The Grammy nominations have been officially announced and the names on each of the lists are all respectable in their own right. Over in the pop categories, Taylor Swift of course shows up in the heavy hitters. Kelly Clarkson as well earned two nominations. She's nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Heartbeat Song" and landed yet another Best Pop Vocal Album for her No. 1 album Piece by Piece released in March.
Piece by Piece earns Clarkson her fourth nomination in that category. Before today (Dec. 7), she was in a tie with Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Sarah McLachlan and Madonna. Now, she sets the record for most Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Kelly Clarkson is also the first and only artist to win the category more than once. In 2006, Clarkson's blockbuster Breakaway which has sold over 13 million worldwide earned the songwriter her second award. Earlier that night, she won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the groundbreaking "Since U Been Gone." In 2013, Clarkson won for a second time with her 2012 album Stronger which spawned the No. 1 Hot 100 hit of the same name. The album was at that time her most cohesive album to date.
Piece by Piece is also cohesive in its own right. The album is strictly pop, fulfilling her existing contract with RCA, straying from her usual diverse undertones. There's no country influence to be found on the record produced largely by Greg Kurstin. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums in March, becoming Clarkson's third No. 1 following 2009's All I Ever Wanted (the second album to be nominated for Pop Vocal Album) and her debut Thankful in 2003.
Clarkson's Piece by Piece though is up against several other great albums. Florence + The Machine released How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful in June and became the band's first No. 1. Mark Ronson's Uptown Special featuring the smash 14-week No. 1 leader "Uptown Funk!" with Bruno Mars. James Taylor Before This World is also nominated. The threat to all of these nominees is Taylor Swift's 1989 which ruled the first half of 2015. While a great pop album, 1989 doesn't feature the rich, powerful vocal layers that Piece by Piece has with the EDM "Take You High" and the anthem "Invincible." It also features the latest single, the title track, an honest song about her father leaving and where she is in life now.
The Grammy Awards airs on CBS on Feb. 15, 2016.