Dua Lipa on her way to Abu Dhabi

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Ed Sheeran's record-breaking third album Divide has been nominated for the Brits album of the year prize.

Victor of MTV Europe and NME's 2017 Best New Act, UK artist Dua Lipa will set "New Rules" at her first solo appearance in the UAE.

Dua Lipa - who leads the field with five nods - posted on Twitter: "5 BRIT NOMINATIONS!". Her single New Rules was a break out hit past year and she is nominated in five categories including best album, best female artist and best single.

And her competition in the breakthrough act category includes J Hus, Loyle Carner, Sampha and Santan Dave.

The singer-songwriter is also up for best single of the year as well as best British male solo artist alongside four artists who released their debut solo albums in 2017 - Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Loyle Carner and Rag'N'Bone Man.

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Foo Fighters - who will perform at the 38th Brits next month - are nominated for best global group alongside fellow USA acts Haim, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem, as well as Canadian group Arcade Fire.

Liam Payne, who was nominated for best British single and best video for Strip That Down, has hailed the power of British music.

Taylor Swift, Lorde, Bjork, Pink and Alicia Keys are up for best global female, while Childish Gambino, Beck, DJ Khaled, Drake and Kendrick Lamar are up for best worldwide male.

Ed Sheeran, pictured here performing at Glastonbury Festival, has been nominated for four Brit Awards. Grime star Stormzy, singer Rag'N'Bone Man and rapper J Hus join her and Sheeran for the best album prize.

Dua Lipa arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London February 22, 2017.

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