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BRIT Awards nominations announced

By | Published on Monday 20 December 2021

BRIT Awards 2022

The nominations for next year’s BRIT Awards have been announced, and any fears that dropping gendered categories would lead to female artists missing out appear to have been unfounded. Although, of course, it remains to be seen who the overall winners in each category will be.

While no category is 100% male-dominated – and a number of shortlists are almost entirely female – it’s a couple of the all new genre categories where we find the fewest women with nominations. The Rock & Alternative and Hop Hop, Grime & Rap shortlists are light on female names. Although in Pop & R&B, four out of the five artists are women.

Perhaps reflecting a shift in the industry, the Best New Artist category is another that features only one man – Central Cee – with Griff, Joy Crookes, Little Simz and Self Esteem all also vying for that prize.

While this is certainly one of the most diverse sets of BRITs nominations in years, there is still room for improvement of course. Nevertheless, it certainly looks like the efforts made in recent years – and the changes made this year – are moving things in a positive direction. That said, when Coldplay inevitably win Best Rock & Alternative Act, I’m not sure people will agree.

Most of the shortlists have been selected by the BRITs Voting Academy, although the best song shortlists are based on commercial performance. The Academy will then pick the overall winners in those categories, while the public will get to vote on the overall winners in the genre categories.

Chair of this year’s BRIT Awards, Polydor co-President Tom March, says: “I am delighted to see such a brilliant spread of artists across the categories this year. It is great to see so many of the artists that have defined this past year have been recognised, all exemplifying enormous talent and creativity. It is a true testament to the power and vibrancy of British and international music right now”.

“We look forward to what the public vote for as winners in the four new genre award categories, introduced to create even more opportunities for artists to be recognised, when the voting opens in January”, he adds. “I thank our Voting Academy for providing such inspirational nominees for the 2022 BRITs”.

There are two more shortlists to come, with the Producer Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year nominations selected by independent panels and set to be announced in January. The ceremony itself will take place at the O2 Arena on 8 Feb.

Now, here are the nominations…

Artist Of The Year 
Ed Sheeran
Little Simz
Sam Fender

Best Group 
D-Block Europe
Little Mix
London Grammar
Wolf Alice

Best New Artist 
Central Cee
Joy Crookes
Little Simz
Self Esteem

Song Of The Year 
A1 & J1 – Latest Trends
Adele – Easy On Me
Anne-Marie, KSI & Digital Farm Animals – Don’t Play
Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember
Central Cee – Obsessed With You
Dave – Clash (feat Stormzy)
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Mix)
Glass Animals – Heat Waves
Joel Corry, Raye & David Guetta – Bed
KSI – Holiday
Nathan Evans, 220kid & Billen Ted – Wellerman
Riton X Nightcrawlers – Friday (Dopamine Re-Edit) (feat Ft Mufasa & Hypeman)
Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – Body
Tom Grennan – Little Bit Of Love

Album Of The Year 
Adele – 30
Dave – We’re All Alone In This Together
Ed Sheeran – =
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under

Rock & Alternative 
Glass Animals
Sam Fender
Tom Grennan
Wolf Alice

Hip Hop, Grime & Rap 
AJ Tracey
Central Cee
Little Simz

Becky Hill
Calvin Harris
Fred Again
Joel Corry

Pop & R&B 
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Joy Crookes

International Artist 
Billie Eilish
Doja Cat
Lil Nas X
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

International Group 
Silk Sonic
The War On Drugs

International Song Of The Year 
ATB, Topic & A7s – Your Love (9pm)
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Ckay – Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)
Doja Cat – Kiss Me More (feat SZA)
Drake – Girls Want Girls (feat Lil Baby)
Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem
Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – Stay
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
Lil Tjay & 6lack – Calling My Phone
Måneskin – I Wanna Be Your Slave
Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U
Polo G – Rapstar
Tiësto – The Business
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears