Brit Awards 2017: Who has been nominated and what are the rivalries?

Awards are announced on 22 February 

Katie Archer
Saturday 14 January 2017 22:14
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Craig David nominated for best male Brit again after 16 years

David Bowie could win a posthumous Brit Award as best British male solo artist after being shortlisted for next month's ceremony.

The star - who died in January 2016 - will go up against Craig David, Michael Kiwanuka and Mercury Prize winner Skepta for the title on February 22.

Meanwhile, best British female solo artist will be fought out between Anonhni, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Lianne La Havas and Nao.

Emeli Sande, nominated for best British female solo artist

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik's move into a solo career appears to be paying off as he has been nominated for best British single with his track, Pillowtalk.

He goes up against ex Perrie Edwards' group Little Mix with Shout Out To My Ex as well as another X Factor alumni James Arthur with Say You Won't Let Go.

Also in the category are Alan Walker's Faded Calum Scott track Dancing On My Own, Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna on This Is What You Came For, Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie for Rockabye, Coldplay with Hymn For The Weekend, Jonas Blue ft. Dakota for Fast Car and Tinie Tempah ft. Zara Larsson with Girls Like.

The nominations for the ceremony are being announced in a live show, The Brits Are Coming, on ITV.

Craig David, Christine And The Queens and Calum Scott as well as Brits Critics' Choice winner Rag'n'Bone Man are all performing during tonight's event as the contenders for categories including British single, British group and the Mastercard British album of the year are revealed.

Craig David has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide since launching his career in 1999

Little Mix are also up for best British group, this time going against Radiohead, The 1975, Bastille and Biffy Clyro.

Meanwhile, the contenders for British breakthrough act include Skepta, up for his second award too, Anne-Marie, Blossoms, Critics' Choice winner Rag'n'Bone Man and Stormzy.

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Zayn will be battling it out with his former group One Direction for British artist video of the year - the former for Pillowtalk and the latter for History.

The category includes other British single nominees Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna on This Is What You Came For, Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie for Rockabye, James Arthur's Say You Won't Let Go, Jonas Blue ft. Dakota with Fast Car and Tinie Tempah ft. Zara Larsson for Girls Like.

Calvin Harris plays at a festival

Other best video nominees are Adele for Send My Love (To Your New Lover) and Little Mix again, this time featuring Sean Paul on the track Hair.

Fighting it out for international male solo artist are Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, Drake, Leonard Cohen and The Weeknd.

International female solo artist sees a sibling rivalry between Beyonce and her sister Solange, who are also competing with Christine And The Queens, Rihanna and Sia.

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The international group nominees are Kings Of Leon, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, A Tribe Called Quest, Drake & Future and Twenty One Pilots.

Bowie is up for a second posthumous award for MasterCard British Album of the Year, where he has been nominated for Blackstar.

Other nominees in the category include Skepta who is in the running for a third award for his Mercury Prize-winning album Konnichiwa, The 1975's I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, Kano's Made In The Manor and Michael Kiwanuka's Love & Hate.

Saturday's programme saw the first 2017 Brits trophy awarded to Rag'n'Bone Man, who is this year's Critics' Choice winner.

The 2017 Brit Awards take place on February 22.

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