It’s been one hell of a year for Kanye West. Not only did 2010 see the release of his critically and commercially acclaimed album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF), but Yeezy also scored a number one hit with his Jay-Z collabo joint, Watch the Throne. Now, all his hard work paid off and Kanye tops the Grammy nominations list, snagging seven.
Although Ye earned the most overall nominations, only one–Song of the Year–is in one of the Grammy’s main categories. Despite Kanye’s MBDTF being a hit with critics, it failed to garner an Album of the Year nod.
Questlove of the Roots tweeted that Yeezy was “robbed” for not receiving an Album of the Year nomination, and music journalist Toure wondered “how great does a hiphop album have to be to get nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year?”
Despite the surprise over Yeezy’s Album of the Year snub, both Questlove and Toure agreed that Adele would probably clean up this year’s awards show.
The British singer was nominated for six awards including Album, Record and Song of the Year. Bruno Mars is also nominated in those categories as well, and is nominated for six awards in all.
Lil Wayne snagged five nominations, while his Young Money protégé, was largely overlooked but Nicki Minaj garnered a nod for Best New Artist along with J. Cole.
Check out the rest of the nominees in the main categories:
Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele “Holocene,” Bon Iver “Grenade,” Bruno Mars “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons “Firework,” Katy Perry
Song of the Year: [award to songwriter(s)] “All of the Lights,” Kanye West “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele “Holocene,” Bon Iver “Grenade,” Bruno Mars “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons
Album of the Year: Doo-Wops and Hooligans, Bruno Mars Wasting Light, Foo Fighers Born this Way, Lady Gaga Loud, Rihanna 21, Adele
Best New Artist: The Band Perry Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Skrillex
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele “You 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 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 Vocal: Album Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists, The Gift, Susan Boyle In Concert on Broadway, Harry Connick Jr., Music Is Better Than Words, Seth McFarlane, What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman, Barbra Streisand
Best Rock Performance: “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” Coldplay “Down By The Water,” The Decembrists “Walk,” Foo Fighters “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons “Lotus Flower,” Radiohead
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 Song: “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” Coldplay “Down By The Water,” The Decembrists “Walk,” Foo Fighters “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons “Lotus Flower,” Radiohead
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 Performance: “Far Away,” Marsha Ambrosius, “Pieces Of Me,” Ledisi “Not My Daddy,” Kelly Price & 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 Song “Far Away,” Marsha Ambrosius “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona “Not My Daddy,” Kelly Price & Stokley “You Are,” Charlie Wilson “Pieces Of Me,” Ledisi
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 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/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 Song “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, “I Need a Doctor,” Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skyler Grey, “Look at Me Now,” Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes, “The Show Goes On, Lupe Fiasco, “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West
Best Rap Album Watch the Throne, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Tha Carter IV, Lil Waye, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West, Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj, Lasers, Lupe Fiasco
The Grammys will air February 2012, will you be tuning in? Do you agree with the nominations?