Adele, Coldplay, Florence & The Machine and Jessie J were among the British artists to earn multiple 2012 BRIT Award nominations, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 12). The 32nd annual BRIT Awards, which honor the best popular music coming out of the U.K., will be held on Feb. 21.
Adele picked up nominations for Best British Female Solo Artist, Mastercard British Album of the Year for sophomore smash "21," and Best British Single for her Hot 100-topping "Someone Like You." Coldplay's fifth full-length, "Mylo Xyloto," joins "21" in the Album of the Year category, while the rockers are also up for Best British Group.
Newcomers like James Blake, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Anna Calvi were represented in the British Male Solo Artist and British Female Solo Artist categories, respectively, while veteran groups like Elbow, Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys scored nods for Best British Group. Rising pop star Emeli Sandé has already won and will receive the Critics' Choice award, while Blur will be handed the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Bon Iver scored single nominations in the international categories, while the Best International Group category features an eclectic mix of Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z & Kanye West, Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and Tinie Tempah were the big winners at last year's BRIT Awards.
Here are the 2012 BRIT Award Nominations:
British Male Solo Artist
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
British Female Solo Artist
Florence + the Machine
British Breakthrough Act
Chase & Status
Adele, "Someone Like You"
Ed Sheeran, "The A Team"
Example, "Changed The Way You Kissed Me"
Jessie J feat. B.o.B, "Price Tag"
JLS feat. Dev, "She Makes Me Wanna"
Military Wives/Gareth Malone, "Wherever You Are"
Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks, "Heart Skips A Beat"
One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
Pixie Lott, "All About Tonight"
The Wanted, "Glad You Came"
Mastercard British Album of the Year
Coldplay, "Mylo Xyloto"
Ed Sheeran, "+"
Florence + The Machine, "Ceremonials"
PJ Harvey, "Let England Shake"
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
Jay Z & Kanye West
International Breakthrough Act
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Outstanding Contribution to Music
1st - Emeli Sandé
2nd - Maverick Sabre
3rd - Michael Kiwanuka