Singer Mariah Carey has been nominated for eight Grammy awards, including album of the year for her comeback The Emancipation of Mimi.
Carey last won a Grammy in 1990
Rapper Kanye West and singer John Legend also have eight nods each, while Irish rockers U2 have been nominated in five categories.
Sir Paul McCartney received three nominations, including best album for Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.
The awards ceremony will be held on 8 February in Los Angeles.
Carey, who last won a Grammy in 1990, released her comeback album earlier this year, selling more than seven million copies worldwide.
Besides McCartney and Carey, the other best album nominees are U2, for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, Stefani's Love. Angel. Music. Baby and West's Late Registration.
Carey's ballad, We Belong Together, is up for best single alongside West's Goldigger, Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Stefani's Hollaback Girl and Feel Good Inc by British cartoon band Gorillaz, featuring De La Soul.
Gorillaz are competing for a total of four nominations, including best music video.
A number of other UK artists and band appear on the shortlist, including Coldplay who received three nominations, including best rock album for X&Y.
Franz Ferdinand (best rock performance; best alternative music album)
Fat Boy Slim (best dance recording; best dance album)
Keane (best new artist)
Jamiroquai (best short form music video)
Chemical Brothers (best dance recording; best dance album)
Rod Stewart (best traditional pop vocal album)
Veteran singer Stevie Wonder has a total of six nominations, Springsteen picked up five while Stefani, Missy Elliot and Alicia Keys also took five each.
50 Cent's huge selling album The Massacre was nominated for best rap album with Be by Common, The Cookbook by Missy Elliot, Eminem's Encore and West's Late Registration.
The Grammys are regarded as the most prestigious music prize in the US. They are handed out by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Last year, the late soul legend Ray Charles dominated the awards as he was given eight posthumous Grammys.
Charles, who died in 2004, got honours including record and album of the year, while R&B star Alicia Keys won four awards.
U2, Usher, Norah Jones and Kanye West got three each