Adele, Kanye West, Bruno Mars Lead Grammy Nominations

December 1, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment
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Though the names of those who lead in Grammy nominations are more than familiar to our ears, the ballot is different from anything that music fans have seen before. Details after the jump!

To start, 31 categories disappeared, one musician is juggling nominations for two albums simultaneously, the Best New Artist category includes a dubstep mixmaster. And unlike last year, Nashville holds no representatives in any of the major award categories.

Adele and Bruno Mars each received six nominations and are especially noted in the major categories—Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. Yet it is Kanye West who collected seven nominations across multiple categories for two of his musical projects over the past year:  his collaboration album with fellow rapper Jay-Z, “Watch the Throne” and his solo album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Both albums compete against each other for the Best Rap Album award.

The nominees for the coveted Best New Artist Grammy are incredibly diverse: pop-country siblings The Band Perry, rapper J. Cole, hip hop chart topper Nicki Minaj, Justin Vernon’s folk band Bon Iver and, most surprisingly, dubstep musician Skrillex. Some fans of the niche genre criticized Skrillex, whose real name is Sonny Moore, for bringing dubstep to daytime radio, while many never imagined that the bass-dropping tracks would ever catch on, let alone mainstream music charts. Skrillex stands awaiting the Grammy’s verdict in five different award categories!

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences cut the number of categories from 109 down to 79. Awards for best male and female performers of most categories are now gone, and awards for smaller genres are merged into more general categories. The Grammy’s is scheduled to air February 12th from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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