Bruno Mars’ trademark hat made it easy to see him in the crowd at the nomination concert for the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Wednesday night.
But a quick look at the roster of those in the running for statues made Mars stand out even more.
Mars took home six nominations, including the holy trinity of Record, Album and Song of the Year for his 2011 release Doo-Wops and the Hooligans and the track “Grenade.”
The Hawaiian-born artist’s six nods tied Adele and Foo Fighters, and they were all one behind Kanye West’s seven.
“There’s so much to take in, and it’s just incredible to be a part of this,” Mars told reporters after the show, which aired on CBS. ”Everyone provides something different with their music, and it’s nice to know that our little album that could did something.”
Mars was also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, while The Smeezingtons, the architects behind Doo-Wops, nailed a nomination Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
For Record of the Year, Mars faces stiff competition from Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Bon Iver’s “Holocene,” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave.”
The Album of the Year Competition comes in the form of Adele’s 21, the Foos’ Wasting Light, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Rihanna’s Loud. For Song, it’s West’s “All of the Lights,” “The Cave,” “Holocene” and “Rolling in the Deep.”
For the Foo Fighters, Wasting Light‘s inclusion in the prestigious Album of the Year Category marks a momentous occasion for analog recording. The 2011 release was recorded in leadman Dave Grohl’s garage on tape instead of using digital technology, a far more common practice nowadays.
The Foo Fighters also released a documentary, Back and Forth, that chronicled the rise of the band and was nominated for a Best Long Form Video Grammy.
Coldplay has a solid shot at adding to their seven Grammys with two nominations this year. The British rockers received honors for two songs off the recently-released Mylo Xyloto, arriving in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Paradise” and Best Rock Performance for “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck finds himself in the running for Best Rock Album – against the Foo Fighters, amongst others – for his 2011 release Rock and Roll Party (Honoring Les Paul), which was recorded on June 9, 2010 at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.
Indie idols Bon Iver notched two more nominations, adding Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album.
Other newcomers to cause a stir included Los Angeles’ Foster The People, who were in the Best Alternative Music Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance categories for their debut Torches and the wildly-popular “Pumped Up Kicks.”
For a complete list of nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, click here.
The ceremony will be held on Feb. 12, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).