The 35th annual awards show will take place at London's O2 Arena on February 25
The acts, who will perform on the O2 Arena Stage in London, have all enjoyed a successful year. Royal Blood’s self-titled debut album was the fastest selling British rock debut album in three years in the UK. Paloma Faith has been nominated for three BRITs in the past, having last performed at the ceremony in 2011 with Cee-Lo Green, and her third album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ went to Number Two on release. Meanwhile, George Ezra’s performance will end a sold out UK tour.
Previously announced performers Smith, Sheeran and Swift have all won or been nominated for Brit Awards in the past. Swift is a two-time nominee, having most recently been in contention for International Female Solo Artist at the awards last year. Sheeran won two awards for Breakthrough Act and Solo Male Artist and the 2012 ceremony, and Smith won last year’s Brit Critic’s Choice Award.
Ed Sheeran had the biggest-selling album of the year with ‘X’ and became Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2014. The singer-songwriter will headline several dates at Wembley stadium in June 2015. Smith has also had a successful year that saw the release of his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ and hit singles ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Like I Can’. The pair are set to go head to head in the Best British Male category at the awards, as well as in the Best Pop Vocal Album category at the Grammys.
Sheeran said of the nominations: “Awards don’t actually matter to either of us. I think we’re just happy to be able to be touring, selling records and living ?our dreams.”
The Brit Awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday 25 February at London’s O2 Arena and will be broadcast on ITV. The Critics’ Choice award winner has already been announced as 24-year-old singer-songwriter James Bay, who beat George the Poet and Years & Years to take the prize.