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Adele, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars Nominated for Top Grammy Awards

Kanye West leads in overall nominations

November 30, 2011 11:00 PM ET
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Adele performs at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards
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Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars lead the nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on February 12th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. West has the highest number of nominations, with seven in total, though Adele leads in the top categories, with her blockbuster album 21 up for Album of the Year, and her single "Rolling in the Deep" nominated for both Record and Song of the Year. Foo Fighters also have six nominations, including Album of the Year for Wasting Light.

The Best New Artist category includes a few surprises this year, with dubstep artist Skrillex getting a nod along with Bon Iver, who is also up for Record and Song of the Year for his album track "Holocene."

The nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards are as follows:

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)

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