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If Norah Jones never thought her debut album, "Come Away With Me," would go double platinum, it's safe to assume she didn't expect a slew of Grammy nominations either.
Jones was one of eight artists to garner five nominations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Tuesday. She was nominated for new artist, record of the year, album of the year, female pop performance and pop vocal album. One of her tunes, "Don't Know Why," also earned the writer, Jones' band member Jesse Harris, a bid for song of the year. The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 23.
The 23-year-old singer's toughest competitor is Avril Lavigne, who was nominated in many of the same categories, including new artist, song of the year, female pop vocal and pop vocal album. Lavigne also received a nod in female rock performance for her tune "Sk8ter Boi."
Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Ashanti, Sheryl Crow, Nelly and Raphael Saadiq also received five nominations each.
Albums from Springsteen and Eminem were among the biggest music stories of 2002. The Boss released "The Rising," his post-Sept. 11 tribute, which is up for album of the year and rock album. The title track is nominated for song of the year, best male rock performance and rock song.
Eminem's third album, "The Eminem Show," was so hot a property last spring that his record label, Interscope, continually moved up the release date to combat Internet piracy. The rapper is nominated for album of the year, rap album, rap solo performance and record of the year and best short-form video, both for "Without Me."
Also nominated for album of the year are the Dixie Chicks, for "Home," and Nelly, for "Nellyville."
Rapper Nelly also received nods for record of the year, rap solo performance, rap/sung collaboration and rap album. Saadiq's nominations included nods in R&B song and R&B album for "Instant Vintage."
The Dixie Chicks received four nominations, including country performance by a duo or group and country album. Country singer Alan Jackson is also nominated for four awards, including song of the year for "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."
Continuing a streak of Grammy nominations for his collaborations with producer Rick Rubin, Johnny Cash is up for three awards, including contemporary folk album for "American IV: The Man Comes Around."
Locally, the National Theatre of the Deaf contributed to "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't," an album featuring John Lithgow that was nominated for spoken word album for children. Connecticut native John Mayer was nominated for three awards, including new artist and male pop vocal performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland."
Some of the most interesting nominations come in the rock categories. Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi are each nominated for female rock vocal performance, while Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel and David Bowie are up for an award in male rock vocal performance.
Good taste clashes with mass appeal in the rock performance by a duo or group with vocals category, as Coldplay and U2 face off against Aerosmith, Creed, Chad Kroeger and 3 Doors Down.
The contemporary blues album category is packed with powerhouse acts, including Solomon Burke, Etta James, Delbert McClinton, Charlie Musselwhite and the North Mississippi Allstars.
After winning a Grammy last year for best male country vocal, 75-year-old Ralph Stanley is up for two more this year - both in the bluegrass category, for his self-titled release and for "Lost in the Lonesome Pines" with Jim Lauderdale.