Kanye West, Amy Winehouse Lead Grammy Nods

Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain are also recognized

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After enduring hard times in their personal lives of late, Amy Winehouse and Kanye West enjoyed a measure of good news Thursday, as they earned a total of 14 Grammy nominations between them.

West, 30, whose mother died in November, earned eight nominations, including album of the year and rap album of the year (Graduation). Winehouse, 24, who has battled health problems all year, picked up six nods, including album of the year (Back to Black), song of the year and record of the year (“Rehab”), and best new artist.

Winehouse could not escape criticism even while being celebrated Thursday. Announcing one of her nominations, George Lopez said, “Can somebody wake her up around 6 this afternoon and tell her?”

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters complimented Winehouse, telling PEOPLE: “I think she’s amazing. I love that record so much. I hope she shows up [at the Grammys in February], I hope she plays, and I hope she does what she does best.”

Lopez also clarified to PEOPLE after the announcements: “Amy has it down to where she can get a good buzz going and be very creative. I’m envious of that.”

Foo Fighters, Ne-Yo, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain were the other top earners – each with five nominations. Nine artists earned four nominations each: Akon, Dierks Bentley, Chris Daughtry, Feist, Tim McGraw, John Newton, Rihanna, and Bruce Springsteen.

Album of the year contenders also included Foo Fighters (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace), Vince Gill (These Days) and Herbie Hancock (River: The Joni Letters).

Feist, Paramore, Taylor Swift and Ledesi joined Winehouse on the list of new-artist nominees.

Also in the race for record of the year: Beyoncé (“Irreplaceable”), Foo Fighters (“The Pretender”), Rihanna (“Umbrella”) and Timberlake (“What Goes Around Comes Around”).

CBS will broadcast the 50th Grammy Awards live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

Here’s a rundown of the top categories:

Album of the Year
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, Foo Fighters
These Days, Vince Gill
River: The Joni Letters, Herbie Hancock
Graduation, Kanye West
Back to Black, Amy Winehouse

Record of the Year
• “Irreplaceable,” Beyoncé
• “The Pretender,” Foo Fighters
• “Umbrella,” Rihanna (featuring Jay-Z)
• “What Goes Around . . . Comes Around,” Justin Timberlake
• “Rehab,” Amy Winehouse

Song of the Year
• “Before He Cheats,” John Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
• “Hey There Delilah,” Tom Higgenson, songwriters (Plain White T’s)
• “Like A Star,” Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
• “Rehab,” Amy Winehouse
• “Umbrella,” Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius “Dream” Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)

Best New Artist
• Feist
• Ledisi
• Paramore
Taylor Swift
• Amy Winehouse

Pop Vocal Album
Lost Highway, Bon Jovi
The Reminder, Feist
It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, Maroon 5
Memory Almost Full, Paul McCartney
Back To Black, Amy Winehouse

Rap Album
Finding Forever, Common
Kingdom Come, Jay-Z
Hip Hop Is Dead, Nas
T.I. vs T.I.P., T.I.
Graduation, Kanye West

Rock Album
Daughtry, Daughtry
Revival, John Fogerty
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, Foo Fighters
Magic, Bruce Springsteen
Sky Blue Sky, Wilco

Country Album
Long Trip Alone, Dierks Bentley
These Days, Vince Gill
Let It Go, Tim McGraw
5th Gear, Brad Paisley
It Just Comes Natural, George Strait

Contemporary R&B Album
Konvicted, Akon
Just Like You, Keyshia Cole
Fantasia, Fantasia
East Side Story, Emily King
Because Of You, Ne-Yo

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