Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa dominate Brit Award nominations

Lipa is also up for British breakthrough artist alongside J Hus, Loyle Carner, Mercury Prize-winning Sampha and young rapper Dave, while she will face competition from Kate Tempest, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware and Laura Marling for the British female solo artist prize.

He also heralded Ed Sheeran, who collected four nominations following the release of his record-breaking third album, Divide, and referenced the wider global success of British music.

Sheeran has also received a nomination for best British single with "Shape of You", alongside Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson with "Symphony", Liam Payne with "Strip That Down", Calvin Harris with "Feels", J Hus with "Did You See" and with "Touch".

The victor of the British Artist Video award will be decided by the public, with one of the 10 acts eliminated each week until there are only five left on the night of the awards.

The coveted best British album category includes Dua's self-titled album, Ed Sheeran's divide, J Hus' Common Sense, Stormzy's Gang Signs & Prayer, and Rag N Bone Man's Human.

Taylor Swift, Lorde, Bjork, Pink and Alicia Keys are all nominated for best global female while actor Donald Glover's musical alter-ego, Childish Gambino, earns a nod in the best worldwide male category.

Foo Fighters - who will perform at the 38th Brits next month - are nominated for best global group alongside fellow United States acts Haim, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem, as well as Canadian group Arcade Fire.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at "The BRITs Are Coming", Liam - who has son Bear with Cheryl, 34, - said: "I built this little bar, well I bought the tools, I imagined this bar area in our house with all of our awards on the wall". "This is where I am from so it it's extra special".

And on going head-to-head with Harry and Zayn, he said: "No it's fantastic".

"I love it. We all needed a break, it got a bit insane at one point". We all needed a break, it got a bit insane at one point. "There is always time for us to come back, we have that".

Clean Bandit added: "We've been nominated, but never won anything".

He told the Press Association: "I'm really proud of British music as a whole at the moment".

At the ceremony to announce the nominations, Jorja Smith was also revealed as the victor of the 2018 critics' choice BRIT Award.

Dua Lipa arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London February 22, 2017.



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