We Cut to the Chase, Because We Care
You probably can’t wait to see what we have to say about the just announced Grammy nominations for 2006. Oh, you just want the list, and couldn’t care less what a bunch of losers think? FINE!

Here's the big picture: Mary J. Blige is the top nominee with eight, while Red Hot Chili Peppers score six. James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin and will.i.am each earn five nods. Beyoncé, Bryan-Michael Cox, Gnarls Barkley, T.I and Justin Timberlake get four each. For a complete listing, click here.

Record Of The Year
Be Without You
  Mary J. Blige

You're Beautiful
 James Blunt

Not Ready To Make Nice
 Dixie Chicks
 Gnarls Barkley
Put Your Records On
 Corinne Bailey Rae
Album Of The Year
Taking The Long Way
 Dixie Chicks

St. Elsewhere
 Gnarls Barkley

 John Mayer
Stadium Arcadium
 Red Hot Chili Peppers
 Justin Timberlake

Song Of The Year
Be Without You
 Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox & Jason Perry, songwriters (Mary
 J. Blige)

Jesus, Take The Wheel
 Brett James, Hillary Lindsey & Gordie Sampson, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

Not Ready To Make Nice
 Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison & Dan Wilson, songwriters (Dixie

Put Your Records On
 John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou & Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriters (Corinne Bailey
You're Beautiful
 James Blunt, Amanda Ghost & Sacha Skarbek, songwriters (James Blunt)

Best New Artist
James Blunt
Chris Brown
Imogen Heap
Corinne Bailey Rae
Carrie Underwood

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Ain't No Other Man
 Christina Aguilera
 Natasha Bedingfield
You Can Close Your Eyes
 Sheryl Crow
Stupid Girls

Black Horse And The Cherry Tree
 KT Tunstall
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
You're Beautiful
 James Blunt
Save Room
 John Legend
Waiting On The World To Change
 John Mayer
Jenny Wren
 Paul McCartney
Bad Day
 Daniel Powter
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
My Humps
 The Black Eyed Peas

I Will Follow You Into The Dark
 Death Cab For Cutie
Over My Head (Cable Car)
 The Fray
Is It Any Wonder?
 The Pussycat Dolls
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
For Once In My Life
 Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder
 Mary J. Blige & U2
Always On Your Side
 Sheryl Crow & Sting
 Nelly Furtado & Timbaland
Hips Don't Lie
 Shakira & Wyclef Jean

Best Pop Vocal Album
Back To Basics
 Christina Aguilera
Back To Bedlam
 James Blunt

The River In Reverse
 Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
 [Verve Forecast]

 John Mayer

 Justin Timberlake

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Duets: An American Classic
 Tony Bennett

Caught In The Act
 Michael Bublé

 Sarah McLachlan

Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook
 Bette Midler

Timeless Love
 Smokey Robinson
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

Someday Baby
 Bob Dylan

Route 66
 John Mayer

Saving Grace
 Tom Petty
Lookin' For A Leader
 Neil Young
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
How To Save A Life
 The Fray
Steady, As She Goes
 The Raconteurs
Dani California
 Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Saints Are Coming
 U2 & Green Day

Best Hard Rock Performance
Crazy Bitch

Every Day Is Exactly The Same
 Nine Inch Nails
Lonely Day
 System Of A Down

Best Metal Performance
 Lamb Of God
Colony Of Birchmen

Lies, Lies, Lies
Eyes Of The Insane
 Stone Sour

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Chun Li's Flying Bird Kick
 Arctic Monkeys

The Wizard Turns On...
 The Flaming Lips
Black Hole Sun
 Peter Frampton

 David Gilmour
Super Colossal
 Joe Satriani
Best Rock Song
Chasing Cars
 Snow Patrol

Dani California
 Red Hot Chili Peppers

Lookin' For A Leader
 Neil Young

Someday Baby
 Bob Dylan,

When You Were Young
 The Killers

Best Rock Album
 John Mayer Trio

Highway Companion
 Tom Petty
Broken Boy Soldiers
 The Raconteurs

Stadium Arcadium
 Red Hot Chili Peppers

Living With War
 Neil Young

Best Alternative Album
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
 Arctic Monkeys

At War With The Mystics
 The Flaming Lips
St. Elsewhere
 Gnarls Barkley
Show Your Bones
 Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Eraser
 Thom Yorke
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Ring The Alarm
Be Without You
 Mary J. Blige
Don't Forget About Us
 Mariah Carey
Day Dreaming
 Natalie Cole
I Am Not My Hair
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
 John Legend
So Sick

Black Sweat

I Call It Love
 Lionel Richie

Got You Home
 Luther Vandross
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
 George Benson & Al Jarreau

Love Changes
 Jamie Foxx f/Mary J. Blige
Everyday (Family Reunion)
 Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams & Carl Thomas
Family Affair
 (Sly & The Family Stone), John Legend, Joss Stone w/Van Hunt
 Track from: Different Strokes By Different Folks
 [Epic/Legacy Recordings]

Beautiful, Loved And Blessed
 Prince & Támar

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Christmas Time Is Here
 Anita Baker
God Bless The Child
 George Benson & Al Jarreau f/Jill Scott

I Found My Everything
 Mary J. Blige f/Raphael Saadiq
You Are So Beautiful
 Sam Moore f/Billy Preston, Zucchero, Eric Clapton & Robert Randolph

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
 The Temptations
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
 Gnarls Barkley
That Heat
 Segio Mendes f/Erykah Badu & Will.i.am
Mas Que Nada
 Sergio Mendes f/The Black Eyed Peas
Idlewild Blue (Don't Chu Worry 'Bout Me)
Best R&B Song
Be Without You
 Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox & Jason Perry, songwriters (Mary
 J. Blige)

Black Sweat

Deja Vu
 Shawn Carter, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Beyoncé Knowles, Makeba, Keli Nicole
& Delisha Thomas, songwriters (Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z)

Don't Forget About Us
 Johnta Austin, Mariah Carey, Bryan-Michael Cox & Jermaine Dupri, songwriters
 (Mariah Carey)

I Am Not My Hair
 Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders & India Arie Simpson, songwriters (India.Arie)

Best R&B Album
The Breakthrough
 Mary J. Blige

 Jamie Foxx

Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship


Coming Home
 Lionel Richie

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Chris Brown
 Chris Brown

20 Y.O.
 Janet Jackson

Kelis Was Here
 [Jive Records/Zomba Label Group/Dope Entertainment]

In My Own Words

Best Rap Solo Performance
Touch It
 Busta Rhymes

We Run This
 Missy Elliott
Kick, Push
 Lupe Fiasco
 Track from: Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor

 Mos Def

What You Know

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 Chamillionaire f/Krayzie Bone

 Ludacris & Field Mob (f/Jamie Foxx)

 Nelly f/Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp

Mighty "O"

Don't Feel Right
 The Roots

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Smack That
 Akon f/Eminem

Deja Vu
 Beyoncé f/Jay-Z
Shake That
 Eminem f/Nate Dogg

 Jamie Foxx f/Ludacris

My Love
 Justin Timberlake f/T.I.

Best Rap Song
It's Goin' Down
 Chadron Moore & Jasiel Robinson, songwriters (Yung Joc)
Kick, Push
 Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, songwriter (Lupe Fiasco)

Money Maker
 Christopher Bridges & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Ludacris f/Pharrell)
 Anthony Henderson, J. Slainas, O. Salinas & Hakeem Seriki, songwriters
 (Chamillionaire f/Krayzie Bone)

What You Know
 A. Davis & Clifford Harris, songwriters; (Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson & Curtis
, songwriters) (T.I.)
Best Rap Album
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
 Lupe Fiasco

Release Therapy

In My Mind

Game Theory
 The Roots


Best Female Country Vocal Performance
 Miranda Lambert

I Still Miss Someone
 Martina McBride

Something's Gotta Give
 LeAnn Rimes

Jesus, Take The Wheel
 Carrie Underwood

I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today
 Gretchen Wilson

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Every Mile A Memory
 Dierks Bentley

The Reason Why
 Vince Gill

The Seashores Of Old Mexico
 George Strait

Would You Go With Me
 Josh Turner

Once In A Lifetime
 Keith Urban

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Not Ready To Make Nice
 Dixie Chicks

Heaven's My Home
 The Duhks

 Little Big Town

What Hurts The Most
 Rascal Flatts

Leave The Pieces
 The Wreckers

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Who Says You Can't Go Home
 Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles

Tomorrow Is Forever
 Solomon Burke & Dolly Parton

Calling Me
 Kenny Rogers & Don Henley

Midnight Angel
 Rhonda Vincent & Bobby Osborne

Love Will Always Win
 Trisha Yearwood & Garth Brooks

Best Country Song
Every Mile A Memory
 Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley & Steve Bogard, songwriters (Dierks Bentley)

I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today
 Matraca Berg & Jim Collins, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson)

Jesus, Take The Wheel
 Brett James, Hillary Lindsey & Gordie Sampson, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

Like Red On A Rose
 Melanie Castleman & Robert Lee Castleman, songwriters (Alan Jackson)

What Hurts The Most
 Steve Robson & Jeffrey Steele, songwriters (Rascal Flatts)

Best Country Album
Taking The Long Way
 Dixie Chicks

Like Red On A Rose
 Alan Jackson

The Road To Here
 Little Big Town

You Don't Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker
 Willie Nelson

Your Man
 Josh Turner

Best Traditional Blues Album
Brother To The Blues
 Tab Benoit With Louisiana's Leroux

Bronx In Blue

People Gonna Talk
 James Hunter
Guitar Groove-A-Rama
 Duke Robillard

Risin' With The Blues
 Ike Turner
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Live From Across The Pond
 Robert Cray Band

Sippiana Hericane
 Dr. John & The Lower 911

 Keb' Mo'

Hope And Desire
 Susan Tedeschi

After The Rain
 Irma Thomas

Best Traditional Folk Album
I Stand Alone
 Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Gonna Let It Shine

Adieu False Heart
 Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy

We Shall Overcome The Seeger Sessions
 Bruce Springsteen

A Distant Land To Roam
 Ralph Stanley

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Solo Acoustic Vol. 1
 Jackson Browne

Black Cadillac
 Rosanne Cash

Workbench Songs
 Guy Clark

Modern Times
 Bob Dylan

All The Roadrunning
 Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Brokeback Mountain
 Various Artists

 Various Artists

Grey's Anatomy - Volume 2
 Various Artists

Little Miss Sunshine
 Various Artists

Walk The Line
 Joaquin Phoenix & Various Artists

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Can't Take It In (From The Chronicles Of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe)
 Imogen Heap, songwriter (Imogen Heap)

I Need To Wake Up (From An Inconvenient Truth)
 Melissa Etheridge, songwriter (Melissa Etheridge)

Our Town (From Cars)
 Randy Newman, songwriter (James Taylor)

There's Nothing Like A Show On Broadway (From The Producers)
 Mel Brooks, songwriter (Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick)

Travelin' Thru (From Transamerica)
 Dolly Parton, songwriter (Dolly Parton)

Best Album Notes
Fats Waller,
Good For What Ails You: Music Of The Medicine Shows, 1926-1937
 Marshall Wyatt, album notes writer (Various Artists)

If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!
 Dan Morgenstern

Lost Sounds: Blacks And The Birth Of The Recording Industry 1891-1922
 Tim Brooks

, Pirate Radio
 Ben Edmonds

The Byrds,
There Is A Season
 David Fricke

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Howard Benson
 Every Man For Himself (Hoobastank)  
 Flyleaf (Flyleaf)  
 In With The Out Crowd (Less Than Jake)  
 One-X (Three Days Grace)  
 The Paramour Sessions (Papa Roach)  
 Popaganda (Head Automatica)  
 Saosin (Saosin)  

T Bone Burnett
 Thunderbird (Cassandra Wilson)  
 The True False Identity (T Bone Burnett)  
 Walk The Line (Joaquin Phoenix & Various Artists)  

Danger Mouse
 Pieces Of The People We Love (The Rapture)
 St. Elsewhere (Gnarls Barkley)  

Rick Rubin
 American V: A Hundred Highways (Johnny Cash)  
 God's Gonna Cut You Down (Johnny Cash)  
 Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chili Peppers)  
 Taking The Long Way (Dixie Chicks)  
 12 Songs (Neil Diamond)  

 About You (Mary J. Blige f/Will.i.am)  
 Big Girls Don't Cry (Fergie)  
 Damn Girl (Justin Timberlake f/Will.i.am)  
 I Am Somebody (Santana f/Will.i.am)  
 I Love My B**** (Busta Rhymes f/Kelis & Will.i.am)  
 Mas Que Nada (Sergio Mendes f/The Black Eyed Peas)  
 Timeless (Sergio Mendes)  

Music Video
8th Of November
 Big & Rich
 Robert Deaton, George Flanigen & Marc Oswald, video directors

When You Were Young
 The Killers
 Anthony Mandler, video director

Here It Goes Again
 OK Go
 Dan Konopka, Damian Kulash, Jr, Timothy Nordwind, Andy Ross & Trish Sie, video directors

Dani California
 Red Hot Chili Peppers
 Tony Kaye, video director

Writing On The Walls

Best Long Form Music Video
Flow: Living In The Stream Of Music
 Terence Blanchard
 Jim Gabour, video director

 Death Cab For Cutie
 Noah Gelb, video producer

Demon Days - Live In Manchester
 J.C. Hewlett, video director

I'm Going To Tell You A Secret
 Jonas Akerlund
, video director

Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born To Run
 Bruce Springsteen
 Thom Zimny, video director

Two heads are better than one. (6/18a)
Bugs is dancing in the street. (6/18a)
Pull up the Brinks truck. (6/18a)
Looks like we have a horse race. (6/17a)
Myriad lawyers, no waiting. (6/18a)
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?

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