Sam Smith leads 2015 Brit Awards nominations

2015-01-16 11:58

London - Singer-songwriter Sam Smith was nominated for a Brit award in five different categories on Thursday, going up against artists such as Ed Sheeran and George Ezra at Britain's equivalent of the Grammys.

The 22-year-old is up to win best British male solo artist, breakthrough artist, best British single, best British video and best British album for his 2014 record In the Lonely Hour.

Sheeran and Ezra were nominated in four categories each in the British pop music awards, which will take place on 25 February.

Smith made a splash with his hit ballad Stay With Me and has already scooped six nominations in the US Grammy Awards, which take place earlier in February.

Voting was due to get underway on Thursday for the British video and breakthrough categories, decided by public poll, unlike the other awards which are decided by a "Voting Academy" of over 1 000 music industry figures.

Red haired 23-year-old singer Sheeran was nominated in the single, album, British male solo artist and video categories.

He will go up against 21-year-old Ezra, also nominated for the album, solo artist and single categories for his song Budapest, as well as netting a nomination for breakthrough artist.

Paolo Nutini and veteran musician of Damon Albarn, who made his name with groups Blur and Gorillaz, complete the nominees for best British solo artist.

The best British group title will be contested by Coldplay, boy band One Direction, alt-J, Clean Bandit and Royal Blood.

Meanwhile singers Ella Henderson, Lily Allen, Paloma Faith, FKA Twigs and Jessie Ware will battle for the title of best British female solo artist.

Star-studded nominations for the international female solo artist category included Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Sia and St. Vincent.

Irish artist Hozier, propelled to fame by his single Take Me To Church this year will compete against Beck, Jack White, John Legend and Pharrell Williams for the international male solo artist category.

Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, First Aid Kit, The War on Drugs and 5 Seconds of Summer will go head to head to be crowned best international group at the awards.

Three lesser-known acts will compete for the critic's choice prize, judged by a panel of music critics, who will decide between British singer and guitarist James Bay, spoken word artist George the Poet, or electronica trio Years & Years.

US star Taylor Swift, whose most recent album 1989 hit number one in 97 countries and marked her transition to pop music from country, is set to perform at the February award ceremony alongside Smith and Sheeran.

At last year's event, music legend David Bowie became the oldest ever winner of a Brit award when he won British Male Solo Artist.

Check out a full list of nominations below:

British Male Solo Artist
Damon Albarn
Ed Sheeran
George Ezra
Paolo Nutini
Sam Smith

British Female Solo Artist
Ella Henderson
FKA Twigs
Jessie Ware
Lily Allen
Paloma Faith

British Group
Clean Bandit
One Direction
Royal Blood

International Male Solo Artist
Jack White
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

International Female Solo Artist
Lana Del Rey
St. Vincent
Taylor Swift

International Group
5 Seconds of Summer
The Black Keys
First Aid Kit
Foo Fighters
The War On Drugs

British Single
Calvin Harris - Summer
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne - Rather Be
Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones - I Got U
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Ella Henderson - Ghost
George Ezra - Budapest
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne - My Love
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Sigma - Nobody to Love

British Album of the Year
Alt-J - This Is All Yours
Ed Sheeran - X
George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour

British Producer of the Year
Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory
Jake Gosling
Paul Epworth

British Video
Calvin Harris - Summer
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones - I Got U
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
One Direction - You and I
Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down
Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne - My Love
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Sigma - Nobody to Love

British Breakthrough Act
FKA Twigs
George Ezra
Royal Blood
Sam Smith

Critics' Choice
James Bay
George the Poet
Years & Years

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