Next month's (Feb13) BRIT Awards look set to be a good night for the girls with Scottish soul sensation Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and tragic Amy Winehouse leading the full list of nominations.

Sande leads the pack with four nods and will compete for British Female Solo Artist and British Album for Our Version of Events, while she has double the chance of victory in the British Single category - both Next To Me and Beneath Your Beautiful, her collaboration with rapper Labrinth, are up for the prize.

Sande's handful of nods comes on the back of a stellar 12 months for the star, who was tipped for big success at last year's (12) ceremony, where she was presented with the Critics' Choice honour. She then doubled up at the London Olympics, performing at the opening and closing ceremonies.

Commenting on her nominations, she tells the Bbc, "It's a really good feeling. It feels great, a bit scary, because you never know, you might not win anything."

Meanwhile, there were triple nods for folk rockers Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and pop star Rita Ora, while tragic Amy Winehouse also earned a posthumous nomination - she will face Sande in the British Female Solo Artist category, alongside Paloma Faith, Bat For Lashes and Jessie Ware.

The shortlist for the 2013 BRIT Awards was announced in London on Thursday (10Jan13) and the winners will be presented with statuettes designed by artist Damien Hirst at the city's O2 Arena on 20 February (13).

The full list of nominees is as follows:

British Group:

Mumford & Sons


The xx


One Direction

British Album:

Emeli Sande - Our Version of Events

Plan B - Ill Manors

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Paloma Faith - Fall to Grace

Mumford & Sons - Babel

British Female Solo Artist:

Amy Winehouse

Paloma Faith

Bat For Lashes

Jessie Ware

Emeli Sande

British Male Solo Artist:

Calvin Harris

Plan B

Richard Hawley

Ben Howard

Olly Murs

British Breakthrough Act:

Jake Bugg

Jessie Ware


Ben Howard

Rita Ora

British Single:

Adele - Skyfall

Alex Clare - Too Close

Coldplay featuring Rihanna - Princess of China

DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora - Hot Right Now

Emeli Sande - Next To Me

Florence and the MAChine - Spectrum

James Arthur - Impossible

Jessie J - Domino

Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump

Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande - Beneath Your Beautiful

Robbie Williams - Candy

Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida - Troublemaker

Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah - R.I.P.

Stooshe - Black Heart

Rudimental featuring John Newman - Feel The Love

British Live Act:

Mumford & Sons



The Vaccines

The Rolling Stones

International Group:

The Black Keys

The Script

Alabama Shakes


The Killers

International Male Solo Artist:

Jack White


Michael Buble

Frank Ocean

Bruce Springsteen

International Female Solo Artist:


Alicia Keys

Cat Power

Lana Del Rey

Taylor Swift

Special Recognition Award:

War Child Uk

Critics' Choice Award:

Tom Odell.