Feb 11, 2008

Grammy Nominees

Current eight-time nominee Kanye West, current six-time nominee Amy Winehouse, and current nominees John Mayer and BeBe Winans were added to the lineup for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast

Current four-time nominee Dierks Bentley, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr., four-time GRAMMY winner Carole King, actress Roselyn Sanchez, five-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Usher and three-time GRAMMY winner will.i.am have been added as presenters.

The event, hosted by Patti Austin and Peter Frampton, started at Staples Center four hours before the televised Grammys began.

Dirty Harry, Kerry Brothers & Alicia Keys won for best R&B song for "No One," while there was a tie for best gospel performance between the Clark Sisters for "Blessed & Highly Favored" and Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige for "Never Gonna Break My Faith," a track that featured the Harlem Boys Choir. Franklin and Blige's track appeared in the movie "Bobby," and represents Franklin's 18th Grammy win.

For the first time, a Grammy was handed out for best zydeco/cajun music album, which went to Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience for "Live! Worldwide." In addition, Simien performed at the pre-telecast ceremony.

Among the other winners: the best score soundtrack album went to Michael Giacchino, the composer for "Ratatouille." Siedah Garret & Henry Krieger's "Love You I Do," from "Dreamgirls," won best song written for motion picture, television or other visual media. The track was nominated at last year's Academy Awards, but lost out to Melissa Etheridge's "I Need To Wake Up" from the global warming documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."

The audience whooped it up when Barack Obama won his second Grammy for best spoken world album for "The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream." One of his fellow nominees? Former President Bill Clinton, for "Giving: How Each of Us Can Change The World."

50th Annual Grammy Awards Nomination List

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