloist (track from “EnRoute”) (Verve)

“Somewhere” — Bill Charlap Trio (Blue Note)
“Fountain of Youth” — Roy Haynes (Dreyfus Jazz)
“The Out-of-Towners” — Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette Trio (ECM)
“Eternal” — Branford Marsalis Quartet (Marsalis Music/Rounder)
“Illuminations” — McCoy Tyner with Gary Bartz, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash (Telarc Jazz)

“Get Well Soon” — Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra (Challenge Records)
“On the Wild Side” — John La Barbera Big Band (Jazz Compass)
“Coral” — David Sanchez (Columbia)
“Concert in the Garden” — Maria Schneider Orchestra (ArtistShare)
“The Way: Music of Slide Hampton” — The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts Recordings)

“Bebop Timba” — Raphael Cruz (RC Music)
“Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas Del Flamenco” — Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas Del Flamenco (Sunnyside Records)
“Land of the Sun” — Charlie Haden (Verve Intl.)
“Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis” — Conrad Herwig Nonet (Half Note Records)
“Soundances” — Diego Urcola (Sunnyside Records)

“The Stone” — Shirley Caesar, Ann Nesby (track from “The Fighting Temptations — Soundtrack”) (Music World Music/Columbia)
“Heaven Help Us All” — Ray Charles, Gladys Knight (track from “Genius Loves Company”) (Concord Records)
“Lay My Burden Down” — Dr. John, Mavis Staples (track from “N’awlinz Dis Dat or D’udda”) (EMI/Blue Note)
“Celebrate (He Lives)” — Fred Hammond (track from “Somethin’ ‘Bout Love”) (Verity/Zomba Label Group)
“There Will Be a Light” — Ben Harper, the Blind Boys of Alabama (track from “There Will Be a Light”) (Virgin)

“Take Me Away” — Sarah Kelly (Gotee Records)
“Collide” — Skillet (Ardent Records)
“Lose This Life” — Tait (ForeFront Records)
“Wire” — Third Day (Essential Records)
“Welcome to Diverse City” — TobyMac (ForeFront Records)
“Holy Hip Hop ‘Taking the Gospel to the Streets’ ” — various artists; David (Damonsta) Lynch, producer (Holy Hip Hop Music)

“The Creed” — Avalon (Sparrow Records)
“All Things New” — Steven Curtis Chapman (Sparrow Records)
“Who We Are Instead” — Jars of Clay (Essential Records)
“Everyday People” — Nicole C. Mullen (Word Special Projects)
“Rising Son” — RainSong (Soar/Red Sea)

“Driven” — The Crabb Family (Daywind Music Group)
“20th Century Gospel: From Hymns to Blackwood Brothers Tribute to Christian Country” — The Jordanaires, Art Greenhaw & the Light Crust Doughboys, Nokie Edwards (Greenhaw Records)
“Universal United House of Prayer” — Buddy Miller (New West Records)
“Worship & Faith” — Randy Travis (Word Records)
“Amazing Grace 3 — A Country Salute to Gospel” — various artists; Scott Hendricks, producer (Sparrow Records)

“The Live Experience” — The Rance Allen Group (Tyscot Records)
“There Will Be a Light” — Ben Harper & the Blind Boys of Alabama (Virgin)
“The Water I Give” — Dottie Peoples (Atlanta Intl. Records (Air Gospel))
“The Praise & Worship Songs” — Richard Smallwood (Verity/Zomba Label Group)
“Still Here” — The Williams Brothers (Blackberry Records)

“Somethin’ ‘Bout Love” — Fred Hammond (Verity/Zomba Label Group)
“Live From Another Level” — Israel and New Breed (Integrity Gospel)
“He-Motions” — Bishop T. D. Jakes (EMI Gospel/Dexterity Sounds)
“Nothing Without You” — Smokie Norful (EMI Gospel)
“Out the Box” — Tonex & the Peculiar People (Verity/Zomba Label Group)

“Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus” — Minister Timothy Britten & Professor James Roberson, choir directors; Shabach Praise Co. (JDI Records)
“Live in New York” — Rev. Timothy Wright, choir director; New York Fellowship Mass Choir II (Atlanta Intl. Records (Air Gospel))
“Live … This Is Your House” — Carol Cymbala, choir director; the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (INO Records)
“Spirit & Truth” — Kevin Bond, choir director; Newbirth Total Praise Choir (EMI Gospel)
“Unplugged … The Way Church Used to Be” — Ricky Dillard, choir director; New Generation Chorale (Crystal Rose)

“Amar Sin Mentiras” — Marc Anthony (Sony Discos)
“SinVerguenza” — Bacilos (Warner Music Latina)
“Pau-latina” — Paulina Rubio (Universal Music Mexico/Universal Music Latino)
“Diego Torres: MTV Unplugged” — Diego Torres (BMG Argentina)
“El Rock De Mi Pueblo” — Carlos Vives (EMI Latin)

“Komp 104.9 Radio Compa” — Akwid (Univision Records)
“Lipstick” — Alejandra Guzman (RCA/BMG Mexico)
“Mi Sangre” — Juanes (Surco/Universal Music Latino)
“Street Signs” — Ozomatli (Concord Records)
“SI” — Julieta Venegas (Ariola/BMG Mexico)

“Inolvidable” — Candido & Graciela (Chesky Records)
“¡Ahora Si!” — Israel Lopez “Cachao” (Univision Records)
“Angel Melendez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra” — Angel Melendez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra (Latin Street Music)
“Flor De Amor” — Omara Portuondo (Nonesuch)
“Recuerda A Benny More” — Tropicana All Stars (Regu Records)

“Valio La Pena” — Marc Anthony (Sony Discos)
“Travesia” — Victor Manuelle (Sony Discos)
“Autentico” — Gilberto Santa Rosa (Sony Discos)
“Creciendo” — Son de Cali (Univision Records)
“Across 110th Street” — Spanish Harlem Orchestra Featuring Ruben Blades (Libertad Records)

“Titere En Tus Manos” — Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte (Freddie Records)
“Por Ti” — Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga (Fonovisa Records)
“Alma Ranchera” — Rocio Durcal (Ariola/BMG Mexico)
“Intimamente” — Intocable (EMI Latin)
“Veintisiete” — Los Temerarios (Fonovisa Records)

“Polkas, Gritos y Acordeones” — David Lee Garza, Joel Guzman & Sunny Sauceda (Guzman Fox Records)
“Takin’ on the World” — Stefani Montiel (World Records)
“Entre Amigos” — Emilio Navaira (BMG US Latin)
“Mi Destino” — Jay Perez (La Voice Records)
“Vivo” — Vida (Tejas Records)

“Me and Mr. Johnson” — Eric Clapton (Reprise)
“Baby, Don’t You Tear My Clothes” — James Cotton (Telarc)
“Blues With a Vengeance” — John Lee Hooker Jr. (Kent Records)
“Blues to the Bone” — Etta James (RCA Victor)
“Ladies Man” — Pinetop Perkins (M.C. Records)

“N’awlinz Dis Dat or D’udda” — Dr. John (Blue Note)
“Keep It Simple” — Keb’ Mo’ (Epic/Okeh)
“What’s Wrong With This Picture?” — Van Morrison (Blue Note Records)
“Sanctuary” — Charlie Musselwhite (Real World)
“I’m a Bluesman” — Johnny Winter (Virgin)

“Gitane Cajun” — BeauSoleil (Vanguard Records)
“The Morning Glory Ramblers” — Norman & Nancy Blake (Dualtone)
“My Last Go Round” — Rosalie Sorrels & Friends (Red House Records)
“…And the Tin Pan Bended, and the Story Ended…” — Dave Van Ronk (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
“Beautiful Dreamer — The Songs of Stephen Foster” — various artists; Steve Fisbell & David Macias, producers (American Roots Publishing)

“Educated Guess” — Ani DiFranco (Righteous Babe Records)
“The Revolution Starts…Now” — Steve Earle (Artemis Records/E-Squared)
“Land of Milk and Honey” — Eliza Gilkyson (Red House Records)
“Impossible Dream” — Patty Griffin (ATO Records)
“The Unbroken Circle — The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family” — various artists; John Carter Cash, producer (Dualtone Music Group)

“Straight Up Northern” — Black Eagle (Soar)
“Family Traditions” — Black Lodge Singers (Soar)
“Cedar Dream Songs — Bill Miller (Paras Recordings)
“Covenant” — Joanne Shenandoah (Silver Wave Records)
“Feed the Fire” — Mary Youngblood (Silver Wave Records)

“Some Call It Aloha…Don’t Tell” — The Brothers Cazimero (Mountain Apple Co.)
“Amy & Willie Live” — Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom & Willie K (Blind Man Sound)
“Cool Elevation” — Ho’okena (Ho’omau Inc.)
“Ke`alaokamaile” — Keali`i Reichel (Punahele Prods.)
“Slack Key Guitar Volume 2” — various artists; Charles Michael Brotman, producer (Palm Records)

“Black Magic” — Jimmy Cliff (Artemis Records/Unique Corp.)
“The Dub Revolutionaries” — Sly & Robbie (Sanctuary)
“African Holocaust” — Steel Pulse (RAS/Sanctuary Records)
“True Love” — Toots & the Maytals (V2 Records)
“Def Jamaica” — various artists (Def Jamaica/Def Jam Recordings)

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