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Sam Smith and Beyonce to face off for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards

Sam Smith, Beyonce and Ed Sheeran will go head-to-head for the coveted Album of the Year honor at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Smith racked up his sixth nomination on Friday night (05Dec14), when the contenders for the final category for music's big night was announced live at the end of TV special A Very GRAMMY Christmas.


He will face stiff competition from Beyonce's self-titled release, Ed Sheeran's X, Beck's Morning Phase and GIRL by Pharrell Williams.


Upon learning of the news, a stunned Smith exclaimed, "Oh my gosh, dream come true! Oh my God."


The Album of the Year nod capped a triumphant day for Smith - the British soul sensation emerged as the artist to beat earlier on Friday (05Dec14), when the rest of the nominations were announced.


He earned recognition for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit track Stay With Me, and Best Pop Vocal Album for his debut, In The Lonely Hour.


Beyonce also earned five other nods, but her main credits came in the R&B genre for Drunk in Love. She also notched up another in the Best Urban Contemporary Album shortlist for her self-titled 2013 release - making her the most-nominated female artist in Grammy Awards history with 52 to date.


Pharrell Williams was another six-time nominee, while Iggy Azalea, Sia, Usher, Jack White, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church each picked up four nods.


The winners of the 57th annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 8 February (15).


The main list of nominees is as follows:

Album of the Year:


Beck - Morning Phase


Beyonce - Beyonce


Ed Sheeran - X


Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour


Pharrell Williams - GIRL

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


Bastille


Brandy Clark


Haim


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 R&B Song:


Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk In Love


Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross - New Flame


Usher - Good Kisser


Jhene Aiko - The Worst


Luke James featuring Rick Ross - Options (Wolfjames Version)



Best Urban Contemporary Album:


Jhene Aiko - Sail Out


Beyonce - Beyonce


Chris Brown - X


Mali Music - Mali Is...


Pharrell Williams - GIRL



Best Rap Song:


Nicki Minaj - Anaconda


Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson - Bound 2


Kendrick Lamar - i


Wiz Khalifa - We Dem Boyz


Drake - 0 to 100/The Catch Up



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 Dance/Electronic Album:


Aphex Twin - Syro


Deadmaus - While (1<2)


Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband


Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again


Matt Zo - Damage Control



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