Brits 2016: Justin Bieber Receives International Male Solo Artist Nomination

Justin Bieber, Adele, the late Amy Winehouse, and many more artists were nominated for awards at the upcoming 2016 Brit Awards, which will take place next month in England.

The Canadian superstar has been nominated in the International Male Solo Artist category along with contenders, rappers Drake and Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, and The Weeknd.

If Justin Bieber, who is set to perform at the Brits, does win the International solo male award, it will be his second win. Back in 2011, he won a trophy for International Breakthrough Act, but he didn’t perform at the show.

This year’s Brit Awards nominations were announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday. The star-studded event will take place at the capital’s 02 Arena on February 24 and will be broadcast live on ITV. Nominations are based on votes cast by a Voting Academy, consisting of over 1,000 representatives from 15 sectors of the music industry.

Not surprisingly, Adele leads the nods. The “Hello” singer, whose comeback 25 album annihilated all in sight and set multiple new records, is up for British Female Solo Artist, British Single, MasterCard British Album of the Year and British Artist Video of the Year.

Singer-songwriter James Bay and Years & Years also landed four nominations. DJ Calvin Harris, Jess Glynne, and One Direction have two nominations. The latter, for British Group and British Artist Video of the Year for “Drag Me Down.”

Amy Winehouse is nominated for British Female Solo Artist, a posthumous nod for the soundtrack to the 2015 documentary Amy. Contenders include Adele, Florence & the Machine, Jess Glynne, and Laura Marling.

Blur, Coldplay, Foals, One Direction, and Years & Years are shortlisted for Best British Group. Meanwhile, International Female Solo Artist nominees are Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Bjork, Meghan Trainor and Courtney Barnett.

The Brits 2016 British male nominees are Aphex Twin, Harris (again), James Bay, Jamie xx, and Mark Ronson. Meanwhile, an already bulging performance roster which includes The Weeknd, Adele, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, and James Bay, now adds Glynne and Little Mix.

Hosts for the show will be Ant & Dec, reprising their gig last year. As expected, a tribute to the late great David Bowie, who died from cancer on January 10.

Brits chairman Max Lousada said in a statement this week that the “extraordinary life and work” of “one of our greatest icons” would be honoured at the show, held at London’s O2 arena.

He added, “David Bowie was one of the most important and influential songwriters and performers ever and, like so many fans around the world, we’re devastated to hear of his loss.”

Lousada continued, “A visionary and ground-breaking pioneer, he has inspired generations of musicians and will continue to shape music for many years to come. Naturally, we wish to honour his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit Awards and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons.”

Notably, Bowie was named best British male at the 2014 Brit Awards. British model and pal Kate Moss accepted the award on his behalf in his famous Ziggy Stardust ensemble.

Will you be watching the Brits 2016 on February 24? To view the nominations in full, click here.

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