Ed Sheeran, Liam Payne and Stormzy among Brits nominees

BRIT Award 2018 nominations: Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Paloma Faith, Dua Lipa and Little Mix among hopefuls

Meanwhile Ed Sheeran, who smashed records this year with the release of his third album divide, faces stiff competition in the best British male category, going head-to-head with Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Ran N Bone Man and Loyle Carner.

In addition to well-received tracks such as No Lie, featuring dance-hall star Sean Paul, and Hotter than Hell, it was her sixth single New Rules that became a smash hit and catapulted her to becoming the most streamed artist on the music platform Spotify past year.

The 22-year-old's self-titled album won the most nods, including British female solo artist, british single, album of the year, video of the year and breakthrough act.

Lipa is also up for British breakthrough artist alongside J Hus, Loyle Carner, Mercury Prize-winning Sampha and young rapper Dave, while she will face competition from Kate Tempest, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware and Laura Marling for the British female solo artist prize.

Former One Direction bandmates Liam Payne and Harry Styles will also compete against one another in the category, for their singles "Strip That Down" and "Sign of the Times" respectively.

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Ed Sheeran, pictured here performing at Glastonbury Festival, has been nominated for four Brit Awards.

Taylor Swift, Lorde, Bjork, Pink and Alicia Keys are all nominated for best worldwide female while actor Donald Glover's musical alter-ego, Childish Gambino, earns a nod in the best global male category.

In the worldwide categories, Bjork, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Drake, LCD Soundsystem, HAIM, Arcade Fire, Alice Wolf, The Killers, and Alicia Keys have been nominated.

The BRIT Awards will take place on 21 February at London's O2 Arena.