Lil Wayne and Coldplay are frontrunners for glory at the 2009 Grammys, with eight and seven nominations respectively.

The diminutive rapper is named in eight categories including album of the year and best rap song while Coldplay could take the record of year prize.

Among the seven nominations for Chris Martin and company are nods in both the pop and rock categories while hip-hop stars Kanye West and Jay-Z, along with R 'n' B artist Ne-Yo each have six nominations.

The winners will be announced at a Los Angeles ceremony on February 8th, after the nominations were unveiled live on primetime television for the first time ever.

Artists including Celine Dion, John Mayer, Bb King, Taylor Swift and Foo Fighters performed at the Nokia Theatre telecast as the nominees for the 2009 awards were revealed.

"The Grammy Awards process once again has yielded a comprehensive, diverse and eclectic group of excellent nominees across multiple genres," said Neil Portnow, president and chief executive of the Recording Academy.

"This year's nominations are truly reflective of the talented community of artists and creators who represent some of the highest levels of musical excellence."

Nominations for the 51st annual Grammy awards include: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

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

Song of the Year:
Estelle feat. Kanye West: American Boy
Adele: Chasing Pavements
Jason Mraz: I'm Yours
Sara Bareilles: Love Song
Coldplay: Viva La Vida

New artist:
Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

Pop vocal album:
Sheryl Crow: Detours
Duffy: Rockferry
Eagles: Long Road Out Of Eden
Leona Lewis: Spirit
James Taylor: Covers

Rock vocal 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
Raconteurs: Consolers Of The Lonely

R 'n' 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

Rap album:
Jay-Z: American Gangster
Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco: The Cool
Nas: Nas
T.I.: Paper Trail

04/12/2008 10:39:00