2015 Grammys: Sam Smith and Beyoncé lead Grammy nominations

The British newcomer and the American pop superstar have five nods each, while Toronto's Drake leads the Canadian contingent with three.

The British newcomer and the American queen of pop have five nods each

British newcomer Sam Smith and Beyoncé — the most nominated female in Grammy history — are the current leaders at the Grammy Awards with five each.

Smith and Beyoncé will likely earn nominations for album of the year, the top award, when The Recording Academy announces the nominees Friday night on A Very GRAMMY Christmas on CBS.

Smith is the real leader so far: He's up for key awards such as best new artist and song and record of the year for his hit Stay With Me.

Beyoncé, surprisingly, was not up for song or record of the year. Her nominations include best urban contemporary album for her fifth album as well as R&B song and R&B performance for Drunk in Love.

This composite shows U.K. singer Sam Smith, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and American pop star Taylor Swift. The three artists are up against Meghan Trainor and Sia for record of the year at the 57th annual Grammys. (Kevin Winter/Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Smith's five nominations include best pop solo performance and pop vocal album for his debut, In the Lonely Hour, one of the year's top-selling albums. The big-voiced singer will battle Ed SheeranMiley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Coldplay in the latter category.

For song and record of the year, Smith's Stay With Me will battle Taylor Swift's Shake It Off, Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass and Sia's Chandelier.

The Canadian contingent

Toronto rap superstar Drake led the Canadian contingent with three nominations — even though this was a year in which the 28-year-old didn't release an album.

Toronto's Drake leads the Canadian contingent with three nominations even he didn't release an album this year. (Owen Sweeney/Associated Press)
He's up for best rap song and best rap performance (both for his rousing anthem 0 to 100/The Catch-Up), as well as best rap/sung collaboration for his light-hearted verses on I Love Makonnen's hypnotic Tuesday.

That brings his career nomination tally up to a steep 21, though he's won only one Grammy: best rap album in 2013.

Montreal's Arcade Fire also scooped up a pair of nominations, for best alternative music album (for their sprawling experiment Reflektor) and best music video for their equality-minded We Exist clip, which starred Amazing Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield.

Grammys are feeling Fancy

Iggy Azalea's Fancy is nominated for record of the year, while Hozier's Take Me to Church is up for song of the year, a songwriter's award.

Azalea, the Australian newcomer, earned four nominations, including best rap album for The New Classic, best pop duo/group performance for Fancy and best new artist, pitting her and Smith against pop-rock trio HAIM, English band Bastille and country singer Brandy Clark.

Usher, Jack White, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church also earned four nominations each. Church and Lambert will compete for best country album, along with Clark, Dierks Bentley and Lee Ann Womack.

Sia, who also earned four nominations, had a breakthrough this year with Chandelier after writing songs for other singers, from Rihanna to Beyoncé to Katy Perry.

Pharrell's to battle Queen Bey

Pharrell's Happy and John Legend's All of Me, tunes that peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year, were technically released before Grammy eligibility, so the singers submitted live renditions of the songs so they could be considered for awards. They didn't earn nominations in the top awards, but the hits will compete with Stay With MeShake It Off and All About That Bass for best pop solo performance.

Pharrell Williams won four Grammys earlier this year. He'll take on Beyoncé in the best urban contemporary album category. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/Associated Press)
​Pharrell earned three nominations, including best urban contemporary album for G I R L, where he will battle Beyoncé's surprise album. The pop queen is also nominated for best surround sound album for Beyoncé and music film for her On the Run tour with Jay Z. Beyoncé has won 17 Grammys so far.

U2's Songs of Innocenceoriginally released for free to iTunes users, is up for best rock album. Other nominees include Beck, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Ryan Adams and the Black Keys.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's duets album, Cheek to Cheek, is nominated for best traditional pop vocal album, where it will compete with Barbra Streisand's duets album as well as efforts from Annie Lennox, Johnny Mathis and Barry Manilow.

The Grammy Awards will air live Feb. 8 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

With files from the Canadian Press


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