Female stars dominate first Grammy nominations

2014-12-08 09:58

New York - Female vocalists dominated nominations for Grammy Record of the Year, with singers Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor tapped for the award for their very first hits.

The first Grammy nominations were revealed on Friday on US television for only four awards, with news on other categories, including the most prestigious Album of the Year, to be announced later in the day.

But the early nods pointed to a tilt toward female singers of R&B-influenced pop. Azalea, an Australian model and rapper, was nominated for Record of the Year with her breakthrough single Fancy, which features British singer Charli XCX.

Trainor was tapped for her first hit single, All About That Bass, also driven by the rhythm line.

Sia, another Australian influenced by R&B, score a nomination for Chandelier. It was the biggest nomination in her more than two-decade career, although she previously was in contention two years ago in a rap category.

Taylor Swift got a nod for Record of the Year with her mega-hit 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.

The only male artist nominated for Record of the Year was British singer Sam Smith for Stay With Me, his ballad about a one-night stand from his debut album.

Beyoncé, who is tied for most Grammys on a single night by winning six in 2010, was not nominated for Record of the Year but her blockbuster self-titled album, released last year with no prior publicity, was tapped for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

The Grammy winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Los Angeles on 8 February. Last year, French electronic duo Daft Punk dominated the night.

Check out the full list of nominees here:

Album of the Year
Morning Phase - Beck
Beyoncé - Beyoncé
x - Ed Sheeran
G I R L - Pharrell
In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith

Record of the Year
Fancy - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Chandelier- Sia
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) - Sam Smith
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor

Song of the Year
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
Chandelier - Sia
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Take Me to Church – Hozier

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance
All of Me (Live Version) - John Legend
Chandelier - Sia
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Happy - Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
Fancy - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Say Something - A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
Dark Horse - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories - Coldplay
Bangerz - Miley Cyrus
My Everything - Ariana Grande
Prism - Katy Perry
x - Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith

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

Best Rock Performance
Gimme Something Good - Ryan Adams
Do I Wanna Know - Arctic Monkeys
Blue Moon - Beck
Fear - Black Keys
Lazaretto - Jack White

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
Morning Phase - Beck
Turn Blue - The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence - U2

Best Reggae Album
Fly Rasta - Ziggy Marley
Back on the Controls - Lee “Scratch” Perry
Full Frequency - Sean Paul
Out of Many - One Music, Shaggy
The Reggae Power - Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate
Amid the Noise and the Haste – Soja

Best Alternative Album
Reflektor - Arcade Fire
Lazaretto - Jack White
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
This Is All Yours - Alt-J
Melophobia - Cage the Elephant

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Partners - Barbra Streisand
Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Night Songs - Barry Manilow
Nostalgia - Annie Lennox
Sending You a Little Christmas - Johnny Mathis

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out - Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé - Beyoncé
X - Chris Brown
Mali Is - Mali Music
G I R L - Pharrell Williams

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

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

Rap/Sung Collaboration
Blak Majik - Common feat. Jhene Aiko
The Monster - Eminem feat. Rihanna
Tuesday - ILoveMakonnen feat. Drake
Studio - Schoolboy Q feat. BJ The Chicago Kid
Bound 2 - Kanye West feat. Charlie Wilson

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

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
American Hustle
Get On Up
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Music Video
We Exist - Arcade Fire
Chandelier - Sia
Turn Down for What - DJ Snake and Lil Jon
The Golden Age - Woodkid feat. Max Richter
Happy – Pharrell

Best Americana Album
The River and The Thread - Roseanne Cash
BLUESAmericana - Keb’ Mo’
A Dotted Line - Nickel Creek
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music - Sturgill Simpson
Terms of My Surrender - John Hiatt

Best Country Song
American Kids - Kenny Chesney
Automatic - Miranda Lambert
Give Me Back My Hometown - Eric Church
I’m Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell
Meanwhile Back at Mama’s - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

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

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Gentle on My Mind - The Band Perry
Somethin’ Bad - Miranda Lambert feat. Carrie Underwood
Day Drinking - Little Big Town
Meanwhile Back at Mama’s - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Raise ‘Em Up - Keith Urban feat. Eric Church

Best Country Album
Riser - Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders - Eric Church
The Way I’m Livin’ - Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories - Brandy Clark
Platinum - Miranda Lambert

Best Metal Performance
Neon Nights - Anthrax
High Road - Mastodon
Heartbreaker - Mötorhead
The Negative One - Slipknot
The Last in Line - Tenacious D

Best Latin Pop Album
Tangos - Rubén Blades
Elypse - Camila
Raíz - Lila Downs, Niña Pastori and Soledad Pastorutti
Loco de Amor - Juanes
Gracias por Estar Aquí - Marco Antonio Solís

Best Spoken Word Album
Actors Anonymous - James Franco
A Call to Action - Jimmy Carter
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America - John Waters
Diary of a Mad Diva - Joan Rivers
A Fighting Chance - Elizabeth Warren
We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song - Gloria Gaynor

Best Dance Recording
Never Say Never - Basement Jaxx feat. ETML
Rather Be - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
F for You - Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige
Faded - Zhu
I Got U - Duke du Mont feat. Jax Jones

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Syro - Aphex Twin
While (1 < 2) - Deadmau5
Nabuma Rubberband - Little Dragon
Do It Again - Röyksopp and Robyn
Damage Control - Mat Zo

Best Gospel Album
Help - Erica Campbell
Amazing - Ricky Dillard and New G
Withholding Nothing - William McDowell
Forever Yours - Smokie Norful
Vintage Worship - Anita Wilson

Best R&B Song
Drunk in Love - Beyoncé feat. Jay Z
The Worst - Jhene Aiko
Good Kisser - Usher
New Flame - Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross
Options (The Wolfjames Version) - Luke James feat. Rick Ross

Best R&B Performance
Drunk in Love - Beyoncé feat. Jay Z
New Flame - Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross
It’s Your World - Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly
Like This - Ledisi
Good Kisser – Usher

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

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