Nominations for the 47th Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced yesterday by The Recording Academy® . The press event was held at The Music Box @ The Fonda in Hollywood and was attended by national and international media, as well as key music industry executives. Artists reading nominations this morning included Anita Baker, the Black Eyed Peas (Will and Fergie), Earth, Wind & Fire, Hoobastank (Dan Estrin and Doug Robb), Mark McGrath, JD Natasha, Nelly, Kevin Spacey, Joss Stone, Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson. The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2005 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles; the event will be broadcast live in High-Definition TV and 5.1 Surround Sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (EST/PST).
Topping the nominations, Kanye West earned 10, while Alicia Keys and Usher each earned eight. Ray Charles garnered seven nods, Green Day received six, and Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn, Prince and engineer Al Schmitt each earned five.
"This year's nominees truly reflect a trend of music makers participating in multiple aspects of the creative process, while also often collaborating with a diverse slate of other artists in various genres," said Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy. "And with new artists emerging in rock, country, pop, R&B and rap, as well as in many other fields, we are pleased to see the robust health and creativity of all genres of music. All of this ensures that Grammy Sunday will once again deliver music's biggest night filled with unique, special and unforgettable performances."
For a full listing of Grammy nominees, please go to www.grammy.com.