LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The BRIT Awards championed the solo artist on Thursday with nominations dominated by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Adele and Jessie J.
The annual honours, Britain’s top pop awards, will be handed out at London’s O2 Arena on Feb. 21, and leading the pack is English singer-songwriter Sheeran who has yet to match the profile of his female rivals.
The 20-year-old, whose debut album “+” topped the UK charts and has sold nearly a million copies in Britain so far, scooped four nominations, including the coveted British Album of the Year prize sponsored by Mastercard.
He is also in the running for British male solo artist, British breakthrough act and British single for “The A Team”.
Just behind him with three nominations apiece are Adele, last year’s global chart queen, and Jessie J, the 2011 winner of the Critics’ Choice award for rising music stars.
Adele is up against Sheeran in the British Album category for her best-selling “21” as well as British female solo artist and British single for “Someone Like You”.
Jessie J competes in the female solo artist, British breakthrough and single categories, the latter for “Price Tag”.
“It’s a great year for young British solo singer-songwriters,” said a BRIT spokesman.
Florence & the Machine and Coldplay are each nominated twice, as are Emeli Sande, this year’s Critics’ Choice winner, and Americans Bon Iver and Aloe Blacc.
Playing at the awards ceremony next month are expected to be Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Sheeran, Florence & the Machine, Rihanna, Noel Gallagher and Blur, recipients of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
Following is a full list of the 2012 nominees:
Ed Sheeran; James Blake; James Morrison; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds; Professor Green
Adele; Florence & The Machine; Jessie J; Kate Bush; Laura Marling
Anna Calvi; Ed Sheeran; Emeli Sande; Jessie J; The Vaccines
Arctic Monkeys; Chase & Status; Coldplay; Elbow; Kasabian
Adele/Someone Like You; Ed Sheeran/The A Team; Example/ Changed The Way You Kiss Me; Jessie J Ft B.o.B./Price Tag; JLS Ft Dev/She Makes Me Wanna; Military Wives and Gareth Malone/Wherever You Are; Olly Murs Ft Rizzle Kicks/Heart Skips A Beat; One Direction/What Makes You Beautiful; Pixie Lott/All About Tonight; The Wanted/Glad You Came
Adele/21; Coldplay/Mylo Xyloto; Ed Sheeran/+; Florence & The Machine/Ceremonials; PJ Harvey/Let England Shake
Aloe Blacc; Bon Iver; Bruno Mars; David Guetta; Ryan Adams
Beyonce; Bjork; Feist; Lady Gaga; Rihanna
Fleet Foxes; Foo Fighters; Jay Z and Kanye West; Lady Antebellum; Maroon 5
Aloe Blacc; Bon Iver; Foster The People; Lana Del Rey; Nicki Minaj
Paul Epworth; Flood; Ethan Johns (Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)