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Adele, Ed Sheeran, Dave and Little Simz lead the 2022 Brit Award nominations

Adele, Ed Sheeran, Little Simz and Dave lead the nominations for the 2022 Brit Awards.

Next year’s set of nominations includes the biggest number of women or female-fronted acts in over a decade, suggesting that the recent scrapping of gender-based awards categories has not negatively impacted representation.

Among the female and female-fronted acts nominated this year are groups Little Mix, Wolf Alice and London Grammar, rappers Little Simz and Doja Cat, and singers Adele, Dua Lipa, Joy Crookes, Griff and Self Esteem.

Grime, rap and hip-hop artists have also fared well in this year’s set of nominations, with nods for Little Simz, Ghetts, AJ Tracey, Dave and newcomer Central Cee.

Adele, Sheeran, Little Simz and Dave all have four nods apiece, while singer-songwriter Sam Fender, Central Cee and producer David Guetta are up for three awards each.

See the nominations in full below:

Artist of the Year

Little Simz is one of the musicians up for Artist of the Year at the 2022 Brit Awards

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Little Simz

Ed Sheeran

Sam Fender

Album of the Year

Sam Fender is nominated for his second album, ‘Seventeen Going Under’

(Charlotte Patmore)

30 – Adele

We’re All Alone In This Together – Dave

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert – Little Simz

= (Equals) – Ed Sheeran

Seventeen Going Under – Sam Fender

Best Group

Little Mix made history at the 2021 Brit Awards when they became the first female act to win Best Group

(BBC iPlayer)

Little Mix


D-Block Europe

Wolf Alice

London Grammar

Song of the Year

Glass Animals broke a US chart record with their sleeper hit single, ‘Heat Waves’

(Neil Krug/DawBell)

“Latest Trends” – A1 and J1

“Easy on Me” – Adele

“Don’t Play” – Annie-Marie, KSI, Digital Farm Animals

“Remember” – Becky Hill with David Guetta

“Obsessed With You” – Central Cee

“Clash” – Dave ft Stormzy

“Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran

“Cold Heart” (PNAU Remix) – Elton John, Dua Lipa

“Heat Waves” – Glass Animals

“Bed” – Joel Corry, Raye, David Guetta

“Holiday” – KSI

“Wellerman” (220 Kid and Billen Ted Remix) – Nathan Evans

“Friday (Dopamine Re-edit)” – Riton x Nightcrawlers ft Mufasa and Hypeman

“Body” – Tion Wayne and Russ Millions

“Little Bit of Love” – Tom Grennan

Best New Artist

Self Esteem (artist Rebecca Taylor)

(Olivia Richardson)

Central Cee


Joy Crookes

Little Simz

Self Esteem


Brit Award 2022 nominees Wolf Alice

(Jordan Hemingway)


Glass Animals

Sam Fender

Tom Grennan

Wolf Alice

Hip hop/grime/rap

Dave received unanimous praise for his 2021 album, ‘We’re All Alone in This Together’

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Little Simz

AJ Tracey

Central Cee



Singer Raye is up for Best Dance act

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Becky Hill

Calvin Harris

Fred Again

Joel Corry



Dua Lipa is up for Best Pop/R&B act

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Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran


Joy Crooks

International Artist

Lil Nas X is one of the nominees for Best International Artist

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Billie Eilish

Doja Cat

Lil Nas X

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

International Group

Silk Sonic: Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars

(Josh Esparza)




Silk Sonic/ Bruno Mars/ Anderson. Paak

The War on Drugs

International Song of the Year

Maneskin performing at the American Music Awards 2021

(Getty Images for MRC)

“Your Love (9pm)” – ATB x Topic x A7S

“Happier Than Ever” – Billie Eilish

“Love Nwantiti (ah ah ah)” – Ckay

“Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft Sza

“Girls Want Girl” – Drake ft Lil Baby

“Heartbreak Anthem” – Galantis, David Guetta, Little Mix

“Black Magic” – Jonasu

“Stay” – Justin Bieber, Kid Laroi

“Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” – Lil Nas X

“Calling My Phone” – Lil Tjay ft 6lack

“Wanna Be Your Slave” – Maneskin

“Good 4 U” – Olivia Rodrigo

“Rap Star” – Polo G

“The Business” – Tiesto

“Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd

The Brit Awards removed male and female categories to make the annual ceremony as “inclusive and relevant as possible”.

In a statement announcing the change, the Brits said the move came as they wanted to celebrate “artists solely for their music and work, rather than how they choose to identify or as others may see them”.

Musicians such as Sam Smith and Will Young had previously called for the change, saying gender categories resulted in the exclusion of non-binary musicians.

Next year’s ceremony will also see the reintroduction of genre-based prizes for the first time since 2006. Prizes for best alternative/rock, pop/R&B, dance and hip-hop/rap/grime will be voted for by fans, rather than music industry insiders as per tradition.

Singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone was announced as the recipient of the 2022 Rising Star Award earlier this month, beating competition from fellow shortlisted artists Bree Runway and Lola Young.

The Brit Awards take place at the O2 Arena in London on 8 February 2022. Find out who’s performing live at the ceremony here.

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