Skepta, Drake, ZAYN, David Bowie, And More Nominated For 2017 BRIT Awards

Grime MC Skepta gets three nominations including British breakthrough act and British album of the year.

January 14, 2017

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It was no surprise that breakthrough artist, Skepta, lead the nominations this year for the 2017 BRIT awards, the U.K.’s biggest annual music awards. The grime MC is up for three trophies including British male solo artist, British breakthrough act, and British album of the year for Konnichiwa, which was certified gold in the U.K.

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Other notable U.K. acts in the running this year include Stormzy, Skepta's fellow grime MC, for British breakthrough act, ZAYN for British artist video of the year for "PILLOWTALK", and Adele for British artist video of the year for "Send Your Love (To Your New Lover)." Anohni, whose album Hopelessness made The FADER's 24 Albums That Mattered in 2016 list, is also nominated for British female solo artist.

In the international categories, Drake and The Weeknd are nominated for International male solo artist. Rihanna, Beyoncé and Solange are all nominated for International female solo artist.

The BRITs also gave posthumous nods to David Bowie up for British album of the year and British male solo artist, and Leonard Cohen up for International male solo artist.

The 2017 BRITs are on February 22 with confirmed performances from The 1975, Little Mix and Emeli Sandé. Vote for the nominees here, and read the full list of nominations below.

British male solo artist

Craig David
David Bowie
Kano
Michael Kiwanuka
Skepta

British female solo artist

Anohni
Ellie Golding
Emeli Sandé
Lianne La Havas
Nao

British group

The 1975
Bastille
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix
Radiohead

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British breakthrough act

Anne-Marie
Rag'N'Bone Man
Blossoms
Skepta
Stormzy

British album of the year

Skepta – Konnichiwa
David Bowie – Black Star
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
Kano – Made in the Manor
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

British Single of the year

Alan Walker – "Faded"
Calvin Harris f. Rihanna – "This Is What You Came For"
Coldplay – "Hymn For the Weekend"
Calum Scott – "Dancing On My Own"
Clean Bandit f. Sean Paul & Anne Marie – "Rockabye"
James Arthur – "Say You Won't Let Go"
Little Mix – "Shout Out To My Ex"
ZAYN – "PILLOWTALK"
Jonas Blue f. Dakota – "Fast Car"
Tinie Tempah f. Zara Larsson – "Girls Like"

British artist video of the year

Adele – "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"
Calvin Harris f. Rihanna – "This Is What You Came For"
Clean Bandit f. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – "Rockabye"
James Arthur – "Say You Won't Let Go"
Coldplay – "Hymn For The Weekend"
One Direction – "History"
Jonas Blue f. Dakota – "Fast Car"
Little Mix f. Sean Paul – "Hair"
Tinie Tempah f. Zara Larsson – "Girls Like"
ZAYN – "PILLOWTALK"

International male solo artist

Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
Drake
Leonard Cohen
The Weeknd

International female solo artist

Rihanna
Beyoncé
Solange
Sia
Christine and the Queens

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International group

A Tribe Called Quest
Drake & Future
Kings of Leon
Twenty One Pilots
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Skepta, Drake, ZAYN, David Bowie, And More Nominated For 2017 BRIT Awards