Mega rap star Lil’ Wayne leads the upcoming 51st annual Grammy Awards ceremony with a total of eight nominations.
The self-proclaimed “Greatest Rapper Alive” holds the most nods in major categories including “Album of the Year” for his multi-platinum selling album Tha Carter III.
Jay-Z, Kanye West and Ne-Yo follow close behind with a total of six nods. While Ne-Yo looks to compete with Weezy for the year’s best album with Year of the Gentleman, Ye will look to bring home gold in categories like “Song of the Year” with his collaboration on the Estelle hit “American Boy.”
Despite Ye’s new album 808’s and Heartbreak hitting stores last week, it will not be eligible for any form of recognition until the next awards show.
Fellow Chicago-bred emcee Lupe Fiasco has also been announced as a nominee this year with four nods including “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration,” “Best Rap Album” and “Best Rap Solo Performance” for tracks from 2007’s The Cool.
Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson snagged three nominations for “Best R&B Album,” “Best R&B Vocal Performance” and “Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group” for songs from her recently released self-titled debut.
Other nominees include soulful singer Jazmine Sullivan competing for “Best New Artist” along with Leona Lewis‘ “Bleeding Love” and M.I.A.‘s “Paper Planes” facing off for “Record of the Year.”
The 51st Grammy Awards show is scheduled to air Sunday, February 8, 2009 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.