Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa lead Brit Awards nominations

Joann Johnston
January 14, 2018

Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, J Hus, Rag'n'Bone Man and Stormzy are the nominees for the prestigious Mastercard British Album of the Year.

Sheeran received a third nomination in best British video, again for "Shape of You", and is joined in the category by Dua, Clean Bandit and Zara Larrson, Calvin Harris, Anne Marie, Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift, Little Mix and Jonas Blue.

Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Zayn are up against each other in the British Artist Video category, an award they won together four times as One Direction. Her single New Rules was a break out hit a year ago and she is nominated in five categories including best album, best female artist and best single.

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.

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.

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

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.

British pop star Dua Lipa is coming to the UAE next month, for a one-night-only show at Yas Island's du Forum on Saturday February 24.

In the global categories, Bjork, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Drake, LCD Soundsystem, HAIM, Arcade Fire, Alice Wolf, The Killers, and Alicia Keys have been nominated. Zara Larsson) - Symphony Liam Payne (feat. The Brits Are Coming also featured performances from previously announced Critics' Choice victor Jorja Smith, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, J Hus and Liam Payne.

Returning nominees for 2018 include Laura Marling, who now has five nominations including one win, Foo Fighters (seven nominations with four wins) Bjork (nine nominations including four wins) and Beck (10 nominations including three wins).

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