Adele, Coldplay and Florence and the Machine are among the top nominated artists for the 2012 BRIT Awards, the British record industry's equivalent to the Grammys. The 32nd annual awards show will be held in London on February 21st.
Adele, who scored the top-selling album in her native U.K. in 2011, is up for Best British Album of the Year for 21, as well as Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Single of the Year for "Someone Like You." Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto is also nominated in the best album category, and the band is in the running for Best British Group. Noel Gallagher, James Blake, Jessie J, Anna Calvi, Elbow, Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian are also nominated in various categories, and Britpop heroes Blur will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.
Though the BRIT Awards are designed to honor talent from the U.K., a handful of North American acts – including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters and Maroon 5 – were nominated in the show's international categories.
The nominations for the 2012 BRIT Awards are as follows:
British Male Solo Artist
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
British Female Solo Artist
Florence and the Machine
British Breakthrough Act
Chase and Status
Adele, "Someone Like You"
Ed Sheeran, "The A Team"
Example, "Changed The Way You Kissed Me"
Jessie J feat. B.o.B, "Price Tag"
JLS feat. Dev, "She Makes Me Wanna"
Military Wives/Gareth Malone, "Wherever You Are"
Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks, "Heart Skips A Beat"
One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
Pixie Lott, "All About Tonight"
The Wanted, "Glad You Came"
British Album of the Year
Adele - 21
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Ed Sheeran - +
Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
Jay Z and Kanye West
International Breakthrough Act
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Outstanding Contribution to Music
1st - Emeli Sandé
2nd - Maverick Sabre
3rd - Michael Kiwanuka