Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa lead Brit Awards nominations

Pop artist Dua Lipa has beaten Ed Sheeran for most nominations at this year's Brit Awards.

With 5 million sales worldwide from her one studio album, Dua Lipa is dubbed the next star to hail from the United Kingdom, as the only female British national to achieve a No 1 in the country since Adele in 2015.

The "New Rules" hit maker is up against, Jessie Ware, Kate Tempest and Laura Marling in the best British female category.

The singer-songwriter, who hails from Framlingham and went to Thomas Mills High School, will compete with a quartet of debut albums including Stormzy's Gang Signs And Prayer and Rag'N'Bone Man's Human.

Singer-songwriter Sampha, who won the Mercury Prize past year, competes with Dua Lipa and rappers J Hus, Loyle Carner and Dave in the British breakthrough act category.

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Sheeran has also received a nomination for best British single with "Shape of You", alongside Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson with "Symphony", Liam Payne with "Strip That Down", Calvin Harris with "Feels", J Hus with "Did You See" and with "Touch".

The best British band nominees are Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and The xx.

In the global categories, Foo Fighters, Haim, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire are up for best group.

In the worldwide categories, Bjork, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Drake, LCD Soundsystem, HAIM, Arcade Fire, Alice Wolf, The Killers, and Alicia Keys have been nominated.

The 22-year-old's self-titled album won the most nods, including British female solo artist, british single, album of the year, video of the year and breakthrough act.

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