Beyoncé and rapper Jay Z at last year’s Grammy Awards; they have six and four nominations respectively this year. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

R&B superstar Beyoncé, British pop sensation Sam Smith and singer/producer Pharrell Williams topped the Grammy nominations on Friday with six each.

Smith, powered by his smash “Stay With Me,” landed nods in the coveted Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist categories. Meanwhile, Beyoncé made history by becoming the most Grammy-nominated female artist ever, with nominations including Album of the Year for her self-titled record and Best R&B Song for “Drunk in Love” (featuring her husband Jay Z). Pharrell was rewarded with multiple nominations for his hit “Happy,” and rounded out the best album category along with Ed Sheeran and Beck.

Rapper Iggy Azalea joined Smith on the Best New Artist list and scooped up four nominations of her own: Record of the Year and Pop Duo/Group Performance for the inescapable “Fancy,” and one for Rap Album. Sia’s “Chandelier” also saw four nods for Record, Song, Pop Solo Performance and Music Video. Other artists tied with four nominations include Jay Z, Miranda Lambert, Jack White, Eric Church and Beck.

Elsewhere in pop: Taylor Swift, whose record-breaking “1989” isn’t even eligible this year, scored three nods for Record, Song and Pop Solo Performance for her “sorry, haters” single “Shake It Off.” Meghan Trainor landed three nominations for her body acceptance anthem “All About That Bass”; she’s in the Best New Artist category alongside Smith, Azalea, rock band Bastille and country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark.

Here are some of the key nominations; check out the complete list here.

(The 2015 Grammy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 8 on CBS.)

Album of the Year
“Morning Phase” Beck
“Beyoncé” Beyoncé
“x” Ed Sheeran
“In the Lonely Hour” Sam Smith
“Girl” Pharrell Williams

Record of the Year
“Fancy” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier” Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass” Meghan Trainor

Song of the Year
“Chandelier” Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass” Meghan Trainor
“Take Me to Church” Hozier

Best New Artist
Bastille
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance
“All Of Me” John Legend
“Chandelier” Sia
“Stay With Me” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” Taylor Swift
“Happy” Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Fancy” Iggy Azalea ft. 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 ft. Juicy J

Best Traditional Pop Album
“Cheek to Cheek” Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
“Nostalgia” Annie Lennox
“Night Songs” Barry Manilow
“Sending You a Little Christmas” Johnny Mathis
“Partners” Barbra Streisand with Various Artists

Best Pop Vocal Album
“Ghost Stories” Coldplay
“Bangerz” Miley Cyrus
“My Everything” Ariana Grande
“Prism” Katy Perry
“x” Ed Sheeran
“In the Lonely Hour” Sam Smith

Best Urban Contemporary Album
“Sail Out” Jhene Aiko
“Beyoncé” Beyoncé
“X” Chris Brown
“Mali Is…” Mali Music
“Girl” Pharrell Williams

Best Rap Performance
“3005” Childish Gambino
“O to 100/The Catch Up” Drake
“Rap God” Eminem
“I” Kendrick Lamar
“All I Need Is You” Lecrae

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
“Blacc Hollywood” Wiz Khalifa

Best R&B Performance
“Drunk in Love” Beyonce ft. Jay Z
“New Flame” Chris Brown ft. Usher and Rick Ross
“It’s Your World” Jennifer Hudson ft. R. Kelly
“Like This” Ledisi
“Good Kisser” Usher

Best Rap Song
“Anaconda” Nicki Minaj
“Bound 2” Kanye West and Charlie Wilson
“I” Kendrick Lamar
“We Dem Boyz” Wiz Khalifa
“0 to 100/The Catch Up” Drake

Best R&B Album
“Islander” Bernhoft
“Lift Your Spirit” Aloe Blacc
“Love, Marriage & Divorce” Toni Braxton & Babyface
“Black Radio 2” Robert Glasper Experiment
“Give the People What They Want” Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Best Rock Performance
“Gimme Something Good” Ryan Adams
“Do I Wanna Know?” Arctic Monkeys
“Blue Moon” Beck
“Fever” The Black Keys
“Lazaretto” Jack White

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
“Ryan Adams” Ryan Adams
“Morning Phase” Beck
“Turn Blue” The Black Keys
“Hypnotic Eye” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“Songs of Innocence” U2

Best Country Album
Riser” Dierks Bentley
“The Outsiders” Eric Church
“12 Stories” Brandy Clark
“Platinum” Miranda Lambert
“The Way I’m Livin'” LeAnn Womack

Best Country Song
“American Kids” Kenny Chesney
“Automatic” Miranda Lambert
“Give Me Back My Hometown” Eric Church
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” Glen Campbell
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Gentle on My Mind” The Band Perry
“Somethin’ Bad” Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
“Day Drinking” Little Big Town
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” Tim McGraw
“Raise ‘Em Up” Keith Urban ft. Eric Church

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 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 & SPICY CHOCOLATE
“Amid the Noise and the Haste” Soja

Best Alternative Music Album
“This is All Yours” Alt J
“Reflektor” Arcade Fire
“Melophobia” Cage the Elephant
“St. Vincent” St. Vincent
“Lazaretto” Jack White

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“American Hustle”
“Frozen”
“Get On Up:  The James Brown Story”
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Americana Album
“The River & The Thread” Roseanne Cash
“Terms of My Surrender” John Hiatt
“BluesAmericana” Keb’ Mo’
“A Dotted Line” Nickel Creek
“Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” Sturgill Simpson

Best Music Video
“We Exist” Arcade Fire
“Turn Down For What” DJ Snake and Lil Jon
“Chandelier” Sia
“Happy” Pharrell Williams
“The Golden Age” Woodkid ft. Max Richter

British artist Sam Smith and pop star Taylor Swift were among the early Grammy nominees in the top categories announced Friday. (Reuters)