Award season is upon us and, while we were thrilled to discover the Oscar nominees earlier this week (which included Eddie Redmayne), it’s now the Brit Awards 2016’s time to shine — and there are plenty of surprises and shocks stemming from the nomination announcements.
Since Adele returned from hiatus and dropped her comeback album, 25, the world has been fawning over her and for good reason because the multitalented star now has four Brit Award nominations under her belt.
Of course Adele is no stranger to awards, nor are U2, who find themselves nominated for an award in the International Group category. Also leading the pack is James Bay with four nominations.
But there were also a few surprises surrounding this year’s Brit Awards, with Amy Winehouse posthumously nominated for Best Female Solo Artist, while Blur find themselves with a nomination in the Best British group category (their first in 12 years).
Here are the noms in full.
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
Florence + the Machine
Best British Group
Years & Years
Calvin Harris & Disciples, “How Deep Is Your Love”
Ed Sheeran & Rudimental, “Bloodstream”
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
James Bay, “Hold Back The River”
Jess Glynne, “Hold My Hand”
Little Mix, “Black Magic”
Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato, “Up”
Philip George, “Wish You Were Mine”
Years & Years, “King”
British Album of the Year
Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams
Florence + the Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
James Bay, Chaos and the Calm
Jamie XX, In Colour
British breakthrough act
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Years & Years
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
Lana Del Rey
Eagles of Death Metal
The award show will also pay tribute to legendary musician David Bowie.
Speaking of the decision chief executive of music industry trade body the BPI, Geoff Taylor, told BBC News, that “it would be a fitting tribute to someone who’s an absolute icon of the British music industry“.
He continued, “We’re still developing it, but we have some firm ideas and we’re involving the right people.
“I’m not going to go into the details — but we are very focused on honouring his legacy to British music.”
The Brit Awards 2016 will take place on Feb. 24 at the O2 Arena in London — and it looks like it’s not to be missed.