Kanye West came away with a leading seven nominations, including a bid for song of the year for his all-star song All of the Lights. However, the album from which it came – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, heralded by many critics as the best album of 2010 – was shut out of the best album category, and all of his other nominations were relegated to the rap fields.
Other notable omissions in the top categories included country phenomenon Taylor Swift and veteran crooner Tony Bennett.
Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters tied Adele with six nominations each, including in the album of the year category. Critical-darling folky act Bon Iver scored four nominations, two in the prestigious record and song of the year categories; and dubstep star Skrillex may have been the night’s biggest surprise, getting five nominations, including a bid for best new artist.
The nominations were announced after the Recording Academy’s fourth annual live concert special, which aired on CBS from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The hour-long event featured key nominees like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and The Band Perry.
Even though Adele didn’t get the lion’s share of nominations, she got them where it counted: Her 21, the mournful post-breakup album that produced smash hits like the torch ballad Someone Like You – was nominated for album of the year. The searing groove Rolling in the Deep, which spent seven weeks at No. 1 this past summer, got nominations for both record and song of the year. Only Mars got nominations in all three categories as well.
Other nominees in the record of the year category included Bon Iver’s ballad Holocene; Mars’ ballad Grenade; Mumford & Sons’ The Cave; and Perry’s inspirational anthem Firework. For song of the year, which honors the writers of the tune, contenders included The Cave, Grenade, Holocene and Lady Gaga’s You and I.
The best album category was as noteworthy for who was excluded as it was for who was nominated. Lady Gaga garnered her third straight nod in the category for Born This Way, while veteran rockers the Foo Fighters were nominated for Wasting Light, along with Mars’ debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and Rihanna’s steamy dance album Loud.
Unlike the past two years, which saw Swift and Lady Antebellum soar in the general categories, the only country act that got a mainstream nomination was The Band Perry, for best new artist.
– Associated Press