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




British soul-pop artist Sam Smith, R&B star Beyonce and singer-producer Pharrell 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 Clark and 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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Mazur /Chime For

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  1. ann marie

    December 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I’m surprised magic were not nominated in any of the categories for their smashing hit RUDE well as am I wrong by nico and vinz …….these two songs had massive airplays thru out the year

  2. ann marie

    December 7, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Im surprised magic’s Rude was not nominated in any of the categories……. nico and vinz’s am I wrong as well ….these two songs received massive airplay thru out the year

  3. EllesarisEllendil

    December 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Morning phase or X for album of the year, I jam to Blue Moon everyday. Taylor Swift is winning record of the year and song of the year, Beyonce is however a lock for RNB.

  4. nono blessed

    December 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Good luck to them

  5. @edDREAMZ

    December 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Grammy is for the white so – this….

    • EllesarisEllendil

      December 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Yet the Kanye, Jayz and Beyonce have the most wins??

  6. David Nwachukwu

    December 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Beyonce please win all six and repeat your 2010 glory. #Beyhive Where is Bruno? He’s the naija branch manager

    • EllesarisEllendil

      December 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Random, males in bee hives are usually killed by the queen after sex or function strictly as slaves.

    • Ene

      December 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Haha,Not going to happen.Invasion of the Brits with good music,Thankfully.Adele did it,Sam Smith and Eddy Sheeran will do it

  7. frankliet

    December 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Pharrell is very talented.

  8. leigh

    December 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    have we thanked the universe for the talent that Sam Smith is!!!

  9. prince ajibade

    December 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I just hope Beyoncé will pick all 6 awards. Her self titled album was a bomb and she did a good job. Sam Sam, that guy is simply amazing, his voice-Oh My. uncle pharell, you are too much and congrats on your hall of fame. I’m not a fan of taylor whatever but wish them luck

  10. Sloane

    December 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Chimamanda is also a nominee thanks to Beyonce’s album of the year nomination. If Bey wins she wins also. Album of the year nominations honours all the featured artistes and Chimamanda is featured on flawless. Rooting for these ladies

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