2014 has definitely been a big year for two of our favourite British male artists. Sam Smith completely took over our airwaves with his soulful diva ballads and Ed Sheeran made us fall even more in love with him as he got personal on his latest album. Both men released albums this year with Smith unveiling his debut ‘In The Lonely Hour’ and Sheeran giving us his second LP ‘X.’ The albums received huge acclaim from critics and fans all over the world and now they’ve been given one of the industry’s highest recognitions as Sam and Ed are in the running for the 2015 Album of the Year Grammy Award.
Not only that but Sam Smith has also been nominated in a couple of other categories including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Stay With Me,’ Best Pop Solo Performance and Best New Artist which sees him go head to head with the likes of Iggy Azalea and Bastille. It’s been a massive year for Smith as his career went global and a Grammy nod for Album of the Year is the perfect way to set it all off. As for Ed Sheeran, well he just wowed us all with the release of ‘X’ and a sold out tour that’s still going. Then he melted all of our hearts as he showed off his romantic side in the video for ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ a song he says that just fell out in the kitchen one day. His talent knows no ends and this nomination just goes to prove that.
But our British boys are facing some very stiff competition in the Grammy’s 2015 Album of the Year category. Beck is recognised for ‘Morning Phase’ an LP that has received some serious praise for the singer and Pharrell Williams is also there for ‘Girl,’ the album that gave us all the phenomenon that was ‘Happy.’ Perhaps their toughest competition and the artist who is most likely to win the category is Beyoncé for her self titled visual album that basically slayed everything that any other artist has ever done. (Bit of a fan here!) Her surprise release stunned fans and her new sexy sound puzzled some but the collection showed every side of Bey from her Independent Woman roots to her newfound motherhood and wife status all the while remaining as free to be herself as possible. The visual album was a spot of genius as each track got its very own music video giving fans a complete experience that previous albums over the past few years had been lacking.
While I’m at the top of Beyoncé’s Beyhive as one of her biggest fans, she already has 17 Grammy Awards, 14 of them belonging to her solo career. Bey has also surpassed Dolly Parton as the most nominated female artist with an impressive total of 52 Grammy nominations. So with statistics like that it’s only fair that she stands back to let our boys through. Neither Ed nor Sam have ever won a Grammy so here’s hoping that 2015 will be the year they clean up and steal the awards right out from under Bey’s nose!
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