US musical elite up for gongs...

TLC and Carlos Santana are topping the nominations for this year’s US Grammy awards, announced last night in Los Angeles, US.

Other acts nominated for the awards, the equivalent of the UK’s Brit Awards but even bigger, include Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige, Brandy and Macy Gray for Best Female R’n’B Vocal Performance.

Backstreet Boys, Cher, Ricky Martin, were up for Best Record Of The Year, as were Santana and TLC, nominated for a whopping10 awards and six awards respectively out of a total of 98.

The awards ceremony takes place on February 23.