Stars coming out for the Grammys

Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Music’s elite have begun arriving for the 57th annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles where British singer Sam Smith is tipped for success alongside global superstars Beyonce and Pharrell Williams.

Smith leads a strong British contingent at the event including Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.

The 22-year-old has had huge success in the United States and his six nominations, putting him level with Beyonce and Pharrell.

Beyonce has already achieved success in the Best Surround Sound category for her self-titled album.

Smith is shortlisted for album of the year and best pop vocal album for In The Lonely Hour, and best pop solo and record of the year for Stay With Me.

The track faces Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass, Sia’s Chandelier and Fancy by Iggy Azalea in that category.

Smith, who has been suggested as a contender to provide the title song for new Bond film Spectre, is also shortlisted for best new artist along with UK act Bastille.

His rivals for best album are Beck, Beyonce, Pharrell and fellow Brit Sheeran, while in the pop vocal album list, Smith is up against Sheeran again and Coldplay.

The pop solo category sees Smith’s Stay With Me against Swift’s Shake It Off, Sia’s Chandelier, John Legend’s All Of Me and Happy by Pharrell.

Hinting at nerves ahead of the ceremony Smith, who performed at a pre-Grammy brunch yesterday, said: “I’m so happy to be singing today.

“It’s good to keep my mind off of what’s going to happen tomorrow by singing, so thanks for having me.”

Indie band Alt-J got a nod for best alternative album with This Is All Yours.

Meanwhile, Irish singer songwriter Hozier won a song of the year nomination for Take Me To Church and U2 also won a nomination for best rock album with Songs of Innocence.

Jessie J and Tom Jones are among some of the performers at the show.

Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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