Nominations for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Thursday (December 7) by The Recording Academy, reflecting a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories, new up-and-comers were nominated alongside established artists and a diverse array of producers and other creative professionals garnered multiple nominations. Mary J. Blige tops the nominations with eight, while Red Hot Chili Peppers garner six, James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and John Williams each earn five nods. Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles, Bryan-Michael Cox, Gnarls Barkley, Israel Houghton, T.I. and former *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake receive four each. The 49th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 11th at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Watch the nominations being announced via CBSNews.com below.
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