This year’s BRIT Awards takes place on February 21 with live performances from Adele and Florence + The Machine. Leading the nominations for the women are Adele and Jessie J, with three apiece; they’re both nominated for best British female solo artist and will compete with Kate Bush, Florence + The Machine and last year’s winner, Laura Marling.
Anna Calvi and Emeli Sandé both get nods for best British breakthrough act, along with Ms. J, and, as previously reported, Sandé is the winner of this year’s Critics’ Choice award. PJ Harvey might have been overlooked in the female solo artist category, but she’s got to be considered a favourite for best British album after Let England Shake scooped the Mercury Prize back in September.
In the international female solo artist category, Björk and Feist are up against commercial big-hitters Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, while US country superstars Lady Antebellum are nominated for best international group. Finally, the omnipresent Lana Del Rey goes up against Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver, Aloe Blacc and Foster The People for best international breakthrough artist. See below for more details.
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Florence + The Machine
BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Adele, ‘Someone Like You’
Ed Sheeran, ‘The A Team’
Example, ‘Changed The Way’
Jessie J feat. B.o.B., ‘Price Tag’
JLS feat. Dev, ‘She Makes Me Wanna’
Military Wives / Gareth Malone, ‘Wherever You Are’
Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks, ‘Heart Skips A Beat’
One Direction, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’
Pixie Lott, ‘All About Tonight’
The Wanted, ‘Glad You Came’
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Jay Z / Kanye West
INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Check out the BBC’s alternative BRITs nominations, many of which we strongly endorse, here.
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