Ed Sheeran Handed Four BRIT Award Nominations to Top This Year's List .

Ed Sheeran Handed Four BRIT Award Nominations to Top This Year’s List

Ed Sheeran leads this year’s 2012 BRIT Award nominations, announced at the Savoy hotel.

The Lego House hitmaker received four nods in recognition of his work over the past year, including Best British Male Solo Act, Best Breakthrough Act and British Album of the Year for +, while his debut track A Team was nominated in the Best British Single category.

Following closely behind was Adele and Jessie J, who were each nominated in three categories, including Best British Female Solo Artist while their respective tracks Price Tag and Someone Like You will compete in the Best British Single listings.

Meanwhile, Adele’s 21 was nominated for British Album of the Year, while Jessie J will battle it out in the hope of being crowned British Breakthrough Act.

Elsewhere, Florence and the Machine received two nominations for Best British Female Solo Artist and a nod in the Album of the Year category for Ceremonials, the follow up to debut album Lungs.

Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Florence and the Machine and Noel Gallagher will all perform at this year’s BRITs on 21 February, while Adele is expected to make her first appearance since suffering a vocal cord haemorrhage in October.

That 2012 BRIT Awards nominations list in full:

British Male solo artist

Noel Gallagher
James Morrison
James Blake
Professor Green
Ed Sheeran

British Female solo artist

Florence and the Machine
Jessie J
Kate Bush
Laura Marling

Mastercard British album of the year

Adele – 21
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
Ed Sheeran – +
Florence and The Machine – Ceremonials
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

British Breakthrough act

Anna Calvi
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sande
Jessie J
The Vaccines

Best British Group

Arctic Monkey
Chase and Status

British Single

Adele – Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran – The A Team
Example – Changed The Way You Kiss me
Jessie J featuring B.O.B – Price Tag
JLS featuring Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
Military Wives and Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
The Wanted – Glad You Came

International male

Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
David Guetta
Ryan Adams

International female

Lady Gaga

International group

Fleet Foxes
Foo Fighters
Jay-Z and Kanye West
Lady Antebellum
Maroon 5

International newcomer

Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Foster the People
Lana Del Ray
Nicki Minaj