Adele, James Bay, Years and Years lead BRIT nominations

Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:04pm EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

LONDON (Reuters) - British singers Adele and James Bay, together with pop-electronica trio Years and Years, led the running for this year's BRITs on Thursday, earning four nominations each at Britain's top music awards.

Adele who has stormed charts worldwide with her album "25", received nods for British female solo artist and MasterCard British album of the year.

In the British female solo artist category, she faces Jess Glynne, Laura Marling, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine as well as late singer Amy Winehouse.

Adele's hit single "Hello" will also compete for British single and British artist video of the year.

British breakthrough act competitors Years and Years and singer-songwriter Bay are also in the running for British single with "King" and "Hold Back the River" respectively.

Bay also faces Adele in the album category for "Chaos and the Calm" alongside Coldplay's "A Head Full of Dreams", Florence and the Machine's "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" and producer Jamie xx's "In Colour".

He is also up for British Male Solo Artist, a group also including Jamie xx, DJ Calvin Harris and producer Mark Ronson.

Years and Years won a nomination for British group alongside Coldplay, Blur, indie rockers Foals and boyband One Direction.   Continued...

Adele performs "Rolling in the Deep" at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012.     REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni