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White Stripes, Gospel Aritsts Lead Detroit Grammy Nominations

Of the Oakland Press

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The White Stripes' "Icky Thump" had sticking power for this year's Grammy Awards nominations, which were announced Thursday (Dec. 6) in Los Angeles.

The sixth album by the Detroit-formed duo of former spouses -- whose members now live in Nashville (Jack White) and Los Angeles (Meg White) -- garnered three Grammy nods, including Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals for the title track, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for the USB flash drive edition of the release.

Jack White also received a Best Rock Song nomination for writing "Icky Thump."

With those nominations, the White Stripes -- who have won two previous Grammy Awards -- topped this year's Detroit Grammy contingent, which was particularly strong in gospel candidates.

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will be presented on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS. Hosts and performers will be announced at a later date.

The gospel group the Clark Sisters received a pair of nods -- Best Traditional Gospel Album for "Live -- One Last Time" and Best Gospel Performance for the song "Blessed & Highly Favored," while Karen Clark-Sheared received a Best Gospel Song nomination for the latter. J Moss snagged a pair of nominations, Best Gospel Song for "Praise on the Inside" and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for V2. Seventeen-time Grammy winner Aretha Franklin's duet with Mary J. Blige on "Never Gonna Break My Faith" from the "Bobby" soundtrack was also nominated for Best Gospel Performance.

Other Detroiters receiving nominations in gospel categories were Marvin Winans, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond and former Commissioned member Marvin Sapp.

R&B singer Dwele's cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's "That's the Way of the World" is up for Best Urban/Alternative Performance, while longtime Detroiter Bettye LaVette's "The Scene of the Crime" is in the running for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Also of local note were two nominations stemming from the film soundtrack for "Dreamgirls," a fictitious based on the Supremes and Motown.

Rap auteur Kanye West was the top nominee overall with eight, followed by British singer Amy Winehouse. The Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain and Ne-Yo are up for five Grammys each, while four-time nominees include Akon, Dierks Bentley, Chris Daughtry, Feist, Tim McGraw, John Newton, Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen.

A full list of nominees and categories can be found at www.grammy.com.

Web Site: www.grammy.com

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