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Toto tops Grammy nominees

By
JEFF WILSON

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The rock group Toto collected eight coveted Grammy nominations Tuesday -- including record and album of the year -- and superstar Stevie Wonder won seven nominations for the 25th Grammy Awards.

The motion picture soundtrack from 'E.T. The Extraterrestrial,' garnered four nominations for John Williams, who also wrote the award-winning soundtracks for 'Star Wars' and 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind.'

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Other multiple nominees were Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John and John Cougar.

Toto's hit album 'Toto IV,' featuring the blockbuster single 'Rosanna,' was nominated for record, album and song of the year, producer of the year, best pop performance by a group, best instrumental arrangement with accompanying vocals, best vocal arrangement for two or more voices and best engineered recording.

Nominated for best new artist were Asia, Jennifer Holliday, The Human League, Men at Work and Stray Cats.

Other record of the year nominees were 'Always on My Mind' by Willie Nelson, 'Chariots of Fire' by Vangelis, 'Ebony and Ivory' by McCartney and Wonder, and 'Steppin' Out' by Joe Jackson.

Included in the album of the year nominations were Cougar's 'American Fool,' Donald Fagen's 'The Nightfly,' Billy Joel's 'The Nylon Curtain,' McCartney's 'Tug of War,' and 'Toto IV.'

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Song of the year candidates were 'Always on My Mind,' 'Ebony & Ivory,' 'Eye of the Tiger,' 'I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World),' and 'Rosanna.'

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences listed nominees in 62 categories, and winners will be announced Feb. 23 in a nationally televised ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Nominated for best female pop vocalist performance were Miss Ronstadt for 'Get Closer,' Laura Branigan for 'Gloria,' Miss Newton-John for 'Heart Attack,' Juice Newton for 'Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me,' and Melissa Manchester for 'You Should Hear How She Talks About You.'

Nominees for best male pop vocalist performance were Elton John for 'Blue Eyes,' Rick Springfield for 'Don't Talk to Strangers,' Donald Fagen for 'I.G.Y., (What a Beautiful World),' Michael McDonald for 'I Keep Forgettin',' Joe Jackson for 'Steppin' Out,' and Lionel Richie for 'Truly.'

Nominees for best pop performance by a duo or a group were McCartney and Wonder for 'Ebony and Ivory,' Chicago for 'Hard to Say I'm Sorry,' Daryl Hall & John Oates for 'Maneater,' Toto's 'Rosanna,' and Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for 'Up Where We Belong.'

Wonder collected nominations for record of the year, best pop performance by a duo or a group, best rhythm and blues male vocal performance, best R&B performance by a duo or a group, twice for best R&B song categories for 'Do I Do' and 'That Girl,' and best instrumental arrangement with accompanying vocals.

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