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The Best Albums Of 2014 (According To The VH1 Crew)

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It goes without saying that the music gods were extremely kind to us in 2014. Heck, we got a new album from D’Angelo from goodness sake! In addition to new offerings from pop powerhouses like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Ed Sheeran, the year saw thrilling new artists emerge onto the scene. Sam Smith, Tove Lo, Iggy Azalea and more staked their claim alongside the more seasoned chart vets, releasing albums that are destined to become (*ahem*) new classics. VH1 staffers weighed in on their choices for the best records of the year, so read on to see their picks!

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Should Have Been A Single: 15 Album Cuts That Could Have Been Major Hits This Year

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From Sia and Beyonce to YOK alums like Hozier and Sam Smith, 2014 was full of hit singles from a variety of artists. There’s no denying songs like “Chandelier,” “Take Me To Church” and “Stay With Me” blew up the charts this year, but what about the other tracks that were relegated to album cut status? We’d like to point your attention to 15 gems hiding in some of this year’s biggest discs. We’d bet that they would’ve been smashes…if only they were released as singles! Read on to see the deep cuts that we think could have made the grade as major hit singles in 2014.

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VH1′s YOK Artists Score Big With Grammy Noms, Sam Smith Leads The Way With 5

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Sam Smith, Hozier, and Ed Sheeran are among the seven You Oughta Know artists who have earned nominations for the 2015 GRAMMY Awards. Smith lead the way by receiving nods for five categories, including the coveted Song of the Year and Best New Artist. We’ve got a feeling that he’ll win big at the awards show in February— fingers crossed! Click through the photo gallery to see the YOK nominees and the categories.

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Sam Smith Snags 5 GRAMMY Noms So Far Including Record Of The Year. See Who Else Scored Nominations

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YOK alum Sam Smith, who will be performing tonight at 9 p.m. on A Very GRAMMY Christmas, has so far been nominated for three GRAMMY categories: Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the YearBest Solo Pop Performance, Best New Artist, and Song of the Year. Nomination announcements will continue throughout the day via the The GRAMMYs’ Twitter account, but read on to check out the list of categories and nominees that have already been announced.

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15 Amazing Lyric Videos That Are Actually Worth Watching

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The concept of a lyric video is simple. Artists come out with an official audio track with lyrics before the release of their actual video. But what’s the point, you ask? We have no idea. Fortunately for the artists, their creative teams have wised up and started making lyric videos that are wildly creative and entertaining to distract from the fact that they’re pointless. Here are 15 brilliant lyric videos that will exceed your expectations.

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