Adele and Ed Sheeran Lead Nominations of Gender-Neutral 2022 Brit Awards
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The 'Easy on Me' hitmaker ties with the 'Bad Habits' singer, Little Simz and Dave for the most nominations as this year's nominations deliver the most female nominees in more than a decade.

AceShowbiz - Adele and Ed Sheeran are leading the race at the upcoming 42nd edition of the annual Brit Awards. Both singers bagged the most nominations, tied with Little Simz and Dave with four nods each.

Announced on Saturday, December 18 on an hour-long TV special, "The Brits Are Coming", the nominations saw Adele, Ed Sheeran, Dave and Little Simz eying the top prize of Artist of the Year. Also up for the coveted title is Sam Fender.

Those five artists are also nominated for Album of the Year. Adele, Ed Sheeran and Dave are once again pitted against each other in the Song of the Year category with their songs "Easy on Me", "Bad Habits" and "Clash" feat. Stormzy, respectively.

This year, the Song of the Year and International Song of the Year categories saw an expansion with 15 nominees each. In the international song category, Billie Eilish ("Happier Than Ever"), Doja Cat ("Kiss Me More" featuring SZA), Drake ("Girls Want Girls" featuring Lil Baby), The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber ("Stay"), Lil Nas X ("Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"), Olivia Rodrigo ("Good 4 U") and The Weeknd ("Save Your Tears") are among the contenders.

Little Mix, who this year became the first female act to win best British group, are in the running for that prize once again. They are facing up against Coldplay, D-Block Europe, London Grammar and Wolf Alice for the prize.

Griff is nominated for Best New Artist after taking the Brits rising star award at the 2021 edition of the prize-giving event. Meanwhile, Holly Humberstone was already announced as this year's winner of the rising star award.

ABBA received a nomination for International Group of the Year. BTS, Maneskin, Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars/Anderson .Paak) and The War on Drugs are also among the nominees.

The winners of the four new genre categories, rock/alternative act, hip hop/grime/rap act, dance act, pop/R&B act, will be determined by a public vote via TikTok, which will open on January 21. The prizes will be handed out on February 8, 2022 at London's O2 Arena, with comedian Mo Gilligan being tapped to serve as the host.

When the Brits announced they would scrap the gendered categories that separate male and female talent last month, there were fears that it would result in women being overlooked. The concern was unproven as this year's nominations deliver the most female nominees in more than a decade, but male artists still dominate the list.

Nominations of 2020 Brit Awards:

Artist of the Year

  • Adele, Columbia, Sony Music
  • Dave, Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
  • Ed Sheeran, Asylum, Warner Music
  • Little Simz, Age 101/Awal
  • Sam Fender, Polydor, Universal Music

Group

  • Coldplay, Parlophone, Warner Music
  • D-Block Europe, D-Block Europe, Universal Music
  • Little Mix, RCA, Sony Music
  • London Grammar, Ministry of Sound, Sony Music
  • Wolf Alice, Dirty Hit

Brits Rising Star

  • Holly Humberstone, Polydor, Universal Music (Winner)
  • Bree Runway, EMI, Universal Music
  • Lola Young, Island, Universal Music

Song of the Year

  • A1 & J1, "Latest Trends", EMI, Universal Music
  • Adele, "Easy on Me", Columbia, Sony Music
  • Anne-Marie/KSI/Digital Farm Animals, "Don't Play Asylum"/BMG, Warner Music
  • Becky Hill & David Guetta, "Remember", Polydor/Parlophone, Universal Music/Warner Music
  • Central Cee, "Obsessed With You", Central Cee (Parlophone For Pinkpantheress), Central Cee/Warner Music
  • Dave featuring Stormzy, "Clash", Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
  • Ed Sheeran, "Bad Habits", Asylum, Warner Music
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa, "Cold Heart (Pnau Mix) ", EMI/Warner Records, Universal Music/Warner Music
  • Glass Animals, "Heat Waves", Polydor, Universal Music
  • Joel Corry/Raye/David Guetta, "Bed", Asylum/Platoon/Parlophone, Warner Music
  • KSI, "Holiday", BMG
  • Nathan Evans/220Kid/Billen Ted, "Wellerman", Polydor, Universal Music
  • Riton X Nightcrawlers feat. Mufasa & Hypeman, "Friday" (Dopamine Re-Edit) Ministry of Sound, Sony Music
  • Tion Wayne & Russ Millions, "Body", Atlantic, Warner Music
  • Tom Grennan, "Little Bit of Love", Insanity, Sony Music

Best New Artist

  • Central Cee, Central Cee, Warner Music
  • Griff, Warner Records, Warner Music
  • Joy Crookes, Insanity/Speakerbox Recordings, Sony Music
  • Little Simz, Age 101/Awal
  • Self Esteem, Fiction, Universal Music

Mastercard Album of the Year

  • Adele, "30", Columbia, Sony Music
  • Dave, "We're All Alone in This Together", Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
  • Ed Sheeran, "=", Asylum, Warner Music
  • Little Simz, "Sometimes I Might Be Introvert", Age 101/Awal
  • Sam Fender, "Seventeen Going Under", Polydor, Universal Music

Rock, Alternative

  • Coldplay, Parlophone, Warner Music
  • Glass Animals, Polydor, Universal Music
  • Sam Fender, Polydor, Universal Music
  • Tom Grennan, Insanity, Sony Music
  • Wolf Alice, Dirty Hit

Hip-Hop, Grime, Rap

  • AJ Tracey, AJ Tracey/Revenge Records
  • Central Cee, Central Cee, Warner Music
  • Dave, Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
  • Ghetts, Warner Records, Warner Music
  • Little Simz, Age 101/Awal

Dance

  • Becky Hill, Polydor, Universal Music
  • Calvin Harris, Columbia, Sony Music
  • Fred Again, Atlantic, Warner Music
  • Joel Corry, Asylum, Warner Music
  • Raye, Platoon

Pop, R&B

  • Adele, Columbia, Sony Music
  • Dua Lipa, Warner Records, Warner Music
  • Ed Sheeran, Asylum, Warner Music
  • Griff, Warner Records, Warner Music
  • Joy Crookes, Insanity/Speakerbox Recordings, Sony Music

International Artist

International Group

International Song of the Year

  • ATB/Topic/A7S, "Your Love (9PM)", EMI/Positiva, Universal Music
  • Billie Eilish, "Happier Than Ever", Polydor/Interscope. Universal Music
  • Ckay, "Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)", Parlophone, Warner Music
  • Doja Cat featuring SZA, "Kiss Me More", Ministry Of Sound, Sony Music
  • Drake featuring Lil Baby, "Girls Want Girls", Ovo/Republic Records, Universal Music
  • Galantis/Guetta/Little Mix, "Heartbreak Anthem", Atlantic/RCA, Sony Music, Warner Music
  • Jonasu, "Black Magic", 3 Beat, Universal Music
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, "Stay", EMI/RCA, Sony Music/Universal Music
  • Lil Nas X, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name) ", RCA, Sony Music
  • Lil Tjay & 6lack, "Calling My Phone", Columbia/Polydor/Interscope, Sony Music, Universal Music
  • Maneskin, "I Wanna Be Your Slave", Columbia, Sony Music
  • Olivia Rodrigo, "Good 4 U", Polydor/Geffen, Universal Music
  • Polo G, "Rapstar", Columbia, Sony Music
  • Tiesto, "The Business", Atlantic, Warner Music
  • The Weeknd, "Save Your Tears", Republic Records/XO, Universal Music

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