Brit Awards 2022 nominations – all you need to know about the big show

Posted on 22 January 2022
By Tess Penman
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The most prestigious night for British music is set to return with a bang this February. Big spectacle showcases are envisioned for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London – and here, Purple Revolver is going to take you through a look at the nominees.

A lot of hype has focussed on the revision of the best male and female category, with the non gender specific award for Artist of the Year now in it’s place.

The nominees are: Adele, Dave, Ed Sheeran, Little Simz and Sam Fender. Each of their albums are also the nominations for Album of the Year.

Adele made her record-breaking return to the industry late last year with her stunning single, Easy On Me, which touched on her marriage breakdown.

Her highly anticipated album, 30, followed soon after and quickly became the biggest selling album of 2021. On Spotify alone, in the first 24 hours of the 30 being released, it had over 60 million streams.

After a two year hiatus Dave, the 23 year-old lyricist, is once again nominated for a Brit. His Mercury winning, critically acclaimed debut album, Psychodrama, gained him the Brit Award for Album of the Year in 2020.

Will he be taking it home again, for his sophomore album, We’re All Alone In This Together? Released in July, his second album got over 74,000 sales in its first week, making it the biggest first week sales of an album in 2021.

2021 seemed to be the year of comebacks and Ed Sheeran did not disappoint. Becoming a first-time father and newlywed husband, fans had huge expectations for his fifth studio album ‘=’.

The album features two #1 singles Shivers and Bad Habits. It became the second best-selling album of the year with over 430,000 sales.

Previously winning Best Album at the NME and Ivor Novello Awards, Little Simz had a lot to live up to for her next album. And she did not disappoint.

The 27 year old North London rapper received critical acclaim for Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert, released in September 2021. It debuted at #4 on the UK album chart, praised for its soul and lyricism.

Sam Fender is no stranger to the Brit Awards, winning the prestigious Rising Star award in 2020. Since his entrance into the music industry in 2018, he has done nothing but win.

His debut album Hypersonic Missiles debuted at #1 and his next album, Seventeen Going Under, gave him his second number one album. Since its release three months ago, it has received universal acclaim and Sam has been praised for his strong political stance, describing his crippling upbringing in Newcastle.

Mo Gilligan will be hosting the awards live on ITV on February 8th. Expect performances from Little Simz, Dave, Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher and the sensational Doja Cat, who is nominated for Best International Act.

If Dave gives a performance, even half as powerful as his Black performance in 2020, you know it’s going to be a good night. If you know, you know.