2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the nominations here.


The Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences has been announcing Grammy nominations one-by-one this morning on CBS This Morning. Irritatingly, we won’t learn the nominees for the most important award, Album Of The Year, until tonight; the Academy is announcing them as part of tonight’s A Very Grammy Christmas special, which features performances from Pharrell and Ariana Grande, among others. Still, we can start to deduce patterns and narratives from the awards that are now public.

For instance, Beyoncé is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album, where she’s competing with people like Pharrell and Jhené Aiko. But she’s locked out from major categories like Record Of The Year. Record Of The Year, meanwhile, is an absolute wasteland without her; a decent song like Sia’s “Chandelier” or the inferior Darkchild version of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” looks like a giant compared to dogs from Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, and (seriously) Meghan Trainor. Iggy, in particular, seems poised to have one of those infuriatingly dominant years, like Macklemore last year; the Grammys barely remember that black singers and rappers exist.

Here’s what’s been announced this far; we’ll add more as they emerge:

Album Of The Year
Beck – Morning Phase
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Ed Sheeran – X
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Pharrell – G I R L

Record Of The Year
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Sia – “Chandelier”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”

Song Of The Year
Sia – “Chandelier”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”
Hozier – “Take Me To Church”

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
Beck – Morning Phase
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
U2 – Songs Of Innocence

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 Solo Performance
John Legend – “All Of Me (Live Version)”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
Pharrell – “Happy”

Best Pop Performance From A Duo Or Group
Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (Feat. Charli XCX)
Coldplay – “A Sky Full Of Stars”
A Great Big World – “Say Something” (Feat. Christina Aguilera)
Jessie J – “Bang Bang” (Feat. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” (Feat. Juicy J)

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek
Annie Lennox – Nostalgia
Barry Manilow – Night Songs
Johnny Mathis – Sending You A Little Christmas
Barbra Streisand With Various Artists – Partners

Best Rock Song
Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
Beck – “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Ryan Adams – “Gimme Something Good”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Performance
Ryan Adams – “Gimme Something Good”
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”
Beck – “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Metal Performance
Anthrax – “Neon Knights”
Mastodon – “High Road”
Motörhead – “Heartbreaker”
Slipknot – “The Negative One”
Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”

Best Rap Album
Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
Childish Gambino – Because The Internet
Common – Nobody Smiling
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron
Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood

Best Rap Performance
Childish Gambino – “3005”
Drake – “0 To 100 / The Catch-Up”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Lecrae – “All I Need Is You”

Best Rap Song
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kanye West – “Bound 2″
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”
Drake – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Common – “Blak Majik” (Feat. Jhené Aiko)
Eminem – “The Monster” (Feat. Rihanna)
ILoveMakonnen – “Tuesday” (Feat. Drake)
Schoolboy Q – “Studio” (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
Kanye West – “Bound 2″ (Feat. Charlie Wilson)

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé – “Crazy In Love” (Feat Jay Z)
Chris Brown – “New Flame” (Feat. Usher & Rick Ross)
Jennifer Hudson – “It’s Your World” (Feat. R. Kelly)
Ledisi – “Like This”
Usher – “Good Kisser”

Best R&B Song
Beyoncé – “Crazy In Love” (Feat Jay Z)
Usher – “Good Kisser”
Chris Brown – “New Flame” (Feat. Usher & Rick Ross)
Luke James – “Options (Wolfjames Version)” (Feat. Rick Ross)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst”

Best R&B Album
Bernhoft – Islander
Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit
Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce
Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio 2
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give The People What They Want

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beyoncé – BEYONCÉ
Jhené Aiko – Sail Out
Chris Brown – X
Mali Music – Mali Is…
Pharrell – G I R L

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 Dance/Electronica Album
Aphex Twin – Syro
Deadmau5 – While (1<2)
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
Mat Zo – Damage Control

Best Dance Recording
Basement Jaxx – “Never Say Never”
Clean Bandit – “Rather Be” (Feat. Jess Glynne)
Disclosure – “F For You” (Feat. Mary J. Blige)
Duke Dumont – “I Got You” (Feat. Jax Jones)
Zhu – “Faded”

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 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 – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” (Feat. Faith Hill)

Best Country Solo Performance
Eric Church – “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Hunter Hayes – “Invisible”
Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”
Keith Urban – “Cop Car”

Best Country Performance From A Duo Or Group
The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”
Tim McGraw – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” (Feat. Faith Hill)
Keith Urban – “Raise ‘Em Up” (Feat. Eric Church)
Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – “Something Bad”

Best Americana Album
Roseanne Cash – The River & The Thread
John Hiatt – Terms Of My Surrender
Keb’ Mo’ – Bluesamericana
Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

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 Music Video
Arcade Fire – “We Exist”
DJ Snake – “Turn Down For What” (Feat. Lil Jon)
Sia – “Chandelier”
Pharrell – “Happy”
Woodkid – “The Golden Age (Feat. Max Richter)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Paul Epworth
John Hill
Jay Joyce
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin