Grammy Nominations: Kanye West Tops With 7 Nods; Adele, Rihanna Among Album of Year Contenders
Kanye West leads the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards with a total of seven mentions, including song of the year and best rap-sung collaboration.
Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars followed the hip-hop star with six nominees apiece, while Lil Wayne and Skrillex each earned five noms.
While West led the nominees, he wasn't cited in the album of the year category for either November 2010 release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or August's Watch the Throne, a collaboration with Jay-Z (both would have been eligible under the 12-month period Oct. 1, 2010-Sept. 30, 2011).
Vying for the top award will be Adele (21), Foo Fighters (Wasting Light), Lady Gaga (Born This Way), Bruno Mars (Doo-Wops & Hooligans) and Rihanna (Loud).
Adele and Mars also will compete for record of the year honors with "Rolling in the Deep" and "Grenade," respectively. Also nominated in that category were Bon Iver ("Holocene"), Mumford & Sons ("The Cave") and Katy Perry ("Firework").
Meanwhile, the best new artist category will be a competition between The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex.
The nominations were announced Wednesday night during CBS' Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! which was hosted by LL Cool J highlighted with performances by Jason Aldean, the Band Perry, and past Grammy Award winners Lady Gaga, Ludacis, Lupe Fiasco, Sugarland and Rihanna. Valerie Simpson and Mike Stoller -- both of whom lost their longtime songwriting partners this year -- joined Usher for a moving tribute to songwriters.
Minaj, Perry, Mars and Person of Interest's Taraji P. Henson were among the evening’s presenters.
The Grammy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12. They will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Click here for the complete list of nominees.
Watch Kanye West's "All of the Lights" below