This year's twist in the Grammy nominations was to roll out the announcements little by little, all day Friday.

The first of the major noms, announced by Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams on CBS This Morning, was record of the year. The last ones, for album of the year, were revealed on A Very Grammy Christmas Special Friday night on CBS.

Nominated for album of the year are Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, Beyonce's self-titled release, and Williams' G I R L, along with Beck's Morning Phase and Ed Sheeran's X.

And the nominees for record of the year are: Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, "Fancy"; Sia, "Chandelier"; Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"; Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass;" and Smith, "Stay With Me."

The song of the year slate was nearly identical, with the tracks by Sia, Trainor, Swift, and Smith, plus the intriguing "Take Me to Church," by Hozier.

Best new artist noms went to Azalea, Smith, Bastille, Brandy Clark, and Haim.

Philly's own John Legend was cited for best pop solo performance for "All of Me," along with the same tunes by Sia, Smith, and Swift, and the ever-present, never-going-away "Happy," by Williams.

Jesse Winchester's A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble, released on West Chester label Appleseed Recordings, was nominated for best folk album, where it is up against efforts by Eliza Gilkyson; Old Crow Medicine Show; Alice Gerrard; and Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. Winchester's "Just So Much" also was nominated for best American roots song. Winchester died in April at age 69.

"We are so proud of these nominations," said Appleseed's Jim Musselman. "Jesse is one of the finest human beings and artists I ever had the pleasure to work with. I just wish he was here to see this happen."

Best rap album noms went to The New Classic, by Azalea; Because the Internet, by Childish Gambino; Nobody's Smiling, by Common; The Marshall Mathers LP2, by Eminem; Oxymoron, by ScHoolboy Q; and Blacc Hollywood, by Wiz Khalifa.

 U2 copped a best rock album nod for Songs of Innocence, originally released free to iTunes users. Other nominees were Beck, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Ryan Adams, and the Black Keys.

The Grammy Awards will be telecast on CBS on Feb 8.

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