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Dua Lipa's eponymous debut release and afrobeats rapper J Hus's Common Sense are also up for the prestigious prize which was won posthumously by David Bowie at last year's ceremony.

The news comes on the back of the 22-year-old leading the Brit Award nominations with nods for best female, best video, best single and British breakthrough artist.

Meanwhile Ed Sheeran, who smashed records this year with the release of his third album divide, faces stiff competition in the best British male category, going head-to-head with Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Ran N Bone Man and Loyle Carner.

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

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

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

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 BRIT Awards will take place on 21 February at London's O2 Arena. Grime star Stormzy, singer Rag'N'Bone Man and rapper, J Hus, join her and Sheeran for the best album prize.

Foo Fighters - who will perform at the 38th Brits next month - are nominated for best worldwide group alongside fellow United States acts Haim, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem, as well as Canadian group Arcade Fire.

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