Sam Smith won’t be lonely on Grammy night.
The British soul singer will likely be only the tenth artist in Grammy history -- and the first artist since fun. -- to land a nomination in the top four Grammy categories. His debut “In the Lonely Hour” follows the tried-and-true Grammy-attracting formula of taking classic sounds and modernizing them.
So far, Smith has already lined up five nominations, including record of the year, song of the year and best new artist.
The Recording Academy is rolling out nominations throughout Friday, with the prestigious “Album of the Year” nominees announced at the end of the “A Very Grammy Christmas” special on CBS at 9 p.m.
In the record of the year category. Smith’s “Stay With Me” taking on “Fancy” from Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, Sia’s “Chandelier,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” In the song of the year category, Smith, Sia, Swift and Trainor will square off again, along with Hozier's "Take Me to Church."
Smith will compete for best new artist with Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark and Haim. In the best pop vocal album category, his “In the Lonely Hour” album battles Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories,” Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz,” Ariana Grande’s “My Everything,” Katy Perry’s “Prism” and Ed Sheeran’s “X.”
"Five Grammy nominations!" tweeted Smith. "What is happening?"
Expect Pharrell, Beyonce and Miranda Lambert to also have a good day, as nominations are rolled out.
Both Pharrell, whose “Happy” was one of 2014’s biggest hits, and Beyonce, whose surprise “Beyonce” album was one of the year’s biggest sellers, landed nominations in the best urban contemporary album category. They will duke it out with Jhene Aiko’s “Sail Out,” Chris Brown’s “X,” and Mali Music’s “Mali Is.”
With her one early nomination, Beyonce passed Dolly Parton as the most-nominated female artist of all time, with 47 nods.
Lambert, whose “Platinum” album already won album of the year at the Country Music Association awards, was nominated in the best country album category, along with Dierks Bentley’s “Riser,” Eric Church’s “The Outsiders,” Brandy Clark’s “12 Stories” and LeAnn Womack’s “The Way I’m Livin’.”
The Recording Academy sorted through 20,000 entries released between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014. The winners will be announced on Feb. 8.