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Adele, Rihanna and Plan B among Brit Awards nominees

Rihanna has been shortlisted for best international female act. File picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire Rihanna has been shortlisted for best international female act. File picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
7:10 AM

Preparations have been finalised for tonight’s Brit Awards, which is set to feature a host of London artists.

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Adele has been nominated for best single for Skyfall. File picture: Yui Mok/PA WireAdele has been nominated for best single for Skyfall. File picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The event at the O2 in Greenwich, could see Amy Winehouse pick up a posthumous Brit Award after she was shortlisted for best British female against acts including Emeli Sande.

The late star, who died in Camden 19 months ago, took the title in 2007 on the back of her massive Back To Black album.

Adele is among the acts up for best single, with her Oscar-nominated Bond song Skyfall. Others in the category include Jessie J for Domino and X Factor winner James Arthur with his chart-topping single Impossible.

Sande, Mumford & Sons and Mercury Prize-winners Alt-J lead the nominations, competing for three awards each.

James Corden will host the ceremony again this year. Picture: Ian West/PA WireJames Corden will host the ceremony again this year. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The big award of the night - best album - will be fought between Sande’s Our Version Of Events, Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave, Babel by Mumford & Sons and Plan B’s Ill Manors. Paloma Faith is also up for the title for her second album Fall To Grace.

Sande and Faith go up against each other once more in the British female category, with Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan), Jessie Ware and Winehouse completing the contenders. Sande’s final nomination is as one of the 15 tracks in the running for best single with Next To Me.

The best male shortlist sees Richard Hawley go up against Olly Murs, Calvin Harris, Plan B and Ben Howard.

Mumford & Sons will line up against Alt-J again for best British group, with The xx and Muse. Pop act One Direction - who will be performing on the night - complete the category after a year which has seen them conquer the US.

Amy Winehouse is nominated posthumously, File picture: Lewis Whyld/PA WireAmy Winehouse is nominated posthumously, File picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Rihanna leads the field in the shortlist for international female act and stands a chance of becoming the first person to win the prize in three consecutive years.

She is up against Alicia Keys, Cat Power, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift, which raises the prospect that Swift may attend the event and bump into her One Direction star ex, Harry Styles.

The outstanding contribution prize is being dropped this year, with organisers introducing a prize honouring Brits’ global success, which is expected to go to Adele, although One Direction and the Mumfords are thought to be in the running.

BRIT AWARDS 2013 - SELECTED NOMINEES

British female solo artist:

Amy Winehouse

Bat For Lashes

Emeli Sande

Jessie Ware

Paloma Faith

British male solo artist:

Ben Howard

Calvin Harris

Olly Murs

Richard Hawley

Plan B

British single:

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 + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)

James Arthur - Impossible

Jessie J - Domino

Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande - Beneath Your Beautiful

Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida - Troublemaker

Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah - RIP

Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump

Robbie Williams - Candy

Rudimental featuring John Newman - Feel The Love

Stooshe - Black Heart

International female solo artist:

Alicia Keys

Cat Power

Lana Del Rey

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

International male solo artist:

Bruce Springsteen

Frank Ocean

Gotye

Jack White

Michael Buble

Best album:

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Emeli Sande - Our Version Of Events

Mumford & Sons - Babel

Paloma Faith - Fall To Grace

Plan B - Ill Manors

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