Sam Smith is just the 10th artist in the GRAMMY Awards’ 57-year history to receive nominations in all four of the General Field categories in the same year. His gospel-tinged ballad “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” is nominated for Record and Song Of The Year. (He co-wrote it with James Napier and William Phillips.) His debut album In The Lonely Hour is a finalist for Album Of The Year. And he’s in the running for Best New Artist.
At 22, Smith is the second-youngest artist to achieve this feat. Only Mariah Carey, who was 20 at the time, was younger.
What’s more, he’s just the second male solo artist (following Christopher Cross) and just the second foreign-born artist (following fellow Brit Amy Winehouse) to be recognized in all four categories in the same year.
As you will see, seven of the 10 artists on this list are female solo artists; strong women who have exerted appreciable…