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Brit Awards 2017: David Bowie among nominees

Black Star, David Bowie

Story by Jack Foley

THE late David Bowie has landed two nominations at the 2017 Brit Awards.

The singer, who passed away last year following a short battle with cancer, received posthumous nominations for best British male and best album, for his haunting swansong Blackstar.

Other nominees at this year’s awards include Craig David, Michael Kiwanuka, Little Mix and Skepta.

Skepta has three nominations in total, with nods for best British male singer, best breakthrough and best album. While girl band Little Mix also have three – including best group and best single, for their song Shout Out To My Ex.

In the international categories, Beyonce and her younger sister Solange Knowles are both up for best international female, after releasing albums about race and politics last year.

This year’s nominations list has so far been praised for offering up a more diverse selection of awards contenders, following last year’s row over the lack of diversity when BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) artists were absent from all but the international categories.

Two awards that are presented before the ceremony include the Brits Critics’ Choice and the Icon Award. The former will go to blues singer Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, while the latter will be presented to Robbie Williams.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday, February 22. Little Mix, Emeli Sande and The 1975 will all perform, with further acts to be announced in due course.

Singer Michael Buble is due to host – but it is unclear whether he will be able to fulfil the role after his son was diagnosed with cancer last year.

The nominees in full

British male solo artist
David Bowie
Craig David
Kano
Michael Kiwanuka
Skepta

British female solo artist
Anohni
Ellie Goulding
Lianne La Havas
Nao
Emeli Sande

British group
The 1975
Bastillle
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix
Radiohead

British breakthrough act
Anne-Marie
Blossoms
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
Skepta
Stormzy

Critics’ choice
◾Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – winner
◾Anne-Marie
◾Dua Lipa

British single
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Clean Bandit – Rockabye
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Jonas Blue ft Dakota – Fast Car
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
Callum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like
Alan Walker – Faded
Zayn – Pillowtalk

British album of the year
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep…
David Bowie – Blackstar
Kano – Made In The Manor
Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate
Skepta – Konnichiwa

British artist video of the year
Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Clean Bandit – Rockabye
Jonas Blue ft Dakota – Fast Car
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Little Mix – Hair
One Direction – History
Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like
Zayn – Pillowtalk

International male solo artist
Bon Iver
Leonard Cohen
Drake
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

International female solo artist
Beyonce
Christine and the Queens
Rihanna
Sia
Solange

International group
A Tribe Called Quest
Drake and Future
Kings of Leon
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Twenty-One Pilots