Will.i.am, T.I., Mary J. Blige Earn Multiple Grammy Nod’s

Will.i.am, Busta

Rhymes, T.I., Gnarls Barkley, Missy Elliott, Eminem, Lupe Fiasco and others are

up for awards during the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, which take place Feb. 11 at

the Staples Center in Los Angeles.The

nominations for the Grammy Awards were announced today (Dec. 7) at The Music Box

@ Fonda in Hollywood, with celebrities as Chris Brown, Ludacris, James Blunt,

Evanescence’s Amy Lee and Mary J. Blige in attendance. Blige’s

album The Breakthrough led all nominees with eight nods including Best

Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album, Song Of The Year and others.

The

Red Hot Chili Peppers earned six, while James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer,

Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, will.i.am and John Williams were each nominated

a total of five times. T.I.,

Beyoncé, Gnarls Barkley and Justin Timberlake each earned a respectable

four nominations. "These

nominations truly reflect a diverse and vibrant community of music makers and

creators who represent some of the most remarkable music of the year," said

Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy. "Once again, the Grammy

Awards process has delivered a well-rounded group of excellent nominees, which

promises music lovers a spectacular show filled with dynamic performances and

"Grammy Moments" that can only be seen on the Grammy Awards telecast."Gnarls

Barkley’s album St. Elsewhere will compete for the coveted Album Of The

Year Award against The Dixie Chicks (Taking The Long Way), John Mayer (Continuum)

the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stadium Arcadium) and Justin Timberlake (FutureSex/LoveSounds).

The

49th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center on February

11 from 8 – 11:30 p.m. on CBS.

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