Grammy Awards nominations: Beyonce sets record, Sam Smith sweeps

Last year, Jay-Z reaped a leading nine nominations at the Grammy Awards. This year it was his wife Beyonce who topped the list, albeit with only six bids but that was more than enough to break her tie with Dolly Parton as the most nominated female performer at 46 nominations each. Queen B now reigns supreme with a staggering 52 bids in all. Her self-titled disc contends for Album of the Year as well as both Best Urban Album and Best Surround Sound Album. In addition, her hit “Drunk in Love” earned for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. And the video record of her “On The Run” tour with Jay-Z was nominated for Best Music Film. 

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Sam Smith, who also earned six nominations, was recognized in all four General Field categories: Album of the Year for “In the Lonely Hour,” Record and Song of the Year for “Stay with Me” and Best New Artist. He also contends for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. 

And Pharrell Williams also vies for six awards, including three separate bids for Album of the Year for his own disc”GIRL” as well as his work on Beyonce’s platter and Ed Sheeran‘s “X.” 

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The fifth Album of the Year contender is a surprise: Beck‘s “Morning Phase.” 

Also up for Best New Artist are: Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark and Haim.

Of this quartet, Azalea did the best with four bids, including Record of the Year for her summer hit “Fancy.” In that race, Azalea and Smith face off against Taylor Swift for her pop hit “Shake it Off,” Meghan Trainor for the infectious “All About That Bass” and Sia for her shattering “Chandelier.” 

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All of these tunes save “Fancy” are also up for Song of the Year. Replacing it in that category is Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” 

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