The full list of categories and nominations for the 2012 Brit awards were announced last night, with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran leading the way with four – best male, best breakthrough act, best single (for ‘A Team’) and best album for +.
Jessie J, who was last year’s critics’ choice winner, has been nominated for three awards – best female, best breakthrough act and best single (for ‘Price Tag’).
Other notable nominees include Kate Bush – who released two top five albums in 2011 – and Björk, who has chalked up her 9th Brit award nomination and will look to scoop the Best International Female prize for a record fourth time.
Organisers of the Brit awards have confirmed that Adele will be performing at the ceremony on Tuesday 21 February, her first after recovering from throat surgery.
Two awards that have already been decided are the Outstanding Contribution award – going to Britpop legends Blur – and the Critics’ Choice award, which will presented to Emeli Sande.
The full list of nominations are below:
British Male Solo Artist
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
British Female Solo Artist
Florence & The Machine
British Breakthrough Act
Chase & Status
Adele – Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran – The A Team
Example – Changed The Way You Kissed Me
Jessie J Ft B.o.B. – Price Tag
JLS Ft Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
Military Wives/Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
Olly Murs Ft 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
International Female Solo Artist
Jay Z / Kanye West
International Breakthrough Act
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Outstanding Contribution to Music
The ceremony will be hosted by James Corden and will take place at the O2 arena, Tuesday 21 February.