Brit Awards nominations 2021: Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks and Celeste lead a standout year for women 

For the first time in Brit Awards history, four out of five nominations for Best Album are female, a brilliant turnaround from last year’s heavily male-dominated Brit Awards, in which the Best Album category was exclusively male. 

In fact, this year’s nominees are some of the most diverse we’ve ever seen, with electronic wizards Bicep brushing up against soulful poet Arlo Parks and rappers Yung T & Bugsey in the Breakthrough Artist category, while house DJ Joel Corry, provocative punkster Yungblud and drill star Headie One are all up for British Male Solo Artist. It’s a wonderful testament to how varied and inclusive the UK mainstream has become, with no genre left out in the cold. Even rockers get a look in, with Foo Fighters and Fontaines DC going head to head in International Group, and The 1975 in British Group.

Leading the charge with the most nominations are Arlo Parks, last year’s Brit Award-winning rising star Celeste, Joel Corry, Dua Lipa, and Yung T & Bugsey, each with three nominations to their name. Parks, a breakout singer from south London whose contemplative album on love, body image and anxiety Collapsed in Sunbeams shot to Number Three in the charts is a firm favourite, as is Dua Lipa, whose disco-fuelled album Future Nostalgia provided glittering relief from the sludge and trudge of lockdown last year. 

It’s no surprise, then, that Lipa has been chosen as one of the two performers on the night of the Brit Awards – her Future Nostalgia live stream in December being one of the most successful of the pandemic, with a record-breaking five million views.

The event’s second performer will be the recipient of the Rising Star Award: 20-year-old pop star Griff, who produces almost all of her own music, and her own clothes, from her bedroom. 

The event will be taking place on May 11 at the O2, hosted – as always – by Jack Whitehall and broadcast live on ITV.

Here is the list of nominees in full:

British Female Solo Artist 

Arlo Parks


Dua Lipa

Jessie Ware

Lianne La Havas 

British Male Solo Artist

AJ Tracey

Headie One

J Hus

Joel Curry


British Group


Biffy Clyro

Little Mix

The 1975

Yung T & Bugsey

Breakthrough Artist 

Arlo Parks



Joel Corry

Yung T & Bugsey

British Single, with Mastercard

220 Kid and Gracey, Don’t Need Love

Aitch and AJ Tracey ft. Tay Keith, Rain

Dua Lipa, Physical

Harry Styles, Watermelon Sugar

Headie One, ft. Stormzy and AJ Tracey, Ain’t It Different

Joel Corry, Head & Heart

Nathan Dawe ft. KSI, Lighter

Regard & Raye, Secrets

S1MBA, ft. DTG, Rover

Yung T and Bugsey ft. Headie One, Don’t Rush

Mastercard Album of the Year

Arlo Parks, Collapsed in Sunbeams

Celeste, Not Your Muse

Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia

J Hus, Big Conspiracy

Jessie Ware, What’s Your Pleasure?  

International Female Solo Artist

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Miley Cyrus

Taylor Swift

International Male Solo Artist

Bruce Springsteen

Burna Boy

Childish Gambino

Tame Impala

The Weeknd

International Group


Fontaines DC

Foo Fighters

Run the Jewels


Rising Star

Rina Sawayama

Griff – WINNER

Pa Salieu

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