Sam Smith racks up Grammy nods
UK acts such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are among stars in the running for next year's Grammy Awards as nominations were being revealed today.
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 US and has won at least five nominations.
He is shortlisted for best pop vocal album, best pop solo and the prized record of the year with 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.
In the pop vocal album list, Smith is up against fellow Brits Sheeran and Coldplay. His In The Lonely Hour takes on Sheeran's x and Coldplay's Ghost Stories, along with Katy Perry's Prism, Bangerz by Miley Cyrus and My Everything by Ariana Grande.
Nominations for the awards, which include dozens of categories, are being announced.
Sheeran was delighted with his inclusion, posting a message on Twitter which said: "Grammy nom and my album multiply has sold 3 million worldwide as of this morning. Good start to the day, thanks for all the support and love."
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.
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.