Janelle Monae, Florence + The Machine, Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Christine + The Queens, Jorja Smith and Little Mix

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The nominees embody (clockwise from left): Janelle Monae, Florence + The Machine, Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Christine + The Queens, Jorja Smith and Little Combine

“Here is to extra girls on these levels,” mentioned Dua Lipa as she received greatest feminine at last year’s Brit Awards.

“Here is to extra girls successful awards, and extra girls taking up the world.”

One yr later, the music trade appears to have taken be aware, with feminine artists dominating the shortlist for 2019’s ceremony.

Dua is up for 4 awards, together with greatest single for One Kiss; tying with pop star Anne-Marie because the yr’s most-nominated artist.

And for less than the second time in Brit Awards historical past, extra girls than males are up for the night time’s greatest prize, album of the yr.

Former winner Florence + The Machine is joined newcomers Jorja Smith and Anne-Marie in that class; with singer-songwriter George Ezra and pop group The 1975 finishing the shortlist.

Ezra is undoubtedly the strongest contender: His feel-good second album, Staying At Tamara’s, was the biggest-selling new launch of 2018, and the music trade shall be eager to underline his arrival as one in all Britain’s greatest skills.

The 25-year-old can be up for greatest male and greatest single, for his summer time anthem Shotgun.

“It’s kind of nerve-wracking,” mentioned the star on ITV’s nominations present The Brits Are Coming. “It feels just like the World Cup of music.”

Greatest male is likely one of the stranger classes this yr, with a belated nomination for Sam Smith, who was snubbed eventually yr’s ceremony, and one other for Peckham MC Giggs, who hasn’t launched any new materials since 2017.

With the opposite nominations going to bop artist Aphex Twin and R&B star Craig David, the class is Ezra’s to lose.

The shortlist for greatest feminine shall be extra hotly contested, with a number of nominees Jorja Smith, Anne-Marie, Jess Glynne and Florence + The Machine joined by Lily Allen, whose confessional, heartbreaking fourth album No Disgrace was one in all 2018’s most shocking and welcome comebacks.

Arctic Monkeys could have been missed in one of the best album class, however they are going to be agency favourites for greatest group; the place they sq. off towards final yr’s winners Gorillaz, pop architects Years & Years, Matty Healy’s The 1975 and lady group Little Combine – who obtain the ninth nomination of their profession.

“I do not suppose folks ever thought we would final this lengthy,” laughed singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

Disco legend Nile Rodgers will get his first ever Brit nomination on the age of 66, with Stylish up for greatest worldwide group alongside Beyonce and Jay-Z, who get a joint nomination for his or her collaborative album All the things Is Love.

Janelle Monae and Christine + The Queens, whose albums each tackled themes of gender id and sexual politics, lead a very robust area for greatest worldwide feminine.

Their competitors comes from larger-than-life Bronx rapper Cardi B; breakout star Camila Cabello; and the slick pop of Ariana Grande.

The 2019 Brits Ceremony will happen on Wednesday, 20 February at London’s O2 Enviornment.

Comic Jack Whitehall returns because the host, after a profitable try-out eventually yr’s ceremony.

“I do know what it’s now, I do know the sport,” he mentioned. “You want to have the ability to suppose in your ft, throw a number of punches, and embrace the chaos.”

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