Who's got the Album of the Year - Beyonce, Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith?
Newcomer Sam Smith joined Beyonce and Pharrell Williams on Friday to lead in nominations for the Grammy Awards.
Smith – the British blue-eyed soul singer who emerged in force this year with Stay With Me, a ballad about a one-night stand – was tied with Beyonce and Williams for nominations in six categories at music’s most-watched awards.
Smith’s debut album In the Lonely Hour was nominated for the most prestigious Album of the Year along with the prolific Williams’ Girl, which features the globally viral anthem Happy.
Beyonce, who won six Grammys in 2010 in one of the awards’ biggest-ever hauls, was also tapped for Album of the Year with her latest, self-titled album, which includes her tune of marital bliss Drunk in Love sung with husband Jay-Z.
British songwriter Ed Sheeran, who has collaborated with superstar pop acts such as One Direction, was also nominated for Album of the Year for his second studio album X.
The Grammy winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles on February 8.