Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, and newcomer Sam Smith lead this year’s Grammy Awards with six nominations each. All three contend for Album of the Year, along with Beck (“Morning Phase“) and Ed Sheeran (“X“). Which artist will win top honors when these top musical honors are handed out on Sunday, Feb. 8?
Beyonce shocked the music industry in late 2013 when she released her self-titled fifth album suddenly and without advance promotion. It was a hit with critics and audiences and is now only her second album to earn a bid in the Grammys’ top race; she lost in 2009 with “I Am … Sasha Fierce” to Taylor Swift (“Fearless”).
Meanwhile, Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” makes him only the 10th artist in the awards’ history to earn bids in all four general-field races in one year – he’s also up for New Artist as well as both Record and Song of the Year for “Stay With Me.” News that he has been required to extend co-writing credit on that tune to Tom Petty for his similar-sounding 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down” broke after Grammy voting ended on Jan. 16
Click on the links below for our complete analysis of Album of the Year along with 17 other hotly contested Grammy races.
Best Pop Solo Performance
Will Sam Smith be first male artist to win Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance?
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Artist collaborations dominate Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Traditional Pop Album
Will Lady Gaga help Tony Bennett to another Trad. Pop Grammy against overdue Barbra Streisand?
Best Alternative Album
Arcade Fire looks for Grammys redemption in Alternative Album race
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beyonce vs. Pharrell Williams in Grammys showdown for Urban Contemporary Album
Best Country Album
Will Miranda Lambert get overdue Grammys love for Best Country Album?
Best Spoken Word Album
‘Mad Diva’ Joan Rivers could win posthumous Grammy for Spoken Word Album
Best Musical Theater Album
Neil Patricks Harris may get closer to EGOT with Grammy for Musical Theater Album
Best Visual Media Compilation
Can ‘Frozen’ hold off James Brown in Grammys race for Visual Media Compilation?