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Kanye West Leads BMI Grammy Nominees With 10

Posted in News on December 8, 2004
With 10 nominations that include a nod for Best New Artist, Chicago rapper/producer Kanye West leads the list of BMI stars nominated for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. Nominees were unveiled on December 7 at a star-studded press conference held at the Music Box Theater in Hollywood.

Kanye West Ray Charles

Named a Top Ten Producer at this year's BMI Urban Awards, West also got a songwriting bid for Song of the Year with his hit "Jesus Walks" and is up for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Through The Wire," both from his multiplatinum release The College Dropout, which earned a nomination for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album.

Norah Jones Joss Stone Loretta Lynn

Dropout will vie for the best album trophy against Genius Loves Company, the Ray Charles posthumously-released album of duets that earned the 12-time Grammy Award-winning icon a total of seven nominations this year. "Here We Go Again," which features jazz pianist/singer Norah Jones, received a Record of the Year nod, while "Sinner's Prayer," recorded with blues legend B.B. King, earned a Traditional R&B Vocal Performance nomination.

Los Lonely Boys

Joining West in the coveted Best New Artist category are rock act Los Lonely Boys, up for four awards, teen soul singer Joss Stone, who earned three nominations, and rockers Maroon 5, who came away with two.

Al Schmitt Lil Jon John Adams

Several other BMI artists also picked up multiple Grammy nominations including five for Jones and four for country veteran Loretta Lynn, engineer Al Schmitt, crunk rapper Lil Jon and hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas (two for the band and two for songwriter/group member Will Adams). Classical composer John Adams and producer T Bone Burnett each earned three, while country superstar Tim McGraw received two.

Black Eyed Peas

Also nominated were Latin rockers Akwid, Juanes and Ozomatli, who will compete for the Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album Grammy, and three-time Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q, which received a nod for Best Musical Show Album.

Akwid Tim McGraw

The 47th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out on February 13, 2005 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS from 8:00pm to 11:30pm ET.

Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) Juanes


BMI's 2005 Grammy Nominees:

10 Nominations
Kanye West

7 Nominations
Ray Charles

5 Nominations
Norah Jones
Loretta Lynn
Al Schmitt

4 Nominations
The Black Eyed Peas
Lil Jon
Los Lonely Boys

3 Nominations
John Adams
Basement Jaxx (PRS)
T Bone Burnett
Joss Stone

2 Nominations
Anita Baker
Miri Ben Ari
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Eric Clapton (PRS)
Ani DiFranco
Dr. John
Vince Gill
Al Green
Anthony Hamilton
Fred Hammond
Slide Hampton (SACEM)
Janet Jackson
Toby Keith
Alison Krauss
Maroon5
Tim McGraw
Christina Milian
Willie Nelson
Tim Nichols
The Roots
John Scofield
Snoop Dogg
The Trak Starz
Shania Twain
Keith Urban
Pharrell Williams
Wilson

Single Nominees
Will Ackerman
Ryan Adams
Malcolm Addey
Akwid
The Allman Brothers Band
Lynn Anderson
David Arkenstone
Bobby Ross Avila
Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte
Bacilos
Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Gary Bartz
BeauSoleil
George Benson
Big & Rich
Clint Black
Norman & Nancy Blake
Terence Blanchard
Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones
Kevin Bond
Brandy
Valdez Brantley
Brave Combo
Moya Brennan (IMRO)
Bob Brookmeyer
Brooks & Dunn
Jimmy Buffett
Sam Bush
Don Byron
Steven Curtis Chapman
Benoit Charest (SOCAN)
Sylvain Chomet (SACD)
Jimmy Cliff
Harry Connick, Jr.
Ray Cooper (PRS)
Chick Corea
Counting Crows
The Crabb Family
Sheryl Crow
The Crystal Method
Jamie Cullum (PRS)
Rhett Davies (PRS)
Paquito D'Rivera
Jack DeJohnette
Dixie Chicks
Jerry Douglas
Youssou N'Dour (SACEM)
Paul Van Dyk (GEMA)
Nokie Edwards
Danny Elfman
Eminem
Evanescence
Felix Da Housecat
Floetry
David Foster
Jamie Foxx
Mike Fratantuno
Russ Freeman
Bill Frisell
Jan Garbarek (TONO)
David Lee Garza
Bebel Gilberto (UBC)
Eliza Gilkyson
Art Greenhaw
Josh Groban
Don Grusin
Joel Guzman
Charlie Haden
Merle Haggard
Herbie Hancock
Roy Hargrove
Rich Harrison
Roy Haynes
Scott Hendricks
Anthony Henry (PRS)
Conrad Herwig Nonet
David Holt
John Lee Hooker, Jr.
Byron House
Chad Hugo
Intocable
Ben Isaacs
Israel and the New Breed
IZ
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Boney James
Etta James
Al Jarreau
Keith Jarrett
Jars of Clay
Elton John (PRS)
The Jordanaires
Joseph Joubert
Juanes
Peter Kater
R. Kelly
B.B. King
Dave Koz
Patti LaBelle
Cyndi Lauper
Albert Lee
The Light Crust Doughboys
Eric Liljestrand
Harold Lilly
Robert Lopez
Israel López "Cachao"
Teena Marie
Steve Martin
Jeff Marx
Martina McBride
Christian McBride
Donny McCaslin
Sarah McLachlan (SOCAN)
Jim McNeely
Tift Merritt
Jason Miles
Bill Miller
Ronnie Milsap
Don Mizell
Keb' Mo'
Stefani Montiel
Van Morrison
Mos Def
Motörhead (PRS)
Charlie Musselwhite
N.E.R.D.
Nashville Bluegrass Band
Thomas Newman
Nickelback (SOCAN)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The Notorious Cherry Bombs
Mark O'Connor
Paul Oakenfold (PRS)
Walter Ostanek (SOCAN)
Ozomatli
George Pajon, Jr.
Dolly Parton
Gary Peacock
Dottie Peoples
Jay Perez
Pinetop Perkins
The Rance Allen Group
Keali'i Reichel
Professor James Roberson
David Sánchez
Sunny Sauceda
Earl Scruggs
Randy Scruggs
Seal (PRS)
José Serebrier
Brian Setzer
Skillett
Sly & Robbie
Richard Smallwood
Patrick J. Que Smith
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Britney Spears
Ralph Stanley II
Sting (PRS)
Angie Stone
Tait
Take 6
Terror Squad
TobyMac
Toots & the Maytals
Tropicana All Stars
Trout Fishing in America
McCoy Tyner
Union Station
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Julieta Venegas (SGAE)
Vida
Carlos Vives
Benjamin Weikel
Scott Wenzel
Jack White
Wilco
Mason Williams
John Williams
Mario Winans
Johnny Winter
Terrence Yoshiaki