Sam Smith, Beyonce, and Pharrell Williams will be among top Grammy nominees

According to the combined predictions of our Editors, Top 24 Users, and All Users, only one artist will compete in all four general-field categories when Grammy nominations are announced on Friday: Sam Smith.

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Smith would be only the 10th artist in Grammy history to be nominated for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist all in one year. He’s the favorite to win the New Artist Grammy, just like eight of the last nine artists who swept the general field, while his “In the Lonely Hour” will compete for Album and his hit ballad “Stay with Me” will be up for Record and Song.

No other individual artist will come close to that haul, though the “Frozen” soundtrack is expected to be represented in three races: Record and Song of the Year for the Oscar-winning breakout anthem “Let It Go,” and Album of the Year for the entire collection.

Though Beyonce is the favorite to win Album of the Year for her critically acclaimed Beyonce (album) self-titled album, our predictors only expect her to compete in one other general-field category: Record of the Year for “Drunk in Love,” featuring her husband Jay-Z.

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Also competing in two categories will be Pharrell Williams. The multiple-Grammy-winner, who just won Record of the Year last year with Daft Punk for “Get Lucky,” will be up for Record and Song of the Year for his Oscar-nominated “Despicable Me 2” theme “Happy.”

Joining Williams in those two races will be Australian singer-songwriter Sia, for her breakthrough hit single “Chandelier.”

Meanwhile, several other artists are expected to receive one general-field nomination apiece. Past Album of the Year contenders Jack White and Eminem will be back with “Lazaretto” and “Marshall Mathers LP 2,” respectively. Meghan Trainor will make the cut for Song of the Year for her ubiquitous hit “All About That Bass,” and Best New Artist will welcome Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Aloe Blacc, and Ariana Grande.

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5 thoughts on “Sam Smith, Beyonce, and Pharrell Williams will be among top Grammy nominees

  1. For the record, Ariana Grande is not eligible for a Best New Artist award. She was eligible last year but did not get nominated. Pharell’s Happy is not eligible for Song or Record of the year because it was submitted last year too. A live version was submitted this year but I don’t think it has the same impact as the original.

  2. As I posted in the other thread, it’s NOT a “sweep” to be nommed in all four general fields, especially since only ONCE has someone actually WON all four in one year — Christopher Cross in 1981. (Norah Jones missed in 2003 because one of her band members collected SOTY for “Don’t Know Why”. The only other artist to win all four in his or her CAREER? Adele won BNA for “19” and the rest for “21”.)

  3. BTW, the announcements will be strung out all day: The first four categories will be announced on “CBS This Morning” at 8:30 ET (probably tape-delayed for the other timezones). Various celebs will post other categories on their Twitter feeds between 9 AM & 2 PM ET; a complete list (except AOTY) will be posted on the Grammy website at 2 PM ET. As previously announced, AOTY won’t be announced till the Grammy Christmas special in primetime.

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