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Grammy Awards 2015 nominations announced

Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams kicked off the 57th annual Grammy Awards nominations by unveiling contenders in four categories on "CBS This Morning" on Friday. Both acts heard their names called, too. Sheeran peaked at the ballot -- so he wasn't too surprised upon hearing it, but seemed happy nonetheless.

It was an early start for Sheeran and Williams, who were on the West Coast to announce the 2015 Grammy nominations.

Sheeran, who's up for best pop vocal album, took to Twitter after the appearance:

Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET more categories were announced by the Recording Academy via Twitter, with various celebrities doing the unveiling throughout the day.

Beyonce, Williams and Sam Smith lead the pack of nominees this year with six nods each, including album of the year. Iggy Azalea, Beck, Eric Church, engineer Tom Coyne, Drake, Gordon Goodwin, Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Sia, Usher, and Jack White are not far behind with four nominations each.

Beyonce also made history by becoming the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history. U2 is now the most-nominated group in history after receiving a nomination Friday for best rock album for "Songs of Innocence."

Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, received her first nomination this year -- "Bangerz" is up for best pop vocal album.

The late Joan Rivers posthumously received a nod for best spoken word album for "Diary of a Diva."

Grammy Music Educator Award finalists revealed 00:27

Nominees for the biggest Grammy category, album of the year, were announced on "A Very Grammy Christmas," Friday night on CBS. The holiday special featured performances by Smith, Ariana Grande, Big Sean, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, Williams and Tim McGraw.

LL Cool J hosted the one-hour special. The Grammys really do love LL -- he's hosted the ceremony the last two years.

Winners for the 2015 Grammy Awards will be announced Feb. 8 on CBS.

2015 list of nominees:

Album of the Year

"Morning Phase" - Beck
"Beyonce" - Beyonce
"x" - Ed Sheeran
"In the Lonely Hour" - Sam Smith
"Girl" - Pharrell Williams

Best Country Album

Dierks Bentley - "Riser"
Erich Church - "The Outsiders"
Brandy Clark - "12 Stories"
Miranda Lambert - "Platinum"
Lee Ann Womack - "The Way I'm Livin'"

Best Pop Vocal Album

Coldplay - "Ghost Stories"
Miley Cyrus - "Bangerz"
Ariana Grande - "My Everything"
Katy Perry - "Prism"
Ed Sheeran - "x"
Sam Smith - "In the Lonely Hour"

Best Urban Contemporary Album

"Sail Out" - Jhene Aiko
"Beyonce" - Beyonce
"X" - Chris Brown
"Mali Is..." - Mali Music
"Girl" - Pharrell Williams

Record of the Year

"Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
"Chandelier" - Sia
"Stay With Me" (Darkchild version) - Sam Smith
"Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift
"All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance

"Stay With Me - Sam Smith
"Chandelier" - Sia
"Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift
"Happy" (live version) - Pharrell Williams
"All of Me" (live version) - John Legend

Best Rock Song

"Ain't It Fun" - Paramore
"Blue Moon" - Beck
"Fever" - The Black Keys
"Gimme Something Good" - Ryan Adams
"Lazaretto" - Jack White

Best Rock Album

"Songs of Innocence" - U2
"Hypnotic Eye" - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
"Turn Blue" - The Black Keys
"Morning Phase" - Beck
"Ryan Adams" - Ryan Adams

Best New Artist

Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith

Best Country Song

"Automatic" - Miranda Lambert
"Give Me Back My Hometown" - Eric Church
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's" - Tim McGraw, featuring Faith Hill
"American Kids" - Kenny Chesney
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You" - Glen Campbell

Best Reggae Album

"Fly Rasta" - Ziggy Marley
"Back on the Controls" - Lee "Scratch" Perry
"Full Frequency" - Sean Paul
"Out of Many, One Music" - Shaggy
"The Reggae Power" - Sly & Robbie & Spice Chocolate
"Amid the Noise and the Haste" - Soja

Song of the Year

"Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift
"All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
"Take Me to Church" - Hozier
"Stay With Me" (Darkchild version) - Sam Smith
"Chandelier" - Sia

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

"Cheek to Cheek" - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
"Nostalgia" - Annie Lennox
"Night Songs" - Barry Manilow
"Sending You a Little Christmas" - Johnny Mathis
"Partners" - Barbra Streisand with Various Artists

Best Rap Performance

"3005" - Childish Gambino
"0 to 100" - Drake
"Rap God" - Eminem
"i" - Kendrick Lamar
"All I Need is You" - Lecrae

Best Alternative Music Album

"Reflektor" - Arcade Fire
"This is All Yours" - Alt J
"St. Vincent" - St. Vincent
"Melophobia" - Cage the Elephant
"Lazaretto" - Jack White

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

"American Hustle"
"Get On Up"
"Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Vol. 1"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Americana Album

"The River & the Thread" - Roseanne Cash
"Terms of Surrender" - John Hiatt
"Bluesamericana" - Keb' Mo'
"A Dotted Line" - Nickel Creek
"Metamodern Sounds in Country Music" - Sturgill Simpson

Best Rap Album

"The New Classic" - Iggy Azalea
"Because the Internet" - Childish Gambino
"Nobody's Smiling" - Common
"The Marshall Mathers LP 2" - Eminem
"Oxymoron" - Schoolboy Q"
"Black Hollywood" - Wiz Khalifa

Best Country Solo Performance

"Give Me Back My Hometown" - Eric Church
"Invisible" - Hunter Hayes
"Automatic" - Miranda Lambert
"Something in the Water" - Carrie Underwood
"Cop Car" - Keith Urban

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

"Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
"A Sky Full of Stars" - Coldplay
"Say Something" - A Great Big World with Christina Aguilera
"Bang Bang" - Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
"Dark Horse" - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

Best Music Video

"We Exist" - Arcade Fire
"Turn Down for What" - DJ Snake, Lil Jon
"Chandelier" - Sia
"Happy" - Pharrell Williams
"The Golden Age" - Woodkid feat. Max Richter

Best Dance Recording

"Never Say Never" - Basment Jaxx
"Rather Be" - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
"F For You" - Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige
"I Got U" - Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
"Faded" - Zhu

Best R&B Performance

"Drunk In Love" - Beyonce feat. Jay Z
"New Flame" - Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross
"It's Your World" - Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly
"Like This" - Ledisi
"Good Kisser - Usher

Best R&B Song

"Drunk In Love" - Beyonce
"Good Kisser" - Usher
"New Flame" - Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross
"Options" (Wolfjames Version) - Luke James feat. Rick Ross
"The Worst" - Sail Out

Best Latin Album

"Tangos" - Ruben Blades
"Elypse" - Camila
"Raiz" - Lila Downs, Niña Pastori And Soledad
"Loco De Amor" - Juanes
"Gracias Por Estar Aqui" - Marco Antonio Solís

Go here for all the nominees.

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