Highlights From the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert

A selection of 2012 GRAMMY nominees was announced during "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!" in Los Angeles. The 54th annual awards show takes place Feb. 12.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Singer Nicki Minaj speaks onstage during The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
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Lady Gaga kicked off the Grammy Nominations Concert Live with a bang — and a scare — with her gothy performance of new single "Marry the Night." Click for more from the show.
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Gaga's album "Born this Way" was nominated for Album of the Year.
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This is the third year in a row that one of her albums has been nominated for a Grammy — and this time, she honored it with skull make-up.
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Although not in attendance, Kanye West was the most-nominated artist of the night. He nabbed seven nominations including Song of the Year for "All of the Lights." However the committee snubbed his album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," in the Album of the Year category.
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Singer and Best New Artist nominee Nicki Minaj was the first presenter to join host LL Cool J on stage at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
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Nicki Minaj unveiled the night's first list of nominees: Record of the Year. It would kick off what would be a dominant evening for both Adele and Bruno Mars.
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Bruno Mars had a huge night, hearing his name in three of the four spotlighted categories (Record, Song and Album of the Year) and boasting five nominations overall.
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Although not in attendance due to her continuing throat surgery recovery, Adele heads into the 2012 Grammys with an impressive six nominations.
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Rihanna is up for a Grammy for Album of the Year for her album "Loud." She performed her new single "We Found Love" via satellite from London.
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In addition to hosting, LL Cool J got a chance to perform.
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He jumped onstage alongside Common and Lupe Fiasco to pay tribute to Grandmaster Flash's iconic single "The Message," which is being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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Common bounced onstage alongside his hip-hop predecessors for the star-studded take on the song.
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Melle Mel, right, turned in his well-known lyrics to the classic...
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...and Grandmaster Flash turned in the beat while he rapped. The classic song is being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
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The oddest pairing of the night was absolutely country star Jason Aldean and rapper Ludacris. Ludacris tried his hand at guitar, and Aldean tried his at rapping.
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Best New Artist nominee The Band Perry performed live.
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But wait — was that a snippet of Tom Petty's "Free Falling" they dropped into their set? Yes, it was.
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Record of the Year nominee Katy Perry joined Jennifer Nettles of the band Sugarland backstage.
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Actress Taraji P. Henson was on hand to read off the Song of the Year nominees.
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Valerie Simpson, of Ashford & Simpson, took the stage to pay an emotional tribute to the late Nick Ashford.
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Simpson was joined by R&B superstar Usher, who also honored late songwriter Jerry Leiber.
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Gaga also closed the event down, performing a torchy version of "You and I" alongside country duo Sugarland. The awards themselves will be given on Feb. 12.
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