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Norah, Bruce Top Grammy Noms

January 7, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Norah Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Avril Lavigne, Sheryl Crow, Nelly, Ashanti and Raphael Saadiq top the 2003 Grammy nominations list with five apiece. Among the artists on-hand this morning at New York's Madison Square Garden to announce the nominees were Justin Timberlake, John Mayer (who himself picked up a Best New Artist nomination), Cyndi Lauper, Lavigne and Nelly.

Jones earned nods for Record of the Year for "Don't Know Why" (which also earned its writer Jesse Harris a Song of the Year nod), the lead single from Come Away With Me; Album of the Year; New Artist of the Year and two others for her vocals. Springsteen is up for Album of the Year, for his 9/11-themed The Rising, and Song of the Year for its title track, as well as three awards within the Rock category: Album, Song and Male Vocal Performance.

Other contenders for Album of the Year are Eminem's The Eminem Show, Nelly's Nellyville, and the Dixie Chicks' Home. Other Song of the Year nominations went to Avril Lavigne for "Complicated," Alan Jackson for "Where Were You" (When the World Stopped Turning)" and Vanessa Carlton for "A Thousand Miles," also tipped for Record of the Year. Rounding out that category are "Dilemma," Nelly's duet with Kelly Rowland, Nickelback's "How You Remind Me," and Eminem's "Without Me." The rapper was also nominated for Best Short Form Music Video and two awards in the Rap categories, where he'll compete with Nelly for Best Rap Album and Male Rap Solo Performance.

Joining Jones and Mayer in the Best New Artist category are Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne -- who also earned three vocal nominations -- and Ashanti, whose four other nods included two in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (for "What's Luv?" with Fat Joe and "Always on Time" with Ja Rule) and two others within R&B.

Crow was nominated for Best Rock Album (C'mon C'mon), among four other vocal awards. Saadiq's five nods included Best R&B Album for his Instant Vintage.

The Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, Carlton, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Remy Shand, India.Arie, No Doubt and Erykah Badu were among the other multiple nominees.

Three new categories were instated this year, two in R&B and one called Best Dance Recording, led by Dirty Vegas' "Days Go By" and No Doubt's "Hella Good."

The forty-fifth annual Grammy Awards will be held February 23rd at Madison Square Garden, and will be broadcast on CBS at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

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