- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 4, 2001

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Rapper Eminem received four Grammy nominations, including album of the year, for "The Marshall Mathers LP," a work that has enraged some listeners but won critical acclaim.

The work also was nominated for rap album and rap solo performance. The rapper, who faces an assault charge in Michigan, also was nominated for best rap performance by a duo or group for "Forgot About Dre" on the album "Dr. Dre 2001."

Vince Gill also had four nominations, including best country album, for "Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye" and best country song for "Feels Like Love." He also was nominated for country male vocalist for "Feels Like Love" and country collaboration with vocals for a duet with his wife, Amy Grant, on the song "When I Look Into Your Heart."

The 43rd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Feb. 21 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Awards will be presented in 100 categories.

Nominations in the top categories include a range of young and established artists.

Nominated for record of the year were pop acts Destiny's Child for "Say My Name" and 'N Sync for "Bye Bye Bye" and veterans Madonna for "Music" and U2 for "Beautiful Day." Macy Gray received a bid for "I Try."

Competing with Eminem for album of the year are Beck for "Midnite Vultures," Radiohead for "Kid A," Paul Simon for "You're the One" and Steely Dan for "Two Against Nature."

Song-of-the-year nominations went to the writers of U2's "Beautiful Day," Faith Hill's "Breathe," Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance," Miss Gray's "I Try" and Destiny's Child's "Say My Name."

The nominees for best new artist were Shelby Lynne, Brad Paisley, Papa Roach, Jill Scott and Sisqo.

Britney Spears, one of the year's leading album sellers, was nominated for pop vocal album for "Oops! … I Did It Again" and female pop vocal performance for the song of the same name.

'N Sync, the boy-band sensation whose "No Strings Attached" was the year's biggest-selling album, also was nominated for pop performance by a duo or group for "Bye Bye Bye" and pop vocal album.

Although Eminem was nominated for album of the year, his song "The Real Slim Shady" was bypassed in the record- and song-of-the-year categories by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

"I do think it's a major snub," said Tom O'Neil, author of the book "The Grammys" and a historian of the awards.

Critics have accused Eminem of promoting homophobia and abuse of women, among other things. Music experts have praised his clever rhymes and artistry, if not his message.

Steely Dan's three nominations for album of the year, pop performance by a group and pop vocal album capped a comeback year for the group, which reached the height of its popularity in the 1970s.

Newlywed Madonna has a chance for her first Grammy in a major category. U2's album "All That You Can't Leave Behind" received critical praise for combining the band's '80s rock style with more recent techno explorations.

Madonna has won three Grammys in the past. In 1999, she won for best pop album for her excursion into electronica, "Ray of Light," as well as best dance recording and best short-form music video.

"I Try," which received wide airplay, earned Miss Gray a nomination for female pop vocalist in addition to record and song of the year.

Miss Hill's album "Breathe" garnered nominations for vocal performance, country album and country collaboration with vocals for her duet with husband Tim McGraw.

Besides its song-of-the-year nomination, "Breathe" also earned a country-song-of-the-year bid for writers Stephanie Bentley and Holly Lamar.

Two new categories introduced this year are best Native American music album and best pop instrumental album.

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