BRIT Awards nominations announced

By | Published on Friday 13 January 2012

BRIT Awards

The BRIT Awards nominations were announced in the ballroom of The Savoy hotel in London yesterday afternoon. Very swish. Leading the way is Ed Sheeran with four nominations, followed by Adele and Jessie J, who both have three.

Emeli Sandé has already been announced as the winner of the Critic’s Choice prize (ie the British artist music critics think is most likely to break through into the mainstream this year) but also picks up a nomination to win the award for British Breakthrough Artist (ie the best British artist who broke through into the mainstream last year). Meanwhile, over in the International Breakthrough Artist category, Lana Del Rey gets a nomination based on her one single, which is pretty good going.

Performances at the ceremony, which will take place at The O2 Arena on 21 Feb, will come from Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence And The Machine, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and Blur, the latter of whom will close the show after collecting their Outstanding Contribution prize.

Here are those nominations in full:

British Male Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran, James Blake, James Morrison, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Professor Green

British Female Solo Artist: Adele, Florence And The Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush, Laura Marling

British Breakthrough Act: Anna Calvi, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Jessie J, The Vaccines

British Group: Arctic Monkeys, Chase & Status, Coldplay, Elbow, Kasabian

British Producer: Paul Epworth, Flood, Ethan Jones

Critics Choice: Emeli Sandé

British Single: Adele – Someone Like You, Ed Sheeran – The A Team, Example – Changed The Way You Kissed Me, Jessie J feat Bob – Price Tag, JLS feat Dev – She Makes Me Wanna, Military Wives/Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are, Olly Murs feat Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat, One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful, Pixie Lott – All About Tonight, The Wanted – Glad You Came

British Album Of The Year: Adele – 21, Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto, Ed Sheeran – +, Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials, PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

International Male Solo Artist: Aloe Blacc, Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Ryan Adams

International Female Solo Artist: Beyoncé, Björk, Feist, Lady Gaga, Rihanna

International Group: Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z/Kanye West, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5

International Breakthrough Act: Aloe Blacc, Bon Iver, Foster The People, Lana Del Rey, Nicki Minaj

Outstanding Contribution To Music: Blur