The Brit Awards Announce Nominees

LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Singer-songwriter Sam Smith leads the nomination pack for Britain's music awards, the Brits.

The "Stay With Me" singer earned nods in five different categories, including best male artist and best album.

Hot on his heels were George Ezra and, unsurprisingly, Ed Sheeran, who each picked up four nominations.

British rockers Royal Blood earned three nominations and best female artist noms include Lily Allen, FKA Twigs and Ella Henderson.

International artists earning recognition with nominations included Taylor Swift, Beyonce, The War On Drugs and Beck.

The awards will be dispensed on Feb 25th, during a live show at the O2 in London. TV duo Ant and Dec will host the awards and scheduled performers include nominees Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

The full list of nominees

British male solo artist
Damon Albarn
Ed Sheeran
George Ezra
Paolo Nutini
Sam Smith

British female solo artist
Ella Henderson
FKA Twigs
Jessie Ware
Lily Allen
Paloma Faith

British group
Alt-J
Clean Bandit
Coldplay
One Direction
Royal Blood

British breakthrough act
Chvrches
FKA Twigs
George Ezra
Royal Blood
Sam Smith

Critics' Choice
James Bay (Winner)
George the Poet
Years & Years

British single
Calvin Harris – Summer
Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne – Rather Be
Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – I Got U
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Ella Henderson – Ghost
George Ezra – Budapest
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – My Love
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Sigma – Nobody to Love

British album of the year
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Ed Sheeran – X
George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

British producer of the year
Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory
Flood
Jake Gosling
Paul Epworth

British artist video of the year
Calvin Harris – Summer
Charli XCX – Boom Clap
Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – I Got U
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
One Direction – You and I
Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – My Love
Sam Smith – Stay With Me
Sigma – Nobody to Love

International male solo artist
Beck
Hozier
Jack White
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

International female solo artist
Beyonce
Lana Del Rey
Sia
St Vincent
Taylor Swift

International group
5 Seconds of Summer
The Black Keys
First Aid Kit
Foo Fighters
The War On Drugs

-Staff Writers

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