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Brit Awards 2016 nominations are in — with a few surprises

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.

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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).

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Here are the noms in full.

British Male Solo Artist

Aphex Twin

Calvin Harris

James Bay

Jamie XX

Mark Ronson

British Female Solo Artist


Amy Winehouse

Florence + the Machine

Jess Glynne

Laura Marling

Best British Group




One Direction

Years & Years

British Single

Adele, “Hello”

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

Adele, 25

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

James Bay

Jess Glynne

Wolf Alice

Years & Years

International Male Solo Artist


Father John

Justin Bieber

Kendrick Lamar


The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist

Ariana Grande


Courtney Barnett

Lana Del Rey

Meghan Trainor

International Group

Alabama Shakes

Eagles of Death Metal

Major Lazer

Tame Impala


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“.

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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.

Are you surprised by the nominations? Did your favourite secure a nomination? Let us know your thoughts.

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