Exploring The General Field Nominees

Go inside the nominations in the General Field categories for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Kanye West
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    Bon Iver
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    Mumford & Sons
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    Katy Perry
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    Foo Fighters
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    Lady Gaga
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    The Band Perry
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    J. Cole
February 10, 2012 -- 10:05 am PST

You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the General Field categories for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The nominees comprising the "big four" GRAMMY categories represent a diverse mix of fresh talent and music's brightest stars. Adele and Bruno Mars are both nominated for Album, Record and Song Of The Year. Bon Iver (the solo project of singer/songwriter Justin Vernon) is also nominated for three of the four General Field awards: Record and Song Of The Year and Best New Artist. Lady Gaga is the first artist since the Beatles to receive Album Of The Year nominations in three consecutive years.

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Record Of The Year
Adele and Mars are repeat nominees in this category this year with "Rolling In The Deep" and "Grenade," respectively. Adele was nominated in 2008 for "Chasing Pavements." Mars was nominated last year for "Nothin' On You," his collaboration with B.o.B. The field is rounded out by Bon Iver's "Holocene," Mumford & Sons' "The Cave" and Katy Perry's "Firework." All three of these artists are first-time nominees in this category. "The Cave" is featured on Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More. "Firework" is featured on Perry's Teenage Dream, which was a finalist last year for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Album Of The Year

Lady Gaga is nominated in this category for the third year in a row with Born This Way. She was nominated two years ago for her debut album, The Fame, and last year for her EP, The Fame Monster. Gaga is the first artist to be nominated for Album Of The Year three years in a row since the Beatles were nominated five years in a row from 1965–1969. Foo Fighters' Wasting Light is the band's second studio album in a row to make the finals in this category. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was nominated four years ago. Rounding out this category are Bruno Mars' debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Adele's sophomore album, 21, and Rihanna's Loud. In addition to the Album Of The Year nomination, Foo Fighters' album is nominated for Best Rock Album. The other four albums in this category are also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. 

Song Of The Year
Four of the Record Of The Year finalists also received nominations in this songwriter's category. They are Bon Iver's "Holocene," which was written by group leader Justin Vernon; Mumford & Sons' "The Cave," which was written by band members Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, and Country Winston; Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," which she co-wrote with producer Paul Epworth; and Mars' "Grenade," which he co-wrote with Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and Andrew Wyatt. The fifth nominee is "All Of The Lights," which Kanye West recorded with Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie. West co-wrote the song with Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones and Warren Trotter. This is West's third Song Of The Year nomination. He was previously nominated for co-writing his hit "Jesus Walks" in 2004 and Estelle's hit "American Boy," on which he was featured, in 2008. This is the second nomination in this category for Adele, who was previously nominated for co-writing "Chasing Pavements," and for Mars and collaborators Brown, Lawrence and Levine, who were nominated last year for co-writing Cee-Lo Green's "F*** You."

Best New Artist
Three of this year's Best New Artist finalists are also nominated for GRAMMYs for the best albums in their respective genres. Nicki Minaj is vying for Best Rap Album with Pink Friday. Bon Iver is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for Bon Iver. Skrillex is nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites. The other nominees are J. Cole, whose Cole World: The Sideline Story is a rap breakout success, and the Band Perry, whose eponymous album is a country crossover hit.

Who will take home the awards in the General Field categories? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, 2012, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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