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Nelly And Eminem Dominate Grammy Nominations

Nelly and Eminem each racked up 5 nominations,

increasing their chances at snagging a prestigious Grammy award. Both Nelly

and Eminem will compete for album of the year (Nellyville vs. The Eminem Show),

and for best single of the year ("Without Me" vs. "Dilemma").

Other rappers that have been nominated include

Fat Joe, Common, who rapped alongside Erykah Badu on the hit single, "Love

Of My Life," Cee-Lo for "Gettin’ Grown," "Floetic"

by Floetry and a sleeper nomination in the form of AZ’s "The Essence,"

which will take on "Still Fly," by the Big Tymers, Outkast’s "The

Whole World" and Busta Rhymes "Pass The Courvoisier Part 2."

"Any one they want to give me, I’m more

than happy to receive," said Nelly at a press conference.

Conspicuously absent are The Neptunes, who did

not receive a nod for best producer. The production duo produced hit after hit,

yet received no nominations. According to sources, The Neptunes were not entered

for nominations by their recording company or other representatives.

Charli Baltimore and Foxy Brown were both nominated,

although neither released an album in 2002. Baltimore’s "Diary" along

with "Scream a.k.a Itchin’" by Missy Elliott, "Satisfaction"

from Eve, Lauryn Hill"s "Mystery Of Iniquity" and Brown’s "Na

NA Be Like" received nods in the Best Female Rap Performance category.

The 45th annual Grammy Awards will take place

on February 23 in New York at Madison Square Garden and broadcast on CBS at

8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Best Female Rap Solo Performance

(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

• Diary…

Charli Baltimore

[Murder Inc./Def Jam]

• Scream a.k.a Itchin’

Missy Elliott

Track from: Miss E…So Addictive

[Goldmind Inc./Elektra]

• Satisfaction

Eve

Track from: Eve-Olution

[Ruff Ryders/Interscope Records]

• Na Na Be Like

Foxy Brown

Track from: Broken Silence

[Def Jam Records]

• Mystery Of Iniquity

Lauryn Hill

Track from: MTV Unplugged 2.0

[Columbia Records]

Best Male Rap Solo Performance

(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

• Without Me

Eminem

Track from: The Eminem Show

[Aftermath/Interscope Records]

• Song Cry

Jay-Z

Track from: The Blueprint

[Roc-A-Fella Records]

• Rollout (My Business)

Ludacris

Track from: Word Of Mouf

[Def Jam South]

• Bouncin’ Back (Bumpin’ Me Against The

Wall)

Mystikal

Track from: Tarantula

[Jive Records]

• Hot In Herre

Nelly

Track from: Nellyville

[Universal Records]

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

(For duo, group or collaborative performances of Rap only. Singles or Tracks

only.)

• The Essence

AZ Featuring Nas

Track from: Aziatic

[Motown Records]

• Still Fly

Big Tymers

Track from: Hood Rich

[Universal Records]

• Pass The Courvoisier Part II

Busta Rhymes Featuring P. Diddy & Pharrell

Track from: Genesis

[J Records]

• Oh Boy

Cam’Ron Featuring Juelz Santana

Track from: Come Home With Me

[Roc-A-Fella Records]

• The Whole World

OutKast Featuring Killer Mike

Track from: Big Boi & Dre Present…OutKast

[Arista Records]

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

(For a Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform

together. Singles or Tracks only.)

• What’s Luv?

Fat Joe Featuring Ashanti

[Terror Squad/Atlantic Records]

• Always On Time

Ja Rule Featuring Ashanti

Track from: Pain Is Love

[Murder, Inc.]

• Po’ Folks

Nappy Roots Featuring Anthony Hamilton

Track from: Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz

[Atlantic Records]

• Dilemma

Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland

Track from: Nellyville

[Universal Records]

• Like I Love You

Justin Timberlake Featuring Clipse

[Jive Records]

Best Rap Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

• The Eminem Show

Eminem

[Aftermath/Interscope Records]

• Word Of Mouf

Ludacris

[Def Jam South]

• Tarantula

Mystikal

[Jive Records]

• Nellyville

Nelly

[Universal Records]

• Diary Of A Sinner: 1st Entry

Petey Pablo

[Jive Records]

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