The nominations for this year's BRIT Awards ceremony have been announced, with former One Direction heartthrob turned superstar solo artist, Harry Styles battling it out with Isle of Wight-hailing rock duo, Wet Leg for the most nominations. Each received four award nods, including the award for 'Best Album', whilst other acclaimed acts the likes of The 1975, Stormzy, Cat Burns and Fred Again followed closely with three award nominations each.
'Space Man' singer, Sam Ryder becomes the first-ever Eurovision act to be nominated for a BRIT Award, whilst Queens of the pop world, Beyonce, Lizzo and Taylor Swift go head-to-head for the international award category alongside rap icon Kendrick Lamar and Burna Boy.
The team behind the momentous awards show, which first began back in 1977, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), introduced some major changes to its award categories back in 2022. For the first time in the BRIT's history, gendered categories were scrapped following comments made by 2021 award-winner Sam Smith.
The non-binary singer, whose gender prevented them from being nominated in either the male or female artist awards, said:
"I look forward to a time where awards shows can be reflective of the society we live in."
Controversially, this year's nominations have been male-dominated with only 42% of nods going to female artists or groups, despite hugely successful releases from names such as Florence + The Machine and Nulifer Yanya to name a few.
This year's award ceremony is scheduled to take place on a Saturday evening for the very first time, on the 11th of February, and will air exclusively on ITV and ITV's new streaming platform, ITVX. Comedian Mo Gilligan returns as the host of the prestigious awards show for the second year in a row.
Discover the full list of awards categories and all the 2023 nominees below:
Album of the Year
The 1975 - Being Funny In A Foreign Language, Fred Again - Actual Life 3, Harry Styles - Harry's House, Stormzy - This Is What I Mean, Wet Leg - Wet Leg
Artist of the Year
Central Cee, Fred Again, George Ezra, Harry Styles, Stormzy
The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Nova Twins, Wet Leg
Song of the Year
Aitch and Ashanti - Baby, Cat Burns - Go, Dave - Starlight, Ed Sheeran and Elton John - Merry Christmas, Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal - B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All), George Ezra - Green Green Grass, Harry Styles - As It Was, Lewis Capaldi - Forget Me, LF System - Afraid to Feel, Sam Smith & Kim Petras - Unholy
Best international artist
Beyoncé, Burna Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, Taylor Swift
Best international group
Blackpink, Drake & 21 Savage, First Aid Kit, Fontaines DC, Gabriels
International song of the Year
Beyoncé - Break My Soul, David Guetta & Bebe Rexha's - I'm Good (Blue), Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran - Peru, Encanto cast - We Don't Talk About Bruno, Gayle - ABCDEFU, Jack Harlow - First Class, Lizzo - About Damn Time, Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott - Where Are You Now?, OneRepublic - I Ain't Worried, Taylor Swift - Anti-Hero
Best new artist
Kojey Radical, Rina Sawayama, Sam Ryder, Mimi Webb, Wet Leg
The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Nova Twins, Tom Grennan, Wet Leg
Becky Hill, Bonobo, Calvin Harris, Eliza Rose, Fred Again
Aitch, Central Cee, Dave, Loyle Carner, Stormzy
Pop / R&B
Cat Burns, Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Sam Smith
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