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With less than six weeks to go till The Brits, last night saw the stars turn out to hear the Brits nominations for 2012, swanking it up at London’s Savoy with their host DJ Greg James. The big winners at the halfway stage with most nominations are Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Adele, who have all been nominated at least three times, Ed topping the nominations pile with his name in the hat four times. The winners of all categories will be announced at the ceremony itself, set to take at London O2 on February 21st…
Topping the list of nominations this year is Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who appears in four different categories including British Breakthrough Act and the prestigious MasterCard British Album of the Year. This reflects an incredible year for the young artist, who only released his debut album + in September. Solo artists Jessie J and Adele both follow with three nominations each, while Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sandé and Coldplay are all nominated in two categories, along with international male solo artists Bon Iver and Aloe Blacc. Coldplay are the only group with more than one nomination.
At the ceremony proper, again hosted by James Corden after he managed not to fluff his lines last year, are performances from Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence And The Machine and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. This year’s winner of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music award, Blur, will give their first UK live performance since 2009 when the original line-up reformed to play a number of concerts including one of the Glastonbury festival’s most memorable headline performances.
Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence And The Machine and PJ Harvey are all up for the MasterCard British Album of the Year, the biggest award of the evening. Though Ed Sheeran gets the nod for his debut album, Coldplay have won this award three times in the past. Meanwhile, revered solo artist PJ Harvey has been nominated eight times for a BRIT but has yet to win.
The nominations for British Female Solo Artist see Jessie J, Florence and The Machine and Adele go head to head, all of whom are previous winners of the BRITs Critics’ Choice award, won this year by Emeli Sandé. They will be up against last year’s British Female Solo Artist winner Laura Marling and Kate Bush, who has been nominated in this category an incredible seven times but has not won it since 1987. Voting for British Single also opens today and will be voted for by listeners of Capital FM and users of iTunes along with British Group supported by BBC Radio 2 and British Breakthrough Act with BBC Radio 1.