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posted Friday, December 12, 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 50
Smith, Beyonce lead Grammy noms with six apiece
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Smith, Beyonce lead Grammy noms with six apiece

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

As expected, British crooner Sam Smith netted multiple Grammy nominations last week, including nods in each top category, Album, Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. The singer, who came out to his mother at age 4 but publicly announced his sexual orientation this year when his debut record, In the Lonely Hour, was released, earned six nominations total on December 5. He'll also compete for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. He's the strong favorite for Best New Artist, where he squares off against Iggy Azalea, Bastille, HAIM and Brandy Clark.

Also with six nominations is Beyonce, who dethroned Dolly Parton as the most nominated female artist in Grammy history. Her self-titled, spontaneously released CD competes with Smith for Album of the Year, and elsewhere is vying for awards in the R&B and Rap field, as well as being shortlisted for Best Music Film with hubby Jay Z for their tour documentary, Beyonce & Jay Z: On the Run Tour.

The Album of the Year race, besides Smith and Beyonce, features veterans Beck (Morning Phase) and Pharrell Williams (Girl), plus singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran (X).

Smith's 'Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)' will battle Azalea's 'Fancy' (featuring Charlie XCX), Sia's 'Chandelier,' Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off,' and Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' for Record of the Year. For Song of the Year, awarded to the songwriter, in contrast to the artist in the Record category, the five slots went to 'All About That Bass' (Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor, songwriters), 'Chandelier' (Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin, songwriters), 'Shake It Off (Max Martin, Shellback, and Taylor Swift, songwriters), 'Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)' (James Napier, William Phillips, and Sam Smith, songwriters), and 'Take Me to Church' (Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter).

In the running for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, dominated by Gay icons, are Cheek to Cheek by Tony Bennett and Lady GaGa, Nostalgia by Annie Lennox, Night Songs by Barry Manilow, Sending You a Little Christmas by Johnny Mathis, and Partners by Barbra Streisand. Meanwhile, young divas Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande are up for Best Pop Vocal Album, for Bangerz and My Everything, respectively, along with Katy Perry (Prism), Coldplay (Ghost Stories), Sheeran (X), and Smith (In the Lonely Hour).

The Grammy nominations were revealed awkwardly at different times and on different platforms this year, on December 5. Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist nominations, were unveiled via Twitter in the morning, and then 80 more categories were posted on the Recording Academy's website throughout the day, followed by the Album of the Year nominations on the holiday concert special that night, which replaced the usual Grammy nominations concert.

The 57th Grammy Awards will be given out on February 8 at LA's Staples Center.

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