Smith faces Sheeran for Brit

Sam Smith heads the nominations for this year’s Brit Awards after being shortlisted for five awards, narrowly ahead of Ed Sheeran and George Ezra who are up for four apiece.

Smith faces Sheeran for Brit

Soul singer Smith, 22, is in the running for prizes such as best male, best album, and best newcomer at the prize bash to be staged next month — a year after he collected 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.

Nominations were announced at ITV Studios in London last night.

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