Sam Smith, Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams lead the Grammy Award nominations
The prestigious 'Album of the Year' votes are in...
In an incentive to encourage a younger audience for the annual Grammys ceremony in LA – which takes place on 8 February 2015 – the recording academy decided to announce the nominees in 99% – 82 of its 83 – categories via its Twitter feed throughout Friday morning.
Arguably the star of 2014, British singer Sam Smith (pictured above) led the awards with a total of six nominations alongside veteran music legends Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams, who also receieved six nominations each.
Smith's In the Lonely Hour, Beyoncé's self-titled album and Pharrell's Girl plus Beck's Morning Phase and British singer Ed Sheeran's X were all featured in the prestigious 'Album of the Year' category, which was announced during the CBS broadcast of A Very Grammy Christmas concert late Friday (the only category not to be announced via Twitter.)
22-year-old Smith is also in the running to receieve Grammys for 'Record of the Year' and 'Song of the Year' for his massive hit Stay with Me. The Grammy board recognition means that the young talent could be following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Adele, who famously won all six of her Grammy nominations – including the top 3 awards – in 2013.
Smith is also up for the coveted 'Best New Artist' gong, which he will go head-to-head for with Australia's Iggy Azalea, Brit indie band Bastille, California sister trio Haim and country crooner Brandy Clark.
While 'Record of the Year' nominees also 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. The 'Song of the Year' category also includes Swift’s Shake it Off, Trainor’s All About That Bass and Sia’s Chandelier, as well as Hozier’s Take Me to the Church.
Pharrell, who was awarded with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame this week, achieved Grammy nominations for his own album Girl as well as his production work on Sheeran's X and Beyoncé's self-titled record.
33-year-old Beyoncé achieved an impressive milestone – becoming the most-nominated artist in Grammy history with 52 nominations. Her self-titled album, which was dramatically released without pre-warning last December, is one of 2014's biggest-selling records with 2 million US copies sold.
The Grammy Award nominations are compiled by the recording academy, which comprises music industry professionals who curated the best music released between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014.
Take a look at the full list of nominees and categories below:
Album of the Year
Morning Phase by Beck; Beyoncé by Beyoncé; X by Ed Sheeran; In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith; Girl by Pharrell Williams.
Record of the Year
Fancy by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; Chandelier by Sia; Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith; Shake It Off by Taylor Swift; All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor.
Song of the Year (Songwriters Award)
All About That Bass written by Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor; Chandelier written by Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin; Shake It Off written by Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift; Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) written by James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith; Take Me To Church written by Andrew Hozier-Byrne.
Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea; Bastille; Brandy Clark; Haim; Sam Smith.
Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories by Coldplay; Bangerz by Miley Cyrus; My Everything by Ariana Grande; Prism by Katy Perry; X by Ed Sheeran; In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith.
Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams; Morning Phase by Beck; Turn Blue by The Black Keys; Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; Songs Of Innocence by U2.
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out by Jhené Aiko; Beyoncé by Beyoncé; X by Chris Brown; Mali Is... by Mali Music; Girl by Pharrell Williams.
Best Country Album
Riser by Dierks Bentley; The Outsiders by Eric Church; 12 Stories by Brandy Clark; Platinum by Miranda Lambert; The Way I'm Livin' by Lee Ann Womack.
Best Electronic/Dance Album
Syro by Aphex Twin; While (1(2) by Deadmaus; Nabuma Rubberband by Little Dragon; Do It Again by Röyksopp & Robyn; Damage Control by Mat Zo.
Best Alternative Music Album
This Is All Yours by Alt-J; Reflektor by Arcade Fire; Melophobia by Cage The Elephant; St Vincent by St. Vincent; Lazaretto by Jack White.
Best Rap Album
The New Classic by Iggy Azalea; Because The Internet by Childish Gambino; Nobody's Smiling by Common; The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem; Oxymoron by Schoolboy Q; Blacc Hollywood by Wiz Khalifa.
Producer of the Year Non-Classical
Paul Epworth; John Hill; Jay Joyce; Greg Kurstin; Max Martin.
The 2015 Grammy Awards will take place Feburary 8 in LA