Brit Awards: Adele and Ed Sheeran Top Nominations List

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The Brit Awards are taking a gender-neutral twist this upcoming year, and we finally know who’ll be competing for the shiny trophies. Adele and Ed Sheeran topped the list of nominees in four gender-neutral categories, joined by Dave and Little Simz.

All four artists are in the running for two of the biggest awards of the night—the artists of the year and album of the year. Adele is competing with her recently released album 30, while Sheeran will face here with his latest LP Equals aka =. Sam Fender joins them as the fifth contender.

Adele, Sheeran, and Dave are also in the running for the song of the year, but the field is more crowded than ever. The list of nominees features a total of 15 songs, including Sheeran’s “Bad Habits”, Adele’s “Easy on Me”, and “Cold Heart” by Elton John and Dua Lipa.

The Brits shared their list of nominees about a year after announcing they would be removing gendered categories from all future ceremonies. The British male solo artist award and the British female solo artist award were replaced by a single category, with several more additional categories being introduced or revived.

The upcoming Brit Awards will be held on February 8th, 2022 at the O2 Arena in London, with Mo Gilligan hosting the ceremony.


Album of the year

Adele – 30

Dave – We’re All Alone In This Together

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under

Artist of the Year



Ed Sheeran

Little Simz

Sam Fender

Best group


D-Block Europe

Little Mix

London Grammar

Wolf Alice

Song of the Year

A1 & J1 – Latest Trends

Adele – Easy On Me

Anne-Marie, KSI & Digital Farm Animals – Don’t Play

Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember

Central Cee – Obsessed With You

Dave ft Stormzy – Clash

Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits

Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Mix)

Glass Animals – Heat Waves

Joel Corry, Raye & David Guetta – Bed

KSI – Holiday

Nathan & 220Kid & Billen Ted – Wellerman

Riton, Nightcrawlers & Mufasa – Friday

Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – Body

Tom Grennan – Little Bit Of Love

Best new artist

Central Cee


Joy Crookes

Little Simz

Self Esteem

Best international artist

Billie Eilish

Doja Cat

Lil Nas X

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

Best international group




Silk Sonic

War On Drugs

Best international song

ATB / Topic / A7S – Your Love (9PM)

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

Ckay – Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)

Doja Cat ft SZA – Kiss Me More

Drake ft Lil Baby – Girls Want Girls

Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem

Jonasu – Black Magic

Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – Stay

Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

Lil TJ & 6lack – Calling My Phone

Maneskin – I Wanna Be Your Slave

Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4U

Polo G – Rapstar

Tiesto – The Business

The Weeknd – Save Your Tears

Brits Rising Star

Holly Humberstone – Winner

Bree Runway

Lola Young

Best dance

Becky Hill

Calvin Harris

Fred Again

Joel Corry


Best rock/alternative


Glass Animals

Sam Fender

Tom Grennan

Wolf Alice

Best pop/R&B


Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran


Joy Crookes

Best hip-hop/grime/rap

AJ Tracey

Central Cee



Little Simz