Recording stars Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and John Lennon received the most nominations today for the 24th annual Grammy Awards -- the music industry's top honors.

Producer-arranger Jones received eight nominations, while singer-songwriter Richie got six and Lennon earned five.

Jones' album "The Dude" was nominated for album of the year, as was Lennon's "Double Fantasy," which he recorded with his wife Yoko Ono and released shortly before he was shot and killed in December 1980.

Also nominated for top album honors were jazz artist Al Jarreau's "Breakin' Away," rock group Steely Dan's "Gaucho" and pop singer Kim Carnes' "Mistaken Identity."

Carnes and Lennon also were nominated for the record of the year award -- Carnes for the hit "Bette Davis Eyes" and Lennon for "Starting Over."

Last year's multi-Grammy winner Christopher Cross was also nominated for the top record award for "Arthur's Theme," as were Diana Ross and Richie for "Endless Love," Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr. for "Just the Two of Us" and Dolly Parton for "9 to 5."

The 5,000 members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences select the nominees and vote on the winners, who will be announced during a nationally televised ceremony Feb. 24 from the Shrine Auditorium here. The awards cover records released in the year ending Sept. 30, 1981.

Best new-artist nominations went to the punk bands Adam and the Ants and the Go-Go's and singers Sheena Easton, James Ingram and Luther Van Dross.

Best female pop vocal performance went to "Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton, "Bette Davis Eyes" by Carnes, "For Your Eyes Only" by Easton, "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John and "Lena Horne -- The Lady and Her Music Live on Broadway," by Horne.

The best male pop vocal performance nominations were won by Cross for "Arthur's Theme," Jarreau for "Breakin' Away," Lennon for "Double Fantasy," James Ingram for "Just Once," and Withers for "Just the Two of Us."

Best pop vocal performance by a duo or group nominations went to "Boy From New York City" by Manhattan Transfer, "Endless Love," "Gaucho," "Private Eyes" by Daryl Hall and John Oates and the Pointer Sisters' "Slow Hand."

In country music, Parton earned singing and songwriting nominations for "9 to 5"; other female vocalist nominees included Barbara Mandrell, Juice Newton, Rosanne Cash and Terri Gibbs.

Male country performance nominations went to John Anderson, Willie Nelson, Eddie Rabbitt, George Jones and Ronnie Milsap.

Duo-group vocal country performance nominations went to the Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, Emmylou Harris and Don Williams, Dottie West and Kenny Rogers, and David Frizzell and Shelly West.

In classical music, violinist Itzhak Perlman recordings earned six nominations, followed by five nominations for recordings by Pinchas Zukerman, who plays the violin and viola and also conducts.

Grammys are being awarded in a record 61 categories this year, including a newly established video-of-the-year award for video cassettes or discs in any format created specifically for the home video market.