The BRIT Awards 2024: RAYE makes history with a record-breaking SEVEN nods as she leads the female dominated nominations with Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift after controversial shake-up sparked gender row

Solo female artist RAYE has broken the record for the most nominated British female in history after being up for seven BRIT Awards this year, the most any artist has ever received at the event. 

Any residual upset over last year’s male dominated ceremony were swept aside on Wednesday as the nominations for this year’s event were announced in London. 

The controversial decision to replace Male and Female categories with a non-gendered Artist Of The Year Award sparked outrage in 2023 over its failure to include any female or non-binary among its five nominations. 

But a lot can happen in a year, and subsequent tweak to the category – which has doubled in size – has resulted in a balanced mix, with six of its ten nominees established female artists – among them British star RAYE. 

The London-born singer broke records on Wednesday with seven nominations, the most received by any female artist, following the release of her long-awaited debut album, My 21st Century Blues. 

Solo female artist RAYE has broken the record for being the most nominated British female in history after being up for seven BRIT Awards this year

     BRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS AT                                A GLANCE  

ARTIST OF THE YEAR  

Arlo Parks

Central Cee

Dave

Dua Lipa

Fred Again… 

J Hus

Jessie Ware

Little Simz

Olivia Dean

RAYE

GROUP OF THE YEAR  

Blur

Chase & Status

Headie One and K Trap

Jungle

Young Fathers

SONG OF THE YEAR 

Calvin Harris – Miracle

Ray – Prada

Central Cee – Let Go

Dave – Sprinter

Dua Lipa – Dance the Night

Ed Sheeran – Eyes Closed

J Hus – Who Told You

Kenya Grace – Strangers

Lewis Capaldi – Wish you the best

Pink Panthers – Boy’s a Liar

RAYE – Escapism

Rudimental – Dancing is Healing

Stormzy – Firebae

Switch Disco – React

Venebee – Messy in Heaven

 

The London-born singer broke records on Wednesday with seven nominations, the most received by any female artist, following the release of her long-awaited debut album

The London-born singer broke records on Wednesday with seven nominations, the most received by any female artist, following the release of her long-awaited debut album

The LP also features as an Album Of The Year nominee, while its third single, Escapism, is included as a potential Song of the Year. 

RAYE is also included in the five strong Best New Artist category and will also compete as a nominee in the categories for R&B Act and Pop Act. 

Elsewhere she features in a seventh for Song of the Year after co-writing the BRIT nominated Prada with Casso and D Block Europe. 

Speaking as the nominations were announced on Wednesday, the singer admitted she was humbled to be recognized after years of struggling to assert herself in the music industry.  

‘It’s a miracle, it’s deep,’ she said. ‘A year and a half ago, as far as the industry was concerned, I was down and out and never in my wildest dreams would I feel like trying again and it would lead to seven BRIT nominations.

‘I’m a Brit kid, I went to the BRIT’s School and this was the goal. The ultimate goal was to find my way somehow to the BRIT Awards. This is a whole different thing. It’s a joke. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.’

The British Phonograph Industry – who organize the annual event – admit gender balance has been readdressed following last year’s controversial decision to omit female and non-binary artists from the Artist Of The Year category. 

Speaking on Wednesday, BPI Director Of Events Maggie Crowe said: ‘We shared our upset that no women or R&B artists were represented last year. 

Dua Lipa's limited output over the last 12-months hasn't stopped her featuring in three categories at the forthcoming event

Dua Lipa’s limited output over the last 12-months hasn’t stopped her featuring in three categories at the forthcoming event

Additionally, the singer - whose third album is expected to be released later this year - will perform live at the O2 Arena event on March 2

Additionally, the singer – whose third album is expected to be released later this year – will perform live at the O2 Arena event on March 2

American superstar Taylor Swift gets a nomination in the Best International Artist category

American superstar Taylor Swift gets a nomination in the Best International Artist category 

Little Simz features in three categories at this year's event - Artist of the Year, Hip Hop/Grime and Album of the Year

Little Simz features in three categories at this year’s event – Artist of the Year, Hip Hop/Grime and Album of the Year 

‘We consulted with our advisory group, we thought long and hard about moving forward.’ 

Arlo Parks, Jessie Ware, Little Simz, Olivia Sims and Dua Lipa make up the female nominees for Artist Of The Year, while male nominations go to Central Cee, Dave, J Hus and Fred Again… 

Dua Lipa’s limited output over the last 12-months hasn’t stopped her featuring in two additional categories at the forthcoming event. 

The singer’s Barbie soundtrack Dance The Night – one of only two original tracks to be released by the artist since 2020 album Future Nostalgia – features among the nominees for Song of the Year. 

Lipa’a global appeal has also helped find a place in the category for Pop Act, despite spending much of the last 12-months touring the world. 

Additionally, the singer – whose third album is expected to be released later this year – will perform live at the O2 Arena event on March 2. 

This year’s BRIT Awards sees a total of 98 nominees, the most there has ever been.

Calvin Harris (pictured with Dua Lipa at the BRIT Awards in 2019) is up for Song of the Year and best Dance Act

Calvin Harris (pictured with Dua Lipa at the BRIT Awards in 2019) is up for Song of the Year and best Dance Act

The Scottish DJ and producer still commands an enormous fanbase and his popularity is reflected in this year's nominations

The Scottish DJ and producer still commands an enormous fanbase and his popularity is reflected in this year’s nominations 

Ceremony organisers came under scrutiny in 2023 after female musicians were snubbed from Artist Of The Year, which Harry Styles (pictured) went on to win

Ceremony organisers came under scrutiny in 2023 after female musicians were snubbed from Artist Of The Year, which Harry Styles (pictured) went on to win

BRIT AWARDS 2023: THE WINNERS

Mastercard Album Of The Year

The 1975 – Being Funny In A Foreign Language

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Harry Styles – Harry’s House – WINNER

Stormzy – This Is What I Mean

Fred Again – Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)

Artist Of The Year

Central Cee

Fred Again

George Ezra

Harry Styles – WINNER

Stormzy

Group Of The Year

The 1975

Arctic Monkeys

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Nova Twins

Wet Leg – WINNER

Best New Artist

Kojey Radical

Mimi Webb

Rina Sawayama

Sam Ryder

Wet Leg – WINNER

Song Of The Year With Mastercard

Aitch – Baby Ft Ashanti

Cat Burns – Go

Dave – Starlight

Ed Sheeran And Elton John – Merry Christmas

Eliza Rose And Interplanetary Criminal – Baddest Of Them All

George Ezra – Green Green Grass

Harry Styles – As It Was – WINNER

Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me

Lf System – Afraid To Feel

Sam Smith And Kim Petras – Unholy

Best Alt Rock

The 1975 – WINNER

Arctic Monkeys

Nova Twins

Tom Grennan

Wet Leg

Rising Star

Flo

Producer of the Year

David Guetta

Songwriter Of The Year

Kid Harpoon – co-writer and co-producer on Harry’s House 

Hip Hop/ Grime/ Rap

Aitch – WINNER

Central Cee

Dave

Loyle Carner

Stormzy

Dance Act

Becky Hill – WINNER

Bonobo

Calvin Harris

Eliza Rose

Fred Again

Pop/ R’n’B

Cat Burns

Charli Xcx

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles – WINNER

Sam Smith

International Artist Of The Year

Beyonce – WINNER

Burna Boy

Kendrick Lamar

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

International Group Of The Year

Black Pink

Drake And 21 Savage

First Aid Kit

Fontaines DC – WINNER

Gabriels

International Song Of The Year

Beyonce – Break My Soul – WINNER

David Guetta And Bebe Rexa – I’m Good (Blue)

Fireboy Dml & Ed Sheeran – Peru

Mauro Castillo, Stephanie Beatriz, Carolina Gaitán, Rhenzy Feliz, Encanto – Cast, Adassa, Diane Guerrero – We Dont Talk About Bruno

Gayle – Abcdefu

Jack Harlow – First Class

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Calum Scott And Lost Frequencies – Where Are You Npow

One Republic – I Ain’t Worried

Taylor Swift – Antihero

 

Calvin Harris is up for Song of the Year as well as Dance Act, while indie band Blur has been nominated for Group of the Year and Alternative Rock group.

Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift, and Miley Cyrus have also been nominate for International Artist of the year.

And Billie Eilish, Doja Cat and Olivia Rodrigo are nominated for International Song of the Year. 

Harry Styles however, hasn’t been nominated for any categories this year after a very successful 2023 BRIT Awards, during which he was named Artist of The Year. 

Last year Styles and the band Wet Leg were the most nominated artists with four nominations each.

Styles emerged as the big winner, winning all four of the categories he was nominated in.

The first gender-neutral award was handed to Adele in 2022, but in her acceptance speech she pointedly told the audience: 'I love being a woman'

The first gender-neutral award was handed to Adele in 2022, but in her acceptance speech she pointedly told the audience: ‘I love being a woman’ 

Sam Smith led calls for the awards to scrap its gender-focused categories

Sam Smith led calls for the awards to scrap its gender-focused categories

RAYE has beaten reigning champions Craig David, Robbie Williams and the Gorillaz who all had been nominated for six awards in previous years.

Williams holds the record for winning the most BRIT awards, holding 17 as a solo artist and part of Take That.

Adele follows shortly after him with 12 followed by Coldplay with nine.

In an additional twist, the public will have the power to vote for five categories instead of four compared to previous years. 

‘This year feels like we have a really good story to tell and how British talent is better represented, we are making good strides forward’

The award this year was designed by British artist Rachel Jones and has been inspired by ‘colours, patterns and textures’.

Damon Albarn and Blue have been nominated twice after the surprise release of 2023 album The Ballad Of Darren

Damon Albarn and Blue have been nominated twice after the surprise release of 2023 album The Ballad Of Darren 

Olivia Dean has been named in the categories for Best New Artist and Pop Act

Olivia Dean has been named in the categories for Best New Artist and Pop Act 

Rapper Central Cee has snapped up four nominations this year, including for big awards Artist of the Year and Song of the Year

Rapper Central Cee has snapped up four nominations this year, including for big awards Artist of the Year and Song of the Year

This year, ceremony organisers came under scrutiny after female musicians – including Charli XCX and Florence And The Machine – were snubbed from Artist Of The Year, which Harry Styles went on to win. 

After the furor, an extensive review took place, and the category has been expanded from five nominations to 10. This will also apply to International Artist Of The Year. 

Other changes for the award show, set to take place on Saturday, March 2, are a new standalone category for R&B. It was previously Pop/R&B. 

A source told The Sun: ‘The BRITs’ decision to ­create genderless categories was huge and they’ve now tweaked it again to try to make it more inclusive.

‘The move to go genderless was meant to be progressive, and by making this change they are hoping that it reflects this.’

Music industry chiefs faced a backlash when they scrapped the two categories in a bid to be inclusive and relevant after non-binary musicians including Sam Smith, who identifies as neither male nor female, said they felt excluded.

The first gender-neutral award was handed to Adele in 2022, but in her acceptance speech she pointedly told the audience: ‘I love being a woman.’

It is understood she also voiced her dismay after when this year’s shortlist was revealed to contain only men. 

When former One Direction star Harry, 29, accepted the Artist Of The Year award, he dedicated it to several female artists who weren’t nominated.

He said: ‘I’m aware of my privilege up here tonight so this award is for Reyna, Florence [Welch], Mabel and Becky [Hill].’ 

The changes came after singer Sam Smith – who identifies as non-binary – put organisers under pressure to scrap male and female categories earlier this year. 

This year’s BRIT Awards will be live on ITV on March 2 at 8pm.

        BRIT AWARDS 2024 – THE                          NOMINATIONS IN FULL  

SONG OF THE YEAR 

Calvin Harris – Miracle

Casso x RAYE – Prada

Central Cee – Let Go

Dave – Sprinter

Dua Lipa – Dance the Night

Ed Sheeran – Eyes Closed

J Hus – Who Told You

Kenya Grace – Strangers

Lewis Capaldi – Wish You The Best

Pink Pantheress – Boy’s a Liar

RAYE – Escapism

Rudimental – Dancing is Healing

Stormzy – Firebae

Switch Disco – React

Venebee – Messy in Heaven

BEST NEW ARTIST 

Mahalia

Olivia Dean

Pinkpantheress

RAYE

Yuseff Dayes

ARTIST OF THE YEAR  

Arlo Parks

Central Cee

Dave

Dua Lipa

Fred Again… 

J Hus

Jessie Ware

Little Simz

Olivia Dean

RAYE  

GROUP OF THE YEAR  

Blur

Chase & Status

Headie One and K-Trap

Jungle

Young Fathers

INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF THE YEAR  

Blink 182

Boygenius

Foo fighters

Gabriels

Paramore

DANCE ACT  

Barry Can’t Swim

Becky Hill

Calvin Harris

Fred Again… 

Romy
 R&B ACT 

Cleo Sol

Jorja smith

Mahalia

RAYE

Sault

ALTERNATIVE ROCK  

Blur

Bring Me The Horizon

The Rolling Stones

Young Fathers

Yusseff Dayes

HIP HOP/GRIME/RAP ACT

CASSIEDEAD 

Central Cee

Dave

J Hus

Little Simz

POP ACT  

Calvin Harris 

Charli XCX

Dua Lipa

Olivia Dean

RAYE

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST  

Asake

Burna Boy

Caroline Polachek

CMAT

Kylie Minogue

Lana del Rey

Miley Cyrus

Olivia Rodrigo

SZA

Taylor Swift

INTERNATIONAL SONG OF THE YEAR  

Billie Eilish – What Was I Made For

David Kushner – Daylight

Doja Cat – Paint The Town Red

Jazzy – Giving Me

Libianca – People 

Meghan Trainer – Made You Look

Miley Cyrus – Flowers  

Noah Kahan – Stick Season

Oliver Tree – Miss you

Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire

Peggy Gou – It Goes Like

Rema – Calm Down 

SZA – Kill Bill

Tate McRae – Greedy –

Tyla – Water

ALBUM OF THE YEAR  

Blur – the Ballad of Darren

J Hus – Beautiful

Little Simz – No Thank You

RAYE – My 21st Century Blues

Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy

BRIT RISING STAR  

Caity Baser 

Sekou Island 

The Last Dinner Party (Winner) 

 

 

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