Dua Lipa leads nominations for BRIT Awards 2018

Bessie Dean
January 14, 2018

The Brits Are Coming also featured performances from previously announced Critics' Choice victor Jorja Smith, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, J Hus and Liam Payne.

The Brit Awards will take place on 21 February at London's O2 Arena.

East London rapper J Hus and platinum-selling songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man have three nominations apiece, including for best album, while Stormzy's "Gang Signs and Prayer" is also nominated.

Sheeran is in the running in four categories - British male solo artist, best video and single for "Shape of You", and best album. It remains to be seen if Sony will dominate the ceremony as they did in 2017.

Dua Lipa is also among four artists whose first full-length studio albums have been nominated.

Singer-songwriter Sampha, who won the Mercury Prize previous year, competes with Dua Lipa and rappers J Hus, Loyle Carner and Dave in the British breakthrough act category. The No.1 New Rules, which helped her become the most streamed female artist in the United Kingdom previous year, is up for the British Single and Video.

Last year's victor Rag'n'Bone Man handed over the Critics' Choice award to Jorja Smith, who said: "I can not believe it, it's been an unforgettable 2017 during which I've fulfilled so many of my dreams and this is such a special way to end the year. and to be part of an all female shortlist alongside Mabel and Stefflon Don, who've both had incredible 2017s, makes it even better!"

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Having already collected seven Brits as part of One Direction, Payne finds himself competing with former bandmates Harry Styles and Zayn Malik in the best video category. Smith, who debuted at No.1 in the U.S., may be hopeful of collecting the Global Success Award, which he previously won in 2015. U2 and Eminem appear to have been too late in the Q4 release calendar to make the nominations.

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.

Speaking on the red carpet, Liam Payne told BANG Showbiz: "It's really great and there are some great artists in those categories as well". Quavo) - Strip That Down Jonas Blue (feat.

Dua Lipa's "New Rules", Rag N Bone Man's "Human", Jonas Blue's "Mama" and Jax Jones's "You Don't Know Me" are also nominated.

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