Brits 2018: Will Dua Lipa take home five awards?

Dua Lipa is up for five Brit Awards. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI

The Brits, the biggest British music awards of the year, are back. The 38th Brit Awards will take place tomorrow and as always promise to deliver plenty of great performances, and the odd dose of controversy.

Leading the charge is Dua Lipa who has bagged five nominations: British Breakthrough Act, British Female Solo Artist, British Video of the Year, Single of the Year and British Album of the Year.

Other Brit newcomers include Loyle Carner, nominated for British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act, and soul singer Mabel, shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice Award. Speaking at the Brits launch event, she revealed she’d cried when she learnt of her nomination. ‘It was an all female shortlist, so even if I hadn’t been nominated, I would be like “sick”.’

As always there was just as much debate about who didn’t make the nomination list, as who did. Despite high profile releases in 2017 Sam Smith, Harry Styles and Rita Ora failed to garner a single nomination, although Ora has been added to the line-up to perform.

Justin Timberlake, who received heavy criticism for his recent Super Bowl performance, will make his third appearance on the Brit Awards stage.

Brits Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK and Ireland Jason Iley says: ‘We are honoured to have an artist of Justin’s stature and relevance performing at this year’s BRIT Awards. He is one of the most exciting male solo artists in the world with success spanning more than two decades and is adored by music fans across the globe.

‘The Brits has an enviable history of being one of the most important platforms for incredible stand out TV moments from the biggest global artists and I have no doubt that Justin’s performance will be one to remember.’

Tune into ITV on Wednesday at 8pm to see the action, live from the red carpet.

Nominations for the 2018 Brit Awards:

British Male Solo Artist

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Loyle Carner
  • Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
  • Stormzy

 British Female Solo Artist

  • Dua Lipa
  • Jessie Ware
  • Kate Tempest
  • Laura Marling
  • Paloma Faith

British Group

  • Gorillaz
  • London Grammar
  • Royal Blood
  • Wolf Alice
  • The xx

British Breakthrough Act

  • Dave
  • Dua Lipa
  • J Hus
  • Loyle Carner
  • Sampha

Critics’ Choice

  • Jorja Smith
  • Stefflon Don
  • Mabel

British Single

  • Calvin Harris ft Pharrell / Katy Perry / Big Sean – Feels
  • Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson – Symphony
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • J Hus – Did You See
  • Jax Jones ft Raye – You Don’t Know Me
  • Jonas Blue ft William Singe – Mama
  • Liam Payne ft Quavo – Strip That Down
  • Little Mix – Touch
  • Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human

British Album of the Year

  • Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  • Ed Sheeran – Divide
  • J Hus – Common Sense
  • Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Human
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

British Artist Video of the Year

  • Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
  • Calvin Harris ft Pharrell / Katy Perry / Big Sean – Feels
  • Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson – Symphony
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
  • Jax Jones ft Raye – You Don’t Know Me
  • Liam Payne ft Quavo – Strip That Down
  • Little Mix – Touch
  • ZAYN and Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever

International Male Solo Artist

  • Beck
  • Childish Gambino
  • DJ Khaled
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar

International Female Solo Artist

  • Alicia Keys
  • Bjork
  • Lorde
  • Pink
  • Taylor Swift

International Group

  • Arcade Fire
  • Foo Fighters
  • Haim
  • The Killers
  • LCD Soundsystem


Gemma Wilson-Vidal is a London-based journalist, editor, blogger and all-round media professional. She has a particular interest in popular culture, beauty and fashion and works in the internal communications industry. Although a seasoned editor, Gemma still enjoys writing and regularly contributes to a variety of lifestyle titles.