LONDON (Reuters) – Rapper Dave and Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi lead the nominations for this year’s BRIT Awards with four nods each, in a new, slimmed-down list of prizes at Britain’s top pop music honors.
Both will contest the same categories at next month’s ceremony: male solo artist, best new artist, song of the year and Mastercard album of the year.
Dave is in the running for his single “Location” and the album “Psychodrama”, for which he won the Mercury Prize last year. Capaldi was nominated for his chart-topping track “Someone You Loved” and his album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent”.
Organizers have previously said this year’s show, the 40th in a series that began in 1977, will feature fewer categories, allowing for more music to be performed on the night.
They also said they would allow performing acts to “fully take the reins by encouraging them to create and curate performances unique to them”.
Grime star Stormzy is nominated for best male solo artist as well as for his song “Vossi Bop” and album “Heavy Is the Head”.
The nominees for male solo artist include Harry Styles, who first found fame in the boyband One Direction, and singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka. Both are also nominated for their albums “Fine Line” and “Kiwanuka” respectively.
Mabel is nominated for her song “Don’t Call Me Up”, and also in the best female solo artist and best new artist categories.
The other nominees for best female solo artist include singers Freya Ridings, FKA Twigs, Charli XCX and Mahalia.
Coldplay, Foals, Bastille, D-Block Europe and Bring Me The Horizon will compete for group of the year.
The song of the year contenders also include Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care”, Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Giant”, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” by Mark Ronson and featuring Miley Cyrus, AJ Tracey’s “Ladbroke Grove”, Tom Walker’s “Just You and I” and “Dancing With A Stranger” by Sam Smith and Normani.
Competing to be best international male solo artist are Bruce Springsteen, Burna Boy, Post Malone, Dermot Kennedy and Tyler, the Creator.
Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Lana Del Rey and Lizzo are in the running for best international female solo artist.
Singer Celeste has already been announced as the winner of the BRIT Rising Star award.
The award ceremony takes place in London on Feb. 18.
(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; additional reporting by Sarah Mills)