Actor LL Cool J took center stage last night, hosting the 2012 GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live concert, with a little help from Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. The trio introduced viewers to performances by Rihanna, Usher and Ludacris while revealing that Kanye West leads the 2012 pack of nominees with 7 nods! Watch the performances and see pics inside….

Last night, tons of celebs and music lovers turned out for The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! – Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. And in between exciting performances by Rihanna, Usher and Ludacris, LL Cool J and Nicki revealed the 2012 Grammy nominees.

Rapper Kanye West leads the pack garnering 7 nods.  Among his most notable nods, he’s up for Song of the Year for “All of the Lights” and best rap performance with Jay-Z for “Otis.” He’s even nominated against himself, with Watch the Throne and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy nabbing Rap Album of the Year nods. If he wins….I wonder will he be upset that the “other” album lost.

Adele received 6 nods while Lil Wayne and Rihanna both picked up five nods.  Bruno Mars got three nods and Nicki Minaj is up for best new artist along with J Cole. Surprisingly, Beyonce only got two nods (Best Long Form Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration).

View the full list of nominees here.

Best New Artist nominee Nicki Minaj joined LL Cool J in making sure things ran smoothly throughout the night.

Taraji P. Henson looked fab as she took the stage in a slinky silver number that showed off her legs

Rihanna performed her number one hit “We Found Love” via satellite from London’s O2 Arena.  She tweeted #GRAMMYS2012 5 nominations!!! This year keeps getting better and better!” #LOUD up 4 Album of the year is so #MAJAH”

Usher and Valerie Simpson performed a moving tribute to Nick Ashford.

Luda got a lil’ country and performed with Jason Aldean.

And during a special performance of “The Message,” Lupe Fiasco, Common and LL Cool J joined Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and rapper Scorpio on stage.

Watch Rihanna perform “We Found Love” here:

Watch Ludacris perform “Dirt Road Anthem” with Jason Aldean here:

Watch Lupe Fiasco, Common, and LL Cool J join Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and rapper Scorpio for a special performance of “The Message”


Watch Usher perform a songwriting medley with Valerie Simpson in tribute to Nick Ashford with Mike Stoller of the songwriting team Leiber and Stoller here: