Following a day of nominations, The Recording Academy unveiled the Album of the Year nominees for the 57th annual Grammy Awards during a CBS special, "A Very Grammy Christmas," on Friday night.
"Morning Phase" by Beck
"Beyoncé" by Beyoncé
"x" by Ed Sheeran
"In the Lonely Hour" by Sam Smith
"Girl" by Pharrell Williams
With nods for Album of the Year, Beyoncé, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams upped their pace-setting Grammy nomination total to six each. Beyoncé also earned nominations for Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Surround Sound Album and Best Music Film. Smith scored more high profile plaudits: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. Pharrell helped produce both "Beyoncé" and "x," giving him three Album of the Year nods. He was also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video.
Last year, Daft Punk walked away with the coveted award for "Random Access Memories" against Taylor Swift's "Red," Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" and Sara Bareilles' "The Blessed Unrest."
The Grammys Christmas special featured performances from Pharrell, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Big Sean, Mary J. Blige, Tim McGraw and Sam Smith.