By Michelle Kung
Updated December 07, 2006 at 11:40 PM EST

The acclaim keeps rolling in for Mary J. Blige. After scoring nine trophies at the Billboard Awards on Monday and two at the American Music Awards last month, the 35-year-old R&B singer has just racked up another eight opportunies to win big at next Feb. 11’s Grammy Awards. Also making decent showings at this morning’s announcement were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with six nods, and James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin,, and John Williams — all with five noms each. (Check out the full list of nominees.)

But enough about the winners-to-be. While deserved, Blige’s kudos were hardly unexpected. More interesting are some of the omissions: Bob Dylan’s critically praised Modern Times did get some love in a couple smaller rock and folk categories, but totally missed out on the biggies (namely, Album of the Year and Song of the Year). And poor, poor Nickelback: They’re the biggest-selling rock act of 2006 and didn’t get a single nomination.

What are your thoughts on this year’s ballot? Discuss…