Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
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Ed Sheeran, Adele lead nominees for BRIT Awards

The Brit Awards, one of Britain's biggest music events, have unveiled their 2022 nominees, with the likes of ABBA, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Måneskin and Olivia Rodrigo up for awards, reports Mid-day

Adele and Ed Sheeran picked up four nominations each with both getting nods for album of the year, artiste of the year, best pop/R&B act and song of the year. Also scoring four nominations were British rapper Dave (album and artist of the year, best hip hop/rap/grime act and song of the year) and British singer-rapper Little Simz.

'Good 4 U' singer Olivia Rodrigo has been nominated for international artist and song of the year awards, while ABBA is up for international group of the year and Italian glam rock band Maneskin "the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest winners" received nods for international group and song of the year.

The awards courted controversy this fall after revealing plans to drop gendered categories and institute just single best British artist and best international artist awards.

The rule change prompted concerns that female artists, many of whom are already at a disadvantage in a male-dominated industry, are more likely to miss out on awards.

For two consecutive years, the best song category, which is chosen from a shortlist of 10 nominees, has only fielded one female lead artist on a track: Dua Lipa in 2021 and Mabel in 2020. And in 2020, two supposedly gender neutral award categories "best group and best album" didn't nominate a single female artist.

This year's awards will be held on February 8.