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Grammy Nominees Announced - 2002-01-05

The nominees for the United States' most coveted music awards, the Grammy Awards, were announced Friday.

Recording Academy president Michael Green, along with the popular artists, Destiny's Child and Usher, were on hand in Beverly Hills, California, to announce nominees for the 44th annual Grammy Awards.

A nomination is considered almost as prestigious as the award itself.

The Irish rock group U2, which features third world debt reduction advocate, Bono, received the most nominations, eight, including album and song of the year.

U2 will have some serious competition this year in the album category, from nominees including Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft," India Arie's rhythmic "Acoustic Soul," the rockin'-rappers OutKast's album "Stankonia," and the bluegrass compilation soundtrack to the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou? "

The record of the year nominees include Alicia Keys' "Fallin'," U2's "Walk On," India Arie's "Video," OutKast's "Ms. Jackson" and Train's "Drops of Jupiter."

Competing for song of the year are: U2's "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of," India Arie's "Video," Alicia Keys' "Fallin'," Train's "Drops of Jupiter" and Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird."

And in the always-exciting category, best new artist, we have Alicia Keys,India.Arie, Nelly Furtado, David Gray and alternative rockers Linkin Park. Favored for the award: Alicia Keys

The Grammy Awards will be given out February 27.