She likely won't get "21," but Adele is poised to take the biggest share of nods when the Grammy nominations are announced Wednesday night. Results weren't available at press time.
The British singer-songwriter has had a great year, thanks to her sophomore album, 21. The mournful album about a failed relationship is the year's best-selling disc with over 4.5 million copies sold. It has resulted in two smash singles.
The Recording Academy will likely add to Adele's achievements. She is a strong contender to get bids for album of the year and for song and/or record of the year for the searing groove Rolling in the Deep.
But she's not the only favorite for top nominations. Taylor Swift's multiplatinum Speak Now is a possible contender for album of the year, as is Tony Bennett's Duets II, which marked the 85-year-old's first album to debut at No. 1, making him the oldest artist to achieve that feat.
Lady Gaga's Born This Way, which had the year's biggest debut with 1.1 million albums sold in its first week, could become her third straight disc to be nominated for album of the year. She was cited for The Fame Monster this year and for her debut, The Fame, in 2010.
Then there's Kanye West. His My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was one of the most highly regarded albums of 2010, and is eligible for a nomination for album of the year. So is his collaboration with Jay-Z for Watch the Throne, another contender in the category.
A handful of the nominations were scheduled to be revealed during the fourth annual Grammy nominations concert special, to be aired live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on CBS late Wednesday night. Lady Gaga was slated to open and close the show.
Other performers were to include Katy Perry, who could get a record of the year nomination for her hit Firework; Rihanna, who could snag a few nominations, including album of the year for Loud; and The Band Perry, the country sibling trio likely to be up for best new artist. (Another scontender for that category, Nicki Minaj, was scheduled to be a presenter.)
The Band Perry, at rehearsals Tuesday night, were hopeful about getting a nomination.
"Our fingers are crossed. We kinda don't like to think too much about that kind of stuff on nights before nominations.," said Kimberly Perry.
This year's nominations will mark the newly trimmed Grammys. Earlier this year, the academy cut the number of categories from 109 to 78. Some of the more niche categories, like best Zydeco or Cajun music album, were eliminated. In addition, men and women will now compete together in vocal categories for pop, R&B and country.