BRITs 2016 British Male Solo Artist Nominees

British Male Solo Artist nominations announced

The battle for British Male Solo Artist, won by Ed Sheeran in 2015, is always close to call and 2016 is no different with Aphex Twin, Calvin Harris, James Bay, Jamie xx and Mark Ronson in contention.

This is one of four nominations for last year’s Critics’ Choice winner James Bay. Alongside the award for British Male, he is also up for British Breakthrough, British Single for ‘Hold Back The River’ and MasterCard British Album for his debut ‘Chaos and the Calm’.

Calvin Harris is hot on the heels of Bay with three nominations this year. As well as British Male, for which he was also nominated in 2010 and 2013, Harris will also hope to take home the awards for British Single and British Video.

This is Aphex Twin’s third BRIT nomination - he was nominated in this category in 2002, losing out to Robbie WIlliams (who also happens to be artist with the most ever BRIT Awards wins under his belt). Aphex Twin, aka Richard James, was also nominated in the Best Video category in 2000 for his track Window Licker.

Mark Ronson is nominated in two categories this year. On top of British Male, he will be battling it out to win the British Producer award, presented at the Music Producers Guild Awards at the start of February. Ronson previously won the title of British Male back in 2008, and last year we saw him take home the award for British Single for ‘Uptown Funk’.

Jamie xx is nominated this year for the first time as a solo artist. However, he is no stranger to being nominated: his band The xx was nominated for MasterCard British Album, British Breakthrough and British Group at the 2011 BRIT Awards. He is also nominated for MasterCard British Album for his album ‘In Colour’.

The BRIT Awards 2016 take place at London’s O2 Arena on 24 February and will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm GMT. See all the nominations here.