Kanye West, Adele, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters lead 2012 Grammy nominations; Femi Kuti scores third nomination

by Wilfred Okiche

Controversial rapper Kanye West has led the list of nominees for the 2012 Grammy Awards. He picked up seven nominations including Song of the Year for his ‘All of the Lights’ single.

British soulstress Adele, rock band Foo Fighters and pop singer Bruno Mars followed closely with six nods apiece . Adele and Mars will compete for Album of the Year and Record of the Year honors. Other artistes who made a strong showing are Lil’ Wayne, Katy Perry and Rihanna.

Afrobeat singer Femi Kuti also scored his third nomination and second in two years in the World Music Album category. Here’s hoping third time is the charm for him.

The nominations were announced last night in a live concert hosted by rapper LL Cool J.

The 54th Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday 12, February 2012.

Stay with YNaija for more in depth analysis and Grammy coverage.

View nominees for our favourite categories here:

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 Rock Song:

The Cave- Mumford Sons

Down By The Water- The Decemberists

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall- Coldplay

Lotus Flower- Radiohead

Walk- Foo Fighters

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 R&B Perfomance:

Far Away- Marsha Ambrosius

Pieces of me-Ledisi

Not My Daddy- Kelly Price and Stokley

Is This Love- Corinne Bailey Rae

You Are- Charlie Wilson

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 Rap Album:

Watch The Throne

The Carter IV


Pink Friday

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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 Country Album:

My Kinda Party- Jason Aldean

Chief- Eric Church

Own The Night- Lady Antebellum

Red River Blue-  Blake Shelton

Here for A Good Time- George Strait

Speak Now- Taylor Swift

Best Pop Vocal Album:

21- Adele

The Lady Killer- Cee lo Green

Born This Way- Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans- Bruno Mars

Loud- Rihanna

Best Traditional Pop Album:

Duets II- Tony Bennet

The Gift- Susan Boyle

In Concert on Broadway- Harry Connick Jr

Music is better than words- Seth MacFarlane

What Matters Most- Barbra Streisand sings the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman

Best World Music Album

Afrocubism- Afrocubism
Africa for Africa- Femi Kuti
Songs from a Zulu Farm- Ladysmith Black Mambabazzo
Tassili- Tinariwen






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