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Grammy nominations 2007 - Blunt leads Brits

James Blunt

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Blunt, Corinne Bailey Rae and KT Tunstall lead British hopes at the 49th Grammy Awards, having picked up five nominations each.

Blunt was nominated in categories including best new artist, record of the year and best male pop vocal performance. But he faces stiff competition in the new artist category from R&B singer Chris Brown, country singer Carrie Underwood and fellow British singers Imogen Heap and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Of the other British bands vying for success, Arctic Monkeys have been nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Alternative Music Album category for Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

Coldplay are up for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group for Talk and Keane are up for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group for Is It Any Wonder?.

Snow Patrol, meanwhile, will be looking to cap a memorable year in the US by winning Best Rock Song, following a nomination for their hit single Chasing Cars.

The Pet Shop Boys have two nominations, while Paul McCartney, Sting, David Gilmour and UB40 all have one.

U2 have been nominated for two Grammys – both of which recognise their collaborations.

For their collaboration with Green Day, The Saints Are Coming – in aid of Hurricane Katrina victims – they are up for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group with Vocal and for their duet with Mary J Blige – One- they are up for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.

Talking of Ms Blige, the R&B star emerged as the lead nominee after picking up a total of eight nominations, including record of the year for Be Without You. Her career retrospective, Reflections, hit record stores earlier this week.

Other favourites going into the awards are The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have six nominations, country trio The Dixie Chicks, with five, and Gnarls Barkley, who secured nominations for record of the year, album of the year, best alternative music album and best urban/alternative performance.

Gnarls Barkley and The Chili Peppers, will go head to head in the best album category against The Dixie Chicks (Taking The Long Way), John Mayer (Continuum and Justin Timberlake (Future Sex/LoveSounds).

Other nominees include blues singer John Mayer, DJ Danger Mouse, Prince, producer Rick Rubin, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and soundtrack composer John Williams. They all have five nominations.

Beyonce, Bryan-Michael Cox, Israel Houghton, TI and Justin Timberlake received four nominations each.

The awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 11, 2007.

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