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12 January 2020 12:34

Singer Lewis Capaldi and rapper Dave lead the nominations in the Brit Awards shortlist announced last night.

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Advertising Read more London (AFP) Scottish indie singer Lewis Capaldi and rapper Dave will go head to head in this year's Brits Awards, with both shortlisted for the same four prestigious awards. The pair have been nominated in the male solo artist, song of the year, new artist of the year and album categories, organisers announced late Saturday. London rapper Dave, 21, broke through last year with his album "Psychodrama", which topped Britain's album chart, while Glaswegian Capaldi is up for "Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent," the country's best-selling album of 2019. The singer also received a Grammy nomination for his single "Someone You Loved", which topped the US chart. Grime rapper Stormzy, who headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2019, is shortlisted in three categories, as is singer Mabel, daughter of Swedish star Neneh Cherry.

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The best international male award pits Bruce Springsteen against Nigerian singer Burna Boy. The winners will be announced during the annual awards show at London's O2 Arena on February 18. Rockers The 1975 stole last year's show, with US singer Pink also honoured. The awards have recognised the cream of British pop music since they were first held in 1977, and have often been peppered with scandal and farce. Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker stormed the stage in protest while Michael Jackson performed surrounded by children in 1996. In 1998, Chumbawamba vocalist Danbert Nobacon dumped a bucket of iced water over then deputy prime minister John Prescott.

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And Madonna suffered whiplash injuries at the 2015 edition when she fell off the stage wearing a giant cape and surrounded by dancers wearing bondage-style costumes and horns on their heads. The British music industry contributed £4.5 billion ($5.8 billion, 5.1 billion euros) to the UK economy in 2015, and British artists accounted for one of every eight albums purchased worldwide. © 2020 AFP Music The Coachella Lineup Is Out & There Are No Women Headliners Mega music festival Coachella released its official 2020 lineup set to take place in the spring, and one look at the anticipated weekend's lineup reveals Capaldi could take home four Brit awards and a Grammy this year (Pic: Alan Rennie) Lewis Capaldi is leading the way in this year's Brit Awards nominations after the shortlist was revealed on Saturday. The Someone You Loved singer is nominated for four of the coveted awards meaning he has the joint most nominations at this year's ceremony along with Mercury Prize winning rapper, Dave. Following the shortlist reveal, Capaldi took to Twitter to announce the news.

Sign up to our daily newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Thanks for signing up! Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. Submitting... "Have been nominated for four Brit Awards!" He wrote, "From the s**t awards to the Brit awards, dreams can come true. Capaldi's debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, grabbed the first number one album of the decade last week while his single 'Before You Go' which was released on the album's extended version is currently sat at number two under Stormzy's 'Own It'. The two will also go head to head in the Best Album, Best British Male and Best Song categories at the awards ceremony which will take place on 18 February. Singer Lewis Capaldi and rapper Dave lead the nominations in the Brit Awards shortlist announced last night. The 23-year-old from West Lothian has secured four nods in the male solo artist, song of the year, new artist of the year and album categories for performers. On hearing the news, Capaldi tweeted: "Have been nominated for 4 Brit awards. "Dreams can come true, who said sex appeal can't get you to the top." Rap star Dave is pitted against the Scot in the same four categories, with his album Psychodrama and single Location making the shortlist. © JM Enternational/Shutterstock The news tops a whirlwind run for Capaldi who was transformed into a global star last year. His smash hit Someone You Loved topped the charts in the US as well as at home. He was also nominated for a Grammy. His debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent also stayed at No.1 for six weeks and he became the biggest-selling British artist of 2019, beating off competition from Ed Sheeran and the cast of The Greatest Showman. Mabel also secured three nominations, having also been included in the best female solo artist, new artist and song of the year categories. Stormzy received three nods, with his song Vossi Bop and album Heavy Is The Head both making the shortlist. Musicians up for the best international male award include Bruce Springsteen and Nigerian singer Burna Boy, while Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey are up for the female award.