Dua Lipa beats Ed Sheeran in Brit Awards 2018 nominations

The south London musician - who frequently references his mum, Jean, on his debut album - was shortlisted in the best British solo male and best breakthrough artist categories.

Lipa is also up for British breakthrough artist alongside J Hus, Loyle Carner, Mercury Prize-winning Sampha and young rapper Dave, while she will face competition from Kate Tempest, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware and Laura Marling for the British female solo artist prize.

Dua Lipa leads the BRITs nominations, with five nods for the 2018 awards.

Meanwhile, who smashed records this year with the release of his third album divide, faces stiff competition in the best British male category, going head-to-head with, Liam Gallagher, Ran N Bone Man and Loyle Carner.

The highest number of nominations was received by singer Dua Lipa, whose single "New Rules" was a break out hit a year ago.

At the ceremony to announce the nominations, Jorja Smith was also revealed as the victor of the 2018 critics' choice BRIT Award.

The best British band nominees are Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and The xx. Grime star Stormzy, singer Rag'N'Bone Man and rapper J Hus join her and Sheeran for the best album prize.

Lipa, who's also worked as a model, also has hit singles Be The One, Hotter Than Hell and IDGAF to her name.

Having already collected seven Brits as part of One Direction, Payne finds himself competing with former bandmates Harry Styles and Zayn Malik in the best video category. Smith, who debuted at No.1 in the United States, may be hopeful of collecting the Global Success Award, which he previously won in 2015.

With 5 million sales worldwide from her one studio album, Dua Lipa is dubbed the next star to hail from the United Kingdom, as the only female British national to achieve a No 1 in the country since Adele in 2015.

Steve Mac has already been announced as victor of the Best British Producer award.

Speaking on the red carpet, Liam Payne told BANG Showbiz: "It's really great and there are some great artists in those categories as well". Zara Larsson) - Symphony Dua Lipa - New Rules Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You J Hus - Did You See Jax Jones (feat.

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