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Most mystifying to the Westerners is how we understand the inflection in each nod.
The nine nods for Perry, 26, were the climax of an extraordinary 12 months that has seen the once struggling gospel singer reinvent herself as a pop sex kitten with a string of hits like "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream" and "Firework.
Why It's Here A little accent and a little love--Texan Renee Zellweger got a Best Actress nod for convincing the English-speaking world that she could step into the alcohol-stained shoes of the fin de siecle heroine beloved of single women and gay men the world over.
Performances from independent films dominated the nominations, which included a supporting actress nod for first-time nominee Amy Adams in the little-seen ``Junebug.
Capote'' co-producer Michael Ohoven, nominated along with Caroline Baron and William Vince, said the PGA nod was appreciated all the more because ``there are many, many movies you can pick or make that are more mainstream or easier to put together.
Earning four nods each are: Guatemalan singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "AcompEiEame A Estar Solo," Best Male Pop Vocal Album (Adentro), and Best Short Form Music Video ("Mojado"); Argentinian guitarist/vocalist Gustavo Cerati for Best Rock Song ("Crimen"), Best Rock Solo Vocal Album (Ahi Vamos), and two nominations in Album Of The Year (artist/producer for his own Ahi Vamos and producer on Shakira's FijaciE[thorn]n Oral Vol.
Clooney earned a total of four nominations, as best supporting actor in ``Syriana,'' along with nods for co-writing, producing and directing the small-budgeted, black-and-white ``Good Night, and Good Luck.
Nods for country collaboration with vocals went to Brooks & Dunn, Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill for ``Building Bridges''; Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris for ``Shelter From the Storm''; Faith Hill and Tim McGraw for ``Like We Never Loved at All''; Norah Jones and Willie Nelson for ``Dreams Come True''; and Merle Haggard and Gretchen Wilson for ``Politically Uncorrect.
5 million domestically and earned Oscar nods for Don Cheadle (Best Actor), Sophie Okonedo (Best Supporting Actress) and Best Screenplay.
The College Dropout,'' a well-crafted pop/hip-hop effort occasionally marred by banal spoken-word interludes, topped countless best-of lists and is at the root of those 10 Grammy nods.
Ray Charles garnered seven nods, Green Day received six, and Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn, Prince, and engineer Al Schmitt each earned five.
Perennial bridesmaid Martin Scorsese, whose epic Howard Hughes biopic, ``The Aviator,'' led the way Tuesday with 11 Academy Award nominations, is up against cultural icon Clint Eastwood, himself nominated as producer, director and lead actor for his intimate, character-based drama, ``Million Dollar Baby,'' which picked up seven nods.
Cafe Tacuba, Diego El Cigala, Mick Guzauski, Kevin Johansen, Javier Limon, Pepe Loeches, Robi Draco Rosa, Rafa Sardina and Julieta Venegas Earn Three Nods Each
Kaufman previously received WGA nods for ``Being John Malkovich'' and ``Adaptation.