Lewis Capaldi and Dave top Brit Award nominations

11 January 2020, 19:34

Lewis Capaldi and Dave have four nominations each
Lewis Capaldi and Dave have four nominations each. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

Singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi and rapper Dave have topped the 2020 Brit Awards nominations, with Coldplay, Charli XCX and Stormzy also making the shortlist.

Mewis Capaldi has secured four nods in the male solo artist, song of the year, new artist of the year and album categories for performers.

Dave is against the Scottish singer in the same four categories, with his Mercury Prize-winning album Psychodrama and single Location making the shortlist.

Other artists with multiple nominations include Stormzy, who received three nods, with his song Vossi Bop and album Heavy Is The Head both making the shortlist.

The Glastonbury 2019 headliner is also up for male solo artist.

Mabel also secured three nominations, having also been included in the female solo artist category.

Harry Styles is up for two gongs in the male solo artist and best album categories.

Artists have taken to social media to show their excitement at being nominated.

Dave has hailed "the most incredible year" after being nominated for four Brit Awards.

He said: "Four Brits?! No way!!! What an honour, and what a way to end the most incredible year. I'm very grateful. Thank you, THANK YOU!"

Aitch, who is nominated in the new artist category, said he was "absolutely buzzing" to be nominated for his first Brit.

He said: "Just to be in the same category as the other nominees is a blessing, and I'm just happy that myself, as well as everyone else, is being acknowledged for their accomplishments.

"I've always hoped to get to this point but it feels surreal to happen so soon."

Mabel said: "It's really surreal to be nominated for three awards this year!

"Feels like just yesterday I was nominated for the Brits critics' choice award and my journey since then has been a dream come true!

"Third year in a row to be nominated so fingers crossed it's the third time lucky and I can take one home this year."

Nominees including rapper Aitch have said they are excited to be nominated
Nominees including rapper Aitch have said they are excited to be nominated. Picture: PA

However, the list has come under criticism for a lack of gender diversity.

Only four nominations out of a possible 25 in the categories which are not gender-specific feature women.

There are no female performers included in the shortlists for best group or album awards.

It comes after the Brits' voting academy underwent a major overhaul in 2017 to make it more gender balanced and diverse, with hundred of new members invited to join the pool.

Among the women, Mabel is up for the new artist and best song gongs, while Normani and Miley Cyrus have both collaborated on tracks which are also nominated for best song.

Last year the Brits shortlist was dominated by women with Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie both securing the most nominations.

Dua Lipa was also top of the pile for nominations in 2018.

Last year, organisers of the awards said they would be reviewing the way prizes are distributed for 2021, following reports that gendered awards were being axed to accommodate non-binary artists, who do not identify as either male or female.

However, male and female awards categories remain for 2020.

Dua Lipa topped the list last year
Dua Lipa topped the list last year. Picture: PA

Here is the full list of nominees:

Male solo artist

Harry Styles

Lewis Capaldi


Michael Kiwanuka


Female solo artist


Freya Ridings

FKA Twigs

Charli XCX


Song of the year

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber - I Don't Care

Mabel - Don't Call Me Up

Calvin Harris and Rag'n'Bone Man - Giant

Dave featuring Burna Boy - Location

Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

AJ Tracey - Ladbroke Grove

Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved

Tom Walker - Just You And I

Sam Smith and Normani - Dancing With A Stranger

Stormzy - Vossi Bop




Bring Me The Horizon

D Block Europe


New artist


Lewis Capaldi



Sam Fender


Stormzy - Heavy Is The Head

Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

Dave - Psychodrama

Harry Styles - Fine Line

International male solo artist

Bruce Springsteen

Burna Boy

Tyler, The Creator

Dermot Kennedy

Post Malone

International female solo artist

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Camila Cabello

Lana Del Rey