Dua Lipa leads Brits shortlist as women dominate album category for first time

Alex Green, PA Entertainment ReporterWed, 31 March 2021, 6:25 pm

Jessie Ware has hailed this year’s female nominees at the Brit Awards for making “long overdue history”.

The singer-songwriter and podcast host, 36, is nominated in the high-profile album of the year category, which this year features four women in the possible five slots for the first time.

Her recent disco-inspired album What’s Your Pleasure? sits alongside Collapsed In Sunbeams by Arlo Parks, Not Your Muse by Celeste and Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa, plus Big Conspiracy by rapper J Hus.https://www.instagram.com/p/CNFpcyqnbwc/embed/captioned?cr=1&v=12

Writing on Twitter after the announcement, Ware said: “Female Solo Artist and MasterCard Album Of The Year nom at BRITS ! Come on!!! Thank you to everyone who voted for me. Means a lot. Also shout out to 4 brilliant women being up for Best Album this year, making (long overdue) history!”

Parks celebrated her three Brit Award nominations in a video on Twitter.

She said: “I am an independent artist, I am 20 years old, I remember having two plays on SoundCloud, I remember building my way up from the ground when it came to the music and I never would have expected people to love my music on this level, to this extent.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-6&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1377282382403940352&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.yahoo.com%2Fnews%2Fhottest-day-year-lockdown-eased-thousand-hit-beaches-parks-083839509.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

Celeste, who also earned three nominations, tweeted: “I am so happy to have been nominated at this years @BRITs I genuinely thought I wouldn’t be in with a chance, so to be considered for one of these awards is astounding to me.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-7&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1377286342892265480&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.yahoo.com%2Fnews%2Fhottest-day-year-lockdown-eased-thousand-hit-beaches-parks-083839509.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

Rapper AJ Tracey, who was nominated in two categories, said: “It feels amazing. Obviously I work really hard and getting the recognition is great. It’s such a prestigious platform and I am really happy to be here.”

Little Mix, who are now a trio following the departure of Jesy Nelson, shared a video of themselves screaming in excitement after opening a card containing their nomination for British group.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-8&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1377282985129545732&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.yahoo.com%2Fnews%2Fhottest-day-year-lockdown-eased-thousand-hit-beaches-parks-083839509.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro took home their third Brit Award nomination.

They said: “We are over the moon to be receiving our third Brit nomination. It’s an honour to be nominated among so many great artists and bands, especially during such a tough time for everyone.

“Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We hope to see you all very soon. Mon The F****** Biff!”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-9&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1377283538446245892&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.yahoo.com%2Fnews%2Fhottest-day-year-lockdown-eased-thousand-hit-beaches-parks-083839509.html&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px

Foo Fighters, who were nominated for international group, said on Twitter: “If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times… we wouldn’t be the band that we are today if it weren’t for the UK.

“You’ve always been our second home, so it’s a great honor to be nominated this year. Can’t wait to put the ‘international’ back into our group!!!”

– This year, the Brit Awards will take place on May 11 after being postponed from February due to coronavirus restrictions.PA Media: Entertainment

Dua Lipa leads Brits shortlist as women dominate album category for first time

Alex Green, PA Entertainment ReporterWed, 31 March 2021, 6:25 pm

Dua Lipa once again leads the nominations at the Brit Awards, with the coveted album category dominated by women for the first time.

The 25-year-old was among the stars who secured three nods – best female solo act, best single for Physical and best album for Future Nostalgia.

Lipa earned four nominations in 2019 and the previous year scored five – one more than Ed Sheeran received that year.

Rising stars Arlo Parks and Celeste, rap duo Young T & Bugsey and DJ and producer Joel Corry all also received three nods.

Singer and poet Parks, 20, whose debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams was released in January to critical acclaim, was nominated for female solo artist, breakthrough artist and best album.

Soul singer Celeste, 26, who was crowned the winner of BBC Music’s Sound Of 2020, is tapped in the same three categories.

Jessie Ware, dance music duo Bicep and rappers AJ Tracey, J Hus and Headie One all scored two nominations apiece.

Graham Norton Show – London
Celeste (Matt Crossick/PA)

Bicep became a surprise success story in January when their trance and rave-inspired second album Isles went to number two.

For the first time, the album of the year category was dominated by female acts, with four of the five slots taken by women.

Collapsed In Sunbeams by Parks, Not Your Muse by Celeste, Future Nostalgia by Lipa and Ware’s What’s Your Pleasure? all received nods.

Rapper J Hus was the only male act to feature, with his critically acclaimed second album Big Conspiracy.

Rap, grime and drill artists also feature heavily on the 2021 shortlist, with artists such as Headie One, who has been referred to as the King Of Drill, J Hus and Young T & Bugsey making strong entries.

Top Boy UK Premiere – London
Headie One (Ian West/PA)

Elsewhere, there is an especially strong international female solo artist category featuring Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.

K-pop supergroup BTS also received their first Brit Award nomination in the international group category.

Harry Styles secured one nomination in the singles category for Watermelon Sugar, which also won the Grammy for best pop solo performance earlier this month.

The nominations were announced by Nick Grimshaw and this year’s rising star winner Griff across the Brit Awards social media channels on Wednesday.

Brit Awards 2018 – Show – London
Jack Whitehall at the 2018 Brit Awards (Victoria Jones/PA)

Jack Whitehall is returning for a fourth time to host the awards show, which is due to take place on May 11 at London’s O2 Arena.

The awards are voted for by around 1,500 people from across the UK music industry including journalists, record label employees and musicians.

The rising star winner was announced as singer-songwriter Griff earlier this month.

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