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Grammy time

The Grammy Awards will be on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. Here is a barebones list of most of the Jewish nominees. (Check Grammys.com for specific categories and song/album titles.)

The “juiciest” story of the 2008 Grammies is one with a Jewish angle: whether British pop sensation Amy Winehouse will appear at the awards. It is unlikely, since she finally has gone into rehab for out-of-control drug abuse. Winehouse is nominated for six major Grammy awards, including record, album and song of the year. Some sources say that her friend and record producer Mark Ronson got her to go into rehab. Amy previously ignored an open letter from her mother to get help, a letter in which her mother cited Amy’s “strong Jewish heritage.”

Ronson, who grew up in Britain and America, is nominated for producer of the year for albums he did with Winehouse and Brit singer Lily Allen. Ronson has mentioned that he and Winehouse want to record Chanukah songs she has written, or plans to write.

Other Jews nominated in the pop/rock/folk categories include: Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dave Koz, David Bromberg, Cathy Fink, David Bryan (the drummer for the band Bon Jovi), Geddy Lee (the bassist for the band Rush) and the Beastie Boys ( Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch).

In jazz there’s Berkeley native Josh Redman and the late Michael Brecker, both saxophone players. Orthodox Jew Andy Statman is nominated for best country instrumental song. Statman, who plays clarinet and mandolin, is considered one of the best bluegrass and klezmer musicians of all time.

Jorge Drexler, a native of Uruguay who won the 2004 Oscar for best song, is nominated for best Latin pop album. Peter Himmelman, another Orthodox Jew and the son-in-law of Bob Dylan, is nominated for best children’s album.

Small screen notes

CNN chief national correspondent John King, 43, is set to marry CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, 36, in May. King, who is of Irish Catholic background, told the New York Post: “I’m studying to convert and will consider inviting you to my bar mitzvah. Mazel tov. On a more serious note, I took a class and am working with a wonderful rabbi in D.C., and it has been a remarkably enriching experience.”

Dana’s father, Stuart Schwartz, is a senior broadcast producer for ABC News. Dana’s mother, Frances Weinman Schwartz, is a Jewish studies educator whose books include “Jewish Moral Virtues” and “Passage to Pesach.”

Tony-award winning musical actress Idina Menzel, 36, will appear on the ABC talk show “The View” on Wednesday, Feb. 13. She’ll be promoting her new CD, “I Stand.”

Sparks again?

Kate Hudson, 28, had a huge hit when she was paired with Matthew McConaughey in the 2003 romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” No doubt the studio is hoping that duo recreates their box-office magic in the new flick “Fool’s Gold.” (Opens Friday, Feb. 8.)

This time they play a couple whose marriage founders because McConaughey is obsessed with finding a sunken treasure ship. Hudson leaves him and takes a job working on a yacht owned by a billionaire (Donald Sutherland). However, McConaughey finds a critical clue to the treasure’s location and persuades Sutherland to let him use his yacht. Despite herself, Hudson gets caught-up in her husband’s gold fever. The film is co-written by Daniel Zelman, the husband of actress Debra Messing.

Columnist Nate Bloom , an Oaklander, can be reached at [email protected] .

Nate Bloom

Nate Bloom writes the "Celebrity Jews" column for J.