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Kanye West and Amy Winehouse lead 50th Grammy nominations

Kanye West

Story by Jack Foley

KANYE West heads the list of nominations for the 50th Grammy Awards with an impressive haul of eight nominations.

The rapper is in the running for best album for his Graduation LP but faces stiff competition from Britain’s Amy Winehouse, who is in the running for six awards, including best album for Back To Black.

Five further acts, including Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, T-Pain and Justin Timberlake, each received five nominations each for the prestigious awards.

While The White Stripes received four, including Best Alternative Album and Best Rock Song.

Amy Winehouse’s other nominations included one for Record of the Year (for Rehab), which is also up for Song of the Year.

In the former category, Rehab is pitted against Beyonce’s Irreplaceable, Rihanna’s No.1 smash Umbrella, Justin Timberlake’s What Goes Around Comes Around and Foo Fighters’ rock anthem The Pretender.

And in the latter, it’ll vy for the songwriting award with Corinne Bailey Rae’s Like a Star.

Both Winehouse’s Back To Black and West’s Graduation will compete against Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, by Foo Fighters, for album of the year.

In what looks set to be an extremely competitive year, much of the attention will be focused on West and Winehouse given the torrid personal time they’ve recently endured.

Winehouse recently issued a statement calling off all her remaining gigs and public appearances for the remainder of 2007 so that she can concentrate on overcoming her personal difficulties.

While West has had to deal with the death of his mother after complications following surgery. He broke down in tears while dedicating a record to her during a recent UK appearance.

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards are set to take place in Los Angeles on February 10.