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Dua Lipa leads Brit nomination pack.

BREAKTHROUGH pop star Dua Lipa leads the nominations for this year's Brit Awards, collecting five nods.

The New Rules singer, 22, is shortlisted for best album, where she faces competition from Ed Sheeran, whose third album, Divide, sees him nominated for four gongs, including best single of the year and best British male solo artist, alongside Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Loyle Carner and Rag'N'Bone Man.

Stormzy and Rag'N'Bone Man are also included on the best album shortlist, alongside Lipa's eponymous debut and Sheeran's Divide, as well as rapper J Hus' first release.

Lipa is up for British breakthrough artist, alongside J Hus, Loyle Carner, Mercury Prizewinning Sampha and young rapper Dave, while she will face competition from Kate Tempest, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware and Laura Marling for the British female solo artist prize.

Sheeran's final nomination is in the best video of the year category, which sees three former One Direction members in competition.

In the best British band category, the Damon Albarn's Gorillaz are nominated alongside London Grammar, Wolf Alice, The xx and Royal Blood.

Foo Fighters - who perform at the Brits on February 21 at London's 02 arena - are nominated for best international group alongside Haim, The Killers, LCD Sound system and Canadians Arcade Fire.

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