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Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa dominate Brit Award nominations

Lora Ball | 14 January, 2018, 10:54

Ed Sheeran, Liam Payne, Dua Lipa and Stormzy are among the nominees for this year's Brit Awards, Britain's most prestigious music prize.

The 22-year-old's self-titled album won the most nods, including British female solo artist, british single, album of the year, video of the year and breakthrough act.

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.

The highest number of nominations was received by singer Dua Lipa, whose single "New Rules" was a break out hit previous year.

Dua Lipa - who leads the field with five nods - posted on Twitter: "5 BRIT NOMINATIONS!"

Stormzy and Rag'N'Bone Man are also included on the best album shortlist for respective efforts Gang Signs And Prayer and Human alongside Lipa's eponymous debut and Sheeran's Divide as well as rapper J Hus's first release, Common Sense.

Little Mix, Clean Bandit, Jonas Blue, Calvin Harris, Rag'n'Bone Man, J Hus, Jax Jones, Liam Payne and Dua Lipa also join Ed in the British Single category.

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The best British band nominees are Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and The xx.

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.

Taylor Swift, Pink, Lorde, Alicia Keys and Björk were all nominated for best worldwide female, with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino (the stage name for Donald Glover), Beck and DJ Khaled nominated for best global male. Zara Larsson) - Symphony Liam Payne (feat.

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).

The show featured performances from Liam, Paloma, Clean Bandit, J Hus and 2018 Critics' Choice victor Jorja Smith.

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.

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