BRIT Awards 2022 nominations: Adele and Ed Sheeran lead the solo singers with FOUR nods each πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

Adele and Ed Sheeran led the nominations for the 2022 BRIT Awards, with an impressive four nods each.

Joining Adele and Ed with four nominations are Little Simz and Dave, who along with Sam Fender, will battle it out for the inaugural Artist of the Year award at the ceremony which airs on February 8.

While the ceremony, in association with Mastercard, sees the most female artists nominated in over a decade.

It comes after The Brit Awards sparked controversy after scrapping male and female categories and switching to gender-neutral gongs for the first time in its history, causing naysayers to brand the event ‘woke’.

Leading the pack: Ed joins Adele in bagging an impressive four nominations in next year's ceremony

Congratulations: Adele and Ed Sheeran led the nominations for the 2022 BRIT Awards, with an impressive four nods each

It’s been a bumper year for Adele, 33, who returned to the top of the charts earlier this year with Easy On Me, her first single since 2016.

And after the success of the follow up album 30, the star has also landed nods in the Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop, R&B categories.

Meanwhile, Ed’s Bad Habits track earned him a Song of the Year nomination, while like Adele, he’s also recognised in the Album of the Year and Pop, R&B categories.

Sam Fender, Central Cee, David Guetta are up for three awards on the night, while Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X are each nominated for two prizes and will go up against Taylor Swift for International Artist of the Year award

Nice one: After the success of single Easy On Me and the follow up album 30, the star has also landed nods in the Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop, R&B categories

Nice one: After the success of single Easy On Me and the follow up album 30, the star has also landed nods in the Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop, R&B categories

Success: Meanwhile, Ed's Bad Habits track earned him a Song of the Year nomination, while like Adele, he's also recognised in the Album of the Year and Pop, R&B categories

Success: Meanwhile, Ed’s Bad Habits track earned him a Song of the Year nomination, while like Adele, he’s also recognised in the Album of the Year and Pop, R&B categories

Yes! Joining Adele and Ed with four nominations are Little Simz and Dave, who along with Sam Fender, will battle it out for the inaugural Artist of the Year award at the ceremony which airs on February 8

Up for it: Little Simz will go up against the likes of Adele, Dave and Ed Sheeran at the bash

Yes! Joining Adele and Ed with four nominations are Little Simz and Dave, who along with Sam Fender, will battle it out for the inaugural Artist of the Year award at the ceremony which airs on February 8

Elsewhere, there are plenty of artist who’ve been double nominated for the 2022 ceremony including Becky Hill, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Glass Animals, Griff, Joel Corry, Joy Crookes and KSI.

While Little Mix, MΓ₯neskin, Raye, Tom Grennan and Wolf Alice are also recognised twice.

Little Mix’s nomination comes weeks after the girls decided to take an extended break to concentrate on solo efforts, with their nods being the first time they’ve been nominated as a trio since Jesy Nelson quit last December.

They’ll be hoping to emulate their success from last year, where they won Best Group for the first time and also became the first ever female group to do so.

Other artists hoping to win big on the night include ABBA, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Drake, Elton John, Ghetts, London Grammar and The Weeknd.

Will she win big again? Dua Lipa is hoping to repeat her success from last year as she lands two nods alongside the likes of Becky Hill, Coldplay, Little Mix, Joy Crookes and KSI (pictured at 2021 ceremony)

Will she win big again? Dua Lipa is hoping to repeat her success from last year as she lands two nods alongside the likes of Becky Hill, Coldplay, Little Mix, Joy Crookes and KSI (pictured at 2021 ceremony)

Winners? Little Mix's nomination comes weeks after the girls decided to take an extended break to concentrate on solo efforts, with their nods being the first time they've been nominated as a trio since Jesy Nelson quit last December (pictured at the 2021 ceremony where they won Best Group)

Winners? Little Mix’s nomination comes weeks after the girls decided to take an extended break to concentrate on solo efforts, with their nods being the first time they’ve been nominated as a trio since Jesy Nelson quit last December (pictured at the 2021 ceremony where they won Best Group)

Organisers divided opinion last month with some outraged by the decision to switch to gender-neutral gongs for the first time in its history.

Bosses claimed the move was in a bid ‘to be as inclusive and as relevant as possible’ and allowed people to enter who do not identify as a man or woman.

But fans blasted the change as ‘woke drivel’, with many calling for a boycott of next year’s show.

The Brit Awards 2022 will see contenders battle for artist of the year instead of male solo artist and female solo artist.

Best international artist of the year will be used in replace of best international female, or male solo artist.

Fingers crossed: Other artists hoping to win big on the night include ABBA, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Drake, Elton John, Ghetts, London Grammar and The Weeknd (pictured)

Fingers crossed: Other artists hoping to win big on the night include ABBA, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Drake, Elton John, Ghetts, London Grammar and The Weeknd (pictured)

Let's hear it for the girls! The ceremony, in association with Mastercard, sees the most female artists nominated in over a decade (Pictured: Anne-Marie)

Let’s hear it for the girls! The ceremony, in association with Mastercard, sees the most female artists nominated in over a decade (Pictured: Anne-Marie)

The 2022 ceremony will feature four new awards, which will all be decided by public vote – alternative/rock act; hip hop/grime/rap act; dance act and pop/R’n’B act.

Meanwhile the song of the year prize will recognise the featured artists, rather than just the lead artists or named collaborators.

The changes come after singer Sam Smith – who identifies as non-binary – put organisers under pressure to scrap male and female categories earlier this year.

The three-time winner said: ‘Music for me has always been about unification not division.

All change: The Brit Awards have scrapped male and female categories ahead of their 'woke' 2022 ceremony in order to 'celebrate artists solely for their music and work'

All change: The Brit Awards have scrapped male and female categories ahead of their ‘woke’ 2022 ceremony in order to ‘celebrate artists solely for their music and work’

‘I look forward to a time where awards shows can be reflective of the society we live in.’

This was slapped down by event planners at the time because it risked ‘being counterproductive to diversity and equality’.

But in a huge volte-face last month, Brit chair Tom March announced the dumping of the long-established category names.

He said: ‘It is important that The Brits continue to evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible.

‘It feels completely the right time to celebrate the achievements of artists for the music that they create, and the work that they do, irrespective of gender.’

Popstar Sam Smith, who won the critics' choice prize in 2014 and identifies as non-binary, using the pronouns they/them, has previously called for the move (Pictured at the 2020 event)

Popstar Sam Smith, who won the critics’ choice prize in 2014 and identifies as non-binary, using the pronouns they/them, has previously called for the move (Pictured at the 2020 event)

Amid the furore, critics also pointed out that scrapping gender categories will mean that some acts will ‘miss out’ on an award.

Broadcaster India Willoughby told Good Morning Britain last month: ‘It’s great to shake things up but there is a big but and that is that somebody this year and going forward will miss out.

‘I just wish there was a way that we could recognise the fact that there is a great male singer and there is a great female singer.

‘I’m just thinking of previous years, one in particular. In 2014 the female singer was Ellie Goulding, brilliant singer, love her to bits. But the male singer was David Bowie. So who’s gonna win that? Ellie Goulding would never have picked up the award.

‘On the face of it, it seems very inclusive. But you are actually missing somebody out and what happens when one sex sweeps the board? There’s gonna be screams of unfairness.’

On the same segment, podcaster Aamir Hassan hailed the move and described it as a positive move for inclusivity.

The Brits voting academy is made up of around 1,200 music industry experts across media, artists, labels, publishers, promoters, retailers and more.

The awards will be hosted by Mo Gilligan in the place of fellow comedian Jack Whitehall.

The nominations show The Brits Are Coming was hosted by Clara Amfo and Maya Jama, who will also host the red carpet show.

The Brit Awards 2022 will air on ITV on February 8 live from the 02 Arena in London.

Main man: The awards will be hosted by Mo Gilligan (pictured) in the place of fellow comedian Jack Whitehall

Main man: The awards will be hosted by Mo Gilligan (pictured) in the place of fellow comedian Jack Whitehall

BRIT Awards 2022 nominations: Adele and Ed Sheeran lead the solo singers with FOUR nods each

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