Mary J. Blige, the resilient R&B star whose comeback album showcased her raw emotions [ I love it. I fucking love it. - - Fresh] and confessional style, scored a leading eight Grammy nominations today as the recording academy announced the contenders for its annual awards.
"Be Without You," a single from Ms. Blige's album "The Breakthrough," drew nominations in two big categories, record of the year and song of the year, although the album itself did not make the list of nominees for album of the year. Ms. Blige, who helped announce the nominations at a news conference today in Los Angeles, also received one for her recording, with the rock band U2, of the band's song "One," which they performed on the last Grammy telecast in February.
The 49th annual Grammy awards will be handed out on Feb. 11 during a CBS broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (continue)