Veteran R&B diva
Other multiple nominees were the
Blige’s multi-platinum album “The Breakthrough” was nominated for R&B album of the year, and the hit “Be Without You” earned song of the year and record of the year nods.
Blige helped announce the nominees, along with
When Timberlake brought sexy back to music, Grammy love came with it. The 25-year-old singer’s second solo CD, “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” nabbed nominations for pop vocal album of the year and album of the year.
The Dixie Chicks survived the controversy that followed singer Natalie Maines’ criticism of President Bush in 2003, crowning their comeback year with a number of nominations, including album of the year for “Taking the Long Way” and record of the year for the single “Not Ready to Make Nice.”
James Blunt, who was on hand at the announcement ceremony, capped his stellar year with numerous nods, including best new artist, plus record of the year and song of the year for his ubiquitous hit, “You’re Beautiful.”
The nominees for record of the year are “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige, “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt, “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks, “Crazy” by
Christina Aguilera grabbed two nominations, for best pop female vocal and best pop vocal album for “Ain’t No Other Man.”
Blige was also nominated for best R&B album, along with
Another nominees for female pop vocal performance were
Male pop vocal performance nominees were James Blunt, John Legend, John Mayer, Paul McCartney and Daniel Powter,
The nominees for best new artist are
The 49th Grammy Awards are scheduled to air live on CBS from the Staples Center here on Feb. 11.
— Associated Press