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Chicago Grammy contenders: Kanye, Wilco, Lupe, more

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Kanye West topped last night's Grammy nominations with a total of seven, all the while he was performing here in his hometown in the first of two shows at the United Center with pal and collaborator Jay-Z.

West's nominations split between his own acclaimed album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," and the recent joint effort with Jay-Z, "Watch the Throne." In the category of best rap song, West's "All of the Lights" competes with "Otis" from "Watch the Throne."

Nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards include numerous other Chicago pop music acts ...

Wilco -- "The Whole Love" for rock album
Eddie Vedder -- We still count the Evanston native; his "Ukulele Songs" competes for folk album.
OK Go -- "All Is Not Lost" for short-form music video
Lupe Fiasco -- "The Show Goes On" for rap performance and rap song
R. Kelly -- "Radio Message" for traditional R&B performance, "Love Letter" for R&B album
The Numero Group record label -- Ken Shipley's writing in the Syl Johnson "Complete Mythology" box set for album notes, and the set itself for historical album.
Donald Lawrence -- "Spiritual" is up for gospel song.
Matthew West -- "Strong Enough," for contemporary Christian song.

Oak Park native Kathy Griffin is up for comedy album again, this time for "50 and Not Pregnant."

Chicago usually excels in the classical categories, as well. The album "Mackey: Lonely Motel -- Music From Slide," featuring the ensemble eighth blackbird was nominated for small ensemble performance and engineered album, classical, as well as David Frost's production work on the recording. Judith Sherman's production nomination includes several Chicago works by the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Lincoln Trio and the Pacifica Quartet.

Pianist and Northwestern faculty member Ursula Oppens was honored in the classical instrumental solo category for "Winging It -- Piano Music of John Corigliano." Lyric Opera's Andrew Davis was nominated for orchestral performance for Bowen's Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, recorded with the BBC Philharmonic.

Kurt Elling was honored in the jazz vocal album category for "The Gate."

A complete list of all nominees can be found here.

The Grammys will be awarded Feb. 12 in the usual telecast on CBS.

Contributing: Laura Emerick

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As i get older i don't listen to any major label artists. They are boring.

Hey check out (and like) an awesome video interview with the talented Kurt Elling at:

Wilco a major recording act? That's a're funny.

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