Ed Sheeran heads Brit Awards 2012 nominees

Young star contests four categories, with Adele and Jessie J receiving three nods each

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Ed Sheeran heads Brit Awards 2012 nominees
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Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran said he was "ecstatic, really happy and pleased" to be the most nominated musician of the year ahead of the 2012 Brit Awards.

Contenders were revealed at a red carpet event in London last night, with Sheeran recognised in four categories - best British breakthrough act, male solo artist, British single and British album of the year.

Jessie J, also up for best breakthrough act and single, as well as best British female solo artist, said: "I would never have imagined this last year. I remember sitting at the table and thinking, 'Next year I want to be voted best female'.

"Even if I don't win, it's just being nominated and the feeling of that."

The Price Tag singer competes for best single and female solo artist with fellow singer/songwriter Adele, who also takes on Sheeran for album of the year.

Jessie J and Sheeran are joined in the British breakthrough act category by fellow newcomers Anna Calvi, Emeli Sandé and the Vaccines, while Sandé, Maverick Sabre and Michael Kiwanuka make up the critics' choice shortlist.

On the night, Britpop stalwarts Blur will be presented with the award for outstanding contribution to British music.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

British male solo artist


Ed Sheeran

James Blake

James Morrison

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Professor Green


British female solo artist

Adele

Florence + the Machine

Jessie J

Kate Bush

Laura Marling


British breakthrough act

Anna Calvi

Ed Sheeran

Emeli Sandé

Jessie J

The Vaccines


British group

Arctic Monkeys

Chase & Status

Coldplay

Elbow

Kasabian


British single

Adele - Someone Like You

Ed Sheeran - The A Team

Example - Changed the Way You Kissed Me

Jessie J ft B.o.B. - Price Tag

JLS ft Dev - She Makes Me Wanna

Military Wives/Gareth Malone - Wherever You Are

Olly Murs ft Rizzle Kicks - Heart Skips a Beat

One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful

Pixie Lott - All about Tonight

The Wanted - Glad You Came


Mastercard British album of the year

Adele - 21

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

Ed Sheeran - +

Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake


International male solo artist

Aloe Blacc

Bon Iver

Bruno Mars

David Guetta

Ryan Adams


International female solo artist

Beyoncé

Björk

Feist

Lady Gaga

Rihanna


International group

Fleet Foxes

Foo Fighters

Jay-Z/Kanye West

Lady Antebellum

Maroon 5


International breakthrough act

Aloe Blacc

Bon Iver

Foster The People

Lana Del Rey

Nicki Minaj


Outstanding contribution to music award

WINNER: Blur


Critics' choice

1st - Emeli Sandé

2nd - Maverick Sabre

3rd - Michael Kiwanuka


British producer

Paul Epworth

Flood

Ethan Johns