Brit Awards 2011: Tinie Tempah leads the nominations
Tinie Tempah has four nominations for the 2011 Brit Awards, leading a shortlist that is strong on youth and short on pop.
The Plumstead rapper is a contender for British Male Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, British Single for Pass Out and MasterCard British Album of the Year for Disc-Overy.
The other nominees in the album category - considered to be the most prestigious category of the night - are Plan B (The Defamation of Strickland Banks), Take That (Progress), Mumford & Sons (Sigh No More) and The xx (xx).
Tinie will compete against Mark Ronson, Paul Weller, Plan B and Robert Plant for British Male Solo Artist, while British Female Solo Artist will go to either Cheryl Cole, Ellie Goulding, Laura Marling, Paloma Faith or Rumer.
Few pop acts figure on the list of British nominees, although Take That and Cheryl Cole are featured.
For the first time, musicians were invited to join the record company executives and industry figures who vote for the Brits, lending the event greater credibility.
In the international categories, Bruce Springsteen has been shortlisted for best international male solo artist. It is 25 years since he last won a Brit Award. His latest album, The Promise, features unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions in 1977-78 and has been met with critical acclaim.
The Brit Awards will take place at the O2 Arena on February 15, hosted by James Corden.
The nominations launch show will be broadcast on ITV2 at 8pm on Friday.
BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons
Alexandra Burke ft Pitbull - All Night Long
Cheryl Cole - Parachute
Florence & The Machine - You've Got The Love
Matt Cardle - When We Collide
Olly Murs - Please Don't Let Me Go
Plan B - She Said
Scouting for Girls - This Ain't A Love Song
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Tinie Tempah - Pass Out
The Wanted - All Time Low
MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
Plan B - The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Take That - Progress
Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy
The xx - XX
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Cee Lo Green
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ACT
The Temper Trap
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
Eminem - Recovery
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown