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Brit Award 2017 Nomination: Rihanna, Little Mix, David Bowie, Skepta Lead List

by Ryan Middleton   Jan 16, 2017 15:42 PM EST

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Over the weekend, the Brit Awards announced their 2017 nominees. Rihanna, Little Mix and Skepta lead the way with three nominations, while David Bowie, Zayn and Drake are among those who have two nominations each.

Skepta is up for British Male Solo Artist against a diverse group including Kano, Craig David, Michael Kiwanuka and David Bowie.

This year is being praised for its diversity after a year where the gala was criticized for its lack of black nominees. The BPI shuffled their membership, getting some new blood into the mix before this year's nominations.

The Brit Awards are the UK's biggest music award show, focusing on British acts, though there is an international component. Rihanna will compete in the International Female Award category against some stiff competition in Beyoncé, Solange, Sia and Christine and the Queens. Drake finds himself in the International Male Award category against The Weeknd, Leonard Cohen, Bruno Mars and Bon Iver.

Little Mix, The 1975 and Emili Sande are the first batch of performers confirmed for the night. The Brit Awards will be held on Feb. 22 at London's O2 Arena. Fans have until Friday to vote in the two publicly voted categories, British Breakthrough Artist and British Video of the Year.

Find the complete list of nominees below and head to the award show's website for more info.

2017 Brit Awards Nominations

British Male Solo Artist
Craig David
David Bowie
Kano
Michael Kiwanuka
Skepta

British Female Solo Artist
Anohni
Ellie Goulding
Emeli Sandé
Lianne La Havas
Nao

British Group
The 1975
Bastille
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix
Radiohead

British Breakthrough Act
Anne-Marie
Blossoms
Rag'n'Bone Man
Skepta
Stormzy

British Single
Alan Walker - Faded
Calum Scott - Dancing On My Own
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna - This Is What You Came For
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie - Rockabye
Coldplay - Hymn For The Weekend
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
Jonas Blue feat. Dakota - Fast Car
Little Mix - Shout Out To My Ex
Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson - Girls Like
Zayn - Pillowtalk

Mastercard British Album Of The Year
The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep For You Are Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
David Bowie - Blackstar
Kano - Made In the Manor
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
Skepta - Konnichiwa

British Artist Video Of The Year
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna - This Is What You Came For
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie - Rockabye
Coldplay - Hymn For The Weekend
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
Jonas Blue feat. Dakota - Fast Car
Little Mix feat. Sean Paul - Hair
One Direction - History
Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson - Girls Like
Zayn - Pillowtalk

International Male Solo Artist
Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
Drake
Leonard Cohen
The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist
Beyoncé
Christine and the Queens
Rihanna
Sia
Solange

International Group
A Tribe Called Quest
Drake & Future
Kings of Leon
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Twenty One Pilots

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