Sam Fender Prominent In BRIT Awards Nominations With Adele, Dave, And More

The 42nd awards will take place at the O2 Arena in London on February 8.

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Sam Fender photo: Joseph Okpako/WireImage
Sam Fender photo: Joseph Okpako/WireImage

Sam Fender has three nominations for the 2022 BRIT Awards, the joint second highest total for next year’s ceremony. The 42nd awards will take place at the O2 Arena in London on February 8.

As previously announced, the ceremony will see male and female categories dropped, and the introduction of four new genre awards, to be voted on by the British public: Alternative/Rock Act, Hip-Hop/Grime/Rap Act, Dance Act, and Pop Act.

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Four artists lead the way with four nominations each, Adele, Dave, Ed Sheeran, and Little Simz. Fender is joined on three by London-based rapper Central Cee. Fender’s sophomore set Seventeen Going Under is shortlisted for Album of the Year, up against titles by Adele, Dave, Ed Sheeran, and Little Simz. He will contest Artist of the Year with the same four fellow artists, and is also in the shortlist for Alternative/Rock act.

ABBA have a nomination for Best International Group along with BTS, Maneskin, Silk Sonic, and War On Drugs. Elton John and Dua Lipa’s chart-conquering “Cold Heart (Pnau Mix)” is one of 15 tracks listed for Song of the Year. As reported, Holly Humberstone has been named the winner of the BRITs Rising Star award; the Producer and Songwriter of the Year awards will be announced in January.

Some of the new awards have been revived from previous incarnations: the rock trophy was presented as British Rock Act from 2004-2006, British Dance Act ran under that name from 1994-2004, British Hip Hop/Rap/Grime Act was known as British Urban Act from 2003-2006 and British Pop/R&B Act was titled British Pop Act, also between 2000 and 2006.

The full list of BRIT Award 2022 nominations is:

Album of the Year
Adele – 30
Dave – We’re All Alone In This Together
Ed Sheeran – =
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under

Artist of the Year
Ed Sheeran
Little Simz
Sam Fender

Best Group
D-Block Europe
Little Mix
London Grammar
Wolf Alice

Song of the Year
A1 & J1 – Latest Trends
Adele – Easy On Me
Anne-Marie, KSI & Digital Farm Animals – Don’t Play
Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember
Central Cee – Obsessed With You
Dave ft Stormzy – Clash
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Mix)
Glass Animals – Heat Waves
Joel Corry, Raye & David Guetta – Bed
KSI – Holiday
Nathan & 220Kid & Billen Ted – Wellerman
Riton, Nightcrawlers & Mufasa – Friday
Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – Body
Tom Grennan – Little Bit Of Love

Best New Artist
Central Cee
Joy Crookes
Little Simz
Self Esteem

Best International Artist
Billie Eilish
Doja Cat
Lil Nas X
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift

Best International Group
Silk Sonic
War On Drugs

Best International Song
ATB / Topic / A7S – Your Love (9PM)
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
Ckay – Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)
Doja Cat ft SZA – Kiss Me More
Drake ft Lil Baby – Girls Want Girls
Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem
Jonasu – Black Magic
Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – Stay
Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
Lil TJ & 6lack – Calling My Phone
Maneskin – I Wanna Be Your Slave
Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4U
Polo G – Rapstar
Tiesto – The Business
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears

BRITs Rising Star
Holly Humberstone – winner

Best Dance
Becky Hill
Calvin Harris
Fred Again
Joel Corry

Best Rock/Alternative
Glass Animals
Sam Fender
Tom Grennan
Wolf Alice

Best Pop/R&B
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Joy Crookes

Best Hip-Hop/Grime/Rap
AJ Tracey
Central Cee
Little Simz

Producer and Songwriter of the year
Announced in January 2022

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