Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain bag Grammy nominations

MUMBAI: Nominations for the 49th Grammy Awards have been declared and Mary J. Blige has continued her winning streak, having garnered eight Grammy nominations.

Musician duo from India Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain have been nominated for the ilk of Best Traditional World Music for their album, Golden strings of the Sarode.

Keeping it nip and tuck Red Hot Chili Peppers tracks closely while securing six nominations followed by James Blunt, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Danger Mouse, Prince, Rick Rubin, William and John Williams each earning five nods and Beyonce, Bryan-Michael Cox, Gnarls Barkley, Israel Houghton, T.I, and Justin Timberlake with four each.

The 49th Annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday 11 February 2007 and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert and broadcast nationwide on CBS at 8 pm ET.

2007 Grammy Nominees for the Top five categories are as follows:

Record of the year

- Be Without You, Mary J. Blige
- You're Beautiful, James Blunt
- Not Ready To Make Nice, Dixie Chicks
- Crazy, Gnarls Barkley
- Put Your Records On, Corinne Bailey Rae

Album of the year

- Taking The Long Way, Dixie Chicks
- St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley
- Continuum, John Mayer
- Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers
- FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake

Song of the year (nominated songwriters)

- Be Without You- Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jason Perry
- Jesus Take the Wheel- Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson
- Not Ready to Make Nice- Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson
- Put Your Records On- John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou and Corinne Bailey Rae
- You're Beautiful- James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek

Best new Artist

- James Blunt
- Chris Brown
- Imogen Heap
- Corinne Bailey Rae
- Carrie Underwood

Best Pop performance by a duo or group with vocal

- The Black Eyed Peas for My Humps
- Death Cab For Cutie for I Will Follow You Into The Dark
- The Fray for Over My Head (Cable Car)
- Keane for Is It Any Wonder
- Pussycat Dolls for Stickwitu

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