By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 07, 2003 02:52 PM

As expected, Eminem and Bruce Springsteen dominated the 45th annual Grammy nominations, announced Tuesday morning at New York’s Madison Square Garden — but tying them with five nominations apiece were youthful newcomers Avril Lavigne, Ashanti and Norah Jones.

Eminem, 30, already has five Grammys to his name, while Springsteen, 53, has seven. Their multiple nominations this year came for their respective albums, “The Eminem Show” and “The Rising.”

Both are nominated for album of the year alongside “Home” by the Dixie Chicks, “Nellyville” by St. Louis rapper Nelly and “Come Away with Me,” by Norah Jones, 23, who was last year’s surprise sensation. Her jazz-inspired album, which sold more than 2.7 million copies, also nabbed her record of the year and song of the year nominations for the single “Don’t Know Why.”

Jones is nominated for best new artist alongside Lavigne, the 18-year-old necktie-wearing punk-pop star from Napanee, Ont., who scored for her quadruple-platinum debut, “Let Go.” She also picked up a song of the year nomination (for songwriting) for the track “Complicated.”

Joining them in the best new artist hunt is R&B singer Ashanti, 22 — who had a triple-platinum debut with her self-titled album — and singer-songwriters Michelle Branch and John Mayer.

Although rapper Nelly, 27, had the second best-selling disc of 2002, “Nellyville” (and two big hits with “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma”), some considered him to be a longshot to be nominated for album of the year.

But he proved them wrong, and walked away with five nominations.

“I never expect nothin’ until I get it,” he told CBS’s “Early Show” shortly after nominations were announced. “It feels good. But it’ll feel better if I win.”

Overall, eight artists picked up five nominations on Tuesday, including pop-rock star Sheryl Crow and R&B soulster Raphael Saadiq. The Dixie Chicks were nominated for four awards, and Elvis Costello is up for both rock album of the year and alternative album of the year.

For Springsteen, his disc was one of several 9/11-inspired works to be nominated. Country star Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” is up for song of the year, while U2 picked up a nod for best rock performance by a duo or group for its performance of “Walk On,” during 2001’s “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon.

The Grammys, to be broadcast live on CBS, will be held at the Garden on Sunday, Feb. 23. This year, there are 104 categories, up from 101 last year.

Here’s a rundown of the top categories:

Album of the Year
• “Home,” Dixie Chicks
• “The Eminem Show,” Eminem
• “Come Away with Me,” Norah Jones
• “Nellyville,” Nelly
• “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen

Record of the Year
• “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton
• “Without Me,” Eminem
• “Don’t Know Why,” Norah Jones
• “Dilemma,” Nelly, featuring Kelly Rowland
• “How You Remind Me,” Nickelback

Song of the Year
• “Complicated,” Avril Lavigne and The Matrix
• “Don’t Know Why,” Jesse Harris (Norah Jones)
• “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen
• “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton
• “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” Alan Jackson

Best New Artist
• Ashanti
• Michelle Branch
• Norah Jones
• Avril Lavigne
• John Mayer

Pop Album
• “Come Away with Me,” Norah Jones
• “Let Go,” Avril Lavigne
• “Rock Steady,” No Doubt
• “Missundaztood,” Pink
• “Britney,” Britney Spears

Rap Album
• “The Eminem Show,” Eminem
• “Word of Mouf,” Ludacris
• “Tarantula,” Mystikal
• “Nellyville,” Nelly
• “Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry,” Petey Pablo

Rock Album
• “When I Was Cruel,” Elvis Costello
• “C’mon, C’mon,” Sheryl Crow
• “Dreamland,” Robert Plant
• “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen
• “Head on Straight,” Tonic

Country Album
• “Home,” Dixie Chicks
• “Drive,” Alan Jackson
• “The Great Divide,” Willie Nelson
• “Man with a Memory,” Joe Nichols
• “Halos & Horns,” Dolly Parton

Contemporary R&B Album
• “Ashanti,” Ashanti
• “Full Moon,” Brandy
• “Faithfully,” Faith Evans
• “Floetic,” Floetry
• “Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape,” Meshell N’degeocello

Alternative Music
• “Sea Change,” Beck
• “Walking with Thee,” Clinic
• “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” Coldplay
• “Cruel Smile,” Elvis Costello and the Imposters
• “Behind the Music,” Soundtrack of Our Lives”