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Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Nominations for 51st Annual Grammy Awards

Nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced in a new way this year — via a televised concert featuring performances by Christina Aguilera, the Foo Fighters and John Mayer, among others. At the end of the night, Lil Wayne wound up leading all nominees with eight nods, while Coldplay earned seven and Kanye West, Jay-Z and Ne-Yo tied with six. A diverse batch of artists picked up nominations, including Radiohead (who nabbed five for In Rainbows), M.I.A., Metallica, Plant & Krauss and Bruce Springsteen, as well as newcomers Sara Bareilles, Duffy and Leona Lewis.

The big show goes down February 8, 2009 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and will be telecast live on CBS. Here’s how the major categories (there are 110 total) break down:

Album of the Year
Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Ne-Yo – Year Of The Gentleman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Radiohead – In Rainbows

Record of the Year
Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love”
M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Please Read The Letter”

Best New Artist
Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

Song of the Year
“American Boy” – William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray & Kanye West, songwriters (Estelle Featuring Kanye West)
“Chasing Pavements” – Adele Adkins & Eg White, songwriters (Adele)
“I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz, songwriter (Jason Mraz)
“Love Song” – Sara Bareilles, songwriter (Sara Bareilles)
“Viva La Vida” – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)

Best Rock Album
Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Kid Rock – Rock N Roll Jesus
Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
Metallica – Death Magnetic
The Raconteurs – Consolers Of The Lonely

Best Rock Song
Bruce Springsteen – “Girls In Their Summer Clothes”
Radiohead – “House Of Cards”
Death Cab for Cutie – “I Will Possess Your Heart”
Kings of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
Coldplay – “Violet Hill”

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
AC/DC – “Rock ‘N Roll Train”
Coldplay – “Violet Hill”
Eagles – “Long Road Out Of Eden”
Kings of Leon – “Sex On Fire”
Radiohead – “House Of Cards”

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
John Mayer – “Gravity” from Where The Light Is — Live In Los Angeles
Paul McCartney – “I Saw Her Standing There” from Amoeba’s Secret
Bruce Springsteen – “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” from Magic
Eddie Vedder – “Rise”
Neil Young – “No Hidden Path” from Chrome Dreams II

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sheryl Crow – Detours
Duffy – Rockferry
Eagles – Long Road Out Of Eden
Leona Lewis – Spirit
James Taylor – Covers

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Alicia Keys & John Mayer – “Lesson Learned”
Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland – “4 Minutes”
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Rich Woman”
Rihanna & Maroon 5 – “If I Never See Your Face Again”
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown – “No Air”

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”
Eagles – “Waiting In The Weeds”
Gnarls Barkley – “Going On”
Maroon 5 – “Won’t Go Home Without You”
OneRepublic – “Apologize”

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Adele – “Chasing Pavements”
Sara Bareilles – “Love Song”
Duffy – “Mercy”
Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love”
Katy Perry- “I Kissed A Girl”
Pink – “So What”

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Kid Rock – “All Summer Long”
John Mayer – “Say”
Paul McCartney – “That Was Me”
Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”
Ne-Yo – “Closer”
James Taylor – “Wichita Lineman”

Best Rap Album
Jay-z – American Gangster
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
Nas – Nas
T.I. – Paper Trail

Best Rap Song
“Lollipop” – D. Carter, S. Garrett, D.Harrison, J. Scheffer & R. Zamor, songwriters (Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major) “Low” – T. Dillard, M. Humphrey & T-Pain, songwriters (Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain)
“Sexual Eruption” – Calvin Broadus, S. Lovejoy & D. Stewart, songwriters (Snoop Dogg)
“Superstar” – Lupe Fiasco & Soundtrakk, songwriter (Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos)
“Swagga Like Us” – D. Carter, S. Carter, Clifford Harris, & Kanye West, songwriters (M. Arulpragasam, N. Headon, M. Jones, J. Mellor, T. Pentz, P. Simonon, songwriters) (Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Estelle Featuring Kanye West – “American Boy”
Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain – “Low”
John Legend & Andre 3000 – “Green Light”
Lil Wayne Featuring T-Pain – “Got Money”
Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos – “Superstar”

Best Alternative Music Album
Beck – Modern Guilt
Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs
Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Radiohead – In Rainbows

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Danger Mouse
Nigel Godrich
Johnny Karkazis
Rick Rubin

Best R&B Album
Eric Benet – Love & Life
Boyz II Men – Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
Al Green – Lay It Down
Jennifer Hudson – Jennifer Hudson
Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Brazilian Girls – New York City
Daft Punk – Alive 2007
Cyndi Lauper – Bring Ya To The Brink
Kylie Minogue – X
Moby – Last Night
Robyn – Robyn

Best Dance Recording
Daft Punk – “Harder Better Faster Stronger”
Hot Chip – “Ready For The Floor”
Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis – “Just Dance”
Madonna – “Give It 2 Me”
Rihanna – “Disturbia”
Sam Sparro – “Black & Gold”

Best Hard Rock Performance
Disturbed – “Inside The Fire”
Judas Priest – “Visions”
The Mars Volta – “Wax Simulacra”
Motley Crue – “Saints Of Los Angeles”
Rob Zombie – “Lords Of Salem”

Best Metal Performance
DragonForce – “Heroes Of Our Time”
Judas Priest – “Nostradamus”
Metallica – “My Apocalypse”
Ministry – “Under My Thumb”
Slipknot – “Psychosocial”

Best Short Form Music Video
Erykah Badu – “Honey”
Gnarls Barkley – “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”
Alicia Keys & Jack White – “Another Way To Die”
Radiohead – “House Of Cards”
Weezer – “Pork And Beans”

Best Long Form Music Video
John Mayer – Where The Light Is — Live In Los Angeles
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Runnin’ Down A Dream
Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad Live
Various Artists – Respect Yourself — The Stax Records Story
The Who – Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who

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