Tinie Tempah leads Brit Awards pack


Tinie Tempah leads the number of award nominations for this year's Brits

Rapper Tinie Tempah leads the pack with four nominations at this year’s Brit Awards.

The 22-year-old south Londoner is up for British Male Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, Single and Album of the Year. His debut album, Disc-Overy, went straight to number one last October and he already has two number one singles to his name.

There is also recognition for veteran rocker Robert Plant, who picks up his first Brits nomination. The former Led Zeppelin frontman, who has gained critical acclaim for his recent country-tinged albums, is nominated for British Male Solo Artist.

Rapper Plan B and folk-rockers Mumford And Sons all have three nominations, with reformed manband Take That getting two for Best Group and Album of the Year.

The XX also get three nominations, including one for their Mercury Prize winning album XX. Also shortlisted for the prestigious album award, which Brits bosses have made the focus of the show, are Mumford And Sons and Plan B.

X Factor winner Matt Cardle takes on one of the show’s judges, Cheryl Cole, in the battle for Best Single. The show’s 2008 winner Alexandra Burke is also nominated for her track All Night Long.

Up-and-coming singer Jessie J has already been announced as the winner of the Critics’ Choice prize this year.

This year’s ceremony, at the O2 arena in south London on February 15, will be hosted by Gavin And Stacey star James Corden.

Corden co-hosted the awards in 2009 with Kylie Minogue and Gavin And Stacey co-star Mathew Horne. He said: “I have always loved the Brits and I am honoured to have been asked to host such a prestigious event.”

This year’s winners will pick up trophies designed by fashion guru Dame Vivienne Westwood.

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