Adele scored six Grammy nominations Wednesday night, including for record, song and album of the year, but the owner of the 2011's best-selling album with "21" wasn't the night's top nominee -- and that wasn't the evening's only surprise.
Kanye West came away with a leading seven nominations, including a bid for song of the year for his all-star song "All of the Lights."
But the album from which it came -- "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," heralded by many critics as the best album of 2010 -- was shut out of the best album category, and all of his other nominations were relegated to the rap fields.
Other notable omissions in the top categories included country phenomenon Taylor Swift and veteran crooner Tony Bennett.
Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters tied Adele with six nominations each, including in the album of the year category.
Critical-darling folky act Bon Iver scored four nominations, with two in the prestigious record and song of the year categories; and dubstep star Skrillex may have been the night's biggest surprise, getting five nominations, including a bid for best new artist.
The nominations were announced after the Recording Academy's fourth annual live concert special, which aired on CBS.
The hour-long event featured key nominees like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and the Band Perry.
The Grammys will be presented Feb. 12.