Grammy nominations announced!

Grammy_lThe nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced in a live television special on Wednesday night. Lil Wayne was the most honored artist with eight nominations. Coldplay garnered seven nods, while Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, and Kanye West had six each. Trophies will be handed out on Feb. 8, 2009.

Nominees in most of the major categories are listed after the jump. And, of course, PopWatchers, now it’s your turn to sound off!

Record Of The Year

Chasing Pavements

Viva La Vida

Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis

Paper Planes

Please Read The Letter
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Album Of The Year

Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne

Year Of The Gentleman

Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

In Rainbows

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 New Artist



Jonas Brothers

Lady Antebellum

Jazmine Sullivan

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

Chasing Pavements

Love Song
Sara Bareilles


Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis

I Kissed A Girl
Katy Perry

So What

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

All Summer Long
Kid Rock

John Mayer

That Was Me
Paul McCartney

I’m Yours
Jason Mraz


Wichita Lineman
James Taylor

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Viva La Vida

Waiting In The Weeds

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 & Alison Krauss

If I Never See Your Face Again
Rihanna & Maroon 5

No Air
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

Love Appetite
Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere

I Dreamed There Was No War

Fortune Teller

Steppin’ Out
Stanley Jordan

Marcus Miller

Best Pop Instrumental Album

Sax For Stax
Gerald Albright

Greatest Hits Rerecorded Volume One
Larry Carlton

Jingle All The Way
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

The Spice Of Life
Earl Klugh

A Night Before Christmas
Spyro Gyra

Best Pop Vocal Album

Sheryl Crow


Long Road Out Of Eden

Leona Lewis

James Taylor

Best Dance Recording

Harder Better Faster Stronger
Daft Punk
Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, producers; Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, mixers

Ready For The Floor
Hot Chip
Hot Chip, producers; Dan Carey, mixer

Just Dance
Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis
RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, mixer

Give It 2 Me
Madonna & The Neptunes, producers; Andrew Coleman & Spike Stent, mixers

Brian Kennedy, producer; Phil Tan, mixer

Black & Gold
Sam Sparro
Jesse Rogg & Sam Sparro, producers; Jeremy Wheatley, mixer

Best Electronic/Dance Album

New York City
Brazilian Girls

Alive 2007
Daft Punk

Bring Ya To The Brink
Cyndi Lauper

Kylie Minogue

Last Night


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Still Unforgettable
Natalie Cole

The Sinatra Project
Michael Feinstein

Josh Groban

In The Swing Of Christmas
Barry Manilow

Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall
Rufus Wainwright

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

John Mayer

I Saw Her Standing There
Paul McCartney

Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Bruce Springsteen

Eddie Vedder

No Hidden Path
Neil Young

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Rock N Roll Train

Violet Hill

Long Road Out Of Eden

Sex On Fire
Kings Of Leon

House Of Cards

Best Hard Rock Performance

Inside The Fire

Judas Priest

Wax Simulacra
The Mars Volta

Saints Of Los Angeles
Mötley Crüe

Lords Of Salem
Rob Zombie

Best Metal Performance

Heroes Of Our Time

Judas Priest

My Apocalypse

Under My Thumb


Best Rock Instrumental Performance

David Gilmour

Suicide & Redemption

34 Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails

Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)

Peaches En Regalia
Zappa Plays Zappa

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 Or Death And All His Friends

Rock N Roll Jesus
Kid Rock

Only By The Night
Kings Of Leon

Death Magnetic

Consolers Of The Lonely
The Raconteurs

Best Alternative Music Album

Modern Guilt

Narrow Stairs
Death Cab For Cutie

The Odd Couple
Gnarls Barkley

Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket

In Rainbows

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

Me, Myself And I

Heaven Sent
Keyshia Cole

Jennifer Hudson

Alicia Keys

Need U Bad
Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

You’re The Only One
Eric Benét

Take You Down
Chris Brown

Miss Independent

Can’t Help But Wait
Trey Songz

Here I Stand

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Ribbon In The Sky
Boyz II Men

Anthony David Featuring India.Arie

Stay With Me (By The Sea)
Al Green Featuring John Legend

I’m His Only Woman
Jennifer Hudson Featuring Fantasia

Never Give You Up
Raphael Saadiq Featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

A Change Is Gonna Come
Wayne Brady

You’ve Got The Love I Need
Al Green Featuring Anthony Hamilton

Baby I Know
(Linda Jones) With Helen Bruner & Terry Jones

Love That Girl
Raphael Saadiq

In Love With Another Man
Jazmine Sullivan

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

Say Goodbye To Love

Wanna Be

Chrisette Michele Featuring

Many Moons
Janelle Monae

Lovin You (Music)
Wayna Featuring Kokayi

Best R&B Song

Bust Your Windows
Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Deandre Way, songwriter) (Jazmine Sullivan)

I. Barias, Raheem DeVaughn, C. Haggins, K. Oliver & J. Smith, songwriters (Raheem DeVaughn)

Heaven Sent
Keyshia Cole, Jason Farmer & Alex Francis, songwriters (Keyshia Cole)

Miss Independent
M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen & S. Smith, songwriters (Ne-Yo)

Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)

Best R&B Album

Love & Life
Eric Benét

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 Contemporary R&B Album

Growing Pains
Mary J. Blige

Back Of My Lac’
J. Holiday

First Love

Year Of The Gentleman

Jazmine Sullivan

Best Rap Solo Performance

Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)…

A Milli
Lil Wayne

Paris, Tokyo
Lupe Fiasco

N.i.*.*.e.r. (The Slave And The Master)

Sexual Eruption
Snoop Dogg

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

Royal Flush
Big Boi Featuring Raekwon And Andre 3000

Swagga Like Us
Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne

Mr. Carter
Lil Wayne Featuring Jay-Z

Wish You Would
Ludacris Featuring T.I.

Put On
Young Jeezy Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

American Boy
Estelle Featuring Kanye West

Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain

Green Light
John Legend & Andre 3000

Got Money
Lil Wayne Featuring T-Pain

Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos

Best Rap Song

D. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Harrison, J. Scheffer & R. Zamor, songwriters (Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major)

T. Dillard, M. Humphrey & T-Pain, songwriters (Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain)

Sexual Eruption
Calvin Broadus, S. Lovejoy & D. Stewart, songwriters (Snoop Dogg)

Lupe Fiasco & Soundtrakk, songwriters (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

Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne

The Cool
Lupe Fiasco


Paper Trail

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

For These Times
Martina McBride

What I Cannot Change
LeAnn Rimes

Last Name
Carrie Underwood

Last Call
Lee Ann Womack

This Is Me You’re Talking To
Trisha Yearwood

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

You’re Gonna Miss This
Trace Adkins

In Color
Jamey Johnson

Just Got Started Lovin’ You
James Otto

Letter To Me
Brad Paisley

George Strait

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

God Must Be Busy
Brooks & Dunn

Love Don’t Live Here
Lady Antebellum

Every Day
Rascal Flatts

Blue Side Of The Mountain
The SteelDrivers


Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

Kenny Chesney & George Strait

Killing The Blues
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

House Of Cash
George Strait & Patty Loveless

Life In A Northern Town
Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town

Let The Wind Chase You
Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban

Best Country Instrumental Performance


Two Small Cars In Rome
Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green

Sleigh Ride
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

Is This America? (Katrina 2005)
Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby

Cluster Pluck
Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner

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)

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

George Strait

Around The Bend
Randy Travis

Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
Trisha Yearwood

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  • meg

    Whatever entertainment show I was watching tonight got all their predictions wrong.
    The full list shows that Stephen Colbert and Flight of the Conchords were nominated so I’m happy.

  • tj01986

    Wait a minute…Beyonce “Me, Myself & I” is nominated for best r&b song?
    That song is from 2004. What the?

  • Jon

    Kathy Griffin got nominated! Suck it!

  • Anonymous

    i’m pretty sure that amy winehouse won the grammy for best new artist last year…. so why in the hell are there 2 amy winehouse-esque artists nominated, I think that Estelle, or a group like MGMT should’ve taken one of those spots from them, and the other one from the god damned jonas brothers!!

  • Kim

    Hooray for Sara Bareilles! But WTF no Leona Lewis in best new artist?!

  • fluff

    Kathy Griffin made an comedy album titled “For Your Consideration” just to get a grammy nomination. And she did! Suck it Jesus! I predict she will lose to George Carlin.

  • jfms777

    No Mariah? Outrage.

  • Sally in Chicago

    No Alicia Keys? Did I miss something? No one, no one…was played to he** over the radio…And no Leona Lewis? With the #1 single of the year….something is rotten in Denmark…maybe the Grams don’t like Clive?

  • matt

    In Rainbows should win Album of the Year. A truly brilliant album.
    Why no love for TV on the Radio? Dear Science is fantastic.

  • coryp

    Good list, pretty happy with most of the important awards. As for Album of the Year, I’m glad to see Ne-Yo get some love since I think he’s one of the best talents to come out in a while, but Lil Wayne’s nom here baffles me. I’m actually a pretty big fan, but I just didn’t think that album lived up to expectations.

  • out of touch

    As a country fan, this is ridiculous. There are so many great new country artist out there that got shaft for some familiar names. Trisha Yearwood? Seriously? Is it 1992?

  • Fatima

    I never understand cut off dates. No One by Alicia was last year.
    Nominating live performances is so stupid. Beyonce and John Mayer got nominated for old songs just because they appeared on live compilations. That’s not fair and I’m a giant Beyonce fan.
    I’m rooting for Robert Plant & Allison Krauss but I’m fairly sure that should have been last year since it came out in Sept. 2007 and Ne-Yo came out in Sept. 2008 and got nominated this year. There seem to be no rules.
    Pissed they largely ignored Erykah Badu which probably was too freaky for most.
    New artists is pretty lame but I’ll root for Jazmine Sullivan even though she has no shot.

  • John

    Where is Blackout for album of the year?
    Gimme more for record of the year?
    Gimme more for best female vocals? Its britney b*tch

  • chartguy2

    I can’t believe Leona Lewis and Katy Perry were shut out of the Best New Artist category! stunned… who is this Antebellum or whatever? huh?

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