Last year, just four of the 48 nominees were BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) artists, but the voting academy who decide which stars deserve a nod has made a concerted effort to ensure the list reflects the UK’s diverse music scene this time around.
Speaking to Newsbeat, Michael - who is up for the Best British Male and Album Of The Year - has now praised the move, stating: “This is a dream come true and the increase in diversity is a great thing.
Nao, who’s up for the British Female Solo Artist prize, adds: “The one thing about Britain is how amazingly diverse it is. We are all in this melting pot together.
The voting academy itself was also diversified ahead of this year’s awards, and now consists of 52% men and 48% women, while 17% of its members are BAME (via Digital Spy).
Skepta leads this year’s nominations, with three nods, alongside Little Mix.
The grime star has had an outstanding 12 months, thanks to the release of his latest album ‘Konnichiwa’, which entered the charts at number two and won the Mercury Prize.
Craig David - who, last year, called for the awards to be more inclusive - is also in the running for the Best British Solo Male Artist prize.
See the full list of nominations here.