Brit Awards Announces 2012 Nominees


    We already know that Bur are set to pick up the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at this year’s Brit Awards, and now the rest of the nominees have been revealed in full. There aren’t too many surprises here, with the organizers covering commercial successes (Adele, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine) and  artists who gained critical acclaim (PJ Harvey, James Blake, Bon Iver).

    The ceremony will take place at the O2 Arena in London on Feb, 21, complete with a number of live performances—Blur have already hinted that they will be playing. Expect the bigger artists to dominate the show, because surely Adele will go home with more than one award, and Coldplay seem like a dead cert for that British Group category. Check out the full list of nominees below. [via Gigwise


    British male solo artist

    Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records/Warner Music)

    James Blake (Polydor/Universal Music)

    James Morrison (Island/Universal Music)

    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Sour Mash)

    Professor Green (Virgin/EMI Music)


    British female solo artist

    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)


    British breakthrough act

    (Top five selected by Voting Academy. Category promoted by BBC Radio 1.)

    Anna Calvi (Domino Records)

    Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records/Warner Music)

    Emeli Sandé (Virgin/EMI Music)

    Jessie J (Island/Lava/Universal Music)

    The Vaccines (Columbia/Sony Music)


    British group

    (Top five selected by Voting Academy. Category promoted by BBC Radio 2.)

    Arctic Monkeys (Domino Records)

    Chase & Status (Mercury/Universal Music)

    Coldplay (Parlophone/EMI Music)

    Elbow (Polydor/Universal Music)

    Kasabian (Columbia/Sony Music)


    British single

    (Top 10 British singles based on commercial radio airplay and sales in the calendar 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)


    Mastercard British album of the year

    (Supported by the Sun Bizarre column and ITV1’s Daybreak.)

    Adele 21 (XL Recordings/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)


    International male solo artist

    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)


    International female solo artist

    Beyoncé (Columbia/Sony Music)

    Björk (One Little Indian)

    Feist (Polydor/Universal Music)

    Lady Gaga (Polydor/Universal Music)

    Rihanna (Mercury/Universal Music)


    International group

    Fleet Foxes (Bella Union)

    Foo Fighters (RCA/Sony Music)

    Jay-Z/Kanye West (Mercury/Universal Music)

    Lady Antebellum (Capitol/EMI Music)

    Maroon 5 (Polydor/Universal Music)


    International breakthrough act

    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)


    Outstanding contribution to music award

    Blur (EMI Music)


    Critics’ choice

    In association with War Child. Identified 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)


    British producer

    Paul Epworth


    Ethan Johns