“Nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the fourth year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,” a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
Kanye West tops the nominations with seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each garner six nods; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each are up for five awards. Drake; producers/songwriters Paul Epworth, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine; Nicki Minaj; Mumford & Sons; Radiohead; Rihanna; and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) each receive four nominations.
“Kanye could lose all 7 Grammys or at least win one. It;s going to be a scary night for Kanye who may be well behaved.” – Disilgold
“Once again, it is most gratifying to see the GRAMMY Awards process produce a broad cross section of diverse and impressive nominees across multiple genres,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year’s nominations truly reflect an exceptional and talented creative community that embodies some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields. Coupled with the fourth year of our primetime nominations special, the road to Music’s Biggest Night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards in February, is off to an exciting and appropriate start.”
Following are the nominations in the General Field categories:
Record Of The Year:
“Rolling In The Deep” — Adele
“Holocene” — Bon Iver
“Grenade” — Bruno Mars
“The Cave” — Mumford & Sons
“Firework” — Katy Perry
Album Of The Year:
21 — Adele
Wasting Light — Foo Fighters
Born This Way — Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans — Bruno Mars
Loud — Rihanna
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 New Artist:
The Band Perry
Following is a sampling of nominations in the GRAMMY Awards’ other 29 Fields:
For Best Pop Solo Performance, the nominees are “Someone Like You” by Adele; “Yoü And I” by Lady Gaga; “Grenade” by Bruno Mars; “Firework” by Katy Perry; and “F***in’ Perfect” by Pink.
The nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are “Body And Soul” by Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse; “Dearest” by the Black Keys; “Paradise” by Coldplay; “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People; and “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera.
For Best Dance Recording the nominees are “Raise Your Weapon” by Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech; “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce; “Sunshine” by David Guetta & Avicii; “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn; “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” by Skrillex; and “Save The World” by Swedish House Mafia.
For Best Alternative Music Album, the nominees are Bon Iver by Bon Iver; Codes And Keys by Death Cab For Cutie; Torches by Foster The People; Circuital by My Morning Jacket; and The King Of Limbs by Radiohead.
The nominees for Best R&B Album are F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown; Second Chance by El DeBarge; Love Letter by R. Kelly; Pieces Of Me by Ledisi; and Kelly by Kelly Price.
For Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, the nominees are “Party” by Beyoncé & André 3000; “I’m On One” by DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne; “I Need A Doctor” by Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey; “What’s My Name?” by Rihanna & Drake; “Motivation” by Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne; and “All Of The Lights” by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie.
For Best Country Solo Performance, the nominees are “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean; “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” by Martina McBride; “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton; “Mean” by Taylor Swift; and “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood.
The nominees for Best Americana Album are Emotional Jukebox by Linda Chorney; Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down by Ry Cooder; Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris; Ramble At The Ryman by Levon Helm; and Blessed by Lucinda Williams.
The nominees for Best Folk Album are Barton Hollow by the Civil Wars; I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive by Steve Earle; Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes; Ukulele Songs by Eddie Vedder; and The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch.
The Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominees are Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, the Smeezingtons (Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars), Ryan Tedder, and Butch Vig.
This year’s GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 17,500 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2010 – Sept. 30, 2011). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 14 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by Jan. 11, 2012, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 54th GRAMMY telecast.
The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Feb. 12, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). 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.