Grammy Nominations Get Lil Wayne’s Hopes Up

The world is still reeling this morning after last night’s announcement of the astonishingly non-terrible Grammy nominations. Lil Wayne leads the field with eight, followed by Coldplay with seven, and Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, and Kanye who tied with six each. M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” scored a nod for Record of the Year, Estelle’s “American Boy” got one for Song of the Year, and, as an additional awesome bonus, Katy Perry was shut out of the Best New Artist category. Hilariously, though, with all these hip young whippersnappers in contention, it’ll make it even easier for the Grammys’ elderly voters to select artists they’ve actually heard of — like Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, whose Raising Sand will definitely beat In Rainbows and Tha Carter III for Album of the Year. All the categories you probably care about, after the jump!

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

Record of the Year:
Adele, “Chasing Pavements”
Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”
Leona Lewis, “Bleeding Love”
M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Please Read the Letter”

Song of the Year:
“American Boy,” William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray, and Kanye West, songwriters (Estelle feat. Kanye West, artist)
“Chasing Pavements,” Adele Adkins and Eg White, songwriters (Adele, artist)
“I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, songwriter (Jason Mraz, artist)
“Love Song,” Sara Bareilles, songwriter (Sara Bareilles, artist)
“Viva La Vida,” Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, and Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay, artist)

Best New Artist:
Jonas Brothers
Lady Antebellum
Jazmine Sullivan

Best Alternative Music Album
Beck, Modern Guilt
Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs
Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple
My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
Radiohead, In Rainbows

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

Complete list of nominations [Grammys]

Earlier: Which Old People Will Be Nominated for Grammys Tomorrow?

Grammy Nominations Get Lil Wayne’s Hopes Up