Kanye West, Amy Winehouse vie for Grammy glory
By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Kanye West ruled the Grammy Award nominations for the third time in four years on Wednesday, reaffirming his status as the dominant hip-hop star of his generation.
Meanwhile troubled British pop singer Amy Winehouse headed a strong field of female contenders, picking up nominations in the top four categories. Rock, jazz and country artists also received high-profile bids, giving an unusually diverse look to the latest race for the music industry's highest honors.
West, 30, received eight nominations, followed by six for Winehouse. Six acts received five nominations each, including rock band the Foo Fighters, rapper Jay-Z and pop singer Justin Timberlake.
West's tally was highlighted by an album of the year nomination for his third release, "Graduation," one of the biggest sellers of 2007. The other nods were all in the rap categories.
The Chicago native already has six Grammys, after leading the races for the 2005 and 2006 ceremonies with a total of 18 nominations. But in both those instances, he failed to win the contest for best album.
At past awards shows, West has expressed his displeasure at losing. But the 2008 Grammys, set for February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, will likely find West in a more reflective mood, following the sudden death of his mother after undergoing plastic surgery last month.
'TABLOID TRAIN WRECK'
Winehouse faces West in the contest for album of the year for her second release, "Back to Black," while claiming a spot as a contender for best new artist. Her autobiographical tune "Rehab" was cited for record and song of the year (the latter award goes to the songwriter, in this case Winehouse). Continued...