Mariah Carey Leads Grammy Nominees

Mariah Carey Leads Grammy Nominees
Mariah Carey

updated 12/08/2005 AT 04:05 PM EST

originally published 12/08/2005 AT 08:55 AM EST

Thursday brought good news to Mariah Carey. With the announcement of the 48th annual Grammy Awards nominations, the songbird finalized her storied comeback by earning eight nods, including record, album and song of the year, as well as for best female pop vocalist.

Also earning eight nods were John Legend and Kanye West. Soul crooner Legend's nominations included best new artist, while his mentor West is up for album of the year for Late Registration and song of the year for "Gold Digger."

"This is incredible," Carey told CBS's Early Show. "I feel blessed to be a part of today. I feel blessed for having this incredible year. I'm just grateful for everything I have."

She said she felt best over the nomination for The Emancipation of Mimi as album of the year. ("We Belong Together" is up for song and record.) As for how she found the strength to rebuild her career after it seemingly fell apart in the wake of her disastrous movie and album Glitter, Carey, acknowledging that she's managed "a comeback," said: "It's about spirituality and getting back to a place where you have as much faith in yourself and in God as you can."

Six nominations went to 50 Cent, Beyonce Knowles, The Black Eyed Peas' and Stevie Wonder.

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While Coldplay (which won record of the year in 2003 for "Clocks") didn't score as well as anticipated, Bruce Springsteen – who tied with Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani and U2 with five nominations – was among the surprises. His "Devils & Dust" is in the running for song of the year, along with Rascal Flatts' "Bless the Broken Road," Legend's "Ordinary People," Carey's "We Belong Together" and U2's "Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own."

Four nominations each also went to Common, Destiny's Child, Foo Fighters, Gorillaz, Neptunes, Brad Paisley, Phil Tan and Gretchen Wilson.

"It's been an amazing year and this is the icing on the cake," Legend told the E! network after the announcement.

West, meanwhile, told MTV earlier this week: "If I don't win album of the year, I'm gonna really have a problem with that."

The Grammys will air live from Los Angeles on CBS Feb. 8.

Here's a rundown of the top categories:

Album of the Year
The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Paul McCartney
Love. Angel. Music. Baby., Gwen Stefani
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2
Late Registration, Kanye West

Record of the Year
• "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
• "Feel Good Inc.," Gorillaz featuring De La Soul
• "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day
• "Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani
• "Gold Digger" Kanye West

Song of the Year
• "Bless the Broken Road" (performed by Rascal Flatts), Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna & Marcus Hummon
• "Devils & Dust," Bruce Springsteen
• "Ordinary People" (performed by John Legend), of the Black Eyed Peas
• "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," U2
• "We Belong Together" (performed by Mariah Carey), J. Austin, Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal

Best New Artist
• Ciara
• Fall Out Boy
• Keane
• John Legend
• SugarLand

Pop Album
Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple
Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson
Wildflower, Sheryl Crow
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard, Paul McCartney
Love. Angel. Music. Baby., Gwen Stefani

Rap Album
Be, Common
The Cookbook, Missy Elliott
Encore, Eminem
The Massacre, 50 Cent
Late Registration, Kanye West

Rock Album
X&Y, Coldplay
In Your Honor, Foo Fighters
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, U2
A Bigger Bang, the Rolling Stones
Prairie Wind, Neil Young

Country Album
Fireflies, Faith Hill
Lonely Runs Both Ways, Alison Krauss and Union Station
Time Well Wasted, Brad Paisley
All Jacked Up, Gretchen Wilson
Jasper County, Trisha Yearwood

R&B Album
Illumination, Earth, Wind & Fire
Free Yourself, Fantasia
Unplugged, Alicia Keys
Get Lifted, John Legend
A Time to Love, Stevie Wonder

Electronic Music/Dance Album
Push the Button, the Chemical Brothers
Human After All, Daft Punk
Palookaville, Fatboy Slim
Minimum-Maximum, Kraftwerk
LCD Soundsystem, LCD Soundsystem

Alternative Music Album
Funeral, The Arcade Fire
Guero, Beck
Plans, Death Cab for Cutie
You Could Have It So Much Better, Franz Ferdinand
Get Behind Me Satan, The White Stripes
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