Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie lead Brit Awards nominations


LONDON (AP) – Home-grown talents Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie and George Ezra lead the nominations for the U.K. music industry’s Brit Awards , whose ceremony Wednesday night will feature performances by “The Greatest Showman” star Hugh Jackman and DJ Calvin Harris.

Lipa, whose star status was cemented by two Grammy awards earlier this month, is up for four trophies, including single of the year for both “IDGAF” and One Kiss,” her collaboration with Harris.

Karate black belt and singer Anne-Marie also has four nods, including best British female solo artist, while Ezra has three.

Women dominate the nominations – outnumbering men for only the second time in the Brits’ four-decade history – after past criticism that the Brits have failed to reflect the diversity of British music.

Pink is due to receive an award for outstanding contribution to music during Wednesday’s ceremony at London’s O2 Arena, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.

Most winners at the Brits are chosen by a ballot of music-industry members, with several selected by public vote.

Singer Dua Lipa poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards in London, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)