Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Adele dominate Brit Awards nominations

Arctic Monkeys, Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Florence And The Machine are also nominated

Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Adele dominate Brit Awards nominations

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Ed Sheeran, Adele and Jessie J dominate the nominations for this year's Brit Awards.

Sheeran is up for a total of four Brits awards, scoring nods in the Best British Male Solo Artist, where he is up against James Blake, James Morrison, Noel Gallagher and Professor Green. He is nominated for Best British Album Of The Year, where he will face off against Coldplay, Adele, Florence And The Machine and PJ Harvey and he is also up for Best British Breakthrough Act, where is named alongside Anna Calvi, Emeli Sande, Jessie J and The Vaccines.

The '+' singer is also in the running for Best Single where he faces competition from One Direction, Adele, Example, Jessie J, JLS, Gareth Malone, Olly Murs, Pixie Lott and The Wanted.

Jessie J is up for three awards in total, including Best British Female, where she is nominated alongside Adele, Florence And The Machine, Kate Bush and Laura Marling.

Arctic Monkeys are nominated for Best British Group, where they are up alongside Chase & Status, Coldplay, Elbow and Kasabian. Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, Jay -Z and Kanye West, Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5 are up for Best International Group, with Aloe Blacc, Foster The People, Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj nominated for Best International Newcomer.

Lady Gaga and Beyonce are both up for Best International Female alongside Bjork, Feist and Rihanna, while Bon Iver is up for Best International Male as well as Aloe Blacc, Bruno Mars, David Guetta and Ryan Adams.

Emeli Sande has already been named as the Brits Critics' Choice award winner for 2012.

Visit Brits.co.uk for the full list of nominees.

The Brit Awards will take place at the O2 Arena on February 21 next year. Blur will receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the 2012 event.

Previous winners of that gong include the band's Britpop rivals Oasis, as well as Paul McCartney, The Who, U2 and Queen.

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