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14 January 2018

Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, J Hus, Rag'n'Bone Man and Stormzy are the nominees for the prestigious Mastercard British Album of the Year.

The 22-year-old's self-titled album won the most nods, including British female solo artist, british single, album of the year, video of the year and breakthrough act.

Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Zayn are up against each other in the British Artist Video category, an award they won together four times as One Direction.

Dua Lipa's tally makes her the most nominated female artist in a single year at the BRITs.

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J Hus also has three nominations (Common Sense for British Album, British Breakthrough and British Single for Did You See), while double nominees include Stormzy, Calvin Harris, Loyle Carner, Jonas Blue, Little Mix, Liam Payne and Clean Bandit.

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.

In the best British band category, the return of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz sees the animated outfit nominated alongside London Grammar, Wolf Alice, The xx and Royal Blood. Quavo) - Strip That Down Jonas Blue (feat.

Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Haim, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem will compete for International Group.

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Alicia Keys, Björk, Lorde, Pink and Taylor Swift are up for International Female, while Beck, Childish Gambino, DJ Khaled, Drake and Kendrick Lamar are nominated for International Male.

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".

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

"To be one of the people who are mentioned among these names..."

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The 2018 Brit Awards will take place 21 February at the O2 Arena in London, and the categories video of the year and breakthrough act are open to voting at the official website.