Lil Wayne, Coldplay lead Grammy noms
Ne-Yo, Kanye West, Radiohead also receive multiple nods"Tha Carter III"? Not even close. Try "Tha Carter VIII."
New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne, who is on track to have the best-selling album of 2008, also leads the nominations for the 51st annual Grammy Awards with eight, including album of the year for "Tha Carter III."
Right on his heels is British rock quartet Coldplay with seven, including album of the year. The band's "Viva la Vida" was released a week after "Tha Carter," and the two controlled the top two spots of the Billboard 200 for five weeks in the summer.
Jay-Z and Kanye West grabbed six noms each, as did Ne-Yo, including album of the year for "Year of the Gentleman."
"When I was putting (the album) together, I was trying to do something that more people would enjoy besides my pop and R&B core," Ne-Yo said. "I wanted to do something the whole world could enjoy."
The other album of the year candidates are Radiohead's "In Rainbows" and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand." Radiohead, Plant and Krauss drew five noms apiece, as did John Mayer and Jazmine Sullivan.
"It's surreal. I can believe they liked the project," R&B singer Sullivan said backstage. "My story is one of perseverance, picking yourself up and learning from your mistakes and getting better."
Sullivan will vie for best new artist with soulful Brit singer Adele, versatile Welsh singer Duffy, country trio Lady Antebellum and heartthrob pop trio Jonas Brothers.
"I can't believe we're here today, onstage," Kevin Jonas said backstage. "We've always dreamed of being recognized for being artists," Joe Jonas said. Brother Nick Jonas added, "I think what's been very important for us is the songwriting."
Up for record of the year are Adele's "Chasing Pavements," Plant and Krauss' "Please Read the Letter," Coldplay's "Viva la Vida," Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" and M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes."
Only two tracks -- "Chasing Pavements" and "Viva la Vida" -- repeat in the song of the year category. They'll go up against "American Boy" by Estelle featuring Kanye West, "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz and "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles.
For the first time this year, the Recording Academy unveiled nominations in the top categories during a primetime concert special on CBS. Co-hosted by Taylor Swift and LL Cool J, performers at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles included Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Mayer and B.B. King and Foo Fighters, all singing favorite songs of theirs that have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
The 51st annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.
An abridged list of nominees is on the next page.
Best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals
"Viva la Vida," Coldplay
"Waiting in the Weeds," Eagles
"Going On," Gnarls Barkley
"Won't Go Home Without You," Maroon 5
Best pop collaboration with vocals
"Lesson Learned," Alicia Keys & John Mayer
"4 Minutes," Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
"Rich Woman," Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
"If I Never See Your Face Again," Rihanna & Maroon 5
"No Air," Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
Best pop vocal album
"Detours," Sheryl Crow
"Long Road Out of Eden," Eagles
"Spirit," Leona Lewis
"Covers," James Taylor
Best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals
"Rock 'N Roll Train," AC/DC
"Violet Hill," Coldplay
"Long Road Out of Eden," Eagles
"Sex on Fire," Kings of Leon
"House of Cards," Radiohead
Best rock song
"Girls in Their Summer Clothes," Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
"House of Cards," Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway & Thom Yorke, songwriters (Radiohead)
" I Will Possess Your Heart," Benjamin Gibbard, Nicholas Harmer, Jason McGerr & Christopher Walla,
songwriters (Death Cab for Cutie)
"Sex on Fire," Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings of Leon)
"Violet Hill," Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
Best rock album
"Viva La Vida," Coldplay
"Rock N Roll Jesus," Kid Rock
"Only By the Night." Kings of Leon
"Death Magnetic," Metallica
"Consolers of the Lonely," The Raconteurs
Best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals
"Ribbon in the Sky," Boyz II Men
"Words," Anthony David Featuring Indie.Arie
"Stay With Me (by the Sea)," Al Green featuring John Legend
"I'm His Only Woman," Jennifer Hudson featuring Fantasia
Best R&B album
"Love & Life," Eric Benet
"Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA," Boyz II Men
"Lay It Down," Al Green
"Jennifer Hudson," Jennifer Hudson
"The Way I See It," Raphael Saadiq
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 album
"American Gangster," Jay-Z
"Tha Carter III," Lil Wayne
"The Cool," Lupe Fiasco
"Paper Trail," T.I.
Best country song
"Dig Two Graves," Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis)
"I Saw God Today," Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait)
"In Color," Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
"Stay," Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)
"You're Gonna Miss This," Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
Best country album
"That Lonesome Song," Jamey Johnson
"Sleepless Nights," Patty Loveless
"Troubadour," George Strait
"Around the Bend," Randy Travis
"Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love," Trisha Yearwood
Best contemporary jazz album
"Randy in Brasil," Randy Brecker
"Floating Point," John McLaughlin
"Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration of Cannonball Adderley," Various artists
"Miles From India," Various artists
"Lifecycle," Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern
Producer of the year, non-classical