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Brit Awards 2015: Sam Smith leads nominations

Sam Smith

Story by Jack Foley

SAM Smith leads the nominations at this year’s Brit Awards, with five nods.

The 22-year-old pop singer is up for best British male, breakthrough artist and best album, for In The Lonely Hour.

However, he faces tough competition from singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and George Ezra, who each receive four nominations, and rock duo Royal Blood, who have three.

Smith, who won the BBC’s Sound of 2014, was the only artist to sell more than a million albums in both the UK and US last year and is a strong favourite going into the ceremony at London’s O2 arena on February 25, 2015.

However, in the best British male category, he’s facing Sheeran, Ezra, Damon Albarn and Paolo Nutini, while the coveted best British album category will be fought between Smith, Sheeran’s X, Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage, Alt-J’s This Is All Yousrs and Royal Blood’s self-titled record.

And in the best British single category, Smith’s Stay With Me is bound to face a tough ride from the likes of Calvin Harris’s monster smash Summer and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk.

The category for best British group features Alt-J, Clean Bandit, Coldplay, One Direction and Royal Blood.

The nominations in full

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

British breakthrough act
FKA Twigs
George Ezra
Royal Blood
Sam Smith

Critics’ Choice
James Bay (Winner)
George the Poet
Years & Years

British single
Calvin Harris – Summer
Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne – Rather Be
Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – I Got U
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Ella Henderson – Ghost
George Ezra – Budapest
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Route 94 ft 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 artist video of the year
Calvin Harris – Summer
Charli XCX – Boom Clap
Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – I Got U
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
One Direction – You and I
Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – My Love
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Sigma – Nobody to Love

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