Susan Boyle will take on Lady Gaga and Katy Perry in a bid to bag a Grammy.
The Scottish singing sensation was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for her debut I Dreamed A Dream.
The album, which has sold more than 10 million copies, is up against Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. Justin Bieber and John Mayer were also nominated.
The awards will be given out at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February.
There was more British success with folk-rockers Mumford & Sons and Florence and the Machine nominated for Best New Artist.
Veteran guitarist Jeff Beck picked up five nominations including nods for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Rock Album.
Electronic pop duo Goldfrapp picked up two nominations and actress Emma Thompson was nominated for the Best Spoken Word Album For Children with Nanny McPhee Returns, based on the film of the same name.
Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy, said: "This year's nominations are a true reflection of an exceptional and talented community of music makers that embody some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields."
It was also a good night for resurgent rapper Eminem who was nominated for 10 awards, including the biggest prizes: album, song and record of the year.
Bruno Mars was not far behind with seven nominations, and Lady Antebellum, Jay-Z and Lady Gaga had six each.