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12/05/2014 08:38 am ET Updated Dec 05, 2014

2015 Grammy Nominations Paced By Beyoncé, Sam Smith And Pharrell

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Friday was Grammy nominations day, quite literally. From the early morning hours to late in the evening, The Recording Academy unveiled nominees for the 2015 Grammys. Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams started the fun on "CBS This Morning" to announce the nominees for four major categories of the 57th annual Grammys: Record of the Year, Best Country Album Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Urban Contemporary Album. The rest of the nominees were announced on Twitter throughout the day, while Album of the Year was unveiled at the close of "A Very Grammy Christmas" on Friday night.

"This year's nominees are a reflection of the music community's diversity and range of talent, and a testament to The Academy's voting process," Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, said in a statement. "The Recording Academy is pleased to celebrate this talented crop of artists, nominated to receive music's greatest honor for their contributions to their respective genres. The tone for Music's Biggest Night has undoubtedly been set, and we look forward to producing one of the most exciting telecasts in Grammy history."

Sam Smith, Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams led the way with six nominations a piece, including citations for Album of the Year (Pharrell also produced Album of the Year nominees "Beyoncé" and Ed Sheeran's "x"). But Smith was the day's biggest story, earning Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist notices. Smith was pleased with the honors:


Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, engineer Tom Coyne, Drake, Gordon Goodwin, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher and Jack White earned four nominations each. Here's a selected list of nominees, and you can see the full list over at Grammy.com.

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 ft. 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
"All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor
"Chandelier" by Sia
"Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift
"Stay With Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith
"Take Me To Church" by Hozier

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 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 Urban Contemporary Album
"Sail Out" by Jhené Aiko
"Beyonce" by Beyonce
"X" by Chris Brown
"Mali Is" by Mali Music
"Girl" by Pharrell Williams

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

Best Rock Song
"Ain't it Fun" by Paramore
"Blue Moon" by Beck
"Fever" by The Black Keys
"Gimme Something Good" by Ryan Adams
"Lazareto" by Jack White

Best Rock Album
"Ryan Adams" by Ryan Adams
"Morning Phase" by Beck
"Turn Blue" by the Black Keys
"Hypnotic Eye" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Songs of Innocence" by U2

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

Best Country Song
"American Kids" by Kenny Chesney
"Automatic" by Miranda Lambert
"Give Me Back My Hometown" by Eric Church
"I'm Not Going To Miss You" by Glen Campbell
"Meanwhile Back At Mama's" by Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
"Cheek to Cheek" by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
"Nostalgia" by Annie Lennox
"Night Songs" by Barry Manilow
"Sending You A Little Christmas" by Johnny Mathis
"Partners by Barbra Streisand" with Various Artists

Best Rap Performance
"3005" by Childish Gambino
"0-100" by Drake
"Rap God" by Eminem
"i" by Kendrick Lamar
"All I Need Is You" by Lecrae

Best Rap Song
"Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj
"Bound 2" by Kanye West
"i" by Kendrick Lamar
"We Dem Boyz" by Wiz Khalifa
"0-100" by Drake

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 Marshall Mathers LP 2" by Eminem
"The New Classic" by Iggy Azalea
"Because The Internet" by Childish Gambino
"Nobody's Smiling" by Common
"Oxymoron" by Schoolboy Q
"Black Hollywood" by Wiz Khalifa

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

Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
"A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay
"Say Something" by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera
"Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

Best Music Video
"We Exist" by Arcade Fire
"Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon
"Chandelier" by Sia
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams
"The Golden Age" by Woodkid ft. Max Richter

Best Spoken Word Album
"Diary of A Mad Diva" by Joan Rivers
"Actors Anonymous" by James Franco
"A Call To Action" by Jimmy Carter
"Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America" by John Waters
"A Fighting Chance" by Elizabeth Warren
"We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song" by Gloria Gaynor

Best Dance Recording
"Never Say Never" by The Basement Jaxx
"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
"F For You" by Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blije
"I Got U" by Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones
"Faded" by Zhu

Best Country Duo/ Group Performance
"Gentle On My Mind" by The Band Perry
"Somethin' Bad" by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
"Day Drinking" by Little Big Town
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's" by Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill
"Raise 'Em Up" by Keith Urban ft. Eric Church

Best Music Film
"Beyonce & Jay Z: On The Run Tour" by Beyonce and Jay Z
"Ghost Stories" by Coldplay
"20 Feet From Stardom" by Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill
"Metallica Through The Never" by Metallica
"The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne" by Pink

Best Song Written For Visual Media
"Everything Is Awesome!!" from "The Lego Movie" by Tegan and Sara ft. The Lonely Island
"I See Fire" from "The Hobbit" by Ed Sheeran
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from "Glen Campbell, I'll Be Me" by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
"Let It Go" from "Frozen" performed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
"The Moon Song" from "Her" by "Spike Jonze and Karen O

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
"Frozen"
"Gone Girl"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Gravity"
"Saving Mr. Banks"

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

Best R&B Song
"Drunk In Love" by Beyonce ft. Jay Z
"Good Kisser" by Usher
"New Flame" by Chris Brown ft. Usher and Rick Ross
"Options (Wolfjames Version)" by Luke James ft. Rick Ross
"The Worst" by Jhené Aiko

The Grammy Awards will air on Feb. 8, 2015.

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