World-conquering troubadour Ed Sheeran sits in second, with four awards to potentially add to his bulging mantelpiece, whilst Rag’n’Bone Man and J Hus are up for three each, but who will take home the trophies from the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday 21st February? Take a look at Sports.net’s Brit Awards 2018 preview.
Best British Album Nominations
- Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa
- Ed Sheeran - ÷
- J Hus - Common Sense
- Rag'n'Bone Man - Human
- Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer
The best album category will be one of the most hotly contested in recent years, as five worthy winners battle it out. Dua Lipa is the flavour of the month, and her record features some of the catchiest tunes around, but it rarely happens that the most-nominated artist takes home everything.
Ed Sheeran’s global appeal and the constant radio play of many of the tracks from ÷ makes him difficult to bet against, whilst Stormzy has risen from the shadows of the grime scene to become a fully fledged cultural icon over the last year. J Hus boasts a growing following, but he may find it tough to break through this very strong field.
It’s definitely worth looking at Rag’n’Bone Man, whose deep baritone croon is like nothing else around at the moment. His album has already picked up accolades, including the BBC album of the year, and it could see him add another Brit Award to the best breakthrough and critics’ choice gongs he picked up last year.
Best Male Solo Artist Nominations
- Ed Sheeran
- Liam Gallagher
- Loyle Carner
- Rag 'N' Bone Man
Liam Gallagher is perfect for events like this, where he is guaranteed to say or do something newsworthy. However, despite a well-received new album, don’t expect him to challenge the big three in this category and take home the gong. Hip hop artist Loyle Carner’s nomination is a welcome recognition of his potential, even if he is also unlikely to win.
Sheeran, Stormzy and Rag’n’Bone Man go up against each other again in the best male category. With this award incorporating much more than just the music put down in the studio, this could have force-of-nature Stormzy’s name all over it.
Best Female Solo Artist
- Dua Lipa
- Jessie Ware
- Kate Tempest
- Laura Marling
- Paloma Faith
Kate Tempest tweeted about her surprise at being nominated for the best female solo artist Brit, but her second album Let Them Eat Chaos received rave reviews for its mix of poetry and hip hop, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize last year. It’s an eclectic selection of nominees, making it so difficult to compare like-for-like, but Tempest’s unique style is an outside shot for the title.
Folk artist Laura Marling hasn’t won a Brit since 2011, despite having being nominated in four of the last six years, whilst Jessie Ware and Paloma Faith have both returned in the last year with strong offerings. However, you can’t look past Dua Lipa turning one of those nominations into a trophy in this category, after the year she has enjoyed.