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Brit Awards 2019: Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie lead nominations

Dua Lipa, Swan Song

Story by Jack Foley

DUA Lipa and Anne-Marie lead the nominations for this year’s Brit Awards.

Dua is up for four awards, including twice for best single – for One Kiss (her collaboration with Calvin Harris) and IDGAF. She is also up for best British video for both.

Anne-Marie, meanwhile, is up for British female solo artist, British album of the year (for Speak Your Mind) and single and video (both for 2002).

The nominations shortlist, which was revealed on Saturday (January 12, 2019), was notable this year for marking only the second time in Brit Awards history that more women than men are up for the night’s biggest prize, album of the year.

Jorja Smith and Florence + The Machine complete the female line-up in that category, for their albums Lost & Found and High As Hope, respectively. Rounding out that category, meanwhile, are The 1975 (for A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships) and George Ezra (for Staying At Tamara’s).

Heading into the ceremony, however, Ezra may be seen as the favourite to land the night’s top prize given that his LP was the biggest-selling new release of 2018.

Ezra, 25, is also up for best male and best single, for his summer anthem Shotgun.

Ezra may also be considered a favourite in the best male category given that some of his competitors are strange choices. There’s a belated nomination for Sam Smith, who was snubbed at last year’s ceremony, as well as another for Peckham MC Giggs, who hasn’t released any new material since 2017. Craig David and Aphex Twin round out that category.

In the British female solo artist, meanwhile, Anne-Marie faces competition from Florence + The Machine, Jess Glynne, Jorja Smith and Lily Allen.

While Arctic Monkeys would appear to be early favourites for best group, where they square off against last year’s winners Gorillaz, pop architects Years & Years, Matty Healy’s The 1975 and girl group Little Mix – who receive the ninth nomination of their career.

Disco legend Nile Rodgers gets his first ever Brit nomination at the age of 66, with Chic up for best international group alongside Beyonce and Jay-Z, who get a joint nomination for their collaborative album Everything Is Love.

Janelle Monae and Christine + The Queens, whose albums both tackled themes of gender identity and sexual politics, lead a particularly strong field for best international female, which further comprises larger-than-life Bronx rapper Cardi B; breakout star Camila Cabello and the slick pop of Ariana Grande.

International male solo artist, meanwhile, is between Drake, Eminem, Kamasi Washington, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott.

The 2019 Brits Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at London’s O2 Arena. Comedian Jack Whitehall will return as the host.

Here’s a full list of this year’s nominees…

British album of the year
The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
Anne-Marie – Speak Your Mind
Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
George Ezra – Staying At Tamara’s
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

British female solo artist
Anne-Marie
Florence + The Machine
Jess Glynne
Jorja Smith
Lily Allen

British male solo artist
Aphex Twin
Craig David
George Ezra
Giggs
Sam Smith

British group
The 1975
Arctic Monkeys
Gorillaz
Little Mix
Years & Years

British breakthrough act
Ella Mai
Idles
Jorja Smith
Mabel
Tom Walker

Critics’ choice
Winner: Sam Fender
Lewis Capaldi
Mahalia

British single
Anne-Marie – 2002
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato – Solo
Dua Lipa – IDGAF
George Ezra – Shotgun
Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
RAMZ – Barking
Rudimental – These Days
Siagla and Paloma Faith – Lullaby
Tom Walker – Leave A Light On

British video
Anne-Marie – 2002
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato – Solo
Dua Lipa – IDGAF
Jax Jones ft Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
Jonas Blue ft Jack & Jack – Rise
Liam Payne and Rita Ora – For You
Little Mix ft Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
Rita Ora – Let Me Love You
Rudimental – These Days

International male solo artist
Drake
Eminem
Kamasi Washington
Shawn Mendes
Travis Scott

International female solo artist
Ariana Grande
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Christine & The Queens
Janelle Monae

International group
Brockhampton
The Carters
First Aid Kit
Nile Rodgers & Chic
Twenty One Pilots

Brits Global Success Award
TBC

British producer of the year
TBC

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