Here are the Grammy nominations. Beyonce, Jay-Z, OutKast, and Pharrell Williams lead the honorees

By Gary Susman
Updated December 04, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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Striking a balance between top-selling artists and critical favorites, the Recording Academy rewarded both the expected names and some surprising choices with the announcement on Thursday morning of this year’s nominees. Leading the pack, with six nods apiece, were Beyoncé, Jay-Z, OutKast, and ubiquitous producer-musician Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes. His Neptunes partner Chad Hugo, Missy Elliott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Luther Vandross, Ricky Skaggs, and the late Warren Zevon scored five nominations each. Unexpected choices included Broadway chanteuse Heather Headley and alt-rock veterans Fountains of Wayne among the Best New Artist hopefuls.

The nominees were announced at a star-studded press conference at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, with names read out by such performers as Williams, Kenneth ”Babyface” Edmonds, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Evanescence’s Amy Lee, Stacie Orrico, Steve Vai, MC Lyte, Brad Paisley, and Moby (who couldn’t help but include a jibe at President Bush while reading the name of nominee Barbra Streisand). The 46th annual Grammy ceremony will be held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Feb. 8 and will air live on CBS.

A list of nominees in the major categories follows:

Album of the Year
”Under Construction,” Missy Elliott
”Fallen,” Evanescence
”Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” OutKast
”Justified,” Justin Timberlake
”Elephant,” The White Stripes

Record of the Year
”Crazy in Love,” Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
”Where Is the Love,” Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake
”Clocks,” Coldplay
”Lose Yourself,” Eminem
”Hey Ya,” OutKast

Song of the Year
”Beautiful,” Christina Aguilera
”Dance With My Father,” Luther Vandross
”I’m With You,” Avril Lavigne
”Keep Me in Your Heart,” Warren Zevon
”Lose Yourself,” Eminem

New Artist
50 Cent
Fountains of Wayne
Heather Headley
Sean Paul

Female Pop Vocal Performance
”Beautiful,” Christina Aguilera
”Miss Independent,” Kelly Clarkson
”White Flag,” Dido
”I’m With You,” Avril Lavigne
”Fallen,” Sarah McLachlan

Male Pop Vocal Performance
”Any Road,” George Harrison
”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Michael McDonald
”Send Your Love,” Sting
”Cry Me a River,” Justin Timberlake
”Keep Me in Your Heart,” Warren Zevon

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
”Misunderstood,” Bon Jovi
”Hole in the World,” Eagles
”Stacy’s Mom,” Fountains of Wayne
”Unwell,” Matchbox Twenty
”Underneath It All,” No Doubt

Pop Vocal Album
”Stripped,” Christina Aguilera
”Brainwashed,” George Harrison
”Bare,” Annie Lennox
”Motown,” Michael McDonald
”Justified,” Justin Timberlake

Female Rock Vocal Performance
”Are You Happy Now?,” Michelle Branch
”Losing Grip,” Avril Lavigne
”Trouble,” Pink
”Time of Our Lives,” Bonnie Raitt
”Righteously,” Lucinda Williams

Male Rock Vocal Performance
”New Killer Star,” David Bowie
”Down in the Flood,” Bob Dylan
”If I Could Fall in Love,” Lenny Kravitz
”Gravedigger,” Dave Matthews
”Return of Jackie & Judy,” Tom Waits

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
”Times Like These,” Foo Fighters
”There There,” Radiohead
”Calling All Angels,” Train
”Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes
”Disorder in the House,” Warren Zevon and Bruce Springsteen

Rock Song
”Bring Me to Life,” Evanescence
”Calling All Angels,” Train
”Disorder in the House,” Warren Zevon and Bruce Springsteen
”Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes
”Someday,” Nickelback

Rock Album
”Audioslave,” Audioslave
”Fallen,” Evanescence
”One by One,” Foo Fighters
”More Than You Think You Are,” Matchbox Twenty
”The Long Road,” Nickelback

Alternative Music Album
”Fight Test,” Flaming Lips
”Hail to the Thief,” Radiohead
”Untitled,” Sigur Ros
”Elephant,” The White Stripes
”Fever to Tell,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Female R&B Vocal Performance
”Rain on Me,” Ashanti
”Back in the Day,” Erykah Badu
”Dangerously in Love,” Beyoncé
”Ooh!,” Mary J. Blige
”I Wish I Wasn’t,” Heather Headley

Male R&B Vocal Performance
”Step in the Name of Love,” R. Kelly
”Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda,” Brian McKnight
”Superstar,” Ruben Studdard
”How You Gonna Act Like That,” Tyrese
”Dance With My Father,” Luther Vandross

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
”The Closer I Get to You,” Beyoncé and Luther Vandross
”Where Is the Love,” Stanley Clarke featuring Glenn Lewis and Amel Larrieux
”Say Yes,” Floetry
”I’ll Stay,” Roy Hargrove and the RH Factor featuring D’Angelo
”Busted,” The Isley Brothers with Ronald Isley a.k.a. Mr. Biggs featuring J.S.
”Hands Up,” TLC

R&B Song
”Comin’ From Where I’m From,” Anthony Hamilton
”Crazy in Love,” Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
”Dance With My Father,” Luther Vandross
”Danger,” Erykah Badu
”Rock Wit U (Awww Baby),” Ashanti

R&B Album
”Worldwide Underground,” Erykah Badu
”Bittersweet,” Blu Cantrell
”So Damn Happy,” Aretha Franklin
”Body Kiss,” The Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley a.k.a. Mr. Biggs
”Dance With My Father,” Luther Vandross

Contemporary R&B Album
”Chapter II,” Ashanti
”Dangerously in Love,” Beyoncé
”Love and Life,” Mary J. Blige
”Comin’ From Where I’m From,” Anthony Hamilton
”Chocolate Factory,” R. Kelly

Rap Female Solo Performance
”Got It Poppin’,” Da Brat
”Work It,” Missy Elliott
”Came Back for You,” Lil’ Kim
”Ride Wit Me,” MC Lyte
”Go Head,” Queen Latifah

Rap Male Solo Performance
”Pump It Up,” Joe Budden
”Lose Yourself,” Eminem
”In Da Club,” 50 Cent
”Stand Up,” Ludacris
”Get Busy,” Sean Paul

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
”Gossip Folks,” Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris
”Magic Stick,” Lil’ Kim featuring 50 Cent
”Shake Ya Tailfeather,” Nelly, P. Diddy, and Murphy Lee
”Dipset (Santana’s Town),” Juelz Santana featuring Cam’ron
”Can’t Stop Won’t Stop,” Young Gunz

Rap Song
”Beautiful,” Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell Williams and Uncle Charlie Wilson
”Excuse Me Miss,” Jay-Z featuring Pharrell Williams
”In Da Club,” 50 Cent
”Lose Yourself,” Eminem
”Work It,” Missy Elliott

Rap Album
”Under Construction,” Missy Elliott
”Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” 50 Cent
”The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse,” Jay-Z
”Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,” OutKast
”Phrenology,” The Roots

Female Country Vocal Performance
”Keep on the Sunny Side,” June Carter Cash
”On Your Way Home,” Patty Loveless
”This One’s for the Girls,” Martina McBride
”I’m Gone,” Dolly Parton
”’Forever and for Always,” Shania Twain

Male Country Vocal Performance
”Annabelle,” Ray Benson
”Next Big Thing,” Vince Gill
”My Baby Don’t Tolerate,” Lyle Lovett
”She’s My Kind of Rain,” Tim McGraw
”Brokenheartsville,” Joe Nichols
”Three Wooden Crosses,” Randy Travis

Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
”Red Dirt Road,” Brooks & Dunn
”I Believe,” Diamond Rio
”My Front Porch Looking In,” Lonestar
”Colors,” The Oak Ridge Boys
”A Simple Life,” Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Country Song
”Beer for My Horses,” Willie Nelson and Toby Keith
”Celebrity,” Brad Paisley
”Forever and For Always,” Shania Twain
”It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
”Wave on Wave,” Pat Green

Country Album
”Cry,” Faith Hill
”My Baby Don’t Tolerate,” Lyle Lovett
”Run That by Me One More Time,” Willie Nelson and Ray Price
”Live and Kickin’,” Willie Nelson
”Up!,” Shania Twain
”Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ — Songs of the Louvin Brothers,” Various Artists

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media
”Gangs of New York”
”Kill Bill — Vol. 1”
”A Mighty Wind”
”School of Rock”

Best Short Form Music Video
”Hurt,” Johnny Cash
”The Scientist,” Coldplay
”Die Another Day,” Madonna
”Concrete Angel,” Martina McBride
”Hey Ya,” OutKast