Hip-hop newcomer Kanye West leads the nominations for the 47th annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and air live on CBS. West nabbed 10 nominations, while Usher and Alicia Keys each garnered eight.
Other multiple nominees include Ray Charles (seven nods); Green Day (six); and Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn, Prince and engineer Al Schmitt (five each).
West will contend for album of the year for “The College Dropout” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), alongside Charles’ “Genius Loves Company” (Concord), Usher’s “Confessions” (LaFace/Zomba), Keys’ “The Diary of Alicia Keys” (J) and Green Day’s “American Idiot” (Reprise).
“Dropout” is also up for best rap album, while the track “Jesus Walks” will vie for song of the year. West, Keys and Harold Lilly share a nom for best R&B song for the Keys-recorded “You Don’t Know My Name.” West will also compete against himself in the best rap/sung collaboration, with his duet with Syleena Johnson, “All Falls Down,” and as a guest on Twista’s “Slow Jamz.”
Record of the year nominees are the Black Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get It Started,” Ray Charles & Norah Jones’ “Here We Go Again,” Green Day’s “American Idiot,” Los Lonely Boys’ “Heaven” and Usher’s “Yeah!”
Contenders for best new artist are West, Los Lonely Boys, Maroon 5, Joss Stone and Gretchen Wilson.
Competing with West and C. Smith in the song of the year category are John Mayer for “Daughters,” Keys for “If I Ain’t Got You,” Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman for “Live Like You Were Dying” (performed by Tim McGraw) and Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb for “The Reason” (performed by Hoobastank).
Finally, former Billboard senior writer Chris Morris, now music editor for sister publication The Hollywood Reporter, received a nomination in the best album notes category, for his notes to the Rhino Records box set “No Thanks! The ’70s Punk Rebellion.”
For the full list of nominations, visit grammy.com.