Sheeran, Dua Lipa in Brit nominations

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Meanwhile Ed Sheeran, who smashed records this year with the release of his third album divide, faces stiff competition in the best British male category, going head-to-head with Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Ran N Bone Man and Loyle Carner.

Victor of MTV Europe and NME's 2017 Best New Act, UK artist Dua Lipa will set "New Rules" at her first solo appearance in the UAE.

In the best British band category, the return of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz sees the animated outfit nominated alongside London Grammar, Wolf Alice, The xx and Royal Blood.

The 22-year-old's self-titled album won the most nods, including British female solo artist, british single, album of the year, video of the year and breakthrough act.

Liam Payne, who was nominated for best British single and best video for Strip That Down, has hailed the power of British music.

Taylor Swift, Pink, Lorde, Alicia Keys and Björk were all nominated for best worldwide female, with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino (the stage name for Donald Glover), Beck and DJ Khaled nominated for best global male.

East London rapper J Hus and platinum-selling songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man have three nominations apiece, including for best album, while Stormzy's Gang Signs and Prayer is also nominated.

In the worldwide categories, Foo Fighters, Haim, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire are up for best group.

Commenting on his four nominations, Sheeran wrote on Instagram: "Thanks for all my Brit award nominations, and well done to all the other nominees".

Ed Sheeran's latest best-selling album is up against four debut offerings at this year's Brit Awards, including one by breakthrough pop star Dua Lipa, who also dominated Saturday's nominations.

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