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British folk-rock act Mumford & Sons are in the running for six Grammy awards as they continue to enjoy huge US success.

The band, who have seen massive sales for second album Babel, are among half-a-dozen artists that each have six nominations for the annual ceremony, to be staged in February.

They are up for one of the biggest prizes of the night, album of the year, against the likes of Jack White and Frank Ocean.

And curiously for a UK band, the Mumfords are also up for the prize of best Americana album, against the likes of Bonnie Raitt and the Lumineers.

Their haul of nominations also includes best rock performance and best rock song for I Will Wait.

The other acts that received six nods were Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, fun and Dan Auerbach – who was given five nominations as a member of the Black Keys and one as producer of the year.

A number of UK acts found themselves up for prizes in the 81 categories, including Adele, Ed Sheeran, Florence and The Machine, Sir Paul McCartney, Muse, Coldplay, The Chemical Brothers and Iron Maiden.