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Why Adele Only Got Six Grammy Nods, Other Shockers Explained | Adele, Beyonce Knowles, Kanye West

Grammy Nominations: Why Adele Only Got Six, Other Shockers Explained

Originally posted 12/01/2011 08:45AM

You might be excused for doing a double take when seeing that Adele does not lead the nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, announced Wednesday night.

How the heck could that be after the phenomenal year that she's had with 21 – easily the biggest-selling album of 2011 as well as one of the most critically acclaimed?

Well, truth is, Adele is nominated in pretty much every single category she was eligible for. (Next time do a song with Jay-Z and you can be nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration!)

That leaves her with six nominations, including album, record and song of the year (the latter two for "Rolling in the Deep"). But that's four less than Beyoncé Knowles scored two years ago.

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Adele Is 'Rolling' in the Grammy Nominations! | Adele

Adele, Kanye West & Bruno Mars Lead Grammy Nominations

Originally posted 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.

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