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U2 Leads the Way with Eight, While India.Arie and Alicia Keys Grab Seven and Six
U2, Alicia Keys, Alison KraussTrain and Nelly Furtado should start getting their wardrobes together.

They are among the artists who received expected multiple nominations for this year's 2002 Grammy Awards, announced this morning in Beverly Hills.

What wasn't expected was the strong showing of Motown's neo-soul newcomer India.Arie, who scored seven noms. More surprising still was the absence of Keys' critically acclaimed J Records bow, Songs in A Minor, in the Album of the Year category, though her "Fallin'" did show up as a finalist for Record and Song of the Year, as she nabbed six nominations overall.

U2 scored the most noms with eight, including Album, Song and Record of the Year. In the Best Rock Song category, the band competes against itself, with "Elevation" and "Walk On" each nominated.

Other multiple nominees included classical conductor Pierre Boulez with six, and country singer Alison Krauss, R&B vocalist Brian McKnight and rap-rockers OutKast with five each. T-Bone Burnett, Nelly Furtado, Train, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and Lucinda Williams each had four nominations.

And while critical fave Ryan Adams didn't nab a nom for Best New Artist, he did cop three other nods, including Best Male Rock Vocal Performance ("New York, New York"), Best Male Country Vocal Performance ("Lovesick Blues" from Lost Highway's Hank Williams tribute disc, Timeless) and Best Rock Album (Gold).

Sadly, our own Bud Scoppa, a nominee last year, was robbed in the Album Notes category, failing to receive a nod for his superlative Simon & Garfunkel liners on the recent Legacy Columbia box set reissue.

Oh, yeah. Polka legend Jimmy Sturr is up for his 12th statue for his latest effort, Gone Polka, going up against the immortal Eddie Blazonczyk, Brave Combo, Lenny Gomulka and Walter Ostanek in one of Grammy's most traditionally heated categories. May the best accordionist win.

The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Album of the Year
Bob Dylan
, Love and Theft
India.Arie, Acoustic Soul
OutKast, Stankonia
U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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Record of the Year
Alicia Keys
, "Fallin'"
U2, "Walk On"
India.Arie, "Video"
OutKast, "Ms. Jackson"
Train, "Drops of Jupiter"

Song of the Year
U2,
"Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
India.Arie, "Video"
Alicia Keys, "Fallin'"
Train, "Drops of Jupiter"
Nelly Furtado, "I'm Like a Bird"

Best New Artist
Alicia Keys
India.Arie
Nelly Furtado
David Gray
Linkin Park

More expert analysis as soon as we can locate a coherent expert analyst.

A complete list of nominees can be found on grammy.com, although you may have trouble accessing it for the next few hours as lazy journalists have flooded the site.

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