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
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.