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Grammy Time

Grammy Time

By Barry Brecheisen

Yes it's that time of the year once again. It's the first and the biggest (next to the Oscars of course) award shows nomination time. It's the Grammy and this year has the usual names and the occasional surprises. This seems to be the year for multi-dominating artist nominations. Eight artists to be exact have tied this year with five nominations apiece. Not a big surprise that Nelly and Eminem are among the big nominees on that list. Their names were everywhere on the charts and in the news last year for their bad boy hip-hop ways. Other welcome names are newcomers Ashanti and Norah Jones and Avril Lavigne. These women took over the charts and became instant cover girls on major magazines everywhere. Being both unique, beautiful and creating their own style. The remaining names have been making records for years and even decades. Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen is an obvious choice and isn't unfamiliar with Grammy nominations or winning them for that matter. Don't forget he won for the song "Philadelphia" from the 1993 movie. That year he also won for best rock song, best song written specifically for a movie or television and best male rock vocal performance. Plus, it's his comeback album with the E-Street Band. So I guess we should have expected it. That same year in 1995 saw Sheryl Crow too winning big with the Grammys. That year she took home awards for Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Performance and Record of the Year for her hit "All I Wanna Do". However the last artist that is up for five nominations might not be a name you recognize at first. It's Raphael Saadiq. Who is that you ask. Well you may know him better as writer-producer behind such stellar hits as Angie Stone's "Brotha" and D'Angelo's "Lady" and the Grammy Award-winning "Untitled," among others. However, more importantly he was part of the biggest ground-breaking groups in R&B history, Tony Toni Tonè. Formed in the late '80s, the group's five albums have sold over six million records worldwide! After all these years, Raphael Saadiq has finally released his first solo album entitled "INSTANT VINTAGE" and the Grammys have obviously taken notice!

The 2003 Grammys will air on Feb. 23 at New York's Madison Square Garden and will be broadcasted live on CBS. For more information and the complete list of nominations go to the official Grammys wesite at http://www.grammy.com