Emeli Sande, Rita Ora & Amy Winehouse lead BRIT Award nominations
Next month's BRIT Awards look set to be a good night for the girls with Scottish soul sensation Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and tragic Amy Winehouse leading the full list of nominations.
Sande leads the pack with four nods and will compete for British Female Solo Artist and British Album for Our Version of Events, while she has double the chance of victory in the British Single category - both Next To Me and Beneath Your Beautiful, her collaboration with rapper Labrinth, are up for the prize.
Sande's handful of nods comes on the back of a stellar 12 months for the star, who was tipped for big success at last year's ceremony, where she was presented with the Critics' Choice honour. She then doubled up at the London Olympics, performing at the opening and closing ceremonies.
Commenting on her nominations, she tells the BBC, "It's a really good feeling. It feels great, a bit scary, because you never know, you might not win anything."
Meanwhile, there were triple nods for folk rockers Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and pop star Rita Ora, while tragic Amy Winehouse also earned a posthumous nomination - she will face Sande in the British Female Solo Artist category, alongside Paloma Faith, Bat For Lashes and Jessie Ware.
The shortlist for the 2013 BRIT Awards was announced in London on Thursday and the winners will be presented with statuettes designed by artist Damien Hirst at the city's O2 Arena on 20 February.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Mumford & Sons
Emeli Sande - Our Version of Events
Plan B - Ill Manors
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Paloma Faith - Fall to Grace
Mumford & Sons - Babel
British Female Solo Artist:
Bat For Lashes
British Male Solo Artist:
British Breakthrough Act:
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 and the Machine - Spectrum
James Arthur - Impossible
Jessie J - Domino
Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump
Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande - Beneath Your Beautiful
Robbie Williams - Candy
Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida - Troublemaker
Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah - R.I.P.
Stooshe - Black Heart
Rudimental featuring John Newman - Feel The Love
British Live Act:
Mumford & Sons
The Rolling Stones
The Black Keys
International Male Solo Artist:
International Female Solo Artist:
Lana Del Rey
Special Recognition Award:
War Child UK
Critics' Choice Award: