Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars will be the ones to watch at the 54th annual Grammy Awards after each landing a slew of top nominations.

The Stronger rapper leads the way with seven nods - his star-studded collaboration All of the Lights is up for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, while he also earns a nod in the latter category for his Jay-Z duet Otis. The hip-hop stars' Watch The Throne album will also go head-to-head with West's solo disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Best Rap Album.

Adele is in the running for six honors and her critically-acclaimed project 21 will fight for the prestigious titles of Record of the Year and Album of the Year, while Rolling in the Deep will compete for Song of the Year.

Rockers Foo Fighters and R&B singer Mars are also six-time nominees, while Lil Wayne, dubstep DJ Skrillex and Lady Gaga earned multiple mentions too.

The contenders for the 2012 ceremony were announced on Wednesday during the specially-televised Grammy Nominations Concert Live, which was hosted by LL Cool J from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Performance highlights from the Grammy Nominations Concert Live came from R&B star Usher, who remembered late songwriters Nickolas Ashford and Jerry Leiber with a medley of their hits, while Common, Lupe Fiasco and LL Cool J hit the stage to pay tribute to rap icon Grandmaster Flash with a rousing rendition of hip-hop anthem The Message with the legend himself and his longtime collaborator Melle Mel to mark the recording's recent addition to the 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame.

There were also two unlikely country collaborations - Jason Aldean and rapper Ludacris teamed up for the singer's track Dirt Road Anthem, and Lady Gaga, who opened the event wearing skeletal face paint to sing Marry The Night, was joined by Sugarland to close the show with the pop superstar's hit single You and I.

The 54th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 12 February .

The main list of nominees is as follows:
 Record of the Year:
 Adele - Rolling in the Deep
 Bon Iver - Holocene
 Bruno Mars - Grenade
 Mumford & Sons - The Cave
 Katy Perry - Firework
 Song Of The Year:
 Kanye West - All of the Lights
 Mumford & Sons - The Cave
 Bruno Mars - Grenade
 Bon Iver - Holocene
 Adele - Rolling in the Deep
 Best New Artist:
 The Band Perry
 Bon Iver
 J. Cole
 Nicki Minaj
 Album Of The Year:
 Adele - 21
 Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
 Lady Gaga - Born This Way
 Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops & Hooligans
 Rihanna - Loud
 Best Pop Solo Performance:
 Adele - Someone Like You
 Lady Gaga - You And I
 Bruno Mars - Grenade
 Katy Perry - Firework
 Pink - F**kin' Perfect
 Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
 Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse - Body and Soul
 The Black Keys - Dearest
 Coldplay - Paradise
 Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
 Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
 Best Pop Vocal Album:
 Adele - 21
 Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
 Lady Gaga - Born This Way
 Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops & Hooligans
 Rihanna - Loud
 Best Rock Song:
 Mumford & Sons - The Cave
 The King Is Dead - Down By The Water
 Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
 The King of Limbs - Lotus Flower
 Foo Fighters - Walk
 Best Rock Album:
 Jeff Beck - Rock 'n' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
 Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
 Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
 Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You
 Wilco - The Whole Love
 Best R&B Song:
 Marsha Ambrosius - Far Away
 Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona - Fool For You
 Kelly Price & Stokley - Not My Daddy
 Ledisi - Pieces of Me
 Charlie Wilson - You Are
 Best R&B Album:
 Chris Brown - F.A.M.E.
 El DeBarge - Second Chance
 R. Kelly - Love Letter
 Ledisi - Pieces of Me
 Kelly Price - Kelly
 Best Rap Song:
 Kanye West - All of the Lights
 Wiz Khalifa - Black and Yellow
 Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey - I Need A Doctor
 Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - Look At Me Now
 Jay-Z & Kanye West - Otis
 Lupe Fiasco - The Show Goes On
 Best Rap Album:
 Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne
 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV
 Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
 Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday
 Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
 Best Country Song:
 Thompson Square - Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not
 Blake Shelton - God Gave Me You
 Trace Adkins - Just Fishin'
 Taylor Swift - Mean
 Vince Gill - Threaten Me With Heaven
 Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter - You And Tequila
 Best Country Album:
 Jason Aldean - My Kinda Party
 Eric Church - Chief
 Lady Antebellum - Own The Night
 Blake Shelton - Red River Blue
 George Strait - Here For A Good Time
 Taylor Swift - Speak Now.