American rapper Lil Wayne has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including album for the year for his top-selling recording Tha Carter III. The album sold one million copies in its first week of release in the United States.

British band Coldplay landed seven nominations, and will also compete for the coveted album of the year award with Ne-Yo, Radiohead and rock legend Robert Plant's collaboration with Alison Krauss.

Radiohead's recent release Rainbows, was originally sold on the Internet for whatever price the consumer wanted to pay, bringing attention to the music industry's struggle with its traditional business model.

Leona Lewis, Adele, and rapper M.I.A also secured multiple Grammy nominations.

The nominations were announced during a one-hour concert special broadcast late Wednesday on U.S. television.  The awards will be handed out on February 8.  

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.