Kanye and Adele Lead In 2012 Grammy Nominations

December 1, 2011 By:
Kanye and Adele Lead In 2012 Grammy Nominations
Kanye West and Adele are totally different when it comes to musical style, but one thing they have in common? They've taken over the nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards show.

Nominees were announced Wednesday night at The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!—Countdown To Music's Biggest Night.

Kanye led the nominations with seven. That should help with his ego. And Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each got six nods.

Hollyscoop was in the press room as some of the artists discussed what it means to them to be nominated for the 2012 GRAMMYs. Bruno Mars joked, "Well, it proves that I'm the greatest right?" He then added, "It means--I'm about to get real cheesy, get ready—it means that hard work pays off."

I guess it can be a little of both.

Mars then praised Adele, who has shot to fame in 2011 with her tear-jerking hits, Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You.

"Adele is amazing and has a voice like an angel." He added: "Just speaking to her, talking to her, she’s one of the coolest person I’ve ever met in this business and she’s so real and down to earth. She has this God given talent to be able to sing like that."

But business is business: "Congratulations to her but I hope I win," Mars laughed.

Adele and Bruno Mars are both nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, along with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Pink. Other nominee highlights include Chris Brown's nominations for Best R&B album. Kings of Leon, the Foo Fighters, Jeff Beck, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Wilco will all go up against each other for Best Rock Album. Along with Jay-Z and Kanye, Nicki Minay and Drake are nominated in the category of Best Rap Performance.

LL Cool Jay, a two-time GRAMMY winner, hosted the Countdown to Music's Biggest Night. And we all know LL Cool J was the Kanye of his day. Okay, maybe not, but he's still rooting for the hip hop star:

"I hope he wins," LL Cool J said. " Kanye is very talented, he's done some great work. When it's your season to shine it's your time to be embraced by the community, you get embraced."

Whether your favorite artists wins or not, one thing you can look forward to at the GRAMMY Awards are the amazing performances. And everyone is wondering whether we'll be graced with one from Adele, who has taken time off for her vocal problems this year.

Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy, says: "We are waiting and hoping. Her health comes first."

Here's a full list of the 2012 GRAMMY 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

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