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Sam Smith & Ed Sheeran will lead the way at 2015 BRIT Awards

Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and George Ezra will be the ones to beat at the 2015 BRIT Awards after landing a string of top nominations.

Soul sensation Smith leads the way with five nods and will face off with four-time nominees Sheeran and Ezra for the coveted titles of British Male Solo Artist, British Album and British Single.


Smith and Ezra are also shortlisted for the British Breakthrough award, competing against FKA Twigs, CHVRCHES and Royal Blood.


Meanwhile, John Legend has landed a mention for International Male Solo Artist on the same day he scored an Oscar nod for his Selma song Glory.


He will go up against the likes of Jack White and Beck, while the female equivalent will be a fight between artists including Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Sia.


The Black Keys, 5 Seconds of Summer and the Foo Fighters are up for International Group.


The winners will be announced during a ceremony at London's O2 Arena on 25 February (15) and feature headlining performances from Smith, Sheeran and Swift.


The full list of nominations is:



MasterCard British Album:


Alt-J - This Is All Yours


Ed Sheeran - X


George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage


Royal Blood - Royal Blood


Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour

British Male Solo Artist:


Ed Sheeran


Damon Albarn


George Ezra


Paolo Nutini


Sam Smith

British Female Solo Artist:


FKA Twigs


Ella Henderson


Jessie Ware


Lily Allen


Paloma Faith

British Group:


Alt-J


Clean Bandit


Coldplay


One Direction


Royal Blood

British Breakthrough:


CHVRCHES


FKA Twigs


George Ezra


Royal Blood


Sam Smith

British Single:


Calvin Harris - Summer


George Ezra - Budapest


Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk


Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne - My Love


Sam Smith - Stay With Me


Sigma - Nobody to Love


Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne - Rather Be


Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones - I Got U


Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud


Ella Henderson - Ghost

British Producer:


Goldfrapp


Will Gregory


Flood


Jake Gosling


Paul Epworth

British Video:


Calvin Harris - Summer


Charli XCX - Boom Clap


Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones - I Got U


Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud


Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk


One Direction - You And I


Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down


Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne - My Love


Sam Smith - Stay With Me


Sigma - Nobody To Love

International Male Solo Artist:


Beck


Hozier


Jack White


John Legend


Pharrell

International Female Solo Artist:


Beyonce


Lana Del Rey


Sia


St. Vincent


Taylor Swift

International Group:


5 Seconds of Summer


The Black Keys


First Aid Kit


Foo Fighters


The War On Drugs.