Sam Smith leads British Grammy nods
Sam Smith leads a strong British contingent of music stars in the running for honours at next year's Grammy Awards.
Smith, who has gone from strength to strength after landing the Critics Choice prize at the Brit Awards earlier this year, has had huge success in the United States and has garnered a total of six Grammy nominations, which make him joint leader with Beyonce and Pharrell Williams.
He could not hide his excitement, tweeting: "WHAT IS GOING ON!! 6 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS. Dear Lord."
The star is shortlisted for album of the year and best pop vocal album for In The Lonely Hour, and best pop solo and the prized 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. British band Bastille is also nominated.
And he told the BBC: "It's unbelievable - it's a dream come true. It's not properly hit me yet. It might in a few days and then I will probably start crying uncontrollably.
"They are the most prestigious music awards in the world and it's very weird to have as many nominations as Beyonce and Pharrell."
His rivals for best album are Beck, Beyonce, Pharrell and fellow Brit Ed Sheeran, while in the pop vocal album list, Smith is up against Sheeran and Coldplay.
In The Lonely Hour takes on Sheeran's x, Beck's Morning Phase, Beyonce by Beyonce and Pharrell's GIRL for best album and Sheeran's x along with Coldplay's Ghost Stories, Katy Perry's Prism, Bangerz by Miley Cyrus and My Everything by Ariana Grande.
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.
Williams's song, one of the biggest tracks of the past year, was at one stage thought to be ineligible for the ceremony as it originally came out in 2012. But a live version has put it back in the running.
Sheeran was delighted with his inclusion, posting a message on Twitter which said: "Grammy nom and my album multiply has sold three million worldwide as of this morning. Good start to the day, thanks for all the support and love."
Indie band Alt-J got a nod for best alternative album with This Is All Yours.
The Leeds band tweeted: "Amazingly honoured to have been nominated for Best Alternative Music Album".
Bastille were equally as excited, saying: "So we got nominated for a Grammy ... MENTAL. (If ever there was an appropriate use of that word)".
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.
Hozier tweeted: "Absolutely bowled over by the nomination for Song of the Year. Thank you. And thanks to everyone for their continued support."
The 57th Grammy awards will take place in Los Angeles next February.