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Grammy nods for Smith and Sheeran

Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran are among stars in the running for next year's Grammy Awards as nominations were revealed.

Smith, who has gone from strength to strength after landing the Critics Choice prize for the Brit Awards earlier this year, has had huge success in the US and he is shortlisted for best pop vocal album, best pop solo and is up for 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 the record of the year category.

Smith - who has been suggested as a contender for the title song for new Bond film Spectre - is up against fellow Brits Sheeran and Coldplay in the pop vocal album list.

Smith's In The Lonely Hour takes on Sheeran's x, 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 throughout the day.

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.

Pharrell'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.

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