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Nominations announced for The BRIT Awards 2021 with Mastercard

The nominations for this year’s BRIT Awards with Mastercard were revealed via an exclusive launch across the @BRITs social channels last week. Co-hosts Nick Grimshaw and this year’s BRITs Rising Star winner Griff took fans through the nine shortlists, with all winners to be revealed at the main show on 11th May at The O2 arena in London, broadcast on ITV and ITV Hub, and hosted by Jack Whitehall.

Out in front are a trio of standout British women who have all had an exceptional year; each earning three nominations across various categories. Dua Lipa, who was yesterday confirmed to perform at the main show, Arlo Parks and 2020’s BRITs Rising Star winner Celeste are all nominated for Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album, with Dua Lipa also in the running for British Single.

Arlo Parks and Celeste both also feature in the shortlist for Breakthrough Artist, whilst fellow Brit female and double nominee for 2021 Jessie Ware is up for Mastercard Album as well as Female Solo Artist which, along with Dua, Arlo and Celeste, also sees Lianne La Havas up for the title.

Flying the flag for British rap with three nominations are Young T & Bugsey, who are nominated for British Single and Breakthrough Artist, and will face The 1975, Little Mix, Bicep (also in Breakthrough Artist) and Biffy Clyro in the British Group category.

AJ Tracey is shortlisted twice; one nod in the British Single category, and a second for Male Solo Artist, along with Yungblud, Joel Corry, J Hus and Headie One. J Hus earns a second nomination in Mastercard Album, whilst Headie One also features in the shortlist for British Single. Along with Male Solo Artist, Joel Corry receives two more nominations, for Breakthrough Artist and British Single, bringing his tally up to three in total.

The British Single category also sees Aitch up for his second BRIT, having last year been nominated for Best New Artist. Dance & electronic acts 220 Kid, Nathan Dawes and Regard also get a look in this shortlist, as does Harry Styles, whose performance at the 2020 show was one of the evening’s highlights.

The international categories see new and returning artists alike; nominated for their first ever BRIT in International Group are BTS, Run the Jewels and Fontaines D.C., alongside Foo Fighters, who have won this category four times previously and Haim, who have been nominated twice before.

International Female as ever showcases incredibly multi-talented and creative women, with Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift all shortlisted – Miley receives her debut BRIT nomination this year.

The BRITs welcomes The Weeknd into the category for this year’s International Male, having been nominated twice before, plus Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Burna Boy (who appeared at the 2020 BRITs as part of Stormzy’s performance) and Bruce Springsteen, marking his 11th BRIT nomination.

Earlier this month, The BRITs announced the winner of this year’s Rising Star supported by BBC Radio 1 award as Griff, who joins an illustrious list of artist alumni such as Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and Celeste who were all identified through this award (previously known as Critics’ Choice) as the future stars of British music. Griff will perform at The BRITs in May.

More show announcements to follow over the coming weeks.

Mastercard return as headline partner for the 23rd year, having supported The BRITs for over two decades, bringing cardholders closer to music through a range of priceless experiences – from tickets to the BRITs, or Priceless Surprises with some of the UK’s best loved artists. This year, Mastercard will continue to sponsor the much sought after Album award, as well as British Single with Mastercard for the first time and is proud to carry on connecting people to priceless possibilities.  Amazon Music is the Official Digital Music Partner for a second year and will host the Official BRIT Awards 2021 playlist as well as sponsor the Male and Female Solo Artist categories. Following a successful partnership in 2020, TikTok will once again partner with The BRITs to sponsor the Breakthrough Artist category which will see an exclusive series of events in-app to profile those nominated, from TikTok LIVEs to hashtag challenges.   

NOMINATIONS LIST

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

In association with Amazon Music

ARLO PARKS TRANSGRESSIVE

CELESTE POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

DUA LIPA WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

JESSIE WARE EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

LIANNE LA HAVAS WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

MALE SOLO ARTIST

In association with Amazon Music

AJ TRACEY AJ TRACEY

HEADIE ONE RELENTLESS, SONY MUSIC

J HUS BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

JOEL CORRY

ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC

YUNGBLUD INTERSCOPE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

BRITISH GROUP

BICEP NINJA TUNE

BIFFY CLYRO WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

LITTLE MIX RCA, SONY MUSIC

THE 1975 DIRTY HIT/POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

YOUNG T & BUGSEY 

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

BRITs RISING STAR

Identified by a panel of critics,  influencers, writers and composers, Supported by BBC Radio 1

GRIFF WARNER, WARNER  (Winner)

PA SALIEU WARNER, WARNER MUSIC


RINA SAWAYAMA DIRTY HIT

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

In association with TikTok

ARLO PARKS TRANSGRESSIVE

BICEP NINJA TUNE

CELESTE POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

JOEL CORRY

ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

BRITISH SINGLE WITH MASTERCARD

The top ten identified by chart eligible sales success then voted for by The Academy, Supported by Capital FM

220 KID & GRACEY DON’T NEED LOVE

POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH RAIN DUA LIPA PHYSICAL

NQ, VIRGIN, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

HARRY STYLES WATERMELON SUGAR

COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC HEADIE ONE FT AJ TRACEY & STORMZY AIN’T IT DIFFERENT JOEL CORRY FT MNEK HEAD & HEART NATHAN DAWE FT KSI LIGHTER REGARD & RAYE SECRETS S1MBA FT DTG ROVER

RELENTLESS, SONY MUSIC

ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC

ATLANTIC, WARNER MUSIC

MINISTRY OF SOUND, SONY MUSIC

PARLOPHONE, WARNER MUSIC YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT HEADIE ONE DON’T RUSH

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

The BRIT Awards 2021 in association with Mastercard

MASTERCARD ALBUM

ARLO PARKS  COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS

TRANSGRESSIVE

CELESTE  NOT YOUR MUSE

POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

DUA LIPA  FUTURE NOSTALGIA

WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

J HUS  BIG CONSPIRACY

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

JESSIE WARE  WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE?

EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

ARIANA GRANDE REPUBLIC, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

BILLIE EILISH INTERSCOPE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

CARDI B ATLANTIC, WARNER MUSIC

MILEY CYRUS RCA, SONY MUSIC

TAYLOR SWIFT EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 

COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC

BURNA BOY ATLANTIC, WARNER MUSIC

CHILDISH GAMBINO COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC

TAME IMPALA FICTION, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

THE WEEKND REPUBLIC/XO, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

BTS BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT

FONTAINES D.C. PARTISAN

FOO FIGHTERS COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC

HAIM POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC


RUN THE JEWELS BMG MUSIC

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