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Wednesday, December 08, 2004 - Page updated at 09:19 A.M.

Music
Kanye West is at top of Grammy list

By The Associated Press

PIPER FERGUSON
The Northwest's own Modest Mouse received nominations for best alternative music album and best rock song.
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Producer-turned-rapper Kanye West collected a leading 10 Grammy nominations yesterday, including album of the year, for his innovative debut, "The College Dropout."

Usher and Alicia Keys, who collaborated on the hit "My Boo," followed West with eight nominations each, including album of the year for Keys' "The Diary of Alicia Keys" and Usher's "Confessions."

Ray Charles had seven posthumous nominations including album of the year and record of the year for "Here We Go Again," sung with Norah Jones.

Northwest nominees included rock band Modest Mouse, which received nominations for best alternative music album — for " Good News For People Who Love Bad News" — and best rock song "Float On."

Guitarist Bill Frisell's "Unspeakable" was nominated for best contemporary jazz album.

Phil Kelly, a Bellingham arranger, snagged a nomination for best instrumental arrangement, for "Bella Luce," from Kelly's album, "Convergence Zone," on Seattle's Origin Records. "I'm kind of amazed," said Kelly. "I heard the tune over in Port Townsend a couple of years ago. The first time I heard it, I knew I wanted to record it."

The Grammys will be given out Feb. 13 on CBS.

The nominees include:

Record of the Year: "Let's Get It Started," The Black Eyed Peas; "Here We Go Again," Ray Charles and Norah Jones; "American Idiot," Green Day; "Heaven," Los Lonely Boys; "Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris.
 
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Album of the Year: "Genius Loves Company," Ray Charles and Various Artists; "American Idiot," Green Day; "The Diary of Alicia Keys," Alicia Keys; "Confessions," Usher; "The College Dropout," Kanye West.

Song of the Year: "Daughters," John Mayer (John Mayer); "If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys); "Jesus Walks," C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West); "Live Like You Were Dying," Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman (Tim McGraw); "The Reason," Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb (Hoobastank).

New Artist: Los Lonely Boys; Maroon 5; Joss Stone; Kanye West; Gretchen Wilson.

Female Pop Vocal: "Oceania," Bjork; "The First Cut Is the Deepest," Sheryl Crow; "Sunrise," Norah Jones; "What You Waiting For?" Gwen Stefani; "You Had Me," Joss Stone.

Male Pop Vocal: "Let's Misbehave," Elvis Costello; "You Raise Me Up," Josh Groban; "Daughters," John Mayer; "Cinnamon Girl," Prince; "Love's Divine," Seal.

Solo Rock Vocal: "Wonderwall," Ryan Adams; "The Revolution Starts Now," Steve Earle; "Breathe," Melissa Etheridge; "Code of Silence," Bruce Springsteen; "Metropolitan Glide," Tom Waits.

Rock Song: "American Idiot," Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool (Green Day); "Fall to Pieces," Duff, Dave Kushner, Slash, Matt Sorum and Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver); "Float On," Isaac Brock, Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy and Benjamin Weikel (Modest Mouse); "Somebody Told Me," Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers); "Vertigo," Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen (U2).

Rock Album: "The Delivery Man," Elvis Costello and The Imposters; "American Idiot," Green Day; "The Reason," Hoobastank; "Hot Fuss," The Killers; "Contraband," Velvet Revolver.

Hard Rock Performance: "Megalomaniac," Incubus; "Some Kind of Monster," Metallica; "Feelin' Way Too Damn Good," Nickelback; "Duality," Slipknot; "Slither," Velvet Revolver.

Metal Performance: "Nymphetamine," Cradle of Filth; "Live for This," Hatebreed; "The End of Heartache," Killswitch Engage; "Whiplash," Motorhead; "Vermilion," Slipknot.

Alternative Music Album: "Medulla," Bjork; "Franz Ferdinand," Franz Ferdinand; "Uh Huh Her," PJ Harvey; "Good News for People Who Love Bad News," Modest Mouse; "A Ghost Is Born," Wilco.

Female R&B Vocal: "I Want You," Janet Jackson; "If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys; "I'm Still in Love," Teena Marie; "Whatever," Jill Scott; "U-Haul," Angie Stone.

Male R&B Vocal: "Charlene," Anthony Hamilton; "Happy People," R. Kelly; "What We Do Here," Brian McKnight; "Call My Name," Prince; "Burn," Usher.

Rap Solo: "On Fire," Lloyd Banks; "Just Lose It," Eminem; "99 Problems," Jay-Z; "Overnight Celebrity," Twista; "Through the Wire," Kanye West.

Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Why," Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton; "Dip It Low," Christina Milian featuring Fabolous; "Slow Jamz," Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx; "Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris; "All Falls Down," Kanye West and Syleena Johnson.

Rap Song: "Drop It Like It's Hot," Calvin Broadus (Snoop Dogg), Chad Hugo, S. Thomas and Pharrell Williams; "Hey Mama," Will Adams and Anthony Henry (The Black Eyed Peas); "Jesus Walks," C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West); "Let's Get It Started," Will Adams, Mike Fratantuno, Jaime Gomez, George Pajon, Jr., Allan Pineda and Terence Yoshiaki (The Black Eyed Peas); "99 Problems," Shawn Carter and Rick Rubin (Jay-Z).

Rap Album: "To the 5 Boroughs," Beastie Boys; "The Black Album," Jay-Z; "The DEFinition," LL Cool J; "Suit," Nelly; "The College Dropout," Kanye West.

Female Country Vocal: "You Will Be My Ain True Love," Alison Krauss; "Miss Being Mrs.," Loretta Lynn; "In My Daughter's Eyes," Martina McBride; "She's Not Just a Pretty Face," Shania Twain; "Redneck Woman," Gretchen Wilson.

Male Country Vocal: "Engine One-Forty-Three," Johnny Cash; "In My Own Mind," Lyle Lovett; "Live Like You Were Dying," Tim McGraw; "You Are My Flower," Willie Nelson; "You'll Think of Me," Keith Urban.

Country Album: "Van Lear Rose," Loretta Lynn; "Live Like You Were Dying," Tim McGraw; "Tambourine," Tift Merritt; "Be Here," Keith Urban; "Here for the Party," Gretchen Wilson.

New Age Album: "Returning," Will Ackerman; "Atlantis," David Arkenstone; "Two Horizons," Moya Brennan; "American River," Jonathan Elias; "Piano," Peter Kater.

Contemporary Jazz Album: "Journey," Fourplay; "Unspeakable," Bill Frisell; "In Praise of Dreams," Jan Garbarek; "The Hang," Don Grusin; "Strength," Roy Hargrove (The RH Factor).

Jazz Vocal Album: "American Song," Andy Bey; "Twentysomething," Jamie Cullum; "Accentuate the Positive," Al Jarreau; "The Dana Owens Album," Queen Latifah; "R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)," Nancy Wilson.

Latin Pop Album: "Amar Sin Mentiras," Marc Anthony; "SinVerguenza," Bacilos; "Pau-latina," Paulina Rubio; "Diego Torres: MTV Unplugged," Diego Torres; "El Rock De Mi Pueblo," Carlos Vives.

Mexican/Mexican-American Album: "Titere En Tus Manos," Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte; "Por Ti," Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizarraga; "Alma Ranchera," Rocio Durcal; "Intimamente," Intocable; "Veintisiete," Los Temerarios.

Tejano Album: "Polkas, Gritos y Acordeones," David Lee Garza, Joel Guzman and Sunny Sauceda; "Takin' on the World," Stefani Montiel; "Entre Amigos," Emilio Navaira; "Mi Destino," Jay Perez; "Vivo," Vida.

Gospel Performance: "The Stone," Shirley Caesar and Ann Nesby; "Heaven Help Us All," Ray Charles and Gladys Knight; "Lay My Burden Down," Dr. John and Mavis Staples; "Celebrate (He Lives)," Fred Hammond; "There Will Be a Light," Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Contemporary Blues Album: "N'awlinz Dis Dat or D'udda," Dr. John; "Keep It Simple," Keb' Mo'; "What's Wrong With This Picture?" Van Morrison; "Sanctuary," Charlie Musselwhite; "I'm a Bluesman," Johnny Winter.

Contemporary Folk Album: "Educated Guess," Ani DiFranco; "The Revolution Starts ... Now," Steve Earle; "Land of Milk and Honey," Eliza Gilkyson; "Impossible Dream," Patty Griffin; "The Unbroken Circle — The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family," Various Artists.

Native American Music Album: "Straight Up Northern," Black Eagle; "Family Traditions," Black Lodge Singers; "Cedar Dream Songs," Bill Miller; "Covenant," Joanne Shenandoah; "Feed the Fire," Mary Youngblood.

Reggae Album: "Black Magic," Jimmy Cliff; "The Dub Revolutionaries," Sly and Robbie; "African Holocaust," Steel Pulse; "True Love," Toots and The Maytals; "Def Jamaica," Various Artists.

Musical Show Album: "Assassins," "Avenue Q — The Musical," "The Boy From Oz," "Wicked," "Wonderful Town."

Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "Angels in America," Thomas Newman, composer; "Big Fish," Danny Elfman, composer; "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Jon Brion, composer; "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," John Williams, composer; "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Howard Shore, composer.

Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "Accidentally in Love," David Bryson, Adam Duritz, David Immergluck, Matthew Malley and Dan Vickrey, songwriters, track from "Shrek 2"; "Belleville Rendez-Vous," Benoit Charest and Sylvain Chomet, songwriters, track from "The Triplets of Belleville"; "Into the West," Annie Lennox, Howard Shore and Fran Walsh, songwriters, track from "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"; "The Scarlet Tide," Henry Burnett and Elvis Costello, songwriters, track from "Cold Mountain"; "You Will Be My Ain True Love, Sting, songwriter, track from "Cold Mountain."

Classical Album: "Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls," Lorin Maazel, conductor; John Adams and Lawrence Rock, producers; "Britten: Peter Grimes," Colin Davis, conductor; Jonathan Lemalu, Anthony Michaels-Moore, James Philharmonic); "Bax: Symphony No. 7; Tintagel (Tone Poem)," David Lloyd-Jones, conductor (Royal Scottish National Orchestra); "Glazunov: Symphony No. 5; the Seasons, Op. 67 (Complete Ballet)," Jose Serebrier, conductor (Royal Scottish National Orchestra); "Higdon: City Scape; Concerto for Orchestra," Robert Spano, conductor (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra); "Martinu: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4," Jiri Belohlavek, conductor (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra).

Instrumental Arrangement: "Bella Luce," Phil Kelly, arranger (Phil Kelly and The NW Prevailing Winds), from "Convergence Zone"; "Libertango," Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Yo-Yo Ma), from "Obrigado Brazil — Live in Concert"; "The Long Passage," Chick Corea, arranger (Chick Corea Elektric Band), from "To the Stars"; "Past Present and Future," Slide Hampton, arranger (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), from "The Way — Music of Slide Hampton"; "Sing, Sing, Sing," Jim McNeely, arranger (David Liebman Big Band), from "Beyond the Line."

Musical Album for Children: "Beethoven's Wig 2 — More Sing Along Symphonies," Beethoven's Wig; "cELLAbration! A Tribute to Ella Jenkins," Various Artists; "House Party," Dan Zanes and Friends; "Merry Fishes To All," Trout Fishing in America; "Sharing Cultures With Ella Jenkins," Ella Jenkins.

Spoken Word Album for Children: "The Best Halloween Ever," Elaine Stritch; "Carnival of the Animals," John Lithgow; "The Emperor's New Clothes," Peter Schickele; "Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings of Dr. Seuss," Various Artists; "The Story of Classical Music," Marin Alsop; "The Train They Call The City of New Orleans," Tom Chapin.

Spoken Word Album: "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," David Sedaris; "Live and Kickin' at the National Storytelling Festival," David Holt and Zeb Holt; "My Life," Bill Clinton; "The Pleasure of My Company," Steve Martin; "The World According to Mr. Rogers (Fred Rogers)," Tyne Daly, John Lithgow, Lily Tomlin, Andre Watts.

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