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West, Winehouse Lead List of Grammy Nominees

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When the Grammy Awards are handed out for the 50th time Feb. 10, they'll honor a cross-section of best-sellers, venerated veterans, tabloid sensations and up-and-comers. Nominees, announced Thursday, include hip-hop star Kanye West (leading the field with eight nominations) and neo-soul sensation Amy Winehouse (six).

West's Graduation and Winehouse's Back to Black are both nominated for Album of the Year, along with three comparative surprises: the rock band Foo Fighters (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace), country stalwart Vince Gill (These Days) and jazz favorite Herbie Hancock (River: The Joni Letters). Best New Artist nominees include Feist, Ledisi, Paramore and Taylor Swift, in addition to Winehouse.

Here's a look at the nominees in some key categories. For a full list of nominations in all 110 categories, visit the Grammys' Web site.

Album of the Year

Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Vince Gill, These Days

Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters

Kanye West, Graduation

Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

Record Of The Year

Beyoncé, "Irreplaceable"

Foo Fighters, "The Pretender"

Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z, "Umbrella"

Justin Timberlake, "What Goes Around... Comes Around"

Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"

Best New Artist




Taylor Swift

Amy Winehouse

Song Of The Year

"Before He Cheats," John Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie


"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)

Best Pop Vocal Album

Bon Jovi, Lost Highway

Feist, The Reminder

Maroon 5, It Won't Be Soon Before Long

Paul McCartney, Memory Almost Full

Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

Best Rock Album

Daughtry, Daughtry

John Fogerty, Revival

Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Bruce Springsteen, Magic

Wilco, Sky Blue Sky

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Akon, Konvicted

Keyshia Cole, Just Like You

Fantasia, Fantasia

Emily King, East Side Story

Ne-Yo, Because Of You

Best Rap Album

Common, Finding Forever

Jay-Z, Kingdom Come

Nas, Hip Hop Is Dead

T.I., T.I. vs T.I.P.

Kanye West, Graduation

Best Country Album

Dierks Bentley, Long Trip Alone

Vince Gill, These Days

Tim McGraw, Let It Go

Brad Paisley, 5th Gear

George Strait, It Just Comes Natural

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Will Bernard, Party Hats

Brian Bromberg, Downright Upright

Eldar, Re-Imagination

Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters

Jeff Lorber, He Had a Hat