The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Top Nominees
The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Top Nominees

Adele and Bruno Mars are both rolling in major Grammy nominations, with each lined up to compete for album, record and song of the year at the Feb. 12 bash. Both crooners earned six nominations, which were announced Wednesday (Nov. 30) during a primetime concert special featuring a pair of performances by Lady Gaga.

Kanye West actually leads the pack with seven total nominations, namely for the song "All of the Lights," but his album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" was omitted from best album contention and "Lights" was left off the coveted Record of the Year list.

Foo Fighters also racked up six nominations, most notably for Album of the Year for "Wasting Light." Also up for top album honors, aside from Adele's "21" and Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," is Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Rihanna's "Loud."

Bon Iver, the indie-folk troubadour who lent his vocals to much of West's "Twisted Fantasy," was an early surprise in the hour-long show with his nomination for Record of the Year for "Holocene." The track was nominated moments later for Song of the Year, with Iver also finding himself up for Best New Artist against fellow West collaborator Nicki Minaj, Skrillex, J. Cole and The Band Perry.

Though rock represented well in the nominations, the night's performances were heavy on hip-hop and country, with the genres colliding when Jason Aldean and Ludacris took the stage. The duo performed "Dirt Road Anthem" complete with trademark cowboy hat and black sunglasses, respectively.

This year's concert was also an international affair, cutting to London's O2 Arena for Rihanna's performance of "We Found Love" -- a rave-inspired track that draws on production from the UK's own Calvin Harris. Whatever her location, the Barbados-born singer showed her true colors with a red, white and blue striped outfit.

The Band Perry offered a performance for a different sort of dance floor, with the nominated country trio playing "Independence" and a cover of Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" back in the Nokia Theatre. Then it was back to rap: hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash led an all-star performance of the iconic track "The Message," which featured verses from Common, Lupe Fiasco, LL Cool J, Melle Mel and Scorpio. It felt like the only MC missing among the all-male ensemble was Nicki Minaj, who was spotted dancing in the audience.

Later, Usher, Valerie Simpson and Mike Stoller performed a heartfelt tribute to late songwriters Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber, the songwriters responsible for hits including "You're All I Need To Get By" and "Stand by Me," respectively. Usher offered a soulful take on both, duetting with Simpson on the former and getting piano backing from the two songwriters on the second song.

The night of collaborations concluded with Lady Gaga (showcasing her country chops) and Sugarland taking on Mother Monster's "You and I." Gaga, in a black dress and pounding her piano, looked restrained by her standards until she turned to the cameras, revealing exaggerated black eye makeup as well suited to a Batman villain or "Black Swan" as the Nokia Theatre. Gaga earned a mere three nominations on Wednesday night, but by the time the song faded out, there was no doubting who was queen of the stage.

The Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Feb. 12, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


Album Of The Year:

"21" -- Adele
"Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters
"Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga
"Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars
"Loud" -- Rihanna

Record Of The Year:

"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele
"Holocene" -- Bon Iver
"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars
"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons
"Firework" -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist:

The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj

Song Of The Year:

"All Of The Lights" -- Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters
(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
"The Cave" -- Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
"Grenade" -- Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt,
songwriters (Bruno Mars)
"Holocene" -- Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

Best Pop Solo Performance:

"Someone Like You" -- Adele
"Yoü And I" -- Lady Gaga
"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars
"Firework" -- Katy Perry
"F***in' Perfect" -- Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

"Body And Soul" -- Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
"Dearest" -- The Black Keys
"Paradise" -- Coldplay
"Pumped Up Kicks" -- Foster The People
"Moves Like Jagger" -- Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Dance Recording:

"Raise Your Weapon" -- Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech
"Barbra Streisand" -- Duck Sauce
"Sunshine" -- David Guetta & Avicii
"Call Your Girlfriend" -- Robyn
"Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" -- Skrillex
"Save The World" -- Swedish House Mafia

Best Rock Performance:

"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" -- Coldplay
"Down By The Water" -- The Decemberists
"Walk" -- Foo Fighters
"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons
"Lotus Flower" -- Radiohead

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:

"On The Backs Of Angels" - Dream Theater
"White Limo" - Foo Fighters
"Curl Of The Burl" - Mastodon
"Public Enemy No. 1" - Megadeth
"Blood In My Eyes" - Sum 41

Best Rock Album:

"Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul" - Jeff Beck
"Wasting Light" - Foo Fighters
"Come Around Sundown" - Kings Of Leon
"I'm With You" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
"The Whole Love" - Wilco

Best Alternative Music Album:

"Bon Iver" - Bon Iver
"Codes And Keys" - Death Cab For Cutie
"Torches" - Foster The People
"Circuital" - My Morning Jacket
"The King Of Limbs" - Radiohead

Best Traditional R&B Performance:

"Sometimes I Cry" - Eric Benét
"Fool For You" - Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
"Radio Message" - R. Kelly
"Good Man" - Raphael Saadiq
"Surrender" - Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Album:

"F.A.M.E." - Chris Brown
"Second Chance" - El DeBarge
"Love Letter" - R. Kelly
"Pieces Of Me" - Ledisi
"Kelly" - Kelly Price

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

"Party" - Beyoncé & André 3000
"I'm On One" - DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
"I Need A Doctor" - Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
"What's My Name?" - Rihanna & Drake
"Motivation" - Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
"All Of The Lights" - Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Performance:

"Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
"Otis" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
"The Show Goes On" - Lupe Fiasco
"Moment 4 Life" - Nicki Minaj & Drake
"Black And Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa

Best Country Solo Performance:

"Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean
"I'm Gonna Love You Through It" - Martina McBride
"Honey Bee" - Blake Shelton
"Mean" - Taylor Swift
"Mama's Song" - Carrie Underwood

Best Country Song:

"Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" - Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy, songwriters (Thompson Square)
"God Gave Me You" - Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)
"Just Fishin'" - Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
"Mean" - Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
"Threaten Me With Heaven" - Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O'Brian, songwriters (Vince Gill)
"You And Tequila" - Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters (Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter)

Best Americana Album:

"Emotional Jukebox" - Linda Chorney
"Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down" - Ry Cooder
"Hard Bargain" - Emmylou Harris
"Ramble At The Ryman" - Levon Helm
"Blessed" - Lucinda Williams

Best Blues Album:

"Low Country Blues" - Gregg Allman
"Roadside Attractions" - Marcia Ball
"Man In Motion" - Warren Haynes
"The Reflection" - Keb' Mo'
"Revelator" - Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Folk Album:

"Barton Hollow" - The Civil Wars
"I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" - Steve Earle
"Helplessness Blues" - Fleet Foxes
"Ukulele Songs" - Eddie Vedder
"The Harrow & The Harvest" - Gillian Welch