Kanye West and Amy Winehouse finally got some good news after weeks of public tribulations -- they lead all artists in nominations for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards and will square off in the album of the year category.
West, whose mother died Nov. 10 following elective plastic surgery, led everyone with eight nominations for "Graduation," his third album and one of the best-selling titles of the year.
The album of the year category is dramatic in its eclecticism: West and Winehouse will be up against the modern-rock bestsellers the Foo Fighters ("Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace"); jazz veteran Herbie Hancock ("River: The Joni Letters") and country stalwart Vince Gill ("These Days," a sprawling four-CD collection of new material).
The premier category of record of the year is pop-heavy with "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé, the mega-hit "Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z and "What Goes Around...Comes Around" by Justin Timberlake. The Foo Fighters song "The Pretender" and Winehouse's "Rehab" round out the category.
The closely watched best new artist category is exclusively female voices this time around: There's Winehouse, Canadian singer-songwriter Feist, country newcomer Taylor Swift, Tennessee pop-rock group Paramore, New Orleans R&B singer Ledisi.
West, Winehouse lead the pack
The hip-hop star gets the most nominations for 'Graduation.'
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