Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead the Brit Awards shortlists for 2020, with four nominations each.
Both Scottish singer-songwriter Capaldi and London rapper Dave are up for new artist of the year, and despite their relative infancy in the industry are also up for the big awards of best male solo artist, best album and song of the year, thanks to chart-topping debuts in the past 12 months.
The past 12 months have been hugely successful for both artists, with Dave’s album Psychodrama winning the Mercury Prize, Capaldi topping the singles chart for seven weeks with Someone You Loved, and both playing bit sets at Glastonbury.
Male solo artists dominate this year’s Brit Awards, with the line-up for best album mirroring that for best male artist, with Capaldi and Dave up against Harry Styles, Michael Kiwanuka and Stormzy in both categories.
Charli XCX, FKA Twigs, Freya Ridings, Mabel and Mahalia are all nominated for best female artist, while Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Coldplay D Block Europe and Foals are up for best group.
And joining Capaldi and Dave on the new artist of the year shortlist are Aitch, Mabel and Sam Fender – who last year was named the Brits Critics’ Choice winner as one to watch for 2020.
International artists up for gongs include Ariana Grande, Bruce Springsteen, Lizzo and Billie Eilish.
Dave was ecstatic about his nominations, writing: “Four Brits?! No way!!! What an honour, and what a way to end the most incredible year. I’m very grateful. Thank you, THANK YOU!”
Mabel was one of the few women making multiple appearances outside of the best female artist category, with nominations for best new artist and best song.
She said: “It’s really surreal to be nominated for three awards this year!
“Feels like just yesterday I was nominated for the Brits critics’ choice award and my journey since then has been a dream come true!
“Third year in a row to be nominated so fingers crossed it’s the third time lucky and I can take one home this year.”
AJ Tracey said he was “gassed to be nominated for my first Brit!” for his single Ladbroke Grove.
American singer Camila Cabello thanked her British fans after being nominated for best international female solo artist.
“I am so honoured to be nominated for international female at the Brits. My UK fans are sooooo supportive and I can’t wait to see them soon!”
This year’s ceremony takes place on Tuesday 18 February, with the number of categories reduced to nine from 11 this year to make the show more about the performances.
“This year, we’ll be letting the artists fully take the reins by encouraging them to create and curate performances unique to them, which will guarantee memorable and showstopping moments in the 2020 show,” organisers said in a statement released last year.
The Brits Rising Star award (previously the Critics’ Choice) is announced prior to the show, with newcomer Celeste bagging the trophy this year after being shortlisted alongside fellow female artists Beabadoobee and Joy Crookes.
Last year, organisers of the awards said they would be reviewing the way prizes are distributed for 2021, following reports that gendered awards were being axed to accommodate non-binary artists, who do not identify as either male or female.
However, male and female awards categories remain for 2020.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Male solo artist of the year
Female solo artist of the year
Group of the year
Bring Me The Horizon
D Block Europe
New artist of the year
Song of the year
AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man – Giant
Dave featuring Burna Boy – Location
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
Stormzy – Vossi Bop
Tom Walker – Just You And I
Album of the year
Dave – Psychodrama
Harry Styles – Fine Line
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head
International male solo artist
Tyler, The Creator
International female solo artist
Lana Del Ray