Kanye West tops Grammy nominations


Nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards to be broadcast in February on CBS were revealed Wednesday night on CBS in “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night. Kanye West (pictured) led the field with seven nominations, while Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each claimed six.

The one-hour special – broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles was hosted by two-time Grammy-winner LL Cool J. It featured the announcement of nominations in several categories as well as performances by country star Jason Aldean, two-time Grammy winner Common, hip-hop innovator Grandmaster Flash, five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, three-time Grammy winner Ludacris, Grammy winner Lupe Fiasco, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Melle Mel, four-time Grammy winner Rihanna, rapper Scorpio, singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson, Grammy winner Mike Stoller, Grammy-winning duo Sugarland, country music sensation The Band Perry and seven-time Grammy winner Usher.

Presenters included Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, R&B/rap star Nicki Minaj and pop singer/songwriter Katy Perry.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast Sunday, February 12th, 8:00-11:00 pm ET/PT, on CBS.

Here are some of the major categories from nominations in 78 categories:


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 and Kanye West, songwriters
(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie)
“The Cave” — Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston, songwriters
(Mumford & Sons)
“Grenade” — Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars and
Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
“Holocene” — Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
“Rolling In The Deep” — Adele Adkins and 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 and Amy Winehouse
“Dearest” — The Black Keys
“Paradise” — Coldplay 
“Pumped Up Kicks” — Foster The People 
“Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera 


Best Dance Recording:
“Raise Your Weapon” — Deadmau5 and Greta Svabo Bech
“Barbra Streisand” — Duck Sauce
“Sunshine” — David Guetta and 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 and Melanie Fiona
“Radio Message” — R. Kelly
“Good Man” — Raphael Saadiq
“Surrender” — Betty Wright and 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 and André 3000 
“I’m On One” — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne
“I Need A Doctor” — Dr. Dre, Eminem and Skylar Grey
“What’s My Name?” — Rihanna and Drake
“Motivation” — Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne
“All Of The Lights” — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie

Best Rap Performance:
“Look At Me Now” — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes
“Otis” — Jay-Z and Kanye West
“The Show Goes On” — Lupe Fiasco
“Moment 4 Life” — Nicki Minaj and 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 and David Lee Murphy, songwriters
(Thompson Square)
“God Gave Me You” — Dave Barnes, songwriter (Blake Shelton)
“Just Fishin'” — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell and Ed Hill, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
“Mean” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
“Threaten Me With Heaven” — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley and Dillon O’Brian,
songwriters (Vince Gill)
“You And Tequila” — Matraca Berg and 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

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures and John Cossette Productions for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.