Sam Smith Leads 2015 Brit Award Nominations, The War On Drugs & 5 Seconds Of Summer Vie For Best International Group

The nominations for the 2015 BRIT Awards were just announced, and the field is led by home-bred crooner Sam Smith. He picked up nominations for Best Album Of The Year, Best Male Solo Artist, Breakthrough Act, and Best Single and Best Music Video for “Stay With Me.” FKA Twigs got noms for Best Female Solo Artist and Breakthrough Act, Jessie Ware picked up one for Female Solo Artist, and Chvrches were nominated for Breakthrough Act. (Curiously, the latter were not nominated at all last year when their debut album would have been eligible.) As for non-British artists, the War On Drugs will go up against 5 Seconds Of Summer, the Black Keys, First Aid Kid, and Foo Fighters for Best International Group. Beck, Hozier, Jack White, John Legend, Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Sia, St. Vincent, and Taylor Swift are all up for International Male and Female artists respectively. This year’s ceremony will take place on 2/25. Check out the full list of nominees below.

British Male Solo Artist
Damon Albarn
Ed Sheeran
George Ezra
Paolo Nutini
Sam Smith

British Female Solo Artist
Ella Henderson
FKA Twigs
Jessie Ware
Lily Allen
Paloma Faith

British Group
Clean Bandit
One Direction
Royal Blood

British Breakthrough Act
FKA Twigs
George Ezra
Royal Blood
Sam Smith

Critics’ Choice
James Bay (winner)
George The Poet
Years & Years

British Single
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Clean Bandit – “Rather Be” (Feat. Jess Glynne)
Duke Dumont – “I Got U” (Feat. Jax Jones)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Ella Henderson – “Ghost”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk” (Feat. Bruno Mars)
Route 94 – “My Love” (Feat. Jess Glynne)
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Sigma – “Nobody To Love”

British Album Of The Year
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Ed Sheeran – X
George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

British Producer Of The Year
Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory
Jake Gosling
Paul Epworth

British Artist Video Of The Year
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Duke Dumont – “I Got U” (Feat. Jax Jones)
Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk” (Feat. Bruno Mars)
One Direction – “You And I”
Rita Ora – “I Will Never Let You Down”
Route 94 – “My Love” (Feat. Jess Glynne)
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Sigma – “Nobody To Love”

International Male Solo Artist
Jack White
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

International Female Solo Artist
Lana Del Rey
St. Vincent
Taylor Swift

International Group
5 Seconds Of Summer
The Black Keys
First Aid Kit
Foo Fighters
The War On Drugs

[Photo by Kevin Kane/Getty.]

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