Adele and Ed Sheeran Top the 2022 Brit Awards Nominations

Ed Sheeran at the Glastonbury Festival in 2017.
Ed Sheeran at the Glastonbury Festival in 2017. Photo by James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock (8879513ej)

The list of nominees for the upcoming Brit Awards is in and includes some of the artists we’ve been listening to all year long. Adele and Ed Sheeran are leading the way with four nominations each, with the British rappers Dave and Little Simz keeping them company.

These four artists will clash in two of the night’s leading categories—the artists of the year and album of the year—where they’ll be joined by Sam Fender. Adele is in the running with her fourth studio album 30, while Sheeran scored his nod with his latest LP Equals.

Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” and Adele’s “Easy on Me” are also in the running for the song of the year award, but it won’t be an easy fight. This category includes a total of 15 contenders, including “Cold Heart” by Elton John and Dua Lipa and “Clash” by Dave and Stormzy.

When it comes to the international categories, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, and Olivia Rodrigo are leading the way with two nominations each, including the international artist of the year and best international song.

The Brit Awards are coming back to London’s O2 Arena on February 8th, 2022, with Mo Gilligan serving as a host. This marks the first ceremony to take place after the Brits announced the introduction of gender-neutral categories last year.


Album of the year

Adele – 30

Dave – We’re All Alone In This Together

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under

Artist of the Year



Ed Sheeran

Little Simz

Sam Fender

Best group


D-Block Europe

Little Mix

London Grammar

Wolf Alice

Song of the Year

A1 & J1 – Latest Trends

Adele – Easy On Me

Anne-Marie, KSI & Digital Farm Animals – Don’t Play

Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember

Central Cee – Obsessed With You

Dave ft Stormzy – Clash

Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits

Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Mix)

Glass Animals – Heat Waves

Joel Corry, Raye & David Guetta – Bed

KSI – Holiday

Nathan & 220Kid & Billen Ted – Wellerman

Riton, Nightcrawlers & Mufasa – Friday

Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – Body

Tom Grennan – Little Bit Of Love

Best new artist

Central Cee


Joy Crookes

Little Simz

Self Esteem

Best international artist

Billie Eilish

Doja Cat

Lil Nas X

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

Best international group




Silk Sonic

War On Drugs

Best international song

ATB / Topic / A7S – Your Love (9PM)

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

Ckay – Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)

Doja Cat ft SZA – Kiss Me More

Drake ft Lil Baby – Girls Want Girls

Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem

Jonasu – Black Magic

Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – Stay

Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

Lil TJ & 6lack – Calling My Phone

Maneskin – I Wanna Be Your Slave

Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4U

Polo G – Rapstar

Tiesto – The Business

The Weeknd – Save Your Tears

Brits Rising Star

Holly Humberstone – Winner

Bree Runway

Lola Young

Best dance

Becky Hill

Calvin Harris

Fred Again

Joel Corry


Best rock/alternative


Glass Animals

Sam Fender

Tom Grennan

Wolf Alice

Best pop/R&B


Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran


Joy Crookes

Best hip-hop/grime/rap

AJ Tracey

Central Cee



Little Simz