Last year Eminem set the bar high with 10 Grammy nominations (including Album of the Year for Recovery, and Best Rap Song for “Love the Way You Lie”) and this year Kanye West leads the pack with 7 nominations. After releasing both his 5th solo album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and his Watch the Throne collaboration with Jay-Z, the Chicago rapper/producer was already a favorite to win big in 2012.
Although his name was only called for one category during Wednesday's (November 30) "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!," Kanye West walked away with a leading seven nods, following the hip-hop trend set by last year's leading nominee, Eminem. He's nominated for his Watch the Throne joint album with Jay-Z and also picked up a few nominations — including Song of the Year — for his powerhouse collaborative track "All of the Lights," which features Rihanna, Fergie and Kid Cudi. He's even nominated against himself, with Watch the Throne and his own My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy nabbing Rap Album of the Year nods.
West was followed by this year's critical darling, Adele, who is tied with the Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars for six nods each. Lil Wayne and dance-music breakout Skrillex each garnered five nods. J. Cole and Nicki Minaj were both nominated for Best New Artist, while Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” was up for Song of the Year.
Check out the additional hip-hop/R&B nominations below:
Best Rap Album
» Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne
» Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV
» Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
» Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday
» Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» Beyoncé and Andre 3000 - "Party"
» DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne - "I'm On One"
» Dr. Dre, Eminem and Skylar Grey - "I Need a Doctor"
» Rihanna and Drake - "What's My Name?"
» Kelly Rowland and Lil Wayne - "Motivation"
» Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie - "All Of The Lights"
Best R&B Album
» Chris Brown - F.A.M.E.
» El DeBarge - Second Chance
» R. Kelly - Love Letter
» Ledisi - Pieces of Me
» Kelly Price - Kelly
Best Rap Performance
» Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"
» Jay-Z and Kanye West - "Otis"
» Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"
» Nicki Minaj and Drake - "Moment 4 Life"
» Wiz Khalifa - "Black And Yellow"
Best Traditional R&B Performance
» Eric Benet - "Sometimes I Cry"
» Cee Lo Green and Melanie Fiona - "Fool for You"
» R. Kelly - "Radio Message"
» Raphael Saadiq - "Good Man"
» Betty Wright and the Roots - "Surrender"