Sam Smith, Beyoncé, Pharrell lead Grammys with six nods

Los Angeles – British soul-pop artist Sam Smith, R&B star Beyoncé and singer-producer Pharrell Williams led artists with six Grammy nominations each, including nods for the top prize of Album of the Year, the Recording Academy has said.

Smith’s In the Lonely Hour, Beyoncé’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, announced during the CBS broadcast of A Very Grammy Christmas concert late yesterday.

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.

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.

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 US copies sold.

Swift’s 1989 album, which has sold more than 2 million US 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 US 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 1 2013 and September 30 2014.

In an effort to draw younger viewers to the annual Grammys ceremony in Los Angeles on February 8 2015, the Recording Academy chose to announce the nominees in 82 of its 83 categories throughout on its Twitter feed.

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