LOS ANGELES — Adele scored six Grammy nominations on Wednesday, including for record, song and album of the year, but the owner of the year's best-selling album with 21 wasn't the top nominee.
That wasn't the evening's only surprise.
Kanye West had a leading seven nominations, including a bid for song of the year for 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.
Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters tied Adele with six nominations each. Bon Iver scored four nominations. Dubstep star Skrillex was the night's biggest surprise with five nominations, including 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 hourlong 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 Katy 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.
Shut out were perceived favorites like 85-year-old Tony Bennett, who became the oldest person to score a No. 1 debut when his Duets II album was released earlier this year, and the megawatt collaboration of Jay-Z and West with the heavily hyped Watch The Throne.
The biggest snub may have been to Taylor Swift, who won in the category in 2010 and was considered by some critics to be a favorite for Speak Now, which has sold 3.7 million copies. She did get three nominations, however, including for best country album.
The 54th Grammys will be held Feb. 12 in Los Angeles.