The nominations for this year’s BRIT Awards with Mastercard were this afternoon revealed via an exclusive launch across the @BRITs social channels. Co-hosts Nick Grimshaw and this year’s BRITs Rising Star winner Griff took fans through the nine shortlists, with all winners to be revealed at the main show on 11th May at The O2 arena in London, broadcast on ITV and ITV Hub, and hosted by Jack Whitehall.
Out in front are a trio of standout British women who have all had an exceptional year; each earning three nominations across various categories. Dua Lipa, who was yesterday confirmed to perform at the main show, Arlo Parks and 2020’s BRITs Rising Star winner Celeste are all nominated for Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album, with Dua Lipa also in the running for British Single.
Arlo Parks and Celeste both also feature in the shortlist for Breakthrough Artist, whilst fellow Brit female and double nominee for 2021 Jessie Ware is up for Mastercard Album as well as Female Solo Artist which, along with Dua, Arlo and Celeste, also sees Lianne La Havas up for the title.
Flying the flag for British rap with three nominations are Young T & Bugsey, who are nominated for British Single and Breakthrough Artist, and will face The 1975, Little Mix, Bicep (also in Breakthrough Artist) and Biffy Clyro in the British Group category.
AJ Tracey is shortlisted twice; one nod in the British Single category, and a second for Male Solo Artist, along with Yungblud, Joel Corry, J Hus and Headie One. J Hus earns a second nomination in Mastercard Album, whilst Headie One also features in the shortlist for British Single. Along with Male Solo Artist, Joel Corry receives two more nominations, for Breakthrough Artist and British Single, bringing his tally up to three in total.
The British Single category also sees Aitch up for his second BRIT, having last year been nominated for Best New Artist. Dance & electronic acts 220 Kid, Nathan Dawes and Regard also get a look in this shortlist, as does Harry Styles, whose performance at the 2020 show was one of the evening’s highlights.
The international categories see new and returning artists alike; nominated for their first ever BRIT in International Group are BTS, Run the Jewels and Fontaines D.C., alongside Foo Fighters, who have won this category four times previously and Haim, who have been nominated twice before.
International Female as ever showcases incredibly multi-talented and creative women, with Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift all shortlisted – Miley receives her debut BRIT nomination this year.
The BRITs welcomes The Weeknd into the category for this year’s International Male, having been nominated twice before, plus Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Burna Boy (who appeared at the 2020 BRITs as part of Stormzy’s performance) and Bruce Springsteen, marking his 11th BRIT nomination.
Earlier this month, The BRITs announced the winner of this year’s Rising Star supported by BBC Radio 1 award as Griff, who joins an illustrious list of artist alumni such as Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and Celeste who were all identified through this award (previously known as Critics’ Choice) as the future stars of British music. Griff will perform at The BRITs in May.
More show announcements to follow over the coming weeks.
The BRIT Awards 2021 with Mastercard nominations:
Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams
Celeste – Not Your Muse
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
British Single with Mastercard:
220 Kid and Gracey – Don’t Need Love
Aitch and AJ Tracey, FT Tay Keith – Rain
Dua Lipa – Physical
Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Headie One, AJ Tracey and Stormzy – Ain’t It Different
Joel Corry and MNEK – Head and Heart
Nathan Dawe and KSI – Lighter
Regard and Raye – Secrets
S1mba and DTG – Rover
Young T & Bugsey feat. Headie One – Don’t Rush
Male Solo Artist:
Female Solo Artist:
Lianne La Havas
Young T & Bugsey
Young T & Bugsey
International Female Solo Artist:
International Male Solo Artist:
Run The Jewels
Rising Star supported by BBC Radio 1: