Sam Smith, Beyonce & Pharrell Lead Grammy Nominations with Six Nods Each


British soul-pop artist Sam Smith, R&B star Beyonce and singer-producerPharrell Williams led artists with six Grammy nominations each.

They also had nods for the top prize of Album of the Year, the Recording Academy said Friday.

Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour,” Beyonce’s self-titled album and Pharrell’s “Girl” joined rocker Beck‘s “Morning Phase” and British singer Ed Sheeran‘s “X” in the Album of the Year category.

The nominations were announced during the CBS broadcast of “A Very Grammy Christmas” concert late Friday. Smith, 22, picked up nods in the three top Grammy categories including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for his song “Stay with Me.

He follows in the heels of fellow British soul-pop singer Adele, who won all six of her Grammy nominations in 2013 including the top three awards.

Smith is a contender for the coveted Best New Artist, alongside Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, British pop-rockers Bastille, country singer Brandy Clarkand California sister trio Haim.

Record of the Year nominees include Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX‘s “Fancy” and Sia‘s “Chandelier.”

Song of the Year also includes Swift’s “Shake it Off,” Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Sia’s “Chandelier,” alongside Hozier’s “Take Me to the Church.”

Pharrell, 41, earned Grammy nominations for his own album “Girl” and his production work on Sheeran’s “X” and Beyonce’s self-titled record.

Beyonce, 33, became the most-nominated artist in Grammy history with 52 nominations.

Her self-titled album, released without fanfare last December, is one of this year’s biggest-selling records with 2 million U.S. copies sold.

Swift’s “1989” album, which has sold more than 2 million U.S. copies since October, did not land any nominations, but its song “Shake It Off” picked up three nods.

The soundtrack from Disney’s Oscar-winning film “Frozen,” the year’s top-selling album with more than 3.5 million U.S. copies sold, scored nominations in the categories for music written for visual media.

The Recording Academy comprises music industry professionals who select Grammy contenders from music released between October 1st, 2013 and September 30th, 2014.

In an effort to draw younger viewers to the annual event in Los Angeles on February 8th, 2015, the organisers chose to announce the nominees in 82 of its 83 categories, throughout Friday morning on its Twitter feed.


Here is the list of the top categories.

Album of the Year
X – Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Morning Phase – Beck
GIRL – Pharrell Williams

Record of the Year
“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea Ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” – Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

Song of the Year
“Take Me to Church” – Hozier
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” – Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

Best New Artist
Sam Smith
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark

Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories – Coldplay
Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
My Everything – Ariana Grande
PRISM – Katy Perry
X – Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
“Chandelier” – Sia
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams

Best Traditional Pop Album
Cheek to Cheek – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Nostalgia – Annie Lennox
Night Songs – Barry Manilow
Partners – Barbra Streisand
Sending You a Little Christmas – Johnny Mathis

Best Country Album
Riser – Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders – Eric Church
12 Stories – Brandy Clark
Platinum – Miranda Lambert
The Way I’m Livin’ – Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Song
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell
“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill

Best Rap Performance
“Rap God” – Eminem
“3005” – Childish Gambino
“I” – Kendrick Lamar
“0 to 100 / The Catchup” – Drake
“All I Need is You” – Lecrae

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out – Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
X – Chris Brown
Mali Is … – Mali Music
Girl – Pharrell Williams

Best Rock Album
Turn Blue – The Black Keys
Morning Phase – Beck
Songs of Innocence –  U2
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
Hypnotic Eye – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Best Alternative Album
This is All Yours – Alt-J
Lazaretto – Jack White
St. Vincent –  St. Vincent
Reflektor – Arcade Fire
Melophobia – Cage the Elephant

Best Rock Song
“Fever” – The Black Keys
“Blue Moon” – Beck
“Ain’t It Fun” –  Paramore
“Gimme Something Good” – Ryan Adams
“Lazaretto” – Jack White

Best Americana Album
The River and the Thread – Roseanne Cash
My Terms of Surrender – John Hiatt
Bluiesamericana – Keb’ Mo’
A Dotted Line – Nickel Creek
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music – Sturgill Simpson

Best Reggae Album
Fly Rasta – Ziggy Marley
Back on the Controls – Lee “Scratch” Perry
Full Frequency – Sean Paul
Out of Many, One Music – Shaggy
The Reggae Power – Sly & Robbie, Spicy Chocolate
Amid the Noise and the Haste – SOJA

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
American Hustle
Get on Up: The James Brown Story
The Wolf of Wall Street
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1

Best Spoken Word Album
Actors Anonymous – James Franco
A Call To Action – Jimmy Carter
Diary of a Mad Diva – Joan Rivers
A Fighting Chance – Elizabeth Warren
The Reggae Power – Sly & Robbie, Spicy Chocolate
We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song – Gloria Gaynor

Best Dance Recording
“Never Say Never”– Basement Jaxx
“Rather Be” – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
“F For You” – Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige
“I Got U” – Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
Faded” – Zhu

Best Gospel Album
Help – Erica Campbell
Amazing (Live) – Ricky Dillard & New G
Withholding Nothing – William McDowell
Forever Yours – Smokie Norful
Vintage Worship – Sly & Robbie, Spicy Chocolate

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Gentle on my Mind” – The Band Perry
“Somethin’ Bad” – Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
“Day Drinking” – Little Big Town
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up” – Keith Urban feat. Eric Church

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Blak Majik” – Common feat. Jhene Aiko
“The Monster” – Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Tuesday” – I Love Makonnen feat. Drake
“Studio” – Schoolboy Q feat. BJ the Chicago Kid
“Bound 2” – Kanye West and Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Song
“Anaconda” – Nicki Minaj
“Bound 2” – Kanye West and Charlie Wilson
“I” – Kendrick Lamar
“We Dem Boyz” – Wiz Khalifa
“0 to 100/The Catch Up” – Drake

Best Rap Album
The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
Because the Internet – Childish Gambino
Nobody’s Smiling – Common
The Marshall Mathers LP2 – Eminem
Oxymoron – Schoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood – Wiz Khalifa

Best R&B Song
“Drunk In Love” – Beyoncé feat. Jay Z
“Good Kisser” – Usher
“New Flame” – Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross
“Options (Wolfjames Version)” – Luke James
“The Worst” – Jhene Aiko

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
“A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
“Say Something” – A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera
“Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Syro – Aphex Twin
While (1<2) – Deadmaus
Nabuma Rubberband – Little Dragon
Do It Again – Röyksopp & Robyn
Damage Control – Mat Zo

Best Rock Performance
“Gimme Something Good” – Ryan Adams
“Do I Wanna Know?” – Arctic Monkeys
“Blue Moon” – Beck
“Fever” – The Black Keys
“Lazaretto” – Jack White

Best Metal Performance
“Neon Knights” – Anthrax
“High Road” – Mastodon “Heartbreaker” – Motörhead
“The Negative One” – Slipknot
“The Last In Line” – Tenacious D

Best R&B Performance
“Drunk In Love” – Beyoncé feat. Jay Z
“New Flame” – Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross
“It’s Your World” – Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly
“Like This” – Ledisi
“Good Kisser” – Usher

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“As” – Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton
“I.R.S.” – Angie Fisher
“Jesus Children” – Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner
“Nobody” – Kem
“Hold Up Wait A Minue (Woo Woo)” – Antonique Smith

Best Country Solo Performance
“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
“Invisible” – Hunter Hayes
“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
“Something In The Water” – Carrie Underwood
“Cop Car” – Keith Urban

Best Latin Pop Album
Tangos – Rubén Blades
Elypse – Camila
Raíz – Lila Downs, Niña Pastori and Soledad
Loco De Amor – Juanes
Gracias Por Estar Aquí – Marco Antonio Solís

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Multiviral – Calle 13
Behind The Machine (Detrás De La Máquina) – Chocquibtown
Bailar En La Cueva – Jorge Drexler
Agua Maldita – Molotov
Vengo – Ana Tijoux

Best Comedy Album
Mandatory Fun – “Weird Al” Yankovic Obsessed – Jim Gaffigan
Oh My God – Louis C.K.
Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time – Patton Oswalt
We Are Miracles – Sarah Silverman

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Paul Epworth
John Hill
Jay Joyce
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin

Best Music Video
“We Exist” – Arcade Fire
“Turn Down For What” – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams
“The Golden Age” – Woodkid feat. Max Richter

Best Music Film
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour – Beyoncé & Jay Z
Ghost Stories – Coldplay
20 Feet From Stardom – Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Metallica Through The Never – Metallica
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne – P!nk

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