45th Annual Grammy Nominees Announced 
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Written by Jessica Amen   
Tuesday, 07 January 2003

The 45th annual Grammy nominations where announced Tuesday morning by several musicians including Ashanti, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer and Nelly from New York’s Madison Square Garden. The nominees for such categories as Album of The Year and Record of The Year span diverse genres of music from country, to rap, to jazz and in some cases were dominated by women.

Bruce Springsteen was nominated for Album of The Year for “The Rising” along side Eminem for “The Eminem Show,” Dixie Chicks for “Home,” Nelly for “Nellyville,” and Norah Jones for “Come Away With Me.” Springsteen was also nominated for Song of The Year for his 9/11 inspired album’s title song “The Rising.”

The Best New Artist category nominees, dominated by women, include; Norah Jones, Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne and John Mayer.

The Song of The Year category (which honors songwriters), full of female nominees, include Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated,” Norah Jones performed song written by Jesse Harris’s “Don’t Know Why,” Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles,” and Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”

Springsteen, Lavigne, Ashanti and Jones walked away with five nominations each and Eminem close behind with three.

The much hyped garage bands The Strokes, The Vines, The Hives and The White Stripes were turned away at the door without a single nomination.

The 45th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for February 23rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will include 104 categories, up from 102 last year.

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