Lil Wayne and Coldplay lead Grammy field

Thu Dec 4, 2008 8:57pm EST
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Lil Wayne, whose new album was the biggest seller of the year, led the field of Grammy contenders, while rock bands Coldplay and Radiohead led a British invasion of the music industry's top honors.

Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, scored eight nominations, while Coldplay followed with seven, organizers said on Wednesday. Three acts were each nominated for six -- rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z, and R&B singer Ne-Yo.

Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Ne-Yo and Radiohead will compete for the coveted album of the year Grammy. The fifth spot went to a an acclaimed transatlantic collaboration between former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss.

Other British acts with high-profile mentions included two female singers, Duffy and Adele, nominated for best new artist, a prize that once went to the Beatles.

In the record of the year race, Adele and Coldplay were joined by compatriots Leona Lewis and M.I.A., as well as Plant & Krauss. Adele and Coldplay were also nominated for song of the year -- a songwriter's award.

"They're doing great work," said producer Jimmy Jam, a top Grammy official.

He suggested this year's crop of British newcomers benefited from a "trickle down" from the likes of trouble-prone London neo-soul singer Amy Winehouse, who won the record, song and best new artist Grammys this year.

Radiohead, who already have two Grammy wins, received five nominations this time, as did Plant & Krauss. Adele received four nominations. Nominations in all 110 categories will be unveiled during two ceremonies in Los Angeles on February 8.   Continued...

<p>Rap artist Lil Wayne performs at the Second Annual BET Awards in Atlanta, Georgia, October 13, 2007. REUTERS/Tami Chappell</p>