The Brit Awards 2018 nominations: Stormzy goes head-to-head with Ed Sheeran for Best British Male as One Direction bandmates battle it out

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Stormzy will battle it out against Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Rag n Bone Man and newcomer Loyle Carner for Best British Male at this year’s Brit Awards.

After going head-to-head at last year’s Mercury Prize, good friends Stormy and Sheeran will compete once again at next month’s annual ceremony.

Former One Direction bandmates Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are also going up against each other for the first time in a year that has seen them all enjoy solo success.

All three of the boy band stars have been nominated in the British Artist Video of the Year category, which will be voted for by the public.

Nominated: Liam Payne goes up against Harry Styles (PA Wire/PA Images)

Speaking on stage at Saturday’s nominations launch, Payne said: “Thank you so much, you guys are great. I can't believe it I'm so happy.

“It's crazy, I just can't believe it. I have the need to say fantastic, I say that quite a lot.”

Dua Lipa is one of the most-nominated female stars this year, landing nods in categories including Best British Female, Best British Single and Breakthrough Act.

Other nominations in the Best Single Category include Rag n Bone Man’s Human, Little Mix’s Touch and Calvin Harris song, Feels.

Lipa will go up against Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Laura Marling and Kate Tempest in the Best British Female category.

Wolf Alice, Gorillaz, London Grammar, The XX and Royal Blood will all battle it out for Best British Band.

International artists nominated include Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Drake and Childish Gambino.

The Brit Awards 2018 will take place on February 21.

Brit Award nominations 2018

Best British Single

Rag n Bone Man - Human

J Hus - Did you see

Clean Bandit ft Zara Larson - Symphony

Liam Payne - Strip it Down

Calvin Harris - Feels

Dua Lipa - New Rules

Ed Sheehan - Shape of You

Jazz Jones ft Raya - Like You Know Me

Jonas Blue - Mama

Little Mix - Touch

Best British Female

Dua Lipa

Jessie Ware

Kate Tempest

Laura Marling

Paloma Faith

Best British Male

Ed Sheehan

Liam Gallagher

Rag n Bone Man

Loyle Carner


British Group

Wolf Alice


London Grammar

The XX

Royal Blood

Breakthrough Act


Dua Lipa

J Hus

Loyle Carner


Best British Album of the year

Stormzy - Gang Signs and Prayer

Rag n Bone Man - Human

Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

J Hus - Common Sense

Ed Sheeran - Divide

Best British Video

Anne-Marie - Ciao Adios

Calvin Harris - Feels

Clean Bandit ft Zara Larson - Symphony

Dua Lipa - New Rules

Ed Sheehan - Shape of You

Harry Styles - Sign of the Times

Jonas Blue - Mama

Liam Payne - Strip that Down

Little Mix - Touch

Zayn Malik ft Taylor Swift - Live Forever

Best International Female Artist

Alicia Keys




Taylor Swift

Best International Male Artist


Childish Gambino

DJ Khaled


Kendrick Lamar

Best International Group

Arcade Fire

Foo Fighters


The Killers

LCD Soundsystem