BRIT Nominations 2015: Royal Blood, Alt-J and George Ezra Lead Charge

15 January 2015, 18:00 | Updated: 15 January 2015, 18:10

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The BRIT Awards have recognised a huge year for guitar music with a string of nominations for George Ezra, Royal Blood, Alt-J and more.

The nominations have just been announced and the big prize on the night, the Mastercard British Album of the Year, will be contested by George Ezra, Alt-J and Royal Blood, although all three face stiff competition from Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

There are further nods for Alt-J and Royal Blood in the British Group category, where they'll be up against the mighty Coldplay, as well as Clean Bandit and One Direction.

In the Best British Male category, it's George Ezra again that leads the pack, although Paolo Nutini and Damon Albarn are in with a shout of winning that one too, as well as pop picks Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran.

Even if he doesn't manage to win that prize, Ezra has another nomination for British Breakthrough Act, where he's got to compete with Chvrches and Royal Blood again. FKA Twigs and Sam Smith are also in the running for that one.

Ezra gets the last of his four nominations in the British Single category, where Budapest is in the running to win.

In the international categories, there are nominations for The War On Drugs and First Aid Kit in International Group, where they'll face veterans The Black Keys and Foo Fighters and boyband 5 Seconds of Summer.

The International Female category will be seen as a battle between Beyonce and Taylor Swift, but dark horses St.Vincent or Lana Del Rey might be worth a cheeky bet.

International Male sees Radio X favourite Hozier duking it out with Jack White, Beck, John Legend and Pharrell for the sought-after prize, while James Bay will collect his previously-announced Critics' Choice prize on the night.

Ant and Dec will host the awards show from London's O2 Arena on 25th February. The full list of nominees is here.