Adele has continued her success with the best-selling album of the year so far, 21, by picking up four award nominations. They are for best UK act, best album, best R’n’B/soul act, and best song for Someone Like You.
Katy B is up for best UK act and best album for On a Mission.
Meanwhile, Jessie J, who has shot to fame this year with her album Who You Are, leads the nominations with a total of five. She is also up for best UK act, album and song, while she has also been nominated for best video and best newcomer.
In a statement the Essex-born singer said: “I am so honoured to be nominated. I have watched so many of the artists I look up to being nominated, winning awards and performing.
“It’s amazing to be in the company of such amazing talent.”
Other top acts recognised at the awards include Chipmunk, Example, N-Dubz, the Streets and Tinie Tempah. In the international category, Aloe Blacc will go up against Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
Supporters of the event, which began in 1995 to recognise artists performing music of black origin, celebrate the awareness the awards bring to less popular genres such as jazz and gospel music, as well as up-and-coming acts making their way onto the music scene.
It is now up to the public to choose the winners before the awards take place in Glasgow on October 5th. The show will feature a string of performances, as well as a special performance by Boyz II Men, who will be celebrating 20 years in music.