Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa dominate Brit Award nominations

Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran's latest best-selling album is up against four debut offerings at this year's Brit Awards, including one by breakthrough pop star Dua Lipa, who also dominated Saturday's nominations.

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Dua Lipa will compete for best female artist against the likes of Jessie Ware and 2015 victor Paloma Faith. The No.1 New Rules, which helped her become the most streamed female artist in the United Kingdom a year ago, is up for the British Single and Video.

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.

The British Group category has five contenders: Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and The xx.

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

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Having already collected seven Brits as part of One Direction, Payne finds himself competing with former bandmates Harry Styles and Zayn Malik in the best video category.

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".

He also heralded Ed Sheeran, who collected four nominations following the release of his record-breaking third album, Divide, and referenced the wider global success of British music.

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.

The Brit Awards were previous year dominated by David Bowie, who won two posthumous awards for best solo artist and best album for "Blackstar".

Steve Mac has already been announced as victor of the Best British Producer award. Zara Larsson) - Symphony Liam Payne (feat.

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