Beyonce is leading the field in the nominations for the 52nd Grammy Awards with 10 nominations, followed by country star Taylor Swift, with eight.
The pair go up against Black Eyed Peas who got six nominations Lady Gaga and Dave Matthews Band for best album. R&B singer Maxwell and rapper Kanye West also earned six nominations each.
Britons Depeche Mode got two, while The Tings Tings are up for best new act. This year's song of the year winners Coldplay were given a best video nod.
The major categories were revealed during a televised concert in Los Angeles, hosted by rap star LL Cool J. Nominees for the rest of the 109 awards were announced later. Winners will be announced on 31 January at the city's Staples Center.
Beyonce is nominated for song of the year for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) and record of the year for Halo - both taken from album I Am� Sasha Fierce. Swfit will also go up against Beyonce for song and record of the year for You Belong With Me, from her second album Fearless.
The 19-year-old country star is the biggest-selling artist in the US this year, excluding the late Michael Jackson. Also up for the coveted record of the year are The Black Eyed Peas with I Gotta Feeling, Use Somebody by rockers Kings Of Leon and Lady Gaga's Poker Face.
Lady Gaga, who has become a major player in the global album and singles charts this year, was not eligible for best new act because her debut single, Just Dance, was nominated for best dance recording last year. US Recording Academy president said there would be "some changes so that particular situation won't repeat itself".
Following the Grammy success earlier this year of Robert Plant - who took five awards for his collaboration with Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss - and fellow prize winners Adele, Duffy, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel, it was a disappointing night for British talent.
Of the major categories announced during the televised concert, only Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood were contenders. They earned a best rock album nod for their live concert at Madison Square Garden, in New York and go up against No Line On The Horizon, by Irish rockers U2.
It was later announced that Clapton and Winwood had received a second nomination, in the best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals category. Shoring up the British effort, Elvis Costello was nominated for best contemporary folk album for Secret, Profane and Sugarcane while Yes, by the Pet Shop Boys, will go up against Lady Gaga's The Fame for best electronic dance album.
U2 are also nominated for the best rock song award for I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight ,as well as best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals for the same track. The nominations concert featured presenters including singer Katy Perry nominated for best female pop vocal performance former Beatle Ringo Starr and Motown legend Smokey Robinson.
Maxwell, who released album Black Summers' Night this year after an eight-year absence from the music scene, was among other performers on the night, singing the late Michael Jackson's The Lady In My Life. There were also performances from Nick Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers, and Black Eyed Peas.
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