Coldplay nominated for seven Grammy awards

Band form part of unprecedented all-British lineup in the record of the year category

The 2009 Grammy awards are set to be a very British affair, with Coldplay leading the charge of UK acts after the band was nominated for seven awards in seven different categories.

The band form part of an unprecedented all-British lineup in the record of the year category, one of the event's most prestigious awards.

They are up against MIA, Leona Lewis, Adele and Robert Plant for the award won last year by Amy Winehouse, who received five awards in total, for her song Rehab.

Coldplay, who released their fourth album, Viva La Vida (or Death and All His Friends), this year, have already pocketed four Grammys over the past 10 years. At next year's event they are likely to walk away with at least one award, from a list that includes album of the year, best rock album, best rock song and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals (both for Violet Hill), best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals and song of the year (both for Viva la Vida), as well as the record of the year award. Viva la Vida was a No 1 album in more than 26 countries. It also set a new record this year, becoming the most paid-for downloaded album of all time.

Elsewhere, Radiohead's revolutionary seventh album, In Rainbows, is a contender for album of the year. The album was released as a download as part of a pay-what-you-like scheme devised by the band.

Despite In Rainbows effectively being given away free, it still went to No 1 in the UK and US Billboard charts when it was released in the last week of 2007 (the timescale for all Grammy nominations is October 1 2007 to September 30 2008).

Fellow British acts Duffy, Paul McCartney and Plant have all received nominations, with Led Zeppelin frontman Plant shortlisted for five awards alongside country singer Alison Krauss for their critically lauded album, Raising Sand.

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Rosie Swash

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