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Grammy nominations for Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell

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Emily Yahr (c) 2014, The Washington Post. An extremely tired-looking Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran were the first people to announce nominations for a few Grammy categories Friday on “CBS This Morning.” The rest will be announced on Twitter over the course of the day, scavenger hunt-style, and on CBS’s “Very Grammy Christmas” special Friday night.

Taylor Swift, whose record-breaking “1989″ isn’t eligible this year, still scored Record of the Year and Pop Solo Performance nominations for her “sorry, haters” single “Shake It Off” — that was released in the eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014). It’s also shaping up to be a big day for artists including Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé and Ariana Grande, as many predicted: Each walked away with an album nod.

In any case, kicking the daylong nomination announcement off with two very sleepy superstars was a bit embarrassing, as both Sheeran and Williams could not have seemed less excited to be there.

“Yay,” Sheeran said when it was revealed his album “x” had a Best Pop Vocal Album nod.

“Wow,” Williams said when he landed a Best Urban Contemporary Album nom for “Girl.”

“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King called them out for it, and they admitted they were just tired and in fact very excited. Sure! Anyway, here are the nominations so far (the list will be updated throughout the day as more are announced):

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

Best Country Album: “Riser,” Dierks Bentley; “The Outsiders,” Eric Church; “12 Stories,” Brandy Clark; “Platinum,” Miranda Lambert; “The Way I’m Livin,'” LeAnn Womack

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 Urban Contemporary Album: “Sail Out,” Jhene Aiko; “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé; “X,” Chris Brown; “Mali Is …,” Mali Music; “Girl,” Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Solo Performance: “All Of Me,” John Legend; “Chandelier,” Sia; “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith; “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift; “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

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

Here’s the nomination schedule for Friday:

8:30 a.m. (EST): First nominees announcement on “CBS This Morning”

9 a.m. through 2 p.m.: More nominees announcements on the Grammys Twitter account; 83 (!) categories in all.

9 p.m.: The final and 83rd group of nominations (for Album of the Year) will be announced during “A Very Grammy Christmas,” featuring performances from Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Big Sean.

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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