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It's difficult to remember a time when you could log onto Facebook without reading the lyrics to 'A-Team' in a girls status update, but now it seems that Ed Sheeran will be even more unavoidable as he looks set to be the big winner of this years Brit Awards. Yippee.
Yes, the nominees for the 2012 Brit Awards have finally been revealed and the choices are as eclectic/baffling as they always are; PJ Harvey sits awkwardly alongside Adele and Coldplay in the Best British Album category, while Bon Iver stares bleakly at Brune Mars And David Fucking Guetta in Best International Male. To make things worse, the whole thing is voted for by the general public. I wouldn't trust the general public with a pair of scissors, let alone the outcome of an awards show.
Ed Sheeran has 4 nominations in the categories Best British Breakthrough Act, Best British Album and Best British Male Solo Artist, where he faces competition from fellow newcomer James Blake and old hat Noel Gallagher. He also receives a nod in the Best Single category, which reads like the soundtrack to the end of the most depressing party in the history of the universe.
TThe beautiful Pixie Lott aside, the Best Single category features dirge from the likes of JLS, One Direction and rent-a-cockney Olly Murrs, along with a nod for The Wanted. The Wanted. A band created using the rejected body parts from boybands of old, who have somehow managed to fight their way onto the bedroom walls of teenage girls nevertheless. I hope when these girls grow older they'll realise that it just wasn't worth the blu-tac.
Jessie J has also received a few nominations, being picked for Best Single, Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Female, where she'll be squaring off against Kate Bush (only at the Brits, folks). I quite like Jessie J even though she's got a perfectly symmetrical fringe.
The Best British Group category included Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Elbow, Kasabian and the poor man's Prodigy, Chase & Status. The Best International Group category is perhaps the most intriguing of the night, with Fleet Foxes and Foo Fighters facing the likes of Lady Antebellum (who?) and Maroon 5 (what?) for the trophy, with Jay-Z and Kanye West also earning nominations despite, y'know, not actually being a group.
People get paid to organise these categories.
EDIT: Apparently the Brits will also see the live comeback of Adele, because God knows we haven't heard enough of her music over the course of the last 365 days.