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Adele, James Bay, Years & Years Lead the 2016 Brit Awards Noms; David Bowie Tribute Planned

Hello from the nominated side. Photo: Getty Images, Corbis

Five years after her breakthrough performance at the Brit Awards, Adele will return to the O2 as the favorite to sweep the field: Tottenham’s favorite daughter leads the 2016 Brit Awards nominees, alongside James Bay and Years & Years, each of whom picked up four noms. Calvin Harris and newcomer Jess Glynne trail them with three noms each. Adele is up for Album of the Year, British Female Solo Artist, British Single, and British Video of the Year. She’s already been confirmed to perform at this year’s show, where she’ll hopefully continue to outstan the Barbz. Surprisingly, in one category, Adele will go up against Amy Winehouse, who has been posthumously nominated for British Female Solo Artist for the soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated documentary Amy. Plans are also currently under way for the night to feature a tribute to David Bowie, who died earlier this week. The Brits air February 24; see a full list of nominees below:

MasterCard British Album of the Year
Adele, 25
Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams
Florence & the Machine, How Big How Blue How Beautiful
James Bay, Chaos & the Calm
Jamie XX, In Colour

British Single
Adele, “Hello”
Calvin Harris & 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 ft. Demi Lovato, “Up”
Philip George, “Wish You Were Mine”
Years & Years, “King”

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

British Female Solo Artist
Amy Winehouse
Florence & the Machine
Jess Glynne
Laura Marling

British Group
One Direction
Years & Years

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

Critics’ Choice
Jack Garratt
Izzy Bizu

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

British Artist Video of the Year
Adele, “Hello”
Calvin Harris & Disciples, “How Deep Is Your Love”
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
Jessie J, “Flashlight”
Little Mix, “Black Magic”
Naughty Boy feat. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin, “Runnin (Lose It All)”
One Direction, “Drag Me Down”
Sam Smith, “Writing’s on the Wall”
Years & Years, “King”

International Male Solo Artist
Father John Misty
Justin Bieber
Kendrick Lamar

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

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

Adele, James Bay Lead the 2016 Brit Awards Noms