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
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
British female solo artist
Florence + the Machine
British breakthrough act
Chase & Status
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
International female solo artist
International breakthrough act
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Outstanding contribution to music award
1st – Emeli Sandé
2nd – Maverick Sabre
3rd – Michael Kiwanuka