Rap Dominates Grammy Nominations

Rap music dominated

the nominee's for the 46th Annual Grammy's this year, with Jay-Z, Outkast and

Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes each garnering six Grammy nominations today.

Missy Elliot, Eminem,

Chad Hugo and 50 Cent each received five nominations.

Jay-Z and Beyonce

are up for record of the year for "Crazy in Love," as are Black Eyed

Peas for their smash "Where is the Love?" Outkast for "Hey Ya!"

and Eminem's anthem "Lose Yourself."

Outkast is also

up for Album of the Year for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below as is Missy

Elliot for her album Under Construction.

The Grammy's have

introduced a new category for rap, The Best Rap Song. Snoop, the Neptunes, Jay-Z,

50 Cent, Eminem and Missy Elliot are all nominated in the new category.

The Roots, Jay-Z,

Outkast, Missy Elliot and 50 Cent are all competing for Best Rap Album of the


"Our voting

membership highlighted truly outstanding nominees," said Neil Portnow,

President of the Recording Academy. "Embracing both high-profile and up-and-coming

artists, the nominations reflect talent that was both commercially successful

as well as critically acclaimed. We are looking forward to putting together

a stellar show that will reflect the musical, cultural and production values

that make the Grammy's the pinnacle of entertainment and excellence."

The 46th Grammy

Awards will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los

Angeles and will be broadcast on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (EST/PST).