Mary J. Blige leads the nominations for the 49th annual Grammy awards, which were announced today (Dec. 7) in Los Angeles. The R&B singer was recognized in eight categories, including song of the

Mary J. Blige leads the nominations for the 49th annual Grammy awards, which were announced today (Dec. 7) in Los Angeles. The R&B singer was recognized in eight categories, including song of the year and best R&B album for "The Breakthrough" (Geffen). The Grammys will be held Feb. 11, 2007, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and televised live on CBS.

Rock act Red Hot Chili Peppers received six nominations and eight artists received five nods, including James Blunt, Dixie Chicks, Danger Mouse and Prince.

Nominated for album of the year were Dixie Chicks for "Taking the Long Way" (Open Wide/Columbia), Gnarls Barkley for "St. Elsewhere" (Downtown/Atlantic), John Mayer for "Continuum" (Aware/Columbia), Red Hot Chili Peppers for "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.) and Justin Timberlake for "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive/Zomba).

Acts recognized in the best new artist category were James Blunt, Chris Brown, Imogen Heap, Corinne Bailey Rae and Carrie Underwood.

In the record of the year field, nominated songs are Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You," James Blunt's "You're Beautiful," Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice," Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On."

Films recognized in the best compilation soundtrack album for motion picture, television or other visual media were "Brokeback Mountain," "Cars," "Grey's Anatomy, Vol. 2," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Walk the Line."

At the morning press conference, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow announced that Eagles vocalist Don Henley will be honored as the organization's person of the year. Henley is being recognized largely for his environmental activism.

For a complete list of winners, visit grammy.com.

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