Kanye West Top Grammy Nominations with 7
Announced during a televised ceremony on Wednesday night, the nominations for the 2012 Grammy Awards have been announced, and Kanye West leads the competition with seven. West received nominations based on both his 2010 solo album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and his 2011 collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne. His single “All of the Lights” was nominated for both Rap-Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song. “Otis,” his duet with Jay-Z, also was nominated for Best Rap Song along with Best Rap Performance.
However, Adele and Bruno Mars were the top nominees for the major Grammys, with each receiving nods for the Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year awards. For Album of the Year, Adele was nominated for her 2011 album, 21, and Mars got the nod for his 2010 album, Doo-Wops and Hooligans. Perennially popular alt-rockers Foo Fighters also landed six nominations, including Album of the Year, for their most recent record, Wasting Light. The other two artists nominated for album of the year wereLady Gaga for Born This Way and Rihanna for Loud.
In the indie world, it was Justin Vernon and his moniker Bon Iver that was on top of the heap, with four nominations. His song “Holocene,” off his self-titled sophomore album, is nominated for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year, and that album is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. Bon Iver also is nominated for Best New Artist, though he burst onto the indie scene in 2007 with his debut album, For Emma With Love.
The Grammy Awards will be held February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nominations ceremony was held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and featured performances by the Band Perry, Jason Aldean and Lady Gaga, who was joined in her closing performance by country duo Sugarland.