May 20, 1999 12:00 AM

Lauryn Hill, Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Will Smith were was among the favorites to receive Grammy Award nominations today, Tuesday. The 41st annual awards ceremony will be held Feb. 24 in Los Angeles. Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” also was a favorite for nomination as record of the year, along with Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” and Twain’s “You’re Still the One.” Natalie Imbruglia’s big radio hit “Torn” was a contender for best record, along with “The Boy is Mine” by Brandy & Monica, “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden, Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” and “I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole, last year’s best new artist. Also favored in the best album category was Dion for “Let’s Talk About Love,” which contains the hit single “My Heart Will Go On,” the theme song from the movie “Titanic.”

  • Hill and Dion were expected to compete for best album with Twain, whose “Come On Over” has sold more than 6 million copies; and Madonna, who received her best reviews for “Ray of Light.” In the best new artist category, leading contenders were Hill, teen sensations ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, Lucinda Williams, Imbruglia and the country trio Dixie Chicks.

  • Two new categories have been added this year to acknowledge the growth of dance music in the pop world. Awards for best dance recording and re-mixer of the year were added, along with a Latin alternative rock album award, bringing to 92 the number of Grammys that will be presented.

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