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
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).