posted at 21:50
Author Name: Shaun Tandon
Sam Smith top new face in Grammy nominations
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. One Grammy surprise was Beck, whose collage-like and sometimes ironic songs have won him a passionate following for two decades but who has often been considered out of the mainstream. Beck was nominated in four categories including Album of the Year for his introspective "Morning Phase". 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". - Nods to new artists -. Country-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift got a nod for Record of the Year with "Shake it Off" from her chart-topping album "1989". The album as a whole, which last month enjoyed the biggest single-week sales for a US album in 12 years, came out too late for Grammy eligibility. U2, the most nominated group in Grammy history, received a nod for Best Rock Album for "Songs of Innocence" but the Irish superstars were passed over for Album of the Year. Women took three of the five nominations for Country Album, despite the dominance of male-dominated "Bro-country" on the radio.

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