Brit Awards red carpet gallery: 60 images as favourites Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith arrive
The two golden boys of pop - Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith - have hit the red carpet ahead of tonight's Brits.
Smith, who leads the nominations at the annual event, will be hoping for a repeat of his success at the Grammys when he takes to the stage.
The Stay With Me singer, who won four Grammys earlier this month, is in the running for five Brits, narrowly ahead of Sheeran and George Ezra who are up for four apiece.
He said the last 12 months had been "an incredible experience", telling Capital FM the one award he really wants is British Breakthrough Act.
He said: "I truly feel that sums up and reminds people that I'm still on my first record and what me and my team have achieved this year for the first record is unreal".
The 22-year-old is in the running for prizes including best male, best album and best newcomer at the bash - a year after collecting the Critics' Choice title.
But he will have to share the limelight with rapper Kanye West whose appearance at the event was announced last night.
The Gold Digger star posed for fans' pictures in a branch of Nando's at the O2 before the event started.
Rock duo Royal Blood will compete for a trio of awards on the night, while singer Jess Glynne also finds her name on the shortlists three times as a guest vocalist on singles by Route 94 and Clean Bandit.
Smith goes up against Sheeran, Ezra and Paolo Nutini for best male as well as Damon Albarn, who collects his first Brit nomination in his own right after years of acclaim for his output with acts such as Blur and Gorillaz.
Smith's release In The Lonely Hour lines up for the best album award against Sheeran's x, Alt-J's This Is All Yours, Ezra's Wanted On Voyage and Royal Blood's self-titled debut.
The ceremony, shown live on ITV, is hosted by Ant and Dec.
Bosses of the event - officially called the Brit Awards 2015 with MasterCard and held at the O2 Arena - have reshaped the ceremony in recent years to make the album prize the climax of the night.
Smith, who first came to attention as guest vocalist on Naughty Boy's La La La, also competes for best newcomer and his single Stay With Me competes for best single and best video.
Sheeran is also in the running for best single and best video for Thinking Out Loud, while Ezra is up for best breakthrough act and best single for his track Budapest.
Between them, Smith, Sheeran and Ezra have sold almost four million copies of the albums they released last year in the UK alone.
Take That were among the omissions from the nominations, with their comeback as a trio failing to pick up any nods.
Although many of the British categories were dominated by male artists, FKA Twigs and Ella Henderson were among the female performers who picked up two nominations. They are both up for solo British female along with Jessie Ware, Lily Allen and Paloma Faith.
The British group category sees bass and drums duo Royal Blood taking on One Direction, Coldplay, Alt-J and Clean Bandit.
The international group category sees US act The War On Drugs - whose album Lost In The Dream was seen by many critics as a highpoint of 2014 - taking on Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, along with more chart-friendly names Foo Fighters, 5 Seconds Of Summer and The Black Keys.
Swift has been shortlisted for best international female along with Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Sia and St Vincent.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the Brit Awards and music industry body BPI, said: ''These nominations capture the buzz around new British music right now, and acknowledge the arrival of a new generation of talent that will ensure the continuing success of British music around the world."