Sam Smith hoping for Brits success

Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Sam Smith will be hoping for a repeat of his success at the Grammys when he takes to the stage tonight at the Brits.

The Stay With Me singer leads the nominations at the annual event and is scheduled to perform alongside names including Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

Smith, who won four Grammys earlier this month, is in the running for five Brits, narrowly ahead of Sheeran and George Ezra who are up for four apiece.

The 22-year-old is in the running for prizes including best male, best album and best newcomer at the bash – a year after collecting the Critics’ Choice title.

Rock duo Royal Blood will compete for a trio of awards, while singer Jess Glynne also finds her name on the shortlists three times as a guest vocalist on singles by Route 94 and Clean Bandit.

Smith, who has become one of the most played acts in the world over the past year, goes up against Sheeran, Ezra and Paolo Nutini for best male as well as Damon Albarn, who collects his first Brit nomination in his own right after years of acclaim for his output with acts such as Blur and Gorillaz.

Smith’s release In The Lonely Hour lines up for the best album award against Sheeran’s x, Alt-J’s This Is All Yours, Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage and Royal Blood’s self-titled debut.

The ceremony, shown live on ITV, will be hosted by Ant and Dec.

Bosses of the event – officially called the Brit Awards 2015 with MasterCard and held at the O2 Arena – have reshaped the ceremony in recent years to make the album prize the climax of the night.

Smith, who first came to attention as guest vocalist on Naughty Boy’s La La La, also competes for best newcomer and his single Stay With Me competes for best single and best video.

Sheeran is also in the running for best single and best video for Thinking Out Loud, while Ezra is up for best breakthrough act and best single for his track Budapest.

Between them, Smith, Sheeran and Ezra have sold almost four million copies of the albums they released last year in the UK alone.

Take That were among the omissions from the nominations, with their comeback as a trio failing to pick up any nods.

Although many of the British categories were dominated by male artists, FKA Twigs and Ella Henderson were among the female performers who picked up two nominations. They are both up for solo British female along with Jessie Ware, Lily Allen and Paloma Faith.

The British group category sees bass and drums duo Royal Blood taking on One Direction, Coldplay, Alt-J and Clean Bandit.

The international group category sees US act The War On Drugs – whose album Lost In The Dream was seen by many critics as a highpoint of 2014 – taking on Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, along with more chart-friendly names Foo Fighters, 5 Seconds Of Summer and The Black Keys.

Swift has been shortlisted for best international female along with Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Sia and St Vincent.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the Brit Awards and music industry body BPI, said: ”These nominations capture the buzz around new British music right now, and acknowledge the arrival of a new generation of talent that will ensure the continuing success of British music around the world.”

Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor

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