Notable Nominations: Will Sam Smith be Most Valuable Player at the 2015 Grammys?


Updated: As of Friday, December 5, BeyoncéSam Smith, and Pharrell are tied with the most nominations, six apiece. 

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences began rolling out its 2015 Grammy nominations Friday morning, and so far, newcomer Sam Smith is leading the pack.

Smith—whose In the Lonely Hour peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and has sold nearly 2 million copies to date—is up for Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best New Artist…so far. In the latter category, he’ll face off against “Fancy” favorite Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark, and HAIM. Bets on who’ll win?!

Check out the rest of the 2015 Grammy nominations below and get your brackets up by February 8.

Album of the Year
Beck, Morning Phase
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl

Record of the Year
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version)
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley, Riser
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Lee Ann Womack, The Way I’m Livin’

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jhené Aiko, Sail Out
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mali Is
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Best Pop Solo Performance
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Best Rock Song
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
Beck, “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
U2, Songs of Innocence
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Beck, Morning Phase
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith

Best Country Song
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Lee “Scratch” Perry, Back on the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
SOJA, Amid the Noise and the Haste

Best Rap Performance 
Childish Gambino, “305”
Drake, “0 to 100/The Catch Up”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Kendrick Lamar, “i”
Lecrae, “All I Need Is You”

Best Traditional Pop Album
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barry Manilow, Night Songs
Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
Barbra Streisand, Partners

Best Alternative Album
alt-J, This Is All Yours
The Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Cage the Elephant, Melophobia
St. Vincent, St. Vincent
Jack White, Lazaretto

Song of the Year
Holzier, “Take Me to Church”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version)
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Best Soundtrack
American Hustle
Get On Up
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash, The River & the Thread
John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender
Keb' Mo', Bluesamericana
Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line
Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Best Pop/Duo Performance
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, “Say Something”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Katy Perry and Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Best Music Video
Sia, “Chandelier”
The Arcade Fire, “We Exist”
Lil' Jon, “Turn Down for What”
Pharrell, “Happy”
Woodkid & Max Richter, “The Golden Age”

Best Dance Recording
Basement Jaxx, “Never Say Never”
Clean Bandit and Jess Glynn, “Rather Be”
Mary J. Blige and Disclosure, “F for You”
Duke Dumont “I Got You”
ZHU, “Faded”

Best Spoken-Word Album 
James Franco, Actors Anonymous
Jimmy Carter, A Call to Action,
John Waters, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance
Joan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva
Gloria Gaynor, We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song

Best Comedy Album
Weird Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun
Jim Gaffigan, Obsessed
Louis C.K., Oh My God
Patton Oswalt, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time
Sarah Silverman, We Are Miracles