BMI’s international songwriting family earned a commanding 55% of the nominations for the BRIT Awards 2012, the celebration of the year’s best popular music in the U.K. and around the world.
Many of the nominees are members of British performing rights organization PRS for Music, but choose BMI to represent them in the United States.
2011 belonged to Adele, and her soulful reign is reflected in nominations for British Female Solo Artist; Mastercard British Album of the Year for 21; and British Single for “Someone Like You.”
With four nods, Ed Sheeran is poised for a big night. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter will vie for both British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act, as well as Mastercard British Album of the Year for + and British Single for “The A Team.”
The competitive British Single of the Year field is rounded out by Example’s “Changed the Way You Kissed”; Jessie J’s “Price Tag,” featuring B.o.B; JLS’s “She Makes Me Wanna,” featuring Dev; Olly Murs’ “Heart Skips a Beat,” featuring Rizzle Kicks; Pixie Lott’s “All About Tonight”; and the Wanted’s “Glad You Came.” The equally elite Mastercard British Album of the Year also includes PJ Harvey’s universally praised Let England.
Acclaimed Scottish songwriter Emeli Sandé garnered a pair of choice nods: British Breakthrough Act and Critics’ Choice. Paul Epworth will compete in the top British Producer field.
Blur will receive the special Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, recognizing the profound influence of the band’s infectious post-punk pop.
Additional nominees from the BMI family include Feist, Lady Gaga, Noel Gallagher, Ryan Adams, Professor Green, Kate Bush, Laura Marling, the Vaccines, Anna Calvi, Kasabian, Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Kanye West, Maroon 5, Lady Antebellum, Foster the People and Nicki Minaj.
The winners will be announced on February 21 at the O2 Arena and will be exclusively broadcast live on ITV1. Visit www.brits.co.uk for show details, performer announcements, nominee bios and more.
2012 BRIT Awards
BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
“Someone Like You”
“The A Team”
“Changed the Way You Kissed”
Jessie J featuring B.o.B
JLS featuring Dev
“She Makes Me Wanna”
Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks
“Heart Skips a Beat”
“All About Tonight”
“Glad You Came”
MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Kanye West (with Jay-Z)
INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Foster the People
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD