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Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead Brit Award nominations

Lewis Capaldi and Dave lead Brit Award nominations
Lewis Capaldi and Dave have the most nominations for this year's ceremony

It'll be a battle between ballads and bangers at this year's Brit Awards, with Lewis Capaldi and Dave pitched against each other in four categories.

The Scottish torch singer and the Streatham-born rapper are both up for best male, best newcomer, best single and album of the year at the ceremony, which takes place in London next month.

Stormzy and Mabel are the second most-nominated artists, with three apiece.

But Ed Sheeran is largely frozen out, receiving just a single nomination.

The six-time Brit Award winner had one of last year's most successful albums - the star-studded No. 6 Collaborations Project, which spent five weeks at number one, and selling 568,000 copies.

However, he is locked out of the best male and best album categories, while his Justin Bieber duet I Don't Care is up for best single.

Notably, that's the only category where nominees are not selected by the 1,200 industry figures who vote for the Brits - with the 10 shortlisted songs representing the biggest-selling singles of 2019.

Mabel was previously nominated for the Brits' Critics Choice award in 2018

Mabel, who is the daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, is the most-nominated female artist, reflecting the popularity of her single Don't Call Me Up, which charted in the top 10 across Europe and attracted viral attention in the US.

"It's crazy how a song can grow wings and fly you everywhere," said the 23-year-old. "I'm really grateful for that tune."

The singer, who is nominated for best female, best new artist and best single, joked that if she won a trophy in February, she would change her Uber profile name to "Brit Award-winner Mabel".

Her nominations come exactly 30 years after her mother, who was born in Sweden, won two Brits - for best international artist and best international breakthrough.

, of the 193 albums submitted for consideration to Brits' voters, only 35 were by women.

"It's clear there's a wider issue here," .

"One that involves the British music industry's ability or otherwise to sign and develop female artists [and] to turn them into lasting success stories."

The last female artist to win best album was Adele, whose third record, 25, scooped the top prize in 2016.

Tyler, The Creator, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande are all up for the international prizes

In the international categories, Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish led the nominees for best female - although Taylor Swift misses out.

A diverse shortlist for best international male features Burna Boy, Post Malone and Bruce Springsteen, who last won an Brit award 34 years ago.

This year's ceremony will be held at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday, 18 February, hosted for a third time by Jack Whitehall.

Last year, organisers announced sweeping changes to the show, dropping several categories and handing more creative control to performers.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV.

Brit Awards 2020 - Full list of nominees

Best album

Stormzy - Heavy Is The Head
Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
Dave - Psychodrama
Harry Styles - Fine Line

Best British female

Freya Ridings
FKA Twigs
Charli XCX

Best British male

Harry Styles
Lewis Capaldi
Michael Kiwanuka

Best British group

Bring Me The Horizon
D-Block Europe

Best new artist

Lewis Capaldi
Sam Fender

Best Song

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber - I Don't Care
Mabel - Don't Call Me Up
Calvin Harris ft Rag 'N' Bone Man - Giant
Dave ft Burna Boy - Location
Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
AJ Tracey - Ladbroke Grove
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Tom Walker - Just You And I
Sam Smith ft Normani - Dancing With A Stranger
Stormzy - Vossi Bop

International Female

Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Camila Cabello
Lana Del Rey

International male

Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Tyler, The Creator
Dermot Kennedy
Post Malone

Rising star award

Celeste - Winner
Joy Crookes

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13 January 2020, 10:31