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Brit Awards 2011: Tinie Tempah leads nominees

Tinie Tempah

Story by Jack Foley

URBAN artist Tinie Tempah leads the nominees at this year’s Brit Awards with four nods.

The 22-year-old singer is shortlisted for best British male, best single for Pass Out, album of the year for Disc-Overy and best breakthrough act, which is voted for by Radio 1 listeners.

Following close behind him with three nominations apiece are the rapper Plan B – aka Ben Drew – folk band Mumford And Sons and The xx.

Take That have two nominations, while veteran rocker Robert Plant picks up his first ever Brit award nomination.

All eyes pre-awards are on Tinie Tempah, though, to see if he can follow up his nominations with an awards clutch. He enjoyed a massive 2010, which saw his debut album, Disc-Overy, go straight to number one last October, and spawn two No.1 singles.

His album is pitted against those from Plan B, Take That, Mumford & Sons and The xx.

Of the other notable nominees, former Led Zeppelin frontman Plant will be looking to land his first ever Brit award by beating Tempah, Mark Ronson and Paul Weller.

While Mumford & Sons, who actually released their debut album Sigh No More in 2009, are also up for best breakthrough act and best British band among their nominations.

Sadly, The X Factor dominates the best single shortlist with show judge Cheryl Cole vying against former winners Matt Cardle and Alexandra Burke, along with former runner-up Olly Murs and singles from Florence & The Machine, Scouting For Girls, Taio Cruz and The Wanted.

Last year’s critics’ choice award winner Ellie Goulding, meanwhile, will take on Cole, Laura Marling, Paloma Faith and Rumer in the best female artist category.

And the prize for best international album will be fought for by Arcade Fire, Cee Lo Green, Eminem, Kings of Leon and Katy Perry.

This year’s Brits, which will be broadcast live on February 15, will take place at London’s O2 Arena for the first time in the awards’ 30-year history. James Corden will host the ceremony.

View the complete list of nominees