Backstreet, Britney, Ricky, And Others Come Up Empty

Don't count your Grammys before they're hatched.

Such is the lesson learned by the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, and other artists who learned Wednesday night that multiple nominations (and Grammy performances, for that matter) do not guarantee victory.

The Backstreet Boys entered the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards with five nominations under their collective belt, including nods for Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Record Of The Year. However, after Carlos Santana was done feasting at the Grammy buffet, there wasn't anything left for the Boys.

Ricky Martin went into Wednesday night's ceremony with five nominations, including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for his "Livin' La Vida Loca." The Latin sensation would see his nominations go for naught as Sting and the aforementioned Santana grabbed up most of the awards Martin was up for.

Spears came up empty as well, despite nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

The teen queen would see those honors go to Christina Aguilera and Sarah McLachlan, respectively.

Hip-hop wildman Busta Rhymes also had to like his chances going into Wednesday night's event, as he had scored nominations in all three rap categories. However, Busta had to relinquish Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group to The Roots and Erykah Badu and both Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album to Eminem.

Critical fave Macy Gray also came up with a donut despite nods for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, while brothers-in-rock Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock both went home empty-handed despite two noms apiece.

Perhaps those discouraged by this year's Grammy results could learn a thing or two from Black Sabbath. More than 30 years after getting together, the heavy metal godfathers finally landed their first Grammy nomination this year... for "Iron Man," a song the band first recorded in 1970. Patience proved to be a virtue as the band won this year's

Best Heavy Metal Performance Grammy. However, when the award was handed out, Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was still outside on the red carpet.