Sam Smith, Beyonce, Pharrell lead Grammys with six nods each

Fri Dec 5, 2014 10:04pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British soul-pop artist Sam Smith, R&B star Beyonce 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 said Friday.

Smith's "In the Lonely Hour," Beyonce'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 Friday.

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." He follows in the heels of fellow British soul-pop singer Adele, who won all six of her Grammy nominations in 2013 including the top three awards.

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."

Song of the Year also includes Swift's "Shake it Off," Trainor's "All About That Bass" and Sia's "Chandelier," alongside Hozier's "Take Me to the Church."

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 U.S. copies sold.   Continued...

British soul-pop artist Sam Smith performs during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California in this November 23, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files