Adele, Kanye West & Bruno Mars Lead Grammy Nominations

2012 Grammy Nominations: Grammys for Adele, Kanye West, Bruno Mars
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updated 11/30/2011 at 10:00 PM EST

originally published 11/30/2011 11:20PM

It's the perfect pick-me-up as she recovers from throat surgery.

Adele, the Brit with the powerhouse voice, earned six Grammy Award nominations Wednesday night, including nods in all three of the award show's major categories: album of the year; record of the year; and song of the year.

Kanye West, however, snagged the most recognition, leading with seven nominations, many for his collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne.

This year, like last, the Grammys spread the wealth across genres, with rockers Foo Fighters and R&B crooner Bruno Mars each picking up six nominations. Not far behind: rapper Lil Wayne and electronic dance jam pioneer Skrillex, who both pulled in five nominations, while indie rocker Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons and Rihanna each earned four nominations.



Bon Iver, a new face at the Grammys, was also nominated for best new artist alongside The Band Perry; J. Cole; Minaj and Skrillex.



Major Nominees

For record of the year, nominees were Adele ("Rolling in the Deep"), Bruno Mars ("Grenade"), Bon Iver ("Holocene"), Mumford and Sons ("The Cave") and Katy Perry ("Firework").

Album of the year will pit Adele (21) against the Foo Fighters (Wasting Light); Lady Gaga (Born this Way); Bruno Mars (Doo-Wops & Hooligans); and Rihanna (Loud).

Vying for Song of the Year, which is awarded to composers: Kanye West and Rihanna ("All of the Lights"), Mumford and Sons ("The Cave"), Bruno Mars ("Grenade"), Bon Iver ("Holocene") and Adele ("Rolling in the Deep").

Many of the major nominations were announced during an hour-long CBS special hosted by LL Cool J from L.A.'s Club Nokia.

Lady Gaga kicked off the night with a haute Halloween-style performance of her new single, "Marry the Night."

Rihanna, Sugarland – fronted by the recently married Jennifer Nettles – Jason Aldean and Ludacris also stepped up to the stage.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on Feb. 12 on CBS from L.A.'s Staples Center. For a full list of nominees, visit Grammy.com.

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