Newcomer Among Top Grammy Nominees
Sam Smith ties Beyonce and Pharrell with six nominations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 6, 2014 8:57 AM CST

(Newser) – Newcomer Sam Smith, Beyonce (the most nominated female in Grammy history), and mega-producer Pharrell lead the Grammy Award nominations, with six nominations apiece. Smith's In the Lonely Hour, Beyonce's surprise self-titled release and Pharrell's G I R L will compete for album of the year, along with Beck's Morning Phase and Ed Sheeran's X, the most streamed album on Spotify this year. The Recording Academy announced its nominees for the 57th annual show throughout the day yesterday, and you can read the full list here. The awards ceremony is Feb. 8. Other highlights:

  • Record of the year (for a recording): "Fancy," Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; "Chandelier," Sia; "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith; "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift; "All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor.
  • Song of the year (for songwriting): "All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish; "Chandelier," Sia and Jesse Shatkin; "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Shellback; "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips; "Take Me to Church," Hozier.
  • Best new artist: Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark, HAIM, Sam Smith.
  • Joan Rivers: She's up for best spoken word album for Diary of a Mad Diva.