Kanye West Receives 10 Grammy Nominations

Producer-turned-rapper Kanye West collected a leading 10 Grammy nominations Tuesday, including album of the year for “The College Dropout” which avoided typical boasting of sex, money and crime in favor of rhymes about everyday life.

The performer, who isn’t afraid to sing his own praises after claiming he was “definitely robbed” when he picked up no trophies at the American Music Awards, also had a nomination for best new artist and shared a songwriting bid for song of the year with “Jesus Walks.”

West said he felt vindicated because it was difficult for him to get a record deal.

“When I made (the album) I thought these were the types of songs I thought the Grammys would like to get behind,” he told “E! News Live.” “I couldn’t even imagine 10 nominations in my wildest dreams. I appreciate being recognized.”

Usher and Alicia Keys, who collaborated on the hit “My Boo,” followed West with eight nominations each, including album of the year for Keys’ “The Diary of Alicia Keys” and Usher’s “Confessions.”

Ray Charles, whose posthumous duets album “Genius Loves Company,” became the biggest selling album of his long career, had seven nominations including album of the year and record of the year for “Here We Go Again,” sung with Norah Jones .

Green Day garnered six bids for its hard-driving rock-punk album “American Idiot” which satirized culture, politics and apathy. The group was nominated for record of the year and best rock song for the title track and best rock album.

Besides Charles’ and Jones’ “Here We Go Again” and Green Day’s “American Idiot,” other record of the year contenders were the mellow love song “Heaven” by Los Lonely Boys, the jumpy party song “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas and Usher’s massive hit “Yeah!”

The best new artist class spanned soul, rap, country and pop, with nominees Gretchen Wilson, country’s self-proclaimed “Redneck Woman,” rapper West, young soul sensation Joss Stone, Los Lonely Boys and Maroon 5.

Bids for song of the year which goes to songwriters went to “Daughters,” written and recorded by John Mayer , “If I Ain’t Got You,” written and recorded by Keys, “Jesus Walks,” recorded by West, “Live Like You Were Dying,” recorded by Tim McGraw, and “The Reason,” recorded by Hoobastank.

Old-school performers filled the best R&B album category with Anita Baker’s “My Everything,” Al Green’s “I Can’t Stop,” and Prince’s comeback “Musicology” competing against “The Diary of Alicia Keys” and Jill Scott’s “Beautifully Human: Words & Sound Vol. 2.”

Loretta Lynn had five nominations in the country field including best country album for “Van Lear Rose” (which was produced by the White Stripes’ Jack White) and two bids for best country song for “Miss Being Mrs.” and “Portland Oregon.”

Her album competition includes McGraw for “Live Like You Were Dying,” Tift Merritt for “Tambourine,” Keith Urban’s “Be Here” and Wilson for “Here for the Party.”

Half of West’s 10 nominations were in the rap field, including best rap album. He competes against himself in the best rap-sung collaboration with the songs “Slow Jamz,” performed along with Twista and actor-singer Jamie Foxx , and “All Falls Down,” which he performed with Syleena Johnson.

Credit: AP

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