The Grammy Awards took a circuitous route to announcing its nominees this year.
Rather than come out with all nominees at once, the nods for various categories were posted throughout Friday on Twitter, culminating with the reveal of the contenders for Album of the Year on CBS' A Very Grammy Christmas last night.
"What we wanted to do is add a twist," explained Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich. "And everyone loves Christmas specials."
So, who is up for the top hardware at the annual event, which will air on February 8?
Meet your Album of the Year nominees now:
- Morning Phase, Beck
- Beyoncé, Beyoncé
- X, Ed Sheeran
- In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
- Girl, Pharrell Williams
With her nods this year, Beyonce overtakes Dolly Parton as the most nominated artist in Grammy history.
Blue Ivy's talented mother has been nominated a whopping 48 times and won 17 Grammy trophies in all.
Relive some of the best performances from the 2014 Grammy Awards and let the anticipation build!