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posted Friday, December 5, 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 49
Grammy nominations likely to go to Smith, Azalea, Beyonce, Swift, Williams
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Grammy nominations likely to go to Smith, Azalea, Beyonce, Swift, Williams

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Friday night could be a very good night for Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea. Both breakthrough acts are serious contenders going into the December 5 announcement of nominee's for music's biggest prize, the Grammy Awards.

Smith, who publicly came out this year, became an overnight success on the strength of his debut album In the Lonely Hour and chart-topping hit 'Stay With Me,' which led to a sold out North American tour and appearances on 'Ellen,' 'CBS Sunday Morning,' and last month's American Music Awards. The 22 year-old Brit, who used to scrub toilets for a living, could become the first male performer to receive nominations in the top four categories - Album, Record, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

Another international star could land several key Grammy nods, Australian hip-hop newcomer Iggy Azalea. The 24 year-old owns one of 2014's biggest singles, 'Fancy,' and is featured on Ariana Grande's mega smash 'Problem.' She's racked up nearly 400 million views on YouTube for 'Fancy' alone. Azalea will probably be Smith's toughest competition in the Best New Artist category, and she's likely to snag a Record of the Year slot, aside from getting at least a couple of nominations in the Rap field.

But these fresh faces will have to compete against heavyweight veterans, as Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, The Black Keys, Miranda Lambert, Eminem, and Coldplay all have eligible recordings and have each won multiple Grammys, with the exception of Perry. And, watch out for Miley Cyrus, who might crash the party with her 'Wrecking Ball.' The eligibility period for the 57th Grammy Awards runs between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.

The road to Music's Biggest Night begins December 5 with The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! telecast, in which a handful of categories will be revealed on live TV. Here's my batch of potential nominees in the top races.



RECORD OF THE YEAR

Serious contenders: 'Fancy' - Iggy Azalea; 'Stay With Me' - Sam Smith; 'Shake It Off' - Taylor Swift; 'Let It Go' - Idina Menzel; 'Happy' - Pharrel Williams; 'Wrecking Ball' - Miley Cyrus; 'Follow Your Arrow' - Kacey Musgraves; 'Dark Horse' - Katy Perry (featuring Juicy J); 'All About That Bass' - Meghan Trainor; 'Chandelier' - Sia; 'Drunk in Love' -Beyonce (featuring Jay Z); 'Team' - Lorde

Possible spoilers: 'A Sky Full of Stars' - Coldplay; 'Animals' - Maroon 5; 'Reflektor' - Arcade Fire; 'Pompei' - Bastille; 'Problem' - Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea); 'Sing' - Ed Sheeran; 'West Coast' - Lana Del Rey; 'Fever' - The Black Keys

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Serious contenders: In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith; Prism - Katy Perry; GIRL - Pharrell Williams; Ghost Stories - Coldplay; Beyonce - Beyonce; Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett and Lady GaGa; Turn Blue - The Black Keys; The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem; Lazaretto - Jack White; X - Ed Sheeran

Possible spoilers: Bangerz - Miley Cyrus; Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey; 12 Stories - Brandy Clark; Platinum - Miranda Lambert; Reflektor - Arcade Fire; V - Maroon 5; Morning Phase - Beck; High Hopes - Bruce Springsteen; Songs of Innocence - U2; Mandatory Fun - Weird Al Yankovic

SONG OF THE YEAR

Serious contenders: 'Stay With Me,' 'Shake It Off,' 'Wrecking Ball,' 'Let It Go,' 'Happy,' 'Sing,' 'Magic,' 'A Sky Full of Stars,' 'All About That Bass,' 'Follow Your Arrow,' 'Dark Horse,' 'Pretty Hurts'

Possible spoilers: 'Fancy,' 'Team,' 'Reflektor,' 'Maps,' 'Say Something,' 'The Monster,' 'Love Someone'

BEST NEW ARTIST

Serious contenders: Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Brandy Clark, Florida Georgia Line, Run the Jewels, Bastille, Meghan Trainor, HAIM, Cole Swindell, Hozier, The 1975, Vance Joy

Possible spoilers: Lindsey Stirling, Kip Moore, Chvrches, Childish Gambino, FKA Twigs, Banks, First Aid Kit, A Great Big World, Tove Lo, Pentatonix

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