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Grammys might give the Boss top honors

December 06, 2007|Geoff Boucher | Times Staff Writer

Is it finally time for Bruce Springsteen's magic Grammy moment? And how willing are Grammy voters to embrace the talented but troubled Amy Winehouse?

Those are two of the subplots today at the announcement of nominations for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Winners will be announced Feb. 10 at Staples Center in a ceremony to be broadcast on CBS.

Springsteen's album "Magic" is considered by many industry insiders to be a strong contender for album of the year -- a trophy Springsteen has been twice nominated for but never won.

Springsteen is deeply respected in the industry, and "Magic," which entered the U.S. album sales chart at No. 1 in October, has him back with the E Street Band. Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." from 1984 and "The Rising" from 2002 were both nominated for overall best album but the awards went instead to Lionel Richie and Norah Jones, respectively.

Winehouse, the British singer with an earthy, throwback soul style and the hit "Rehab," would seem to be a sure bet for best new artist nomination and possibly nods in the album and record of the year fields. But the 24-year-old also appears to be spinning out of control; she has just canceled a tour, her husband has been jailed and her drug issues have become daily fodder for the British tabloids.

Others who may vie for the album trophy include rapper Kanye West ("Graduation"), country veteran Reba McEntire ("Reba Duets"), Canadian art-rock band Arcade Fire ("Neon Bible") and alt-metal band Linkin Park ("Minutes to Midnight").

geoff.boucher@latimes.com

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