As the nominations trickled in on Twitter, the Bey-hive was on high alert: Would their queen be snubbed? After all, she wasn't acknowledged for any of the major cross-genre categories such as Best Record or Best Song, and we'll have to wait until Friday night for the big Best Album reveal during CBS' A Very GRAMMY Christmas Special. But Mrs. Carter pulled through in the R&B categories, tying Smith mid-day for the most nominations this year with five apiece.
Meanwhile, Smith cemented his critical darling status by getting nods for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. That's three noms in the top four categories, leading us to speculate that Smith will be a shoo-in for the coveted Best Album category.
Smith may have dominated in the big categories for the 2015 ceremony, but Beyonce's all over the big picture. The 33-year-old has proven her staying power over the course of more than two decades in the biz, and this year has only continued to cement her icon status. (Because, really, we already knew she was an icon. And if you need more proof, look no further than the video embed below.)
With her first nomination on Friday, Beyonce successfully beat Dolly Parton's record as the most-nominated female artist in GRAMMY history and now with 51 nominations to her name, secured her spot as the seventh most nominated artist overall. (To date, Beyonce has won 17 GRAMMY awards.)
Moral of the story: Smith may be having a moment – and he may walk away with some serious hardware early next year – but Queen Bey still reigns supreme.
The album of the year category will be announced during the A Very GRAMMY Christmas telecast on CBS airing Friday, Dec. 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Smith is on the bill to perform, as is Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw and Pharrell Williams.
We'll see who takes home the golden gramophones when the GRAMMYs air live on Sunday, Feb. 8, on CBS.