Los Angeles -- Kanye West nabbed a leading seven nominations for the 54th annual Grammy Awards announced Wednesday, but the rapper ceded the brightest light of music industry esteem to British singer Adele, whose six nominations include the most prestigious categories: record, album and song of the year.
West's nods came predominantly in rap categories, with just one, a co-writer credit for "All of the Lights," in the song of the year competition. His "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" CD is nominated for rap album but didn't make the cut for album of the year.
Her single "Rolling in the Deep" is up for record of the year honors, which recognizes performance and production, along with Bon Iver's "Holocene," Bruno Mars' "Grenade," Mumford & Sons' "The Cave" and Katy Perry's "Firework." "Rolling" is also up for song of the year.
Adele's "21" will compete with the Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light," Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" and Rihanna's "Loud" for album of the year.
Best new artist nominees along with Bon Iver are country trio The Band Perry, rappers J. Cole and Nicki Minaj, and DJ-dance music performer Skrillex.
Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in July, collected a posthumous nomination for her duet with Tony Bennett on "Body and Soul," in the pop duo or group performance category.
Surprisingly, the two fastest-selling albums of the last 12 months, Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" -- the first collections in more than five years to sell more than a million copies in their first week of release -- collectively generated just one nomination in the top four categories, an album-of-the-year nod for "Born This Way." Swift, whose third album has sold almost 3.8 million copies, is vying for country album honors, and her anti-bullying single "Mean" is nominated for country song and solo performance.
Wednesday's live "Grammy Nominations Concert" was dominated by opening and closing act Lady Gaga, who lead off with her latest single, "Marry the Night."
For the complete list of nominees, go to grammy.com.