2012 Grammy Nominations: Who's Leading, Who's Left Behind

Kanye West scored the greatest number of nomination nods for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which air in February

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This morning’s Grammys nomination announcement had its fair share of shockers. Below, our favourite frontrunners and most surprising jaw-droppers. 

The Pack Leaders

Proving once and for all that the music world does not hold 2009’s Taylor Swift incident against him, Kanye West lead the nominations with seven. Adele, Bruno Mars, and the Foo Fighters are riding on his coattails with six nods each. In an unexpected turn of events, dubstep star Skrillex was nominated in five categories—which means you’re probably going to have to explain dubstep to your mom, yet again. 

The Snubs

Considering how stunned she is every time she receives an accolade, Taylor Swift is probably the only one who isn’t surprised that critical and popular favourite “Speak Now,” written entirely be Swift, was passed over for Album of the Year. The oversight is especially glaring considering that Rihanna’s “Loud,” a wide-ranging album written for the Barbadian pop princess by a team of top L.A. songwriters, was nominated. 

The Canadians   

On the bright side, Canuck artists are holding their own this year. Rap darling Drake managed to score three nominations, in spite of the fact that “Take Care” was released too late to be considered for top honours. Niagara Falls producer Deadmau5 (a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman) nabbed nods for club favourites “Raise Your Weapon” and “Rope,” and punk rockers Sum 41 made the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance list with “Blood in My Eyes”—proving that they’re still head-banging after more than a decade. Relative newcomer Melanie Fiona, who sang with Cee Lo Green on “Fool for You,” is up for Best Traditional R&B Performance. -Allison Friedman