Grammy Nomination Concert Performances + Nomination List |Video|

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Last night proved to be a monumental night for hip-hop as the 2012 GRAMMY Nominations Live Concert showcased some of hip-hop’s finest and had Kanye West leading the nomination pack with 7 nods.

LL Cool J hosted the concert live at the Nokia Theatre in L.A., with help from Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. The trio introduced viewers to performances by Rihanna, Usher and Ludacris while they counted down the 2012 Grammy nominees.

Rapper Kanye West leads in nominations with 7 nods including his Song of the Year nomination for “All of the Lights” and best rap performance with Jay-Z for “Otis.”

Interestingly Ye’s nominated against himself, with Watch the Throne and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy nabbing Rap Album of the Year nods.

Adele received 6 nomination while Lil Wayne and Rihanna both picked up five. Bruno Mars received three nods and Nicki Minaj is up for best new artist along with J Cole. Beyonce, who most expected to be on the forerunners — only received two nominations this year (Best Long Form Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration).

Check out the full list here: Nominations

More exclusive photos and some of the performances after the break:

Tribute to Ashford and Simpson

Usher and Valerie Simpson performing their tribute to Nick Ashford

Rihanna’s perform “We Found Love”

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

Photos: WireImage
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