Emeli Sande, Rita Ora & Amy Winehouse Lead BRIT Award Nominations

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January 10, 2013 | 2:41pm EST

Next month’s BRIT Awards look set to be a good night for the girls with Scottish soul sensation Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and tragic Amy Winehouse leading the full list of nominations.
Sande leads the pack with four nods and will compete for British Female Solo Artist and British Album for Our Version of Events, while she has double the chance of victory in the British Single category – both Next To Me and Beneath Your Beautiful, her collaboration with rapper Labrinth, are up for the prize.
Sande’s handful of nods comes on the back of a stellar 12 months for the star, who was tipped for big success at last year’s ceremony, where she was presented with the Critics’ Choice honor. She then doubled up at the London Olympics, performing at the opening and closing ceremonies.
Commenting on her nominations, she tells the BBC, “It’s a really good feeling. It feels great, a bit scary, because you never know, you might not win anything.”
Meanwhile, there were triple nods for folk rockers Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and pop star Rita Ora, while tragic Amy Winehouse also earned a posthumous nomination – she will face Sande in the British Female Solo Artist category, alongside Paloma Faith, Bat For Lashes and Jessie Ware.
The shortlist for the 2013 BRIT Awards was announced in London on Thursday and the winners will be presented with statuettes designed by artist Damien Hirst at the city’s O2 Arena on 20 February.
The full list of nominees is as follows:

British Group:
Mumford & Sons
The xx
One Direction

British Album:
Emeli Sande – Our Version of Events
Plan B – Ill Manors
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Paloma Faith – Fall to Grace
Mumford & Sons – Babel

British Female Solo Artist:
Amy Winehouse
Paloma Faith
Bat For Lashes
Jessie Ware
Emeli Sande

British Male Solo Artist:
Calvin Harris
Plan B
Richard Hawley
Ben Howard
Olly Murs

British Breakthrough Act:
Jake Bugg
Jessie Ware
Ben Howard
Rita Ora

British Single:
Adele – Skyfall
Alex Clare – Too Close
Coldplay featuring Rihanna – Princess of China
DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora – Hot Right Now
Emeli Sande – Next To Me
Florence and the Machine – Spectrum
James Arthur – Impossible
Jessie J – Domino
Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump
Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande – Beneath Your Beautiful
Robbie Williams – Candy
Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida – Troublemaker
Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah – R.I.P.
Stooshe – Black Heart
Rudimental featuring John Newman – Feel The Love

British Live Act:
Mumford & Sons
The Vaccines
The Rolling Stones

International Group:
The Black Keys
The Script
Alabama Shakes
The Killers

International Male Solo Artist:
Jack White
Michael Buble
Frank Ocean
Bruce Springsteen

International Female Solo Artist:
Alicia Keys
Cat Power
Lana Del Rey
Taylor Swift

Special Recognition Award:
War Child UK

Critics’ Choice Award:
Tom Odell.