The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced Friday that Outkast has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Outkast’s Stankonia will take on music legends Bob Dylan and U2 in the album category, while “Ms. Jackson” will vie for top song honors alongside newcomer Alicia Keys’ “Fallin'” and others. Stankonia also was nominated for Best Rap Album along with Eve’s Scorpion, Ja Rule’s Pain is Love, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint and Ludacris’ Back For The First Time.
NARAS also announced a new category called “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” that honors ‘songs that combine vocal melodies with staccato rap cadences.’ Nominees in this category were Eve and Gwen Stefani for “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” Ja Rule and Case for “Livin’ It Up,” Jagged Edge and Nelly for “Where The Party At,” Ludacris and Nate Dogg for “Area Codes” and Mystic and Planet Asia for “W.”