Beyoncé, Pharrell, Chris Brown Snag 2015 Grammy Nominations

Beyoncé, Pharrell, Chris Brown Snag 2015 Grammy Nominations

Recording Academy announces nominees in major categories for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

Published December 5, 2014

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Following the announcement of the nominees for the final category of Album of the Year, Beyoncé and Sam Smith maintain their lead on the pack with a total of six nods each. In the most coveted category of the night, Bey's hugely successful self-titled LP and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour go up against Ed Sheeran's X, Beck's Morning Phase and Pharrell's G I R L.

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Rounding up the remaining categories — sans Album of the Year — are Best Pop Solo Performance, Best R&B Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song.

Beyoncé and Sam Smith now lead the pack with five nods apiece. Queen Bey snagged four more nominations in addition to her previously announced nod for Best Urban Contemporary Album, two of which are for her Jay Z-assisted hit "Drunk in Love" in the categories for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. In the former, she's up against Chris Brown's "New Flame," featuring Usher and Rick Ross, Jennifer Hudson's "It's Your World," featuring R. Kelly, Ledisi's "Like This" and Usher's "Good Kisser."

In the category for Best R&B Song, "Drunk in Love" competes with "Good Kisser" (Usher), "New Flame" (Chris Brown, featuring Usher), "Options" (Luke James) and "The Worst" (Jhené Aiko).

Yoncé is also nominated in the Best Surround Sound Album category for her visual album Beyoncé and the category for Best Music Film for the production of the On The Run Tour with her hubby, Jigga.

For Best Pop Solo Performance, the nominees include "All of Me (Live)" by John Legend, "Chandelier" by Sia, "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)" by Sam Smith, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swfit" and "Happy (Live)" by Pharrell.

Marsha Ambrosius and Anthony Hamilton join the list of nominees in the category for Best Traditional R&B Performance for their song "As." Other names on the list include Angie Fisher ("I.R.S."), Robert Glasper Experiment, featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner ("Jesus Children"), Kem ("Nodoby"), and Antonique Smith ("Hold Up Wait a Minute (Woo Woo").

Rihanna also managed to grab a nod for her feature on Eminem's "The Monster" in the category Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. They are up against ScHoolboy Q's "Studio," featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, Kanye West's "Bound 2," featuring Charlie Wilson, ILoveMakonnen's "Tuesday," featuring Drake, and Common's "Blak Majik," featuring Jhené Aiko.

Toni Braxton and Babyface's joint album, Love, Marriage & Divorce, was also recognized in the Best R&B Album category and to round up the major categories, Nicki Minaj scored her only solo nomination of the year in Best Rap Song for her smash hit "Anaconda." She competes with her Young Money label mate Drake ("0 to 100"), Wiz Khalifa ("We Dem Boyz"), Kendrick Lamar ("i") and Kanye West ("Bound 2").

The final major category, Album of the Year, will be announced later this evening.

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In the category for Best Rap Album, the nominees include The New Classic by Iggy Azalea, The Internet by Chindish Gambino, Nobody's Smiling by Common, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem, Oxymoron by ScHoolboy Q and Blacc Hollywood by Wiz Khalifa.

Soon after, the nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group were announced with new names being tossed into the mix. Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J's hit "Bang Bang" competes with Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX's "Fancy," Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars," A Great Big World's "Say Something" featuring Christina Aguilera, and Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" with Juicy J for the tropy.

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As previously reported, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards nominations are being revealed throughout the course of the day with the nominees for Best Rap Performance and Song of the Year announced just minutes ago.

The nominees for Best Rap Performance include Childish Gambino ("3005"), Drake ("0 to 100"), Eminem ("Rap God"), Kendrick Lamar ("i") and Lecrae ("All I Need Is You").

Soon after, the nominees for Song of the Year were announced, with Sam Smith's heavily nominated cut "Stay With Me" competing with Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," Sia's "Chandelier" and Hozier's "Take Me to Church" vying for the coveted golden gramophone.

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It's that time again! The 57th Annual Grammy Awards nominations have been announced with some of this year's biggest names being recognized for their work.

Beyoncé's record-breaking self-titled release Beyoncé competes with Jhené Aiko's Sail Out, Chris Brown's X, Mali Music's Mali Is, and Pharrell Williams's G I R L, for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Pharrell also snagged nods in the category for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Happy," where he stands in the company of John Legend ("All of Me"), Sia ("Chandelier"), Taylor Swift ("Shake It Off"), and Sam Smith ("Stay With Me").

Smith, a U.K.-bred singer/songwriter, goes head-to-head with another hip hop newcomer, Iggy Azalea, as the clear front-runners for Best New Artist. And the foreign musicians take their competition even further battling for the golden gramophone in one of the biggest categories of the night: Record of the Year. Azalea is nominated for her hit "Fancy" with Chali XCX while Smith picks up again for his smash "Stay With Me." Meghan Trainor ("All About That Bass"), Taylor Swift ("Shake It Off"), and Sia ("Chandelier") round out the category.

Other artists who have been nominated thus far include Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran. The nominations for remaining categories like Album of the Year and Song of the Year will be announced throughout the day.

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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