Noms Flashback: Leading GRAMMY Nominees
The road to Music's Biggest Night officially kicks off Dec. 7 when nominations are announced for the 58th GRAMMY Awards. From category No. 1 (Record Of The Year) to category No. 83 (Best Music Film), the full nominations list will be available on GRAMMY.com at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Who will score nods in the Big Four categories? Which artists will emerge as the leading nominee(s)? How many nominations will they receive? While we can't answer these questions just yet, we invite you to whet your GRAMMY appetite with this brief retrospective on the artists who scored the most nominations for the previous five GRAMMY Awards.
Beyoncé, 6 nominations
Beyoncé's 2013 self-titled album not only dominated the charts, it also dominated 57th GRAMMY Awards nominations. She garnered six nods, which highlighted her talents as a singer/songwriter and producer. Her nominations included Best Urban Contemporary Album and Album Of The Year for Beyoncé. She was also nominated in the Music Video/Film Field for Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour (Best Music Film), and she received her first nomination and win in the Surround Sound Field for Beyoncé (Best Surround Sound Album). She won two additional GRAMMYs, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song, for "Drunk In Love" with Jay Z. Queen Bey's six GRAMMY nods brought her total number of nominations to 53, extending her lead as the most-nominated female in GRAMMY history.
Sam Smith, 6 nominations
Sam Smith broke through in 2014 with his debut album In The Lonely Hour, making the then 22-year-old anything but lonely at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. With six total nominations, the British newcomer became just the 10th, and second youngest, artist in GRAMMY history to receive nominations in all four of the General Field categories in the same year, including Album Of The Year for In The Lonely Hour. Smith won for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. His No. 2 hit "Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)" netted two additional wins, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. (The song was also up for Best Pop Solo Performance.) As the top winner at the 57th GRAMMYs, Smith's four wins were arguably the cure for his lonely heart as he pointed out in his Record Of The Year acceptance speech.
Pharrell Williams, 6 nominations
Pharrell Williams proved to be a true Renaissance man in 2014. His six total nominations at the 57th GRAMMYs included recognition for his own work as well as work on albums for other artists. He earned three nominations in the Album Of The Year category: one each as a co-producer on Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran's X, and one for his solo album, Girl, which netted Best Urban Contemporary Album honors. The infectious No. 1 hit "Happy" took home GRAMMYs for Best Music Video and Best Pop Solo Performance. Overall, the year proved to be another lucky one for Williams, who won four GRAMMYs and earned a total of seven nominations at the previous year's GRAMMY Awards.
Jay Z, 9 nominations
Jay Z's blueprint for GRAMMY success was evident at the 56th GRAMMY Awards when he emerged with a leading nine nominations, a majority of which were spawned from his chart-topping album Magna Carta … Holy Grail. Hova's nods spanned four Fields: General, Rap, Pop, and Music Video/Film. He scored two nominations each in two separate categories, Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Jay Z ultimately won two awards, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Holy Grail" (which also earned a nod for Best Rap Song) and Best Music Video for "Suit & Tie," both with Justin Timberlake (the latter was also up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). A 21-time GRAMMY winner, Jay Z has received multiple GRAMMY nominations for each year this decade — will his streak continue?
Dan Auerbach, 7 nominations
One-half of the duo Black Keys, Dan Auerbach was the leading nominee at the 55th GRAMMY Awards, nabbing seven nods. The Black Keys received nominations for Record Of The Year and Album Of The Year. They also dominated in the Rock Field: Their Top 5 album El Camino and the track "Lonely Boy" earned GRAMMYs for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, respectively. As a multitalented singer/songwriter/producer, Auerbach also garnered his first solo nod and win for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, and another win as the producer on Dr. John's album, Locked Down, which won Best Blues Album. Auerbach took home five GRAMMYs, pushing his career total of wins to seven.
Kanye West, 7 nominations
There's a reason Kanye West believes he's a hip-hop god. At the 54th GRAMMYs, West picked up seven of his career total 56 GRAMMY nominations for his collaborative album with Jay Z, Watch The Throne, and his own album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Watch … was nominated for Best Rap Album, and its hit single "Otis" earned nods for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, winning the former category. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy emerged as the Best Rap Album winner. His solo hit "All Of The Lights" (featuring Kid Cudi, Rihanna and Fergie) earned three nods, ultimately winning for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song. West has won the most GRAMMYs in the 21st century to date, with 21.
Eminem, 10 nominations
Predominately on the strength of his chart-topping Recovery album, Eminem scored a perfect 10, as in 10 GRAMMY nods. The rapper's nominations for the 53rd GRAMMYs included Album Of The Year; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Record and Song Of The Year for "Love The Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna); and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for B.o.B's "Airplanes, Part II" (also featuring Hayley Williams). Eminem ultimately picked up Best Rap Album honors and Best Rap Solo Performance for "Not Afraid." A 15-time GRAMMY winner, Eminem has won Best Rap Album six times, making him the category leader.
Who will garner the most nominations for the 58th GRAMMY Awards? Come back to GRAMMY.com on Monday, Dec. 7 for the complete list, and follow the GRAMMY nominations conversation on Facebook and Twitter. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Tune in to see who will be the top winners.