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Dua Lipa makes Brit Awards history

From BBC - January 13, 2018

Dua Lipa leads the charge at this year's Brit Awards with five nominations, including best album.

The pop star, whose single New Rules was one of last year's breakout hits, is also up for best female, best video, best single and breakthrough.

The 22-year-old also makes Brits history. Until now, no female artist has ever received five nominations in a single year.

"How is this real?" she tweeted as the shortlists were announced.

Ed Sheeran also fared well, with four nominations, while J Hus and Rag'n'Bone Man scored three apiece.

All four artists are up for best British album, as is Stormzy for his debut record, Gang Signs and Prayer.

One notable absence from this year's shortlist was Sam Smith. His album, The Thrill Of It All, was the third biggest seller of 2017 but received no nominations.

However, its November release date means it will be eligible again next year - and Smith will perform at this year' ceremony, at London's O2 Arena on 21 February, along with Rag'n'Bone Man, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.

The fan-voted best video category sees a fight between three former members of One Direction.

Harry Styles' Sign of the Times will go up against Zayn and Taylor Swift's I Do not Wanna Live Forever and Liam Payne's Strip That Down.

"That's fantastic," Payne told BBC News.

"The fact that we have just come out of our band and everyone's already up for these things, it's fantastic.

"I am not going to put a bet on myself," he added. "There was some fantastic music out last year. I am just happy to be part of that."

The star also revealed the last time he had been to the Brits, he and his partner Cheryl Tweedy "were still in hiding with our relationship".

"We snuck out of the Brits together, and we bumped into every single newspaper person we could possibly bump into - which I thought was really hilarious!"

Dua's domination

Dua Lipa, 22, was raised in the UK but at the age of 13 she moved with her parents to their former home of Kosovo.

Two years later, she returned to London alone to pursue music, while scraping a living in bars and pubs.

After a series of increasingly popular singles, she found success with last summer's female empowerment anthem New Rules, in which the star writes a four-step plan for avoiding her ex.

She ended the year as the UK's most-streamed female artist on Spotify, while her eye-catching New Rules video has been watched more than 892 million times on YouTube.

'It's just crazy'

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