Nominations for the Brit Awards feature the most women in more than a decade.
The acts - including Adele - were revealed during ITV’s hour-long special on Saturday evening.
The showpiece event scrapped male and female categories in 2022, introducing gender-neutral gongs in their place.
Prizes will be handed out to the artist of the year and the international artist of the year, replacing best male and female solo artist and best international male and female solo artist.
Presenters Clara Amfo and Maya Jama announced the shortlists for 13 categories on The Brits Are Coming with Anne-Marie, Joel Corry and Gracey, Glass Animals and Mimi Webb performing on stage.
Eighteen female artists or all-women groups have been nominated, just behind the 22 female acts given nods in 2010.
In 2000 and 2001, 18 female acts were also nominated.
Adele, Ed Sheeran, Little Simz and Dave – up for four awards - are the most nominated stars.
They will compete against Sam Fender for the inaugural artist of the year award.
Fender, Central Cee and David Guetta are each up for three awards.
Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are each up for two and will battle it out against Taylor Swift for the international artist of the year award.
Sir Elton John received his first Brit nomination in 20 years, in the song of the year category for his collaboration with Dua Lipa – who is also nominated for the best pop/R&B act gong.
Other nominees include Joy Crookes, Coldplay, Little Mix and KSI.
The winners will be revealed at the Brit Awards ceremony on Tuesday February 8 at The O2 arena, which will be broadcast on ITV.