BRIT AWARDS 2012 Nominations revealed - Full list here!

The BRIT Awards 2012 with MasterCard

Young British solo singer-songwriters top the nominations list
as performances from the biggest names in music are announced
Flying the flag for The BRITs, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Adele lead the nominations
Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and - with their first performance in almost three years - Blur all confirmed to perform live at this year’s spectacular show
21st February 2012 – Broadcast live on ITV1

With less than six weeks to go until The BRIT Awards 2012 with MasterCard take place at The O2 in London, the nominations were announced this evening at a special launch event at The Savoy. It was revealed that 2012 was the year of the solo singer-songwriter, with Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Adele leading the nominations.

The nominations showcase the incredibly exciting and diverse year that British music has enjoyed, featuring a list of unique, talented artists who are now all in the running for the highly coveted BRITS statue, exclusively designed for 2012 by Sir Peter Blake. The winners will be announced at the The BRIT Awards 2012 with MasterCard, which will be held on Tuesday 21st February at The O2 Arena and will be exclusively broadcast live on ITV1. It can also now be revealed that performances on the night will come from Adele, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. This year’s winner of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music award, Blur, will give their first UK live performance since 2009 when the original line up reformed to play a number of concerts including one of the Glastonbury festival’s most memorable headline performances.

Topping the list of nominations this year is Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who appears in four different categories including British Breakthrough Act and the prestigious MasterCard British Album of the Year. This reflects an incredible year for the young artist, who only released his debut album ‘+’ in September. Solo artists Jessie J and Adele both follow with three nominations each, while Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sandé and Coldplay are all nominated in two categories, along with international male solo artists Bon Iver and Aloe Blacc. Coldplay are the only group with more than one nomination. 

Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence + The Machine and PJ Harvey are all up for the MasterCard British Album of the Year, the biggest award of the evening. Though Ed Sheeran gets the nod for his debut album, Coldplay have won this award three times in the past. Meanwhile, revered solo artist PJ Harvey has been nominated eight times for a BRIT but has yet to win. 

The nominations for British Female Solo Artist see Jessie J, Florence and The Machine and Adele go head to head, all of whom are previous winners of the BRITs Critics’ Choice award, won this year by Emeli  Sandé. They will be up against last year’s British Female Solo Artist winner Laura Marling and Kate Bush, who has been nominated in this category an incredible seven times but has not won it since 1987. 

The nominations were officially revealed by Greg James at a special event at The Savoy in London tonight, featuring performances by Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé, winner of the Critics’ Choice Award. Voting for British Single also opens today and will be voted for by listeners of Capital FM and users of iTunes along with British Group supported by BBC Radio 2 and British Breakthrough Act with BBC Radio 1. 



Ed Sheeran - Atlantic Records / Warner Music
James Blake - Polydor / Universal Music
James Morrison - Island / Universal Music
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Sour Mash / Sour Mash 
Professor Green - Virgin / EMI Music


Adele - XL Recordings / XL Beggars
Florence & The Machine - Island / Universal Music 
Jessie J - Island / Lava / Universal Music
Kate Bush - Fish People / EMI Music
Laura Marling - Virgin / EMI Music


Category promoted by BBC Radio 1.
Anna Calvi - Domino Records / Domino Records
Ed Sheeran - Atlantic Records / Warner Music 
Emeli Sandé - Virgin / EMI Music
Jessie J - Island / Lava / Universal Music
The Vaccines - Columbia / Sony Music

Category promoted by BBC Radio 2. 

Arctic Monkeys - Domino Records / Domino Records
Chase & Status - Mercury / Universal Music 
Coldplay - Parlophone / EMI Music
Elbow - Polydor / Universal Music
Kasabian - Columbia / Sony Music


Top ten British singles based on commercial radio airplay and sales in the calendar year are automatically nominated. Promoted by Capital FM and iTunes, listeners and users will vote for their favourite single of the year.

Adele - Someone Like You (XL Recordings / XL Beggars)
Ed Sheeran - The A Team (Atlantic Records / Warner Music) 
Example - Changed The Way You Kissed Me  (Ministry Of Sound) 
Jessie J Ft B.o.B. - Price Tag (Island / Lava / Universal Music)
JLS Ft Dev - She Makes Me Wanna (Epic / Sony Music) 
Military Wives / Gareth Malone - Wherever You Are (Decca / Universal Music)
Olly Murs Ft Rizzle Kicks - Heart Skips A Beat (Epic / Sony Music) 
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful (Syco Music / Sony Music) 
Pixie Lott - All About Tonight (Mercury / Universal Music)
The Wanted - Glad You Came (Global Talent / Island / Universal Music)


Supported by The Sun Bizarre Column and ITV1’s Daybreak. 

Adele - 21 (XL Recordings XL / Beggars)
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto (Parlophone / EMI Music)
Ed Sheeran - + (Atlantic Records / Warner Music)
Florence & The Machine - Ceremonials (Island / Universal Music) 
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (Island / Universal Music)


Aloe Blacc - Epic / Sony Music
Bon Iver - 4AD / XL Beggars
Bruno Mars - Atlantic Records / Warner Music 
David Guetta - Positiva / Virgin / EMI Music 
Ryan Adams - Columbia / Sony Music


Beyoncé - Columbia / Sony Music
Björk One - Little Indian / One Little Indian 
Feist - Polydor / Universal Music
Lady Gaga - Polydor / Universal Music 
Rihanna - Mercury / Universal Music


Fleet Foxes - Bella Union / Bella Union
Foo Fighters - RCA / Sony Music
Jay Z / Kanye West - Mercury / Universal Music 
Lady Antebellum - Capitol / EMI Music 
Maroon 5 - Polydor / Universal Music


Aloe Blacc - Epic / Sony Music
Bon Iver - 4AD / XL Beggars
Foster The People - Columbia / Sony Music 
Lana Del Rey - Polydor / Universal Music 
Nicki Minaj - Island / Universal Music


Blur - EMI Music


In association with War Child. Identied by a panel made up of media music critics.

1st - Emeli Sandé - Virgin / EMI Music
2nd - Maverick Sabre - Mercury / Universal Music 
3rd - Michael Kiwanuka - Polydor / Universal Music


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