Beyonce Knowles and her beau Jay-Z are celebrating after learning they, along with Outkast and Pharrell Williams, are leading the pack of GRAMMY AWARD nominees this year (03) - with six nods apiece.

With hip-hop and R+B dominating the list of Grammy contenders, it was also announced this morning (04DEC03) that rappers Eminem and 50 CENT, rock band Evanescence, singer Justin Timberlake, soul veteran Luther Vandross and late rock musician Warren Zevon all picked up five nods each for the 46th annual awards ceremony.

In the coveted Record of the Year category, the contenders are Beyonce and Jay-Z's Crazy In Love; WHERE IS THE LOVE, by Black Eyed Peas, featuring Timberlake; Coldplay's Clocks; Lose Yourself by Eminem; and HEY YA! from Outkast.

The nominees were announced by KENNETH 'BABYFACE' EDMONDS, Dido, EVANESCENCE's Amy Lee, Sarah Mclachlan, Moby, Jason Mraz, Stacie Orrico, Brad PAISLEY and PHARRELL WILLIAMS at a press conference held at the BEVERLY HILTON Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The 46th Grammy Awards will be held on 8 February (04), at the STAPLES CENTER in Downtown Los Angeles.

The main nominations are as follows:

RECORD OF THE YEAR

- CRAZY IN LOVE - BEYONCE FEATURING JAY-Z

- WHERE IS THE LOVE? - BLACK EYED PEAS Ft JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

- CLOCKS - COLDPLAY

- LOSE YOURSELF - EMINEM

- HEY YA! - OUTKAST

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

- UNDER CONSTRUCTION - MISSY ELLIOTT

- FALLEN - EVANESCENCE

- SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW - OUTKAST

- JUSTIFIED - JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

- ELEPHANT - THE WHITE STRIPES

SONG OF THE YEAR

- BEAUTIFUL - CHRISTINA AGUILERA

- DANCE WITH MY FATHER - LUTHER VANDROSS

- I'M WITH YOU - AVRIL LAVIGNE

- KEEP ME IN YOUR HEART - JORGE CALDERON AND WARREN ZEVON

- LOSE YOURSELF - EMINEM

THE BEST NEW ARTIST

- EVANESCENCE

- 50 CENT

- Fountains Of Wayne

- Heather Headley

- Sean Paul

BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

- CHRISTINA AGUILERA - BEAUTIFUL

- KELLY CLARKSON - MISS INDEPENDENT

- DIDO - WHITE FLAG

- AVRIL LAVIGNE FOR - I'M WITH YOU

- SARAH McLACHLAN - FALLEN

BEST POP MALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE

- GEORGE HARRISON - ANY ROAD

- MICHAEL McDONALD - AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH

- STING - SEND YOUR LOVE

- JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - CRY ME A RIVER

- WARREN ZEVON - KEEP ME IN YOUR HEART

04/12/2003 21:06