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Detroit-bred Musicians Up For Grammy Awards

Of the Oakland Press

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Some Motown veterans and one upstart rock band from Detroit are among nominees announced Thursday for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.

Pontiac- and Rochesterraised Madonna and the Detroit-formed Raconteurs each received a pair of nominations. Madonna’s latest album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” is up for best electronic/dance album, while the track “Get Together” will compete for best dance recording.

“Broken Boy Soldiers,” which the Raconteurs recorded in Detroit, was nominated for best rock album, and its single “Steady As She Goes” got a nod for best rock performance.

The group features the White Stripes’ Jack White and singer-songwriter Brendan Benson, both of whom moved to Nashville, Tenn., this year.

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and Detroit native Chad Smith, who now lives in California, shares in his band’s six nominations — including album of the year. He also played on the Dixie Chicks’ “Taking the Long Way,” an album of the year competitor.

Other Detroiters up for Grammys include:

Anita Baker, best traditional R&B vocal performance for “Christmas Time is Here” from her holiday album “Christmas Fantasy.”

Rap superstar Eminem, who shares a best rap/sung collaboration with Akon for the latter’s recent chart-topping hit “Smack That.”

Smokey Robinson, best traditional pop vocal album for his standards collection, “Timeless Love.”

Stevie Wonder, best pop collaboration with vocals for his duet rendition of “For Once in My Life” on Tony Bennett’s “Duets: An American Classic” album.

Detroit music writer and former Creem magazine editor Ben Edmonds, best album notes for his essay in the booklet of the Pretenders’ box set “Pirate Songs.”

The Grammy winners will be announced Feb. 11 in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS. The awards recognize recordings made between Oct. 1, 2005, and Sept. 30 this year.

Mary J. Blige, the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” led all nominees with eight nominations, including three of the four major prizes — album of the year, record of the year and song of the year.

The Dixie Chicks, James Blunt, John Mayer, Prince, Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley, composer John Williams, producer Rick Rubin and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am. each received five nominations, while Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, rapper T.I., Gnarls Barkley, Israel Houghton and producer Bryan-Michael Cox each are up for four Grammys.

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