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Tinie Tempah leads Brit Awards pack

Rapper Tinie Tempah is this year's frontrunner for Brit Awards success, having picked up four nominations.

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.

The rapper said if he could win just one award, he hopes it would be for his track Pass Out. He said: "That was a pretty big song for me and that was kind of the record that kicked everything off."

This year's Brits nomination list also includes veteran rocker Robert Plant for the first time. 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 02 Arena in south London on Tuesday February 15, will be hosted by Gavin And Stacey star James Corden.


From Belfast Telegraph