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‘No way! What an honour!’ – Stars react as Brit Awards nominations are revealed

Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead the Brit Awards shortlists for 2020, with four nominations each.

Stormzy, Mabel, Michael Kiwanuka, Charli XCX, Harry Styles and Coldplay are also among the acts to receive a nod for this year’s awards, which will be the 40th major Brits show.

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.

Stormzy
Image: Stormzy and Harry Styles (below) are also up for several awards

Harry Styles

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.

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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!”

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 08: English-Swedish singer and songwriter Mabel attends 'Los40 music awards 2019' photocall at Wizink Center on November 08, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Mariano Regidor/WireImage)
Image: Mabel has received three nominations

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.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Camila Cabello performs onstage during iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Ball 2019 Presented By Capital One on December 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartMedia )
Image: Camila Ceballo thanked her UK fans

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.

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“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:

Michael Kiwanuka
Image: Michael Kiwanuka is up for best male solo artist as well as best album

Male solo artist of the year

Dave

Harry Styles

Lewis Capaldi

Michael Kiwanuka

Stormzy

Charlie XCX
Image: Charlie XCX is among the female solo artist nominees

Female solo artist of the year

Charli XCX

FKA Twigs

Freya Ridings

Mabel

Mahalia

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 7: Will Champion, Chris Martin and Guy Berryman members of the band Coldplay performs live on stage at Allianz Parque on November 7, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)
Image: Coldplay released their eighth album, Everyday Life, in 2019

Group of the year

Bastille

Bring Me The Horizon

Coldplay

D Block Europe

Foals

Sam Fender, winner of the Brits Critics' Choice award for 2019
Image: Sam Fender is up for new artist of the year after breaking through with the Brits Critics’ Choice award last year

New artist of the year

Aitch

Dave

Lewis Capaldi

Mabel

Sam Fender

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Image: Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus’s Nothing Breaks Like A Heart is in the running for song 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

Lewis Capaldi during the Q Awards 2019 in association with Absolute Radio at the Camden Roundhouse, London.
Image: Lewis Capaldi has had a hugely successful year, topping the charts and playing Glastonbury

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

Bruce Springsteen
Image: Bruce Springsteen is one of the acts nominated for best international male solo artist

International male solo artist

Bruce Springsteen

Burna Boy

Dermot Kennedy

Post Malone

Tyler, The Creator

Lizzo at the Maerican Music Awards
Image: Lizzo is among the acts up for best international female artist

International female solo artist

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Camila Cabello

Lana Del Ray

Lizzo

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