Kanye West received a whopping eight Grammy nominations -- including Album of the Year -- for his chart-topping 2007 effort 'Graduation.'

The rapper/producer, whose mother passed away suddenly last month, was insiders' top pick and leads the list with the most nods. Troubled songstress Amy Winehouse tails behind West with six nominations. 'Graduation,' West's third album, sold almost 1 million copies its first week, topping 50 Cent's 'Curtis.'

Jay-Z ('Kingdom Come'), Common ('Finding Forever'), Nas ('Hip Hop Is Dead'), T.I. ('T.I. vs. T.I.P') and West ('Graduation') all earned nominations for Best Rap Album.

Other nominees included Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Timbaland, and Akon.

Read more on the nominees for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

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