On Wednesday, CBS hosted the Recording Academy’s “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night.” The hour-long special combined the reading of nominees in six of the 110 Grammy categories with performances of previous Grammy winning songs by the top stars in America’s music industry.
The nominees announced were:

Best New Artist



The Jonas Brothers

Lady Antebellum

Jasmine Sullivan

Album of the Year

Coldplay – “Viva La Vida”

Lil’ Wayne – “Tha Carter III”

Ne-Yo – “Year of the Gentleman”

Robert Plant and Allison Krauss – “Raising Sand”

Radiohead – “In Rainbows”

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

Alicia Keys feat. John Mayer – “Lessons Learned”

Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland – “4 Minutes”

Robert Plant and Allison Krauss – “Rich Woman”

Rihanna and Maroon 5 – “If I Never See Your Face Again”

Jordan Sparks feat. Chris Brown – “No Air”

Best Country Performance for a Duo or Group

Brooks & Dunn – “God Must Be Busy”

Lady Antebellum – “Love Don’t Live Here”

Rascal Flatts – ” Every Day”

The Steeldrivers – “Blue Side of the Mountain”

Sugarland – “Stay”

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

Big Boi feat. Raekwon and Andre 3000 – “Royal Flush:

T.I. feat. Kanye West, Jay Z and Lil’ Wayne – “Swagger Like Us”

Lil’ Wayne and Jay Z – “Tha Carter III”

Ludacris feat. T.I. – “Wish You Would”

Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West – “Put On”

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”

The complete list of Grammy nominees can be found here. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 on CBS.

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Terri Schwartz was a Blast Contributing Editor from 2008-2009.

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