The Brits are back, and like it or not, you’re allowed to care about it again. Today (January 14) the nominees were announced ahead of the ceremony on February 24 at London’s O2 Arena. There’s obviously still a load of chart acts in the equation, but you’d be surprised by the number of great and unexpected nominees this year. Here’s what everyone is talking about.

1. The lack of diversity

This issue has always stood out at award ceremonies, but it was a particular talking point at the 2015 MTV VMAs after Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift exchanged their opinions on the subject via Twitter, with Minaj commenting, “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination”.

Take a glance down the Brit nominations and for Best Male and Best Female Solo Artist, Best Group, Album of the Year and Breakthrough Act. You might be disappointed, but probably not surprised, to learn that they’re all white.

2. Quality British Acts™!

Laura Marling’s fourth nomination in six years could give her a second win – she won her first, flabberghasted, in 2011, giving possibly the briefest Brit acceptance speech ever.

Also sprinkled among the Calvin Harrises of the nominations we’ve got great artists like Aphex Twin and Jamie XX for British Male Solo Artist; Florence and somehow Amy Winehouse in British Female; Blur and Foals in British Group. The big awards could all be won by proper greats this year.

3. Yeah, let’s talk about Amy Winehouse, actually

She’s been nominated because of the release of the soundtrack for last year’s documentary film about her, Amy. It’s her second posthumous Brit nomination – in 2013 she was nominated after the release of posthumous album ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’. It’s might be a touching tribute to give her a nomination, but it also might be time to give credit to some of the female solo artists who did great things this year – FKA Twigs, for example, should really be on that list.

4. Adele’s many nominations

British Female Solo Artist, British Album of the Year, British Single and British Video of the Year. This shouldn’t surprise anyone – Adele won the Brits’ Critics’ Choice Award in 2008. But she’s never received four nominations in one year before, so she’s still getting personal bests.

5. Coldplay replacing Oasis as Blur’s rivals

Imagine it: the announcement for British Group arrives. Chris Martin and Damon Albarn squint menacingly at each other across the tables filling the floor of the O2. Coldplay win and chant ‘Parklife’ onstage to celebrate. It’ll be like 1996 all over again, but really, really different.
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6. The singles nominations containing no surprises at all

Not one. It’s like looking at the end-of-year charts. If you weren’t sure, here it is in alphabetical order:
Adele – Hello
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Ed Sheeran + Rudimental – Bloodstream
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do

James Bay – Hold Back The River
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Little Mix – Black Magic
Olly Murs/Demi Lovato – Up
Phillip George – Wish You Were Mine
Years & Years – King

7. British Album of the Year being a happy medium

Nominees include Jamie xx, Coldplay, Adele, Florence + The Machine and James Bay. Might have been nice to include Drenge, Swim Deep, Wolf Alice, The Maccabees, or Foals, but we’ll take what we can get.

8. The producer nominations all being really good

Charlie Andrew produced Marika Hackman’s spectral debut album ‘We Slept At Last’. Mark Ronson helped produce Adele’s ‘25’ and Action Bronson’s ‘Mr. Wonderful’. Mike Crossey was Wolf Alice’s producer on ‘My Love Is Cool’, and Tom Dalgety has been working with Therapy? and Modestep.

9. The brilliant international nominations

We’d consider adopting all of these international artists. Most of them, anyway. Strong rap game comes courtesy of Drake and Kendrick Lamar. The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey have intelligent pop covered, while Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Eagles of Death Metal and Alabama Shakes have all of the riffs.

10. Wolf Alice’s nomination

Wolf Alice didn’t get a best album nom, but they have been nominated in the fan-voted British Breakthrough category, alongside last year’s Critics’ Choice winner James Bay, last year’s Critics’ Choice runner up Years & Years, platinum-selling Jess Glynne and Lladudno indie quartet Catfish & The Bottlemen. You can vote here.

See the full list of nominations for the Brit Awards 2016 below:

British Male Solo Artist:
Aphex Twin
Calvin Harris
James Bay
Jamie XX
Mark Ronson

British Female Solo Artist:
Adele
Amy Winehouse
Florence and Machine
Jess Glynne
Laura Marling

British Group:
Blur
Coldplay
Foals
1D
Years & Years

British Breakthrough Act:
Catfish and Bottlemen
James Bay
Jess Glynne
Wolf Alice
Years & Years

British Single:
Adele – Hello
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Ed Sheeran + Rudimental – Bloodstream
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Little Mix – Black Magic
Olly Murs/Demi Lovato – Up
Phillip George – Wish You Were Mine
Years & Years – King

Mastercard British Album of Year
Adele – 25
Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
Florence + The Machine – How Big How Blue How Beautiful
James Bay – Chaos and Calm
Jamie xx – In Colour

British Producer of Year:
Charlie Andrew
Mark Ronson
Mike Crossey
Tom Dalgety

British Video of the Year:
Adele – Hello
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Ed Sheeran – Photograph
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Jessie J – Flashlight
Little Mix – Black Magic
Naughty Boy ft Beyonce – Runnin’
1D – Drag Me Down
Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall
Years & Years – King

International Male Solo Artist:
Drake
Father John Misty
Justin Bieber
Kendrick Lamar
The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist:
Ariana Grande
Bjork
Courtney Barnett
Lana Del Rey
Meghan Trainor

International Group:
Alabama Shakes
Eagles of Death Metal
Major Lazer
Tame Impala
U2