Soulful songstress Adele and tousle-haired singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran lead the race for the U.K.‘s Brit music awards ahead of Tuesday’s ceremony in London.
Twenty one-year-old Sheeran has four nominations including breakthrough act, best British album, for his debut “+,” best single for “The A Team” and best British male solo act. He’s up against James Blake, James Morrison, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Professor Green in that category.
Adele, who won six Grammys last week in Los Angeles for her sophomore album “21,” is nominated for three Brits — British album, British single for “Someone Like You” and British female artist, an eclectic category that also includes Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Laura Marling and Kate Bush, who won the same prize 25 years ago.
Adele, who gave a show-stopping performance of “Someone Like You” at last year’s Brits, is also due to perform for the first time in Britain since undergoing vocal cord surgery to fix a potentially career-threatening throat condition.
Coldplay could win their fourth best Britishgroup trophy if they beat Elbow, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Chase&Status.
Nominees for international female solo artist are Beyonce, Bjork, Feist, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, while the international male race pits Aloe Blacc against Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Ryan Adams and Bon Iver.
Britpop icons Blur are scheduled to receive a special prize for their contribution to music at the televised ceremony.
The four original members — Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree — are performing together for the first time since a series of concerts in 2009.
Gallagher — former guitarist of Blur’s Britpop nemesis Oasis — is expected to perform alongside Coldplay’s Chris Martin during the show, hosted by actor James Corden.
Most of the awards are chosen by more than 1,000 musicians, critics and record industry figures, with several decided by public vote.
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