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Brit Awards 2016: Adele and James Bay lead nominations


Story by Jack Foley

ADELE and James Bay look set to enjoy big success at this year’s Brit Awards after being nominated for four trophies each.

Adele’s multi-million-selling album 25 is up for best British album, while she has also been shortlisted for best British female, single and video.

Bay, meanwhile, will compete against Adele in the best British album category, for his release Chaos and the Calm, as well as best British male, breakthrough act and single for his hit Hold Back The River.

A third act to secure four nominations was pop trio Years & Years, whose No.1 King is on the shortlists for best British single and best video, while they have also been nominated for best British breakthrough act and group.

The shortlist for best British album, which is seen as the most prestigious award of the night, also includes Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams, Florence + the Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and Jamie xx’s In Colour.

The best British group category will be contested between One Direction, Coldplay, Foals and Blur, who collected their first Brit nomination for 12 years.

Of the other notable nominees, Eagles of Death Metal have been shortlisted for best international group two months after an attack on their gig in Paris. They are joined on the shortlist by U2, Alabama Shakes, Major Lazer and Tame Impala.

While Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar are among the acts nominated for best international male solo artist.

Elsewhere, Amy Winehouse has received a posthumous nomination for best British female following last year’s release of the soundtrack to a documentary film about her life.

And the ceremony will also pay tribute to David Bowie following his death on Sunday.

The performers at this year’s ceremony will include Justin Bieber, Coldplay, James Bay, Little Mix, The Weeknd and Jess Glynne.

The Brit Awards will be handed out to the year’s best music acts from the UK and beyond at the O2 Arena in London on February 24, 2016.

View the nominations in full