Dua Lipa Leads Brit Nominations

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Ed Sheeran's record-breaking third album Divide has been nominated for the Brits album of the year prize.

Meanwhile Dua Lipa, 22, has five nominations including best British female solo artist, where she will battle it out against 2015 victor Paloma Faith, rapper-poet Kate Tempest, Jessie Ware and Laura Marling.

Dua Lipa - who leads the field with five nods - posted on Twitter: "5 BRIT NOMINATIONS!"

The "New Rules" hit maker is up against Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Kate Tempest and Laura Marling in the best British female category.

And her competition in the breakthrough act category includes J Hus, Loyle Carner, Sampha and Santan Dave.

The Brit Awards were past year dominated by David Bowie, who won two posthumous awards for best solo artist and best album for "Blackstar".

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Sheeran's final nomination is in the best video of the year category which also sees three former One Direction members in competition.

In the worldwide categories, Bjork, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Drake, LCD Soundsystem, HAIM, Arcade Fire, Alice Wolf, The Killers, and Alicia Keys have been nominated. Grime star Stormzy, singer Rag'N'Bone Man and rapper J Hus join her and Sheeran for the best album prize.

Taylor Swift, Lorde, Bjork, Pink and Alicia Keys are all nominated for best worldwide female while actor Donald Glover's musical alter-ego, Childish Gambino, earns a nod in the best global male category.

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

The Brit Awards take place on February 21 at London's O2 Arena.

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