U2, India Arie and Alicia Keys Lead Grammy Nominations

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1.6.02 - New York Times

By Jon Pareles

U2 dominated the nominations for the 44th annual Grammy Awards, which are to be announced on Feb. 27 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences during a CBS broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

U2's album "All That You Can't Leave Behind," released in 2000, garnered eight nominations, including ones for album, song and record (the recording of a single song) of the year. Two U2 songs are competing in the best rock song category: "Elevation" and "Walk On."

The other performers with the highest number of nominations were the rhythm- and-blues singers and songwriters India Arie, with seven, and Alicia Keys, with six. Both were nominated in rhythm-and-blues categories, as well as for record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. Ms. Arie's "Acoustic Soul" was also nominated for album of the year, while Ms. Keys's "Songs in A Minor," an album that sold four million copies and appeared on many critics' lists of the year's best recordings, was not.

The other nominees for album of the year were Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft," Outkast's "Stankonia" and the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," which was a top-selling country album for much of the year. Although individual songs from "O Brother" were nominated in country categories, the album itself was not nominated for best country album, but for best compilation soundtrack album.

In the best new artist category, Ms. Keys and Ms. Arie are to compete with the songwriters Nelly Furtado and David Gray and with Linkin Park, the rap-rock group that made the year's best-selling album.

In hip-hop, Outkast drew a total of five nominations for "Stankonia" and its single "Ms. Jackson," edging out Ja Rule and Jay-Z, with three each. Only one new category was added to the Grammys this year: best rap/sung collaboration, reflecting the number of hits in which rappers take verses while singers provide choruses.

U2 received Grammy awards in 2001 for song and record of the year with its single "Beautiful Day" from "All That You Can't Leave Behind." The Grammy Awards represent the year of releases between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30. Because "Beautiful Day" was released before Oct. 1, 2000, and the album was released afterward, U2 was eligible for awards in successive years.

The nominees for best classical album include two conducted by Pierre Boulez: one with the works of Varse and the other the Schoenberg Piano Concerto, with Mitsuko Uchida as soloist. Also nominated were Sir Colin Davis conducting Berlioz's "Troyens," Sir Charles Mackerras conducting Janacek's "Sarka," and Richard Hickox conducting Vaughan Williams's "London Symphony."

Possible reactions to the Sept. 11 attacks could be seen in the best male rock vocal performance category, which includes John Mellencamp's "Peaceful World" and Ryan Adams's "New York, New York" (the music video, made before Sept. 11, shows the World Trade Center), and in the spoken-word category, which includes "War Letters," read by Tom Brokaw and others. U2's "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," nominated for song of the year, received widespread radio play after the attacks.

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