Nominations for the 51st annual Grammy Awards have been announced in a CBS' live show which took place at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on December 3. Co-hosted by LL Cool J and Taylor Swift, the event revealed that rap mogul Lil Wayne led the pack with eight nods.
Topping the nominations, Wayne put his sixth studio album "Tha Carter III" into a battle in the category of "Album of the Year" with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman", Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand" and Radiohead's "In Rainbows". Meanwhile, he gained seven other nods from such categories as "Best Rap Solo Performance", "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration", "Best Rap Album", "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" and "Best Rap Song". In the two latter counts, he received two nominations each.
On the other hand, beside competing with Wayne for a prize in "Albums of the Year", Coldplay were also listed as one of the nominees in "Record of the Year". Their title track off latest LP "Viva La Vida" will face off other hit singles such as Adele's "Chasing Pavements", Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love", M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" as well as Plant and Krauss' collaborative single "Please Read the Letter".
2009 Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2009, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. It will once again be broadcast live in high definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 - 11:30 P.M. (ET/PT). Performers as well as presenters for the show will be announced later.
Following are some of the nominations of the 51st annual Grammy Awards while for complete list, fans can log on to Grammy.com.
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