Phenomenal 2017 sees Suffolk's Ed Sheeran nominated for four Brit Awards

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Pop artist Dua Lipa has beaten Ed Sheeran for most nominations at this year's Brit Awards.

In addition to well-received tracks such as No Lie, featuring dance-hall star Sean Paul, and Hotter than Hell, it was her sixth single New Rules that became a smash hit and catapulted her to becoming the most streamed artist on the music platform Spotify previous year.

And her competition in the breakthrough act category includes J Hus, Loyle Carner, Sampha and Santan Dave.

The singer-songwriter is also up for best single of the year as well as best British male solo artist alongside four artists who released their debut solo albums in 2017 - Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Loyle Carner and Rag'N'Bone Man.

Former One Direction star Liam Payne is nominated for best single and video for "Strip That Down", which has now been a hit in the UK, Australia and US.

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Ed Sheeran, pictured here performing at Glastonbury Festival, has been nominated for four Brit Awards.

Stormzy and Rag'N'Bone Man are also included on the best album shortlist for respective efforts Gang Signs And Prayer and Human alongside Lipa's eponymous debut and Sheeran's Divide as well as rapper J Hus's first release, Common Sense.

Taylor Swift, Pink, Lorde, Alicia Keys and Björk were all nominated for best worldwide female, with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino (the stage name for Donald Glover), Beck and DJ Khaled nominated for best global male.

The 2018 Brit Awards will take place 21 February at the O2 Arena in London, and the categories video of the year and breakthrough act are open to voting at the official website.

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