Grammy Nominations: Adele And Bruno Mars Snag Nods In Top 3 Spots

Adele's name was attached to nine nominations, but that includes three for her producers on individual songs and one for the video for "Rolling in the Deep."

Adele's name was attached to nine nominations, but that includes three for her producers on individual songs and one for the video for "Rolling in the Deep." Columbia Records hide caption

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NPR faves Adele and Bon Iver each snagged multiple nominations for the 54th Grammy Awards. Ms. Adkins came out on top with nods in the top three categories: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and the big one, Album of the Year. Katy Perry announced the latter category and appeared decidedly unenthused (even though "Firework" was nominated for Record of the Year).

It gets a little squirrelly when you try to parse "who got the most." For instance, the Recording Academy (the music industry organization that awards the Grammys) announced in its press release that Adele got "six nods." But that number includes Record of the Year, which will go to the album's producers — not her — if it wins.

If you go through the Academy's full list of nominations, Adele's name was attached to nine, but that includes three for her producers on individual songs and one for the video for "Rolling in the Deep." Kanye West and Foo Fighters each shared in a total of eight nominations, including such categories as Best Remix (Foos) and Recording Package (Kanye). West released two albums this year: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Watch the Throne, his collaboration with Jay-Z. They're competing against each other for Best Rap Album and a song from each is vying for Best Rap Song.

Bruno Mars had a hand in six (including the big three: Album, Song and Record of the Year, and one for his producers). Radiohead also snagged five.

Bon Iver got four nominations (including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist), as did Mumford and Sons (including Record of the Year and Song of the Year).

Two of the biggest stars of the year, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, kinda got shorted with three each.

This was the first nominations announcement since the Recording Academy announced changes in the nominations process, reducing the number of categories from 109 down to 78. That produced some strange bedfellows. Polka king Jimmy Sturr is competing for Best Regional Roots Music Album against the Rebirth Brass Band.

The nominations were announced — actually, let's be clear — nominations in the top five categories were announced in an hour-long CBS telecast Wednesday night. You had to go online for the rest.

And there was amusement to be found there:

Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny nominated for Best New Age Album.

Eddie Vedder and Fleet Foxes nominated for Best Folk Album.

There's comfort in knowing the Recording Academy can still keep at least one foot firmly planted in its mouth.

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