Sam Smith Leads 2015 Grammy Awards Nominations

British soul sensation Sam Smith looks set to dominate the 2015 Grammy Awards after scoring five nods in the main list of nominations ahead of the Album of the Year shortlist unveiling on Friday night.

The singer’s hit track “Stay With Me” will do battle for Record of the Year, going up against Sia for “Chandelier,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX with “Fancy,” Taylor Swift for “Shake It Off” and newcomer Meghan Trainor, who lands a mention for her debut single “All About That Bass.”

The same contenders, with the exception of Azalea, will also face off for Song of the Year, with Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” replacing “Fancy.”

“Stay With Me” is also up for Best Pop Solo Performance, while Smith’s In The Lonely Hour will go head-to-head with Coldplay (Ghost Stories), Miley Cyrus (Bangerz), Ariana Grande (My Everything), Katy Perry (Prism) and Ed Sheeran (X) for Best Pop Vocal Album.

His fifth nod comes in the Best New Artist category, where he faces stiff competition from Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark and Haim.

Meanwhile, Azalea picks up her third nomination for Best Rap Album for The New Classic.

The first wave of nominations was unveiled early on Friday, with the main list announced via Twitter throughout the day.

The contenders for Album of the Year will be named at the end of the TV concert special, A Very GRAMMY Christmas, on Friday night.

The main list of nominees, excluding Album of the Year, is as follows:

Record of the Year:
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX – Fancy
Sia – Chandelier
Sam Smith – Stay With Me (Darkchild Remix)
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

Song of the Year:
Sia – Chandelier
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Hozier – Take Me to Church

Best New Artist:
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith

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

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

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

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 featuring Faith Hill – Meanwhile Back at Mama’s

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 Urban Contemporary Album:
Jhene Aiko – Sail Out
Beyonce – Beyonce
Chris Brown – X
Mali Music – Mali Is…
Pharrell Williams – GIRL

Best Rap Performance:
Childish Gambino – 3005
Drake – 0 to 100/The Catch Up
Eminem – Rap God
Kendrick Lamar – i
Lacrae – All I Need Is You

Best Rap Album:
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
Childish Gambino – Because the Internet
Common – Nobody’s Smiling
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

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 Alternative Music Album:
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Cage the Elephant – Melophobia
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Jack White – Lazaretto

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

Best Music Video:
Arcade Fire – We Exist
DJ Snake and Lil Jon – Turn Down for What
Sia – Chandelier
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Woodkid featuring Max Richter – The Golden Age.

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