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Adele, Years & Years lead Brit Award 2016 nominations

2016-01-15
Adele and Years & Years lead the nominations for the 2016 Brit Awards, which are to be held at the 02 Arena London next month. The odds of Adele taking home a gong are high following her nominations for 'Best Female Solo Artist', 'British Album of the Year', for 25, and 'Best Single' and 'Best Artist Video' for her epic comeback single 'Hello'. brit The Daily Mail notes that Adele could also be a frontrunner for the Global Success Award, following the phenomenal sales records of her hotly anticipated album release last year. The 27-year-old last took out a Brit when 'Skyfall' was crowned Single of the Year back in 2013. The track, which accompanied the James Bond instalment of the same name and dominated the global music charts at the time of its release. “You couldn’t get a bigger name in music right now. Adele is having an exceptional moment and The Brits are delighted to be a part of her history, her present and future,” said Brit chairman Max Lousada in a statement. Also receiving four nominations is London electronica trio Years & Years, who will go head-to-head with Adele for Best Single and Best Video for their track Kings, while also being shortlisted for Best British Group, and Best British Breakthrough Act. After learning of their nominations, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander described the news as “really ridiculous” to the BBC. “I don't know what's happening. It's nuts," he said. Bassist Mikey Goldsworthy added it was "too much pressure”. “That's four times the anxiety. Sitting there and waiting for them to read the card." Following the death of David Bowie on January 10, Lousada also confirmed a tribute to honour the life of the music great would feature at the award ceremony. "David Bowie was one of the most important and influential songwriters and performers ever and, like so many fans around the world, we're devastated to hear of his loss,” he said. "A visionary and ground-breaking pioneer, he has inspired generations of musicians and will continue to shape music for many years to come. "Naturally, we wish to honour his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit Awards and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons. " See the full list of nominees below: British male solo artist Aphex Twin Calvin Harris James Bay Jamie xx Mark Ronson British female solo artist Adele Amy Winehouse Florence + the Machine Jess Glynne Laura Marling British group Blur Coldplay Foals One Direction Years & Years British breakthrough act Catfish and the Bottlemen James Bay Jess Glynne Wolf Alice Years & Years Critics' choice Winner: Jack Garratt Izzy Bizu Frances Brits global success award To be announced British single Adele - Hello Calvin Harris & Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love Ed Sheeran & Rudimental- Bloodstream Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do James Bay - Hold Back The River Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand Little Mix - Black Magic Olly Murs ft Demi Lovato - Up Philip George - Wish You Were Mine Years & Years - King   British album of the year Adele - 25 Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams Florence + the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful James Bay - Chaos and the Calm Jamie xx - In Colour British producer of the year Charlie Andrew Mark Ronson Mike Crossey Tom Dalgety British artist video of the year Adele - Hello Calvin Harris & Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love Ed Sheeran - Photograph Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do Jessie J - Flashlight Little Mix - Black Magic Naughty Boy ft Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin - Runnin' (Lose It All) One Direction - Drag Me Down Sam Smith - Writing's On The Wall Years & Years - King International male solo artist Drake Father John Misty Justin Bieber Kendrick Lamar The Weeknd International female solo artist Ariana Grande Bjork Courtney Barnett Lana Del Rey Meghan Trainor   International group Alabama Shakes Eagles of Death Metal Major Lazer Tame Impala U2 More stories: 5SOS’s Ashton calls out photoshopping of naked Rolling Stone shoot Interview | Hollyoaks’ Parry Glasspool talks streamy love scenes, gay fans and age gaps