It's like old times for Dylan

Times Staff Writer

Bob Dylan used to thrive on the role of outsider, using rejection and scorn as fuel for his poetic fires and his career ambition.

Well, looks like he might have more material.

In one of the biggest Grammy surprises in years, Dylan's album "Modern Times" was overlooked for a nomination in the marquee album of the year category. Dylan was considered by many to be a sure thing when the Grammy nominations were announced Thursday morning: "Modern Times" was one of the most widely acclaimed albums of the year.

Instead, nominees in that marquee category are the Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way," Gnarls Barkley's "St. Elsewhere," John Mayer's "Continuum," Justin Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds" and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium."

"Modern Times" did get a nod, though, in the contemporary folk category.

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