Springsteen, Eminem get Grammy nominations

By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International  |  Jan. 7, 2003 at 11:55 AM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Controversial rapper Eminem, rock legend Bruce Springsteen, newcomer Norah Jones and teen pop star Avril Lavigne dominated major categories Tuesday in the announcement of the nominations for the 45th Grammys as presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Nominees for Album of the Year are: "Home" by the Dixie Chicks, "The Eminem Show" by Eminem, "Come Away With Me" by Jones, "Nellyville" by Nelly and "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen.

Eminem also earned nods for Best Male Solo Rap Performance, while his hit "Without Me" earned a nomination for Record of the Year and the "The Eminem Show" a mention for Best Rap Album.

Springsteen also walked away with several nominations, including one for Best Rock Vocal Performance, while his 9/11-inspired album, "The Rising," was mentioned for the Best Rock Album prize, and the album's title track for Song of the Year and Best Rock Song.

Competing against "The Rising" for the Song of the Year Grammy are "Complicated," written by Avril Lavigne & The Matrix, "Don't Know Why" written by Jesse Harris, "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton, and "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" by Alan Jackson.

The Song of the Year honor is bestowed upon the songwriter, not the artist who sings it, but all of the contenders for the 2002 award were written by those who perform them except for "Don't Know Why," which is sung by Jones.

Carlton's "A Thousand Miles," Jones' "Don't Know Why," Nelly's "Dilemma," featuring Kelly Rowland, and Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" were also nominated for Record of the Year.

Nominees in the Best New Artist category were Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Jones, Lavigne and John Mayer. Jones and Lavigne are also competing for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album awards.

Another artist that earned multiple nominations was Nelly, who was mentioned in the Best Male Rap Solo Performance category for "Hot in Herre," as well as the race for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his song "Dilemma."

The winners will be announced Feb. 23 in New York.

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