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The nominees for Brit Awards, which honor the best in British music over the past year, were announced today, with singer Emeli Sande leading the way. She earned four nominations, just ahead of Mumford & Sons and Alt-J, who each had three.
Sande was nominated for best female artist and best album. She also has two songs (“Next to Me” and “Beneath Your Beautiful”) competing for the best single award. The news caps off an amazing 2012 for her, with Our Version of Events selling 1.4 million copies in the U.K. She also gained a worldwide audience with a performance during the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremonies.
“It's a really good feeling,” Sade told The BBC. “It feels great, a bit scary, because you never know, you might not win anything.”
The other artists nominated for best album are Mumford & Sons, Alt-J, Plan B and Paloma Faith.
Amy Winehouse earned a posthumous best British female nod and will compete with Sande, Jesse Ware, Bat For Lashes and Paloma Faith. The British male category includes Plan B, Olly Murs, Ben Howard, Richard Hawley and Calvin Harris.
The British group nominees are Mumford & Sons, Alt-J, Muse, One Direction and The xx.
Rihanna is up for international artist. If she wins, it will be her third consecutive win.
According to The Telegraph, The Rolling Stones won’t get the lifetime achievement award, but they will compete for Best British Live Act, a category that had been missing since 2009, but was just reintroduced. The group will also perform during the ceremony on Feb. 20.
Adele also earned a nod for “Skyfall,” which was nominated for an Oscar earlier today, in the British single category. She is also up for the new Global Success award.