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Amy Winehouse nominated for Brit Award as documentary vies for Oscar

Published 14/01/2016

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Amy Winehouse has been nominated posthumously for a Brit Award, just hours after a documentary about her life picked up an Oscar nomination.

The 2016 nominations were announced during the launch event titled The Brits Are Coming, which was held at and broadcast from ITV Studios in London.

The Back To Black singer is nominated in the British female solo artist category alongside Adele, Florence Welch, Jess Glynne and Laura Marling.

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The Asif Kapadia-directed documentary titled Amy, based on her life and career, was nominated for a best documentary feature Academy Award just hours before in Los Angeles.

Coldplay could make Brit Awards history if they are successful in the categories they have been nominated in. If they win, they would lead the way with the most ever wins in the British group and British album categories.

Adele leads the nominations, with nods in four categories, and is joined by James Bay and Years & Years, who have also picked up four nominations.

All of the above-mentioned artists have also either won or been named as finalists in the critics' choice category previously. This year's winner, Jack Garratt, has already been announced.

DJ Calvin Harris and Hold My Hand singer Glynne have three nominations in total.

The Eagles Of Death Metal, whose concert was targeted during the Paris attacks, are up against Irish band U2 in the international group category.

Winehouse is able to be nominated because the soundtrack to the documentary, Amy, was released and hit the Top 40 during the required dates for the award category.

Madonna as she stumbled whilst performing on stage at the Brit Awards. The singer has said she is
Madonna as she stumbled whilst performing on stage at the Brit Awards. The singer has said she is "fine" after a wardrobe malfunction made her fall backwards off the stage. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Taylor Swift performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Madonna performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran poses with his British album of the year award for 'X' and his British male solo artist award at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Cara Delevingne attends the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Paloma Faith performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Kim Kardashian on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Lionel Ritchie and guest attend the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: George Ezra performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Paloma Faith, winner of the Best British Female Solo Artist, poses in the winners room during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Simon Cowell accepts the British Video of the Year Award for One Direction from Jimmy Carr and Karlie Kloss at the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Taylor Swift receives her award for the International Female Solo Artist on stage from Ellie Goulding (left) and Lewis Hamilton (centre) during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Mark Owen on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Madonna performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Madonna performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Madonna performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Madonna performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Taylor Swift performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Taylor Swift receives her award for the International Female Solo Artist during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Taylor Swift performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ben Thatcher (L) and Mike Kerr (R) of British rock band Royal Blood pose with their British group award at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Ed Sheeran wth his Album of the Year award on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Paloma Faith with her award for Best British Solo Artist in the press room at the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
British singer Paloma Faith (C) poses with her British female solo artist award at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL
Pharrell Williams collects the International Male Solo Artist Award via the video screen during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Cara Delevingne on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Taylor Swift performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Rita Ora on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Labarinth attends the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnolly attend the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Laura Whitmore attends the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Little Mix attend the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Melanie Chisholm (left) and Emma Bunton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Noomi Rapace attend the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Orlando Bloom arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ellie Goulding arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
US model Karlie Kloss poses on the red carpet to attend the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION, NO USE IN PUBLICATION DEVOTED TO SINGLE PERFORMERLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

The Brit Awards 2016 will take place on February 24 at the O2 Arena in London and will feature performances from Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Adele.

The show will feature a special tribute to David Bowie, who died of cancer just days after celebrating his 69th birthday.

He was named best British male twice - in 1984 and 2014 - and received the outstanding contribution to British music award in 1996.

Brits chairman Max Lousada said: "David Bowie was one of the most important and influential songwriters and performers ever and, like so many fans around the world, we're devastated to hear of his loss.

"A visionary and groundbreaking pioneer, he has inspired generations of musicians and will continue to shape music for many years to come. Naturally, we wish to honour his extraordinary life and work at the forthcoming Brit Awards and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons."

Ant and Dec will return to host the awards for a second year in a row.

They said: "We're really excited to be invited back to host the Brit Awards 2016.

"In all honesty we only intended to do it for one year but had such a good time we are thrilled to be doing it again. Both of us are looking forward to what will be an incredible night, and we can't wait to celebrate the achievements of British music once again."

The awards mark one of the biggest nights on the British music calendar as they honour the best of British and international talent.

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