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Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said she was "concerned" about female representation, while Piers Morgan called the move "woke garbage".

But the first nominations under the new system actually deliver the most female nominees in more than a decade, with Adele, Olivia Rodrigo and Dua Lipa all in the running for multiple prizes.

Adele ties with Ed Sheeran, Little Simz and Dave for the most nominations. They receive four apiece, and all feature in the prestigious best album and best British artist categories.

Sam Fender completes the shortlist for those awards, and picks up a third citation for best rock artist. Rap newcomer Central Cee also achieves three nominations, including best new artist.

Little Mix, who this year became the first female act to win best British group, are in the running for that prize once again.

Their competition includes Coldplay, who receive a record ninth nomination in the category (they've won four times) alongside grime act D-Block Europe and two female-fronted bands, Wolf Alice and London Grammar.



And Abba seal their triumphant return by being shortlisted for best international band.

It's the Swedes' first nomination since the first ever Brit Awards in 1977 - when they lost the international album prize to Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.

This time around, they go up against K-pop giants BTS, Eurovision winners Måneskin, indie band The War On Drugs and Bruno Mars's 1970s throwback project, Silk Sonic.

A total of 13 artists got double nominations, including Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Glass Animals, Wolf Alice and Dua Lipa.

Lipa's manager, Ben Mawson, was among those who supported the Brits going gender-neutral.

"It's good to see the Brits continuing to make progress to a more inclusive awards show that puts talent first," he told the   last month. "It's a step that we welcome."

The prizes will be handed out on 8 February, 2022 at London's O2 Arena, with comedian Mo Gilligan taking over from Jack Whitehall as the host.

The ceremony will also see the introduction of four new genre awards - recognising the best pop, rock, dance and hip-hop acts of the year. Winners in those categories will be determined by a public vote via TikTok.

Organisers announced their intention to retire the gendered categories in November, shortly before voting for the 2022 Brit Awards commenced.

It meant the creation of two new awards - British artist of the year and International artist of the year - to replace the previous male and female categories.



The move came after non-binary pop singer Sam Smith was frozen out of those awards at this year's ceremony.

"I look forward to a time where awards shows can be reflective of the society we live in," they wrote at the time. "Let's celebrate everybody, regardless of gender, race, age, ability, sexuality and class."

Following Smith's statement, the Brits responded by saying "gendered categories are very much under review" while warning that "if a change unintentionally leads to less inclusion then it risks being counterproductive to diversity and equality".

After consulting with the industry, organisers decided to go ahead with the change - perhaps encouraged by the example of The Grammys and the MTV Awards, both of which dropped gendered categories in the 2010s, and have since seen an even split between male and female winners.

The 2022 Brit nominations should further reassure artists who felt they might be neglected.

In total, 18 female acts are up for an award next February. The only year this has been beaten is in 2010 - the Brits' 30th show - where two one-off award categories meant 22 female acts were nominated.

However, women are still vastly outnumbered on the 2022 shortlist.

Those 18 women are joined by 48 men, illustrating the music industry's frustratingly slow progress on diversity.

earlier this year, organisers said this sort of disparity could actually be helpful, by turning "a spotlight" on problems that need fixing.

"As an industry, we have to acknowledge those issues and we have to act on them," said Gennaro Castaldo, from music industry body the BPI, which runs the Brits.

"Keeping the status quo won't change things in the long term. So to achieve real equality for women and artists of all backgrounds, [this] is a very positive thing."

Putting the debate aside, two female acts are the sure-fire front runners for the night's biggest prizes.

Olivia Rodrigo, who has set the charts alight with hits like Drivers License and Good 4U, would have reasonable grounds for complaint if she lost the best international artist prize.

And Adele, whose emotionally raw "divorce album", 30, is on target to become the biggest-seller of the year, is all-but locked in for the best British album award.

If the star wins all four of the prizes she's nominated for, she will equal Robbie Williams as the artist with the most Brit Awards -13 in all.


The complete list of nominees



Artist of the year (in association with YouTube Shorts)

  • Adele, Columbia, Sony Music
  • Dave, Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
  • Ed Sheeran, Asylum, Warner Music
  • Little Simz, Age 101/Awal
  • Sam Fender, Polydor, Universal Music


  • Coldplay, Parlophone, Warner Music
  • D-Block Europe, D-Block Europe, Universal Music
  • Little Mix, RCA, Sony Music
  • London Grammar, Ministry Of Sound, Sony Music
  • Wolf Alice, Dirty Hit

Brits Rising Star (Panel of critics, influencers, writers and composers; in association with BBC Radio 1)

Winner: Holly Humberstone, Polydor, Universal Music

  • Bree Runway EMI, Universal Music
  • Lola Young, Island, Universal Music

Song of the year (with Mastercard)

(Top 15 identified By peak eight weeks of sales in the U.K. Chart. Winner identified by voting academy. In association with Mastercard. Media Partner Global Media via Capital FM)

  • A1 & J1, “Latest Trends,” EMI, Universal Music
  • Adele, “Easy on Me,” Columbia, Sony Music
  • Anne-Marie/KSI/Digital Farm Animals, “Don’t Play Asylum”/BMG, Warner Music
  • Becky Hill & David Guetta, “Remember,” Polydor/Parlophone, Universal Music/Warner Music
  • Central Cee, “Obsessed With You,” Central Cee (Parlophone For Pinkpantheress), Central Cee/Warner Music
  • Dave featuring Stormzy, “Clash,” Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
  • Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits,” Asylum, Warner Music
  • Elton John & Dua Lipa, “Cold Heart (Pnau Mix),” EMI/Warner Records, Universal Music/Warner Music
  • Glass Animals, “Heat Waves,” Polydor, Universal Music
  • Joel Corry/Raye/David Guetta, “Bed,” Asylum/Platoon/Parlophone, Warner Music
  • KSI, “Holiday,” BMG
  • Nathan Evans/220Kid/Billen Ted, “Wellerman,” Polydor, Universal Music
  • Riton X Nightcrawlers feat. Mufasa & Hypeman, “Friday” (Dopamine Re-Edit) Ministry of Sound, Sony Music
  • Tion Wayne & Russ Millions, “Body,” Atlantic, Warner Music
  • Tom Grennan, “Little Bit of Love,” Insanity, Sony Music

Best new artist

  • Central Cee, Central Cee, Warner Music
  • Griff, Warner Records, Warner Music
  • Joy Crookes, Insanity/Speakerbox Recordings, Sony Music
  • Little Simz, Age 101/Awal
  • Self Esteem, Fiction, Universal Music

Mastercard album of the year

  • Adele, 30, Columbia, Sony Music
  • Dave, We’re All Alone in This Together, Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
  • Ed Sheeran, =, Asylum, Warner Music
  • Little Simz, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Age 101/Awal
  • Sam Fender, Seventeen Going Under, Polydor, Universal Music

Producer of the year

  • (Independent panel; to be announced in January)

Songwriter of the year

  • (Independent panel; to be announced in January)

Genre categories

(The genre category winners will be decided by the public powered by TikTok)

Rock, alternative

  • Coldplay, Parlophone, Warner Music
  • Glass Animals, Polydor, Universal Music
  • Sam Fender, Polydor, Universal Music
  • Tom Grennan, Insanity, Sony Music
  • Wolf Alice, Dirty Hit

Hip-hop, grime, rap

  • AJ Tracey, AJ Tracey/Revenge Records
  • Central Cee, Central Cee, Warner Music
  • Dave, Dave Neighbourhood, Universal Music
  • Ghetts, Warner Records, Warner Music
  • Little Simz, Age 101/Awal


  • Becky Hill, Polydor, Universal Music
  • Calvin Harris, Columbia, Sony Music
  • Fred Again, Atlantic, Warner Music
  • Joel Corry, Asylum, Warner Music
  • Raye, Platoon

Pop, R&B

  • Adele, Columbia, Sony Music
  • Dua Lipa, Warner Records, Warner Music
  • Ed Sheeran, Asylum, Warner Music
  • Griff, Warner Records, Warner Music
  • Joy Crookes, Insanity/Speakerbox Recordings, Sony Music

International artist

  • Billie Eilish, Polydor/Interscope. Universal Music
  • Doja Cat, Ministry of Sound, Sony Music
  • Lil Nas X, RCA, Sony Music
  • Olivia Rodrigo, Polydor/Geffen, Universal Music
  • Taylor Swift, EMI, Universal Music

International group

  • ABBA, Polydor, Universal Music
  • BTS, Big Hit Entertainment/Polydor, Universal Music
  • Måneskin, Columbia, Sony Music
  • Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars/Anderson. Paak), Atlantic, Warner Music
  • The War on Drugs, Atlantic, Warner Music

International song of the year (Top 15 identified by peak eight weeks of sales in the U.K.

  • chart. Winner identified by voting academy.)
  • ATB/Topic/A7S, “Your Love (9PM),” EMI/Positiva, Universal Music
  • Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever,” Polydor/Interscope. Universal Music
  • Ckay, “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah),” Parlophone, Warner Music
  • Doja Cat featuring SZA, “Kiss Me More,” Ministry Of Sound, Sony Music
  • Drake featuring Lil Baby, “Girls Want Girls,” Ovo/Republic Records, Universal Music
  • Galantis/Guetta/Little Mix, “Heartbreak Anthem,” Atlantic/RCA, Sony Music, Warner Music
  • Jonasu, “Black Magic,” 3 Beat, Universal Music
  • The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay,” EMI/RCA, Sony Music/Universal Music
  • Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” RCA, Sony Music
  • Lil Tjay & 6lack, “Calling My Phone,” Columbia/Polydor/Interscope, Sony Music, Universal Music
  • Måneskin, “I Wanna Be Your Slave,” Columbia, Sony Music
  • Olivia Rodrigo, “Good 4 U,” Polydor/Geffen, Universal Music
  • Polo G, “Rapstar,” Columbia, Sony Music
  • Tiësto, “The Business,” Atlantic, Warner Music
  • The Weeknd, “Save Your Tears,” Republic Records/XO, Universal Music





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