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1997 Grammy Nominations Announced

January 7, 1998 12:00 AM ET

Nominations for the 40th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.

Veteran rockers Bob Dylan (Time Out Of Mind) and Sir Paul McCartney (Flaming Pie) will fight it out against contemporary artists Paula Cole (This Fire), Babyface (The Day) and Radiohead (OK Computer) for Album Of The Year when the Grammy award ceremony takes place Feb. 25 at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Both Dylan and McCartney made headlines this year for their brilliant works -- Dylan earning high marks from music critics and fans alike for his gold-certified "comeback" album, and McCartney once again proving he is still one the best songwriters around.

Babyface topped the nomination list with eight nods while Cole was nominated for seven Grammys, four of which fell in the "major categories" -- Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and New Artist.

Puff Daddy also took home seven nominations including one for New Artist.

The nominations were announced at Radio City Tuesday by a host of musicians including Fiona Apple, Wyclef Jean (Fugees), Shawn Colvin and Paula Cole. (Ari Bendersky)

Nominations in the four major categories:

Album Of The Year:
The Day -- Babyface
Time Out Of Mind -- Bob Dylan
This Fire -- Paula Cole
Flaming Pie -- Paul McCartney
OK Computer -- Radiohead

Record Of The Year:
"Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" -- Paula Cole
"Sunny Came Home" -- Shawn Colvin
"Everyday Is A Winding Road" -- Sheryl Crow
"MMMBop" -- Hanson
"I Believe I Can Fly" -- R. Kelly

Song Of The Year:
"Don't Speak" -- Gwen Stefani & Eric Stefani
"How Do I Live" -- Diane Warren
"I Believe I Can Fly" -- R. Kelly
"Sunny Came Home" -- Shawn Colvin & John Leventhal
"Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" -- Paula Cole

New Artist:
Fiona Apple
Erykah Badu
Hanson
Puff Daddy
Paula Cole

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