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Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Adele Lead Grammy Nominations

A wide array of nominees promise an interesting winner's circle at the 54th annual awards ceremony.

Kanye West leads the 2012 Grammy Awards nominations with seven total nods, while industry darling Adele took six nominations in the most coveted categories: record, album and song of the year.

The full nominees were announced for the 54th annual Grammy Awards Wednesday, with Adele's "21" competing for Album of The Year with the Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light," Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" and Rihanna's "Loud".

Best new artist nominees along with Bon Iver are country trio The Band Perry, rappers J. Cole and Nicki Minaj, and knobby DJ sensation Skrillex. Bon Iver, a.k.a. Justin Vernon, was nominated for best record and song for "Holocene." He's up against Adele, also nominated in both categories for "Rolling in the Deep"; Bruno Mars, again in both categories for "Grenade"; Mumford & Sons, likewise for "The Cave."

In the Best Rock Performance category, the nominees spanned across Coldplay for 'Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,' the Decemberists for 'Down by the Water,' Foo Fighters for 'Walk,' Mumford and Sons for 'The Cave' and Radiohead for 'Lotus Flower'. Memory has trouble recalling when such a varied and interesting rock nomination group existed.

Amy Winehouse, who passed away this Summer, collected a posthumous nomination for her duet with Tony Bennett on "Body and Soul," in the pop duo or group performance category.

Surprisingly, neither Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" or Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sweep the nominations, with just one consideration coming down the line: an Album of the Year nod for "Born This Way." Swift, whose third album has sold almost 3.8 million copies, is vying for country album honors, and her anti-bullying single "Mean" is nominated for country song and solo performance.

Full list of the 2012 Grammy Awards nominees:

        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
  •         Skrillex

  

     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
  •         "You 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 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 Benet
  •         "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" — Beyonce & Andre 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
  •         "You And Tequila" — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter, songwriters 

 

        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        

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