West, Winehouse lead 50th Grammy noms

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Kanye West leads the field for the 50th annual Grammy Awards with eight nominations, followed by Amy Winehouse with six and Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain with five each.

Winehouse's "Rehab" and Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" are nominated for record of the year, while her "Back to Black" and their "Echo, Silence, Patience & Grace" will vie for album of the year.

The other record of the year nominees are Beyonce's "Irreplaceable," Rihanna's "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z and "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" by Justin Timberlake. Other album of the year nominations went to West ("Graduation"), Vince Gill ("These Days") and Herbie Hancock ("River: The Joni Letters").

"Umbrella," written by Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius "Dream" Nash & Christopher Stewart, and the Winehouse-penned "Rehab" also garnered noms for song of the year, which goes to the songwriter. Also vying in that category are "Like a Star," written and sung by Corinne Bailey Rae; "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's, penned by the band's Tom Higgenson; and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," written by John Kear & Chris Tompkins.

"Can someone wake (Winehouse) up around 6 in the afternoon and tell her?" said George Lopez, who helped announce the noms Thursday at the Music Box@Fonda in Hollywood. Having fun with the British singer's recent troubles, which include her and her husband's drug-related arrests and her canceled tour dates, he then muttered "drunk ass. She makes Lindsay Lohan look cool."

Winehouse also surfaced in the best new artist category, along with Feist, Paramore, Taylor Swift and Ledisi.

Bruce Springsteen scored three nominations in rock categories, while Tim McGraw leads the country field with four.

When a clearly overwhelmed Swift was announced as a nominee for best new artist, she approached the podium and hugged Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.

"Don't worry, Taylor, you have it in the bag," Grohl quipped.

Swift's hugging started a trend. From then on, anyone who got a nomination proceeded to hug the other presenters.



There were a number of eclectic nominees in the best alternative album field, which includes Lily Allen's "Alright, Still," the Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible," Bjork's "Volta," the Shins' "Wincing the Night Away" and the White Stripes' "Icky Thump."

In the film-related categories, "Babel" (composed by Gustavo Santaolalla), "Blood Diamond" (James Newton Howard), "The Departed" (Howard Shore), "Happy Feet" (John Powell), "Pan's Labyrinth" (Javier Navarrete) and "Ratatouille" (Michael Giacchino) will vie for best score soundtrack album.

The nominees for best original motion picture, television or other visual media song are Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova for "Falling Slowly" from "Once," Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder for "Guaranteed" from "Into the Wild," Siedah Garrett and Henry Krieger's "Love You I Do" from "Dreamgirls," Prince's "The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet" and Chris Cornell and David Arnold's "You Know My Name" from "Casino Royale."

Apple's iTunes is partnering with the Grammys this year to provide samples of the nominated songs in a password-protected area, presumably for voters to listen to the songs. Additionally, Delta Airlines is debuting a Grammy-branded plane as part of its fleet for the next three years.

The 50th Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Nominees in the top categories include:

Record of the year

"Irreplaceable," Beyonce
"The Pretender," Foo Fighters
"Umbrella," Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
"What Goes Around ... Comes Around," Justin Timberlake
"Rehab," Amy Winehouse

Album of the year
"Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace," Foo Fighters
"These Days," Vince Gill
"River: The Joni Letters," Herbie Hancock
"Graduation," Kanye West
"Back to Black," Amy Winehouse

Best new artist
Feist
Ledisi
Paramore
Taylor Swift
Amy Winehouse

Best female pop vocal performance
"Candyman," Christina Aguilera
"1234," Feist
"Big Girls Don't Cry," Fergie
"Say It Right," Nelly Furtado
"Rehab," Amy Winehouse

Best male pop vocal performance
"Everything," Michael Buble
"Belief," John Mayer
"Dance Tonight," Paul McCartney
"Amazing," Seal
"What Goes Around ... Comes Around," Justin Timberlake

Best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals
"(You Want to) Make a Memory," Bon Jovi
"Home," Daughtry
"Makes Me Wonder," Maroon5
"Hey There Delilah," Plain White T's
"Window in the Skies," U2

Best male pop vocal performance
"Everything," Michael Buble
"Belief," John Mayer
"Dance Tonight," Paul McCartney
"Amazing," Seal
"What Goes Around ... Comes Around," Justin Timberlake

Best pop collaboration with vocals
"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

Best pop vocal album
"Lost Highway," Bon Jovi
"The Reminder," Feist
"It Won't Be Soon Before Long," Maroon5
"Memory Almost Full," Paul McCartney
"Back to Black," Amy Winehouse

Best electronic/dance album
"We Are the Night," the Chemical Brothers
"Sound of Silver," LCD Soundsystem
"+," Justice
"We Are Pilots," Shiny Toy Guns
"Elements of Life," Tiesto

Best rock album

"Daughtry," Daughtry
"Revival," John Fogerty
"Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace," Foo Fighters
"Magic," Bruce Springsteen
"Sky Blue Sky," Wilco
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