West, who grew up in Chicago and is in the midst of a two-night stand at the
West also will be competing against himself in the best rap album category, with his solo disc "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" going against his "Watch the Throne" collaboration with Jay-Z.
Also receiving multiple nominations were R&B singer
In the classical category of best small ensemble performance, the Chicago contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird was nominated for its recording of Steven Mackey's "Lonely Motel: Music from Slide," on the Chicago-based Cedille label. The same album also was nominated for best contemporary classical composition.
Former Chicagoan Kurt Elling was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album for "The Gate" (Concord Jazz).
Other Chicago classical groups nominated in other Grammy categories included the