Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa dominate Brit Award nominations

Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa dominate Brit Award nominations

The 2018 ceremony is staged at The O2 on February 21.

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.

Sheeran is in the running in four categories - British male solo artist, best video and single for Shape of You, and best album.

Former One Direction bandmates Liam Payne and Harry Styles will also compete against one another in the category, for their singles "Strip That Down" and "Sign of the Times" respectively. Today Rag'N'Bone Man was confirmed as a performer at next month's ceremony.

In the best British group category, The xx face competition from Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood and Wolf Alice.

Victor of MTV Europe and NME's 2017 Best New Act, UK artist Dua Lipa will set "New Rules" at her first solo appearance in the UAE.

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.

Jason Iley, BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland said: "This year's nominations, as well as the incredible performances on our launch show tonight, are representative of an exciting, genre spanning and vibrant year in British music with a strong mix of established acts alongside new and emerging artists who are set to become the big names of the future". Smith, who debuted at No.1 in the USA, may be hopeful of collecting the Global Success Award, which he previously won in 2015.

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.

Now, Dua Lipa will be performing the song, along with all her other hits in our very own Abu Dhabi!

Other successful acts last year who failed to get recognised by the BRITs Voting Academy include Take That, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Rita Ora, while Decca's Michael Ball & Alfie Boe are expected to target categories at the Classic BRIT Awards later this year. Zara Larsson) - Symphony Liam Payne (feat.

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