Thanks to a series of Dec. 5 reveals, we now have a nearly complete list of nominees for the GRAMMYs 2015. Album of the Year contenders won’t be revealed until A Very GRAMMY Christmas Special airs tonight, but newcomer Sam Smith is currently tied with Beyoncé with five total nominations, just ahead of Iggy Azalea’s four.
5 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is happening?? http://instagram.com/p/wO5MANR2Xk/— SAM SMITH (@SamSmithWorld) Dec 5, 2014
Smith’s In the Lonely Hour—which he’ll be promoting on an arena tour leading up to the GRAMMYs 2015 ceremony—is a strong contender for Best Pop Vocal Album. The release also earned the breakout British singer a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Artist, while its third single, “Stay with Me,” is up for both Song and Record of the Year.
Australian newcomer Iggy Azalea, also up for Best New Artist, earned four nominations today, including Best Rap Album for her studio debut, The New Classic. Her quadruple-Platinum single, “Fancy,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks this summer, will be competing in Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, as well as in the coveted Record of the Year category. Azalea will perform the hit song at a number of Jingle Ball concerts in 2014, as well as at a Las Vegas New Year’s Eve concert, ahead of the GRAMMYs ceremony.
Also new to the GRAMMYs this year are Meghan Trainor and Hozier, who are both in the running for Record of the Year for their respective songs "All About That Bass" and "Take Me to Church." Pop star Ariana Grande also received her first nomination this year for her chart-topping album My Everything, which earned a nod in the Best Pop Vocal Album Category. Mainstays U2 and Taylor Swift, both of whom are going on tour next year, will compete against these fresh faces at the 2015 ceremony.
In recent years the GRAMMYs have faced criticism for being out of touch with today’s music, and while there are bound to be complaints no matter who’s nominated, it does look like the organization took steps to spotlight some different artists for the GRAMMYs 2015. The Record and Song of the Year categories are pretty predictably mainstream pop (not a single country single is nominated in either category, and “Fancy” is the only hip-hop representative), but the rap and rock categories showed a fairly diverse sampling of artists, like Beck and Schoolboy Q.
The reveal of nominees for the GRAMMYs also led to a new record from the current reigning queen of R&B. Beyoncé’s nod for Best Urban Contemporary Album nudged her career-total GRAMMY nominations to 47, edging out Dolly Parton for the title of most-nominated female artist of all time. The surprise release 2013 album may also be a contender for Album of the Year, which would further extend Beyoncé’s lead.