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BRIT Awards 2015 Nominations Include Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran And George Ezra

15/01/2015 18:25 GMT | Updated 16/01/2015 11:59 GMT

Sam Smith will be fighting it out for top BRIT boy, after topping the nominations for this year's BRIT Awards.

The 2014 Critics Choice winner is up for five awards, with Ed Sheeran and George Ezra close behind him on four each, and Royal Blood up for three. Calvin Harris and One Direction have both got two nominations.

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Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith will be looking for some BRITS love on

Ladies hoping for a gong-filled night include FKA Twigs and Ella Henderson, each with debut double nominations, first ever nods for Charli XCX, St Vincent, Sia and First Aid Kit, and Jess Glynne named in three categories.

Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit, Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars, Alt-J, Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones, Sigma and One Direction all receive two nominations each.

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Congratulations to FKA Twigs on her first BRITS nomination, in fact both of them

It's been a spectacular year for both Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. Sam, who's had a string of hit singles and a No.1 album is nominated for British Male Solo Artist, British Single, British Artist Video of the Year, British Breakthrough Act and the prestigious MasterCard British Album of the Year.

Alongside Sam’s debut album In The Lonely Hour, this category sees two other debuts shortlisted: George Ezra’s 'Wanted on Voyage' and Royal Blood’s eponymous album, as well as the sophomore albums from Ed Sheeran ('X') and Alt-J ('This Is All Yours'). All albums in this category have hit the No. 1 spot in the UK over the past twelve months.

Meanwhile, the critically acclaimed FKA Twigs is nominated twice, for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act, with 'X Factor' finalist Ella Henderson matching these two nods with her own bids for British Female Solo Artist and British Single.

Debut single nominations are revealed for Charli XCX (British Artist Video of the Year), St Vincent and Sia who are both up for International Female Solo Artist, and First Aid Kit for International Group, and Jess Glynne finds herself named in three categories: the single 'My Love by Route 94' ft Jess Glynne is in the running for British Single and British Artist Video of the Year, and Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne is also up for British Single for 'Rather Be'. Clean Bandit also receive a second nomination for British Group.

Rock duo Royal Blood made their mark in 2014 and will be hoping to take home at least one of the coveted Tracey Emin-designed statues on the night, with their three nominations also including British Group and British Breakthrough Act.

The BRIT Awards 2015, hosted by Ant and Dec, will be held at The O2 in London on Wednesday 25th February and will be broadcast live on ITV.

Full BRITS nominations list as follows:

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST

Damon Albarn Parlophone, Warner Music

Ed Sheeran Asylum, Warner Music

George Ezra Columbia, Sony Music

Paolo Nutini Atlantic, Warner Music

Sam Smith Capitol, Universal Music

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Ella Henderson Syco Music, Sony Music

FKA Twigs Young Turks Recordings, XL Beggars

Jessie Ware Island/PMR, Universal Music

Lily Allen Parlophone, Warner Music

Paloma Faith RCA, Sony Music

BRITISH GROUP

Alt-J Infectious Music, BMG Rights

Clean Bandit Atlantic, Warner Music

Coldplay Parlophone, Warner Music

One Direction Syco Music, Sony Music

Royal Blood Warner Bros, Warner Music

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Top 5 selected by Voting Academy. Winner identifed

by public vote promoted by brits.co.uk and BBC Radio 1.

Chvrches Virgin EMI, Universal Music

FKA Twigs Young Turks Recordings, XL Beggars

George Ezra Columbia, Sony Music

Royal Blood Warner Bros, Warner Music

Sam Smith Capitol, Universal Music

CRITICS’ CHOICE

Identifed by a panel made up of media critics.

James Bay (Winner) Virgin EMI, Universal Music

George the Poet Island, Universal Music

Years & Years Polydor, Universal Music

BRITs GLOBAL SUCCESS AWARD

Identifed by the international sales success of British

Acts who have released their album(s) in the calendar

year (2014). UK sales excluded.

BRITISH SINGLE

Top ten British singles based on overall sales and

streaming success in the calendar year are automatically

nominated. Supported by Capital FM & Google Play.

Calvin Harris Summer - Columbia, Sony Music

Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne Rather Be - Atlantic, Warner Music

Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones I Got U - Blasé Boys Club/Virgin EMI, Universal Music

Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud -Asylum, Warner Music

Ella Henderson Ghost - Syco Music, Sony Music

George Ezra Budapest -Columbia, Sony Music

Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars Uptown Funk - Columbia, Sony Music

Route 94 ft Jess Glynne My Love - Rinse Recordings/Virgin EMI, Universal Music

Sam Smith Stay With Me -Capitol, Universal Music

Sigma Nobody to Love -3 Beat/AATW, Universal Music

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Supported by The Sun Bizarre Column.

Alt-J This Is All Yours - Infectious Music, BMG Rights

Ed Sheeran X - Asylum, Warner Music

George Ezra Wanted On Voyage - Columbia, Sony Music

Royal Blood Royal Blood - Warner Bros, Warner Music

Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour - Capitol, Universal Music

BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

In association with The MPG Awards.

Identifed by a panel overseen by MPG.

Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory

Flood

Jake Gosling

Paul Epworth

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Top 10 identifed by YouTube views. Social vote from

Nominations Launch to identify shortlist of 5 closing 20th

February. Winner identifed during live social vote during

TV broadcast on 25th February.

Calvin Harris Summer - Columbia, Sony Music

Charli XCX Boom Clap - Asylum, Warner Music

Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones I Got U - Blasé Boys Club/Virgin EMI, Universal Music

Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud - Asylum, Warner Music

Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars Uptown Funk - Columbia, Sony Music

One Direction You and I - Syco Music, Sony Music

Rita Ora I Will Never Let You Down - Columbia, Sony Music

Route 94 ft Jess Glynne My Love - Rinse Recordings/Virgin EMI, Universal Music

Sam Smith Stay With Me - Capitol, Universal Music

Sigma Nobody to Love - 3 Beat/AATW, Universal Music

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

Beck Virgin EMI, Universal Music

Hozier Island, Universal Music

Jack White XL Recordings, XL Beggars

John Legend Columbia, Sony Music

Pharrell Williams RCA, Sony Music

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Beyoncé RCA, Sony Music

Lana Del Rey Polydor, Universal Music

Sia Monkey Puzzle/RCA, Sony Music

St Vincent Caroline, Universal Music

Taylor Swift Virgin EMI, Universal Music

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer Capitol, Universal Music

The Black Keys Nonesuch, Warner Music

First Aid Kit Columbia, Sony Music

Foo Fighters Columbia, Sony Music

The War On Drugs

Secretly Canadian, Secretly Group

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