Monday 22 July 2019

Hozier leads nominations for Brit Awards


Irish musician Hozier has been nominated for a Brit Award.

The Bray singer has been nominated under the "International male solo artist" award.

Sam Smith is up for five Brit Awards.

The Stay With Me singer has enjoyed huge success over the past year, and was the only singer to have sold over one million records in both the US and UK in 2014.

And it seems 2015 is going to be equally successful for the 22-year-old, judging by the spate of nods he received as the nominations for the prestigious ceremony were announced on Thursday.

Sam has been recognised in the categories of British male, breakthrough artist, best album for In the Lonely Hour, British single and video of the year for his track Stay With Me.

Clearly excited about the news, Sam tweeted: “FIVE @BRITAwards NOMINATIONS!!!!”

But Sam faces strong competition in his categories.

If he is to take home the best British male award, Sam will have to beat Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Damon Albarn and Paolo Nutini.

Ed and George both received a total of four nominations for this year’s awards, which take place at London’s O2 Arena on February 22.

The duo, along with Sam, will also fight it out for the best album prize, alongside Alt-J's This Is All Yours and Royal Blood's album.

Representing the female race, Robert Pattinson’s girlfriend FKA Twigs is up for British female solo artist.

But she also faces tough competition, as she will have to beat Ella Henderson, Paloma Faith, Lily Allen and Jessie Ware to leave victorious.

Jessie is more than a little excited about her nomination, telling the BBC News website: "It's really reassuring as an artist, you feel like maybe you're doing something right. Like a big old hug.”

FKA is also recognised in the breakthrough act category.

Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Lana Del Rey are all nominated for International Female Solo Artist, alongside Sia and St Vincent.

Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams and John Legend will battle for International Male Solo Artist, along with Beck, Hozier and Jack White.

2014 Brit Award nominations list:

British Male Solo Artist

Damon Albarn

Ed Sheeran

George Ezra

Paolo Nutini

Sam Smith

British female solo artist

Ella Henderson

FKA Twigs

Jessie Ware

Lily Allen

Paloma Faith

British group


Clean Bandit


One Direction

Royal Blood

British Breakthrough Act


FKA Twigs

George Ezra

Royal Blood

Sam Smith

Critics’ Choice

James Bay

George The Poet

Years & Years

British single

Calvin Harris – Summer

Clean Bandit FT Jess Glynne – Rather Be

Duke Dumont F Jax Jones – I Got U

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Ella Henderson – Ghost

George Ezra – Budapest

Mark Ronson FT Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Route 94 FT Jess Glynne – My Love

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Sigma – Nobody To Love

Mastercard British album of the year

Alt-J – This Is All Yours

Ed Sheeran – X

George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

British producer of the year

Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory


Jake Gosling

Paul Epworth

British artist video of the year

Calvin Harris – Summer

Charli XCX – Boom Clap

Duke Dumont FT Jax Jones – I Got U

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Mark Ronson FT Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

One Direction – You & I

Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down

Route 94 FT Jess Glynne – My Love

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Sigma – Nobody To Love

International male solo artist



Jack White

John Legend

Pharrell Williams

International female solo artist


Lana Del Rey


St Vincent

Taylor Swift

International group

5 Seconds of Summer

Black Keys

First Aid Kit

Foo Fighters

The War On Drugs

Online Editors

Editors Choice

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