Sure, Kanye West
and Amy Winehouse
this year's big Grammy nominees
. But which former Dancing With the
contestant is nominated for best Hawaiian music album? (Hint: It's
not Drew Lachey!) And it looks to be a big year for American Idol
at the Grammys. Here's our shortlist of some of the more interesting,
offbeat nominations and Grammy tidbits. – Cynthia Wang
Idol Rules!American Idol
continues to dominate at the Grammys.
former contestants earned nominations this year, including
frontrunner Chris Daughtry with four nods (including co-writing honors with Brett "Ace" Young for "It's Not Over.") Meanwhile, past champs Fantasia and Carrie Underwood made the list, as did
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson
, who was nominated as a
songwriter, for "Love You I Do" from Dreamgirls.
Mandisa is nominated for best pop/contemporary Gospel album for "True Beauty," and Kelly Clarkson is up for best country collaboration with Reba McEntire for "Because of You."
Post-Wayne's World Glory
Aloha, Tia Carrere! The Dancing with the Stars
babe nabbed a nomination for best Hawaiian music
album for Hawaiiana.
Obama vs. Alda
Move over Al Gore – Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy
Carter are all nominated for best spoken word album. Their competition? Maya
Angelou and, yep, Alan Alda for Things I Overheard While Talking To
You've seen her on those ubiquitous iPod commercials singing "1234"
– and now Leslie Feist (who records as Feist) has earned, count 'em,
Grammy nominations. Coincidence? Hmmm ... Among Feist's
possible trophies: best new artist.
Duncan "Barely Breathing" Sheik is nominated as a producer and
composer for best musical show album for his Tony winning smash Spring Awakening.
The Man in Black Scores
Johnny Cash earned a posthumous nod for short form video for "God's
Gonna Cut You Down."
Trapped in the Grammys
Remember this. Grammy rewards the prolific: R. Kelly is nominated
for Best Long Form Music Video for "Trapped In the Closet Chapters 13-22."
He's in it for the long haul! Ozzy Osbourne is nominated for best
hard rock performance for "I Don't Wanna Stop."