The Recording Academy awarded 2008’s highest-selling artist in any genre with six Grammy Award nominations. During Wednesday night’s nomination ceremony/concert, Lil Wayne received nods for Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and two additional nominations for Best Rap Song. To date, Tha Carter III [click to read] has sold approximately 3 million copies.

Other notable Hip Hop nominees were Kanye West and Jay-Z, who both received nominations as featured guests on the T.I. track “Swagga Like Us,” in addition to their four awards in other categories. Lupe Fiasco and T.I. also received four nominations in various categories.

Nominations were given for recordings released during an eligibility period which ran from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards air on Feb. 8, 2009 on CBS from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Nominees in all Hip Hop/Rap categories, as well as R&B nominees are listed below.

Album of the Year:

ColdplayViva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

Lil WayneTha Carter III

Ne-YoYear of the Gentleman

Robert Plant and Alison KraussRaising Sand

RadioheadIn Rainbows

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group:

Big Boi (featuring Raekwon and Andre 3000) – “Royal Flush”

T.I. (featuring Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Kanye West) – “Swagga Like Us”

Lil Wayne (featuring Jay-Z) – “Mr. Carter”

Ludacris (featuring T.I.) – “Wish You Would”

Young Jeezy (featuring Kanye West) – “Put On”

Song of the Year:

Estelle (featuring Kanye West) – “American Boy”

Adele – “Chasing Pavements”

Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”

Sara Bareilles – “Love Song”

Coldplay – “Viva la Vida”

Best Rap Album:

Jay-ZAmerican Gangster

Lil WayneTha Carter III

Lupe FiascoThe Cool


T.I.Paper Trail

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical:

Danger Mouse

Nigel Godrich

Johnny Karkazis

Rick Rubin

Best Alternative Music Album:

BeckModern Guilt

Death Cab for CutieNarrow Stairs

Gnarls BarkleyThe Odd Couple

My Morning JacketEvil Urges

RadioheadIn Rainbows

Best Rap Solo Performance:

Jay-Z – “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is…)”

Lil Wayne – “A Milli”

Lupe Fiasco – “Paris, Tokyo”

Nas – “N.i.*.*.e.r. (The Slave and the Master)”

Snoop Dogg – “Sexual Eruption”

Best Rap Song:

Lil Wayne – “Lollipop”

Flo Rida (featuring T-Pain) – “Low”

Snoop Dogg – “Sexual Eruption”

Lupe Fiasco (featuring Matthew Santos) – “Superstar”

T.I. (featuring Jay-Z, Kanye West & Lil Wayne) – “Swagga Like Us”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

Estelle (featuring Kanye West) – “American Boy”

Flo Rida (featuring T-Pain) – “Low”

John Legend & Andre 3000 – “Green Light”

Lil Wayne featuring T-Pain – “Got Money”

Lupe Fiasco (featuring Matthew Santos) – “Superstar”

Best Short Form Music Video:

Erykah Badu – “Honey”

Gnarls Barkley – “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”

Alicia Keys and Jack White – “Another Way to Die”

Radiohead – “House of Cards”

Weezer – “Pork and Beans”