Pop princess Mariah Carey, rapper Kanye West, and soul singer John Legend got good news Thursday: eight nominations each for Grammy awards, one of the top honors in U.S. popular music.
Mariah Carey, whose popularity had declined after a string of hits in the 1990s, made a comeback with eight nominations for her album The Emancipation of Mimi, and single "We Belong Together" - together drawing nominations for Record, Song, and Album of the Year.
Kanye West's single "Gold Digger" was tapped for Record of the Year, while his second album, Late Registration, garnered nominations for Best Rap Album and Album of the year.
Other nominees for Album of the Year were Paul McCartney, for Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Gwen Stefani for Love.Angel.Music.Baby; and U2 for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
John Legend, a Kanye West discovery, was nominated as Best New Artist. His single "Ordinary People" was nominated for Song of the Year.
The Grammys will be presented February 8 in Los Angeles, California.