It’s that time of year again and the illustrious BRITs have rolled out their nominations. Good news: LGBTQ+ talent is most definitely in the spotlight.
Newcomers Wet Leg are leading the way (alongside superstar Harry Styles) with four nominations each.
The Isle of Wight alternative duo, Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, have made a name for themselves with their highly-praised sound. The rock band have earned nods for Best New Artist, Group of the Year, Best Rock/Alternative and Album of the Year.
Elsewhere, pop icons Sam Smith and Kim Petras earned a nomination for their hit song Unholy. Fast-rising icon Rina Sawayama was also included in the Best New Artist category.
The BRITs international categories include big names Beyoncé, Lizzo and Taylor Swift, who are leading nominations with two nods apiece.
While the winners of the BRITs are yet to be unveiled, British girl group Flo have been announced as winners of this year’s Rising Star award. Previous Rising Star winners include Adele, Florence and The Machine, Griff, and Sam Fender.
Last year, the BRIT Awards opted to scrap gendered categories and make the platform more accessible to identities that fall outside of the traditional view of gender.
The upcoming ceremony will be presented by comedian Mo Gilligan and take place live at the London O2 Arena on 11 February. Performances from Wet Leg and Sam Smith and Kim Petras have been confirmed.
See the 2023 BRITs Award nominations below:
Mastercard album of the year
The 1975 – Being Funny in a Foreign Language
Wet Leg – Wet Leg
Harry Styles – Harry’s House
Stormzy – This Is What I Mean
Fred Again – Actual Life 3
Artist of the year
Group of the year
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
Best New Artist
Song of the year with Mastercard
Aitch/Ashanti – Baby
Cat Burns – Go
Dave – Starlight
Ed Sheeran and Elton John – Merry Christmas
Eliza Rose/Interplanetary Criminal – BOTA
George Ezra – Green Green Grass
Harry Styles – As It Was
Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me
LF System – Afraid to Feel
Sam Smith and Kim Petras – Unholy
International artist of the year
International group of the year
Drake and 21 Savage
First Aid Kit
International song of the year
Beyoncé – Break My Soul
David Guetta and Bebe Rexha – I’m Good
Fireboy DML and Ed Sheeran – Peru
Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero and Stephanie Beatriz – We Don’t Talk About Bruno
Gayle – ABCDEFU
Jack Harlow – First Class
Lizzo – About Damn Time
Lost Frequencies/Calum Scott – Where Are You Now
OneRepublic – I Ain’t Worried
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero
Hip-hop, grime and rap act