Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons Lead BRIT Award Nominations

Emeli Sande's 'Our Version of Events' Tops UK Charts, Is Year's Best-Seller

British music stars Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and Rita Ora lead the nominations for the 2013 BRIT Awards, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 10). The annual salute to U.K. artists will be held on Feb. 20, with performances from One Direction, Muse, Sande, Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard and Robbie Williams.

Sande, a Scottish singer-songwriter whose lauded debut album "Our Version of Events" was released last year, scored the most nominations with four, including a nod in the British Album of the Year category. Her LP will compete against Plan B's "Ill Manors," Alt-J's "An Awesome Wave," Paloma Faith's "Fall To Grace" and Mumford & Sons' "Babel."


Emeli Sande's 'Events' Tops UK Charts, Is Year's Best-Seller


Folk stars Mumford & Sons, Mercury Prize winners Alt-J and Roc Nation pop newcomer Rita Ora scored three nominations each, while artists like Muse, Paloma Faith, Plan B, Olly Murs, Jessie Ware, Ben Howard, Rihanna and Coldplay each scooped up a pair of nods. If Rihanna tops Alicia Keys, Cat Power, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift for the International female solo artist trophy, it would mark her third consecutive win in the category.

Last year, Adele scored three nominations for her smash album "21," and took home British album of the year. In 2013, the U.K. superstar could add another BRIT to her awards mantle, as her James Bond anthem, "Skyfall," is up for Best British single.


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Finally, a pair of interesting nominees: Amy Winehouse, who passed away in July 2011, could be named British female solo artist of the year, for her posthumous release "Lioness: Hidden Treasures." And the Rolling Stones could score the British live act trophy, despite only playing five shows in 2012.

Check out the full list of 2013 BRIT Award nominees:


British male solo artist
Calvin Harris
Plan B
Richard Hawley
Ben Howard
Olly Murs

British female solo artist
Amy Winehouse
Paloma Faith
Bat For Lashes
Jessie Ware
Emeli Sande

British breakthrough act
Jake Bugg
Jessie Ware
Ben Howard
Rita Ora

British group
Mumford and Sons
The xx
One Direction

British single
Adele - Skyfall
Alex Clare - Too Close
Coldplay featuring Rihanna - Princess Of China
DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora - Hot Right Now
Emeli Sande - Next To Me
Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
James Arthur - Impossible
Jessie J - Domino
Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande - Beneath Your Beautiful
Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida - Troublemaker
Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah - RIP
Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump
Robbie Williams - Candy
Rudimental featuring John Newman - Feel The Love
Stooshe - Black Heart

British album of the year
Emeli Sande - Our Version of Events
Plan B - Ill Manors
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Paloma Faith - Fall To Grace
Mumford and Sons - Babel

International male solo artist
Jack White
Michael Buble
Frank Ocean
Bruce Springsteen

International female solo artist
Alicia Keys
Cat Power
Lana Del Rey
Taylor Swift

International group
The Black Keys
The Script
Alabama Shakes
The Killers

British live act
Mumford and Sons
The Vaccines
The Rolling Stones

British producer
Damon Albarn
Jake Gosling
Paul Epworth

Special recognition award

Critics' choice
Winner: Tom Odell