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*British crooner Sam Smith scored the most nominations for the 2015 Grammy Awards, earning nods in three of the top four categories announced Friday morning.

Smith led the list of nominees with five nods, tying with Beyonce, whose recognition was limited to R&B categories.

Up for best new artist are Smith, rapper Iggy Azalea, U.K. rock quartet Bastille, country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark and sibling pop trio Haim.

Competing in the record of the year category were the Darkchild mix of Smith’s “Stay With Me” (produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins), “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.”

Nominated for song of the year (a writer’s award) were “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” (by Smith, James Napier and William Phillips), “All About That Bass” (by Trainor and Kevin Kadish), “Chandelier” (by Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin), “Shake It Off” (by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback), and Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” (by the artist, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne).

Nods in the coveted album of the year slot will be revealed shortly before 10 p.m. ET tonight on the CBS primetime special “A Very Grammy Christmas.”

In a new spin on the process, nominations in four categories were announced by Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran on “CBS This Morning.” For the rest of the morning, nominees trickled out on the Grammys Twitter feed via a parade of celebrity videos, with nods in all but one category finally issued comprehensively at 11 a.m.

The 2015 Grammy Awards will be telecast on Feb. 8 from Staples Center.