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Sunday 17 December 2017

Sam Smith could dominate Grammys

Sam Smith could clean up at the Grammys
Sam Smith could clean up at the Grammys

This year's Grammy Awards could end up as the Sam Smith show with the Stay With Me singer in the running for six gongs.

The star leads a strong British contingent at the event in Los Angeles including Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.

Sam has had huge success in the United States and his six nominations put him level with Beyonce and Pharrell Williams at the awards.

He i s shortlisted for album of the year and best pop vocal album for In The Lonely Hour, and best pop solo and record of the year for 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 that category.

Sam, who has been suggested as a contender to provide the title song for new Bond film Spectre, is also shortlisted for best new artist along with UK act Bastille.

His rivals for best album are Beck, Beyonce, Pharrell and fellow Brit Ed Sheeran, while in the pop vocal album list, Sam is up against Ed again and Coldplay.

The pop solo category sees Sam's Stay With Me against Taylor's Shake It Off, Sia's Chandelier, John Legend's All Of Me and Happy by Pharrell.

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.

Indie band Alt-J got a nod for best alternative album with This Is All Yours.

Meanwhile, Irish singer songwriter Hozier won a song of the year nomination for Take Me To Church and U2 also won a nomination for best rock album with Songs of Innocence.

The 57th Grammy awards take place in the early hours of Monday.

Hinting at nerves ahead of the ceremony Sam, who performed at a pre-Grammy brunch, said: "I'm so happy to be singing today.

"It's good to keep my mind off of what's going to happen tomorrow by singing, so thanks for having me."

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