All About The Grammys, Bout The Grammys–No Emmys

The Recording Academy is announcing the 2015 Grammy nominations over the course of the day. Here’s what we know so far, and where you can find out more.

Staggering the content is not just for blogs anymore. The Recording Academy is announcing the 2015 Grammy nominations today not in one televised info-dump, but rather teasing out tidbits over the course of the day, until the Best Bluegrass Album hopefuls are crawling in their skin with suspense.


One person who is already happy is Pharrell Williams, who has probably felt that way every single day for the last 18 months or so since his song “Happy” became one of the most successful things that has ever happened. Somehow that Happy-train keeps chugging along, however, as the song has just been nominated for best solo pop performance. Because of the draconian voting deadline, older hits like “Happy” and Miley Cyrus’s much-ballyhooed Bangerz are up for awards alongside more recent fare such as the inescapable Iggy Azalea hit, “Fancy” and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” (Look for the remainder of Swift’s deadline-darting album, 1989, to be nominated in the 2016 Grammys.)

Retaining part of the televised element of the usual announcements, each of the nominations is being announced with videos on the Grammys Twitter account by stars like Jared Leto and Alanis Morissette. Here are the nominees we know so far.

Record of the Year

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


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 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 Rock Album

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
U2 – Songs of Innocence
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Beck – Morning Phase


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 Urban Contemporary Album

Jhené Aiko – Sail Out
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Chris Brown – X
Mali Music – Mali Is
Pharrell Williams – G I R L

Best Rock Song

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


Best New Artist

Iggy Azalea
Sam Smith
Brandy Clark

The Grammys will be broadast February 8 on CBS.