Beyonce, Jay-Z, Outkast Lead Grammys

Six was the magic number for Beyonce, Jay-Z, Outkast and Neptunes wizard Pharrell Williams, as the pop and hip-hop stars led the pack of nominees for the 46th annual Grammy Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills.

Five nominations each went to Missy Elliott, Eminem, his rap protégé 50 Cent, rock breakouts Evanescence, Chad Hugo, Ricky Skaggs, Justin Timberlake, Luther Vandross and the late Warren Zevon.

Hugo and Williams received three nominations apiece for their work as the superstar producing team the Neptunes.

Record of the year contenders are Beyonce and her rapper boyfriend Jay-Z for their “Crazy in Love”; Black Eeyed Peas and Justin Timberlake for “Where is the Love?”, Coldplay’s “Clocks,” Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” and Outkast’s “Hey Ya.”

Album of the year nominations went to Elliott’s “Under Construction”; Evanescence’s “Fallen”; OutKast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”; Timberlake’s “Justified”; and the White Stripes’ “Elephant.”

The best new artist race includes Evanescence, 50 Cent, R&B singer Heather Headley, dance-hall star Sean Paul and, curiously, pop-rock group Fountains of Wayne. The band has been around for years, but it’s currently enjoying renewed success with its hit, “Stacy’s Mom.”

Song of the year nominations, which go to songwriters, went to Linda Perry for Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”; Richard Marx and Vandross for Vandross’s “Dance With My Father”; Avril Lavigne and the Matrix for Lavigne’s “I’m With You”; Jeff Bass, Eminem and Luis Resto for Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”; and Jorge Calderon and Zevon (who died from lung cancer at age 56 in September) for “Keep Me in Your Heart.”

Other notable nominations (or lack thereof): “American Idol”‘s Kelly Clarkson scored a nomination for best female pop vocal performance (for “Miss Independent”), and the late Johnny Cash received only a single nod, for best video (for “Hurt”).

Moby was among the many artists who read off the nominations at a press conference held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, adding his two cents’ worth as he ticked off names — including Barbra Streisand’s for “The Movie Album.” Instead of saying the title, he said her nomination was for helping to try to get rid of the current president of the United States.

The Grammy Awards air on CBS Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here’s a rundown of the top categories:

Album of the Year
• “Under Construction,” Missy Elliott
• “Fallen,” Evanescence
• “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” Outkast
• “Justified,” Justin Timberlake
• “Elephant,” The White Stripes

Record of the Year
• “Crazy in Love,” Beyonce, featuring Jay-Z
• “Where’s the Love,” Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake
• “Clocks,” Coldplay
• “Hey Ya,” Outkast
• “Lose Yourself,” Eminem

Song of the Year
• “Beautiful,” Christina Aguilera
• “Dance with My Father,” Luther Vandross
• “I’m With You,” Avril Lavigne
• “Keep Me in Your Heart,” Warren Zevon
• “Lose Yourself,” Eminem

Best New Artist
• Evanescence
• 50 Cent
• Fountains of Wayne
• Heather Headley
• Sean Paul

Pop Album
• “Stripped,” Christina Aguilera
• “Brainwashed,” George Harrison
• “Bare,” Annie Lennox
• “Motown,” Michael McDonald
• “Justified,” Justin Timberlake

Rap Album
• “Under Construction,” Missy Elliott
• “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” 50 Cent
• “The Blueprint — The Gift & The Curse,” Jay-Z
• “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” Outkast
• “Phrenology,” The Roots

Rock Album
• “Audioslave,” Audioslave
• “Fallen,” Evanescence
• “One by One,” Foo Fighters
• “More Than You Think You Are,” matchbox twenty
• “The Long Road,” Nickelback

Country Album
• “Cry,” Faith Hill
• “My Baby Don’t Tolerate,” Lyle Lovett
• “Run That One By Me One More Time,” Willie Nelson and Ray Price
• “Live and Kickin’,” Willie Nelson
• “Up!” Shania Twain

Contemporary R&B Album
• “Chapter II,” Ashanti
• “Dangerously in Love,” Beyonce
• “Love and Life,” Mary J. Blige
• “Comin’ From Where I’m From,” Anthony Hamilton
• “Chocolate Factory,” R. Kelly

Alternative Music
• “Fight Test,” The Flaming Lips
• “Hail to the Thief,” Radiohead
• “Untitled,” Sigur Ros
• “Elephant,” The White Stripes
• “Fever to Tell,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs

For a complete list of Grammy nominees, check out the official site.

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