British star Sam Smith is leading the Grammy nominations with nods in five categories.

The singer is up for Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance and Best New Artist.

Writing on Twitter as the announcements were made, he wrote: "Four Grammy nominations and I haven't even got out of bed yet." Hearing of a fifth nomination he added: "5 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is happening??"

Performing for the taped special A Very GRAMMY Christmas, the singer said he hopes to come home with the prestigious music award. "'I'm scared," he said. "It's like Christmas Eve right now for me. I'd love my album to get that platform so I don't know. Fingers crossed."

Smith faces competition for Record of the Year from Miley Cyrus for Bangerz, Ariana Grande for My Everything, Katy Perry for Prism, Coldplay for Ghost Stories and Ed Sheeran's X. He'll be battling it out for Song of the Year for Stay with Me with Iggy Azalea's Fancy, Sia's Chandelier, Taylor Swift's Shake it Off and Meghan Trainor with All About That Bass.

Smith is also up against Iggy Azalea, Brandy Clark, Haim, and Bastille for the Best New Artist award.

Another British hopeful is Ed Sheeran, who has also bagged a nomination for the Record of the Year.

The Thinking Out Loud singer shared his excitement at the nomination on Twitter writing: "Grammy nom and my album multiply has sold 3 million worldwide as of this morning. Good start to the day, thanks for all the support and love."

Charli XCX could also claim a win for the UK thanks to her part in Iggy Azalea's smash hit, Fancy.

The first four categories were announced by Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams live on US TV on Friday morning, with Pharrell reading out a nomination for himself in the Best Urban Contemporary album for G I R L..

The Grammy Awards will air live Feb. 8 from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

FULL LIST OF GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Iggy Azalea, Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)

Sia, Chandelier

Sam Smith, Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)

Taylor Swift, Shake It Off

Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass

SONG OF THE YEAR

Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass

Sia, Chandelier

Taylor Swift, Shake It Off

Sam Smith, Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)

Hozier, Take Me to Church" - Hozier

BEST NEW ARTIST

Sam Smith

Bastille

Haim

Brandy Clark

Iggy Azalea

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Coldplay, Ghost Stories

Miley Cyrus, Bangerz

Ariana Grande, My Everything

Katy Perry, Prism

Ed Sheeran, X

Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

John Legend, All of Me (Live Version)

Sia, Chandelier

Sam Smith, Stay With Me

Taylor Swift, Shake It Off

Pharrell Williams, Happy

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, Fancy

Coldplay, A Sky Full Of Stars

A Big World with Christina Aguilera, Say Something

Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, Bang Bang

Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, Dark Horse

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek

Annie Lennox, Nostalgia

Barry Manilow, Night Songs

Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas

Barbra Streisand with Various Artists, Partners

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

Jhené Aiko, Sail Out

Beyoncé, Beyoncé

Chris Brown, X

Mali Music, Mali Is...

Pharrell Williams, Girl

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z, Drunk In Love

Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross, New Flame

Jennifer Hudson Featuring R. Kelly, It's Your World

Ledisi, Like This

Usher, Good Kisser

BEST R&B Song

Beyoncé, Drunk In Love

Chris Brown, New Flame

Usher, Good Kisser

Luke James, Options

Jhené Aiko, The Worst

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Arcade Fire, We Exist

DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Turn Down For What

Sia, Chandelier

Pharrell Williams,Happy

Woodkid Featuring Max Richter, The Golden Age

BEST MUSIC FILM

Beyoncé & Jay Z, On The Run Tour

Beyoncé & Jay Z

Coldplay, Ghost Stories

Metallica, Metallica Through The Never

Pink, The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne