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Kanye West led the field with seven Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year and Best Rap Performance, as the Recording Academy announced the nominees with a live, music-filled special Wednesday night. NCIS: Los Angeles star (and Grammy winner) LL Cool J hosted the celebration for a fourth time.

Following West in nominations were Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars with six apiece. Lil Wayne and Skrillex each received five nods.

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Highlights from CBS' The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night included performances from Lady Gaga, Jason Aldean, Rihanna (via satellite from London), Ludacris, The Band Perry and Sugarland joining Lady Gaga.

Usher, joined by Valerie Simpson and Mike Stoller, also performed a moving tribute to two of the industry's most beloved songwriting teams: Ashford & Simpson and Lieber & Stoller. Both Nick Ashford and Jerry Lieber died earlier this year.

Common, Grandmaster Flash, Lupe Fiasco and LL Cool J also rocked it old school with "The Message."

Among the nominees in the general categories announced on air:

Album of the Year:

21, Adele

Wasting Light, Foo Fighters

Born This Way, Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars

Loud, Rihanna

Record of the Year:

"Rolling in the Deep," Adele

"Holocene," Bon Iver

"Grenade,"  Bruno Mars

"The Cave," Mumford & Sons

"Firework," Katy Perry

Song of the Year:

"All of the Lights," Kanye West, et al

"The Cave," Mumford & Sons

"Grenade," Bruno Mars

"Holocene," Bon Iver

"Rolling in the Deep," Adele

Best New Artist:

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

For a full list of nominees, check out the Grammys website.

The 54th annual Grammy Awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, Feb. 12 (8/7c) on CBS.