Brit Awards 2012 nominations: Ed Sheeran scoops four nominations

The coyest boy in pop As Ed Sheeran leads with four Brit nominations, discover who this new kid on the block is

As the Brit nominations are announced, fans expect beer-swigging, television-throwing and award-hurling stars to battle it out for the prize.

But this year, Ed Sheeran is ruling the roost having been recognised in four categories – that's more nods than he's had hit singles.

The singer/songwriter, 20, is up for Best Male, Best Breakthrough, Best Single for The A Team, and Best Album for debut record, entitled +.

Man of the moment: Ed Sheeran arrives at the shortlist announcements for the Brit Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London today

Man of the moment: Ed Sheeran arrives at the shortlist announcements for the Brit Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London today

The rising star, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is even ahead of Jessie J.

The Do It Like A Dude star is trailing behind with three categories; including Best Female, Best Breakthrough and Best single for Price Tag.

Chart-topper: Sheeran's debut album + reached No.1 in the UK

Chart-topper: Sheeran's debut album + reached No.1 in the UK

Sheeran told the BBC he was 'ecstatic, really happy and pleased' at the launch party this afternoon at the Savoy Hotel in London.

He added: 'I think any artist
would really want to win the Best Album Award – but to be honest I
think Adele will win that one.'

The redhead chart-topper found fame last summer when his debut single The A Team reached No3.

Sheeran's rise to fame is akin to something from a rags-to-riches movie.

After relentless touring in 2009, where he reportedly played 312 gigs, he eventually supported Starz In Their Eyes singer Just Jack on tour.

Last February, the opportunist posted a video through SB.TV, which led to Example inviting him to support him on the road.

Several months later, he flew to Los Angeles on a wing and a prayer, performing at open mic nights, before Jamie Foxx spotted him.

The Hollywood actor then invited him to stay at his house and record for the rest of his stay.

But the icing on the cake came when Harry Potter star Rupert Grint agreed to star in the Lego House video; on the premise they are doppelgangers.

Runaway success: Sheeran with he Breakthrough Artist Award at the Q Awards last October

Runaway success: Sheeran with he Breakthrough Artist Award at the Q Awards last October

The song peaked at No5 in the UK charts.

Ed said: 'When I was coming up with ideas for the Lego House video, I knew that I wanted Rupert to be in it.

'I've grown up with the Potter films and have massive respect for him as an actor. This video is going to be brilliant.'

The pair met as the You Need Me, I Don't Need You star pulled Grint onstage during a gig at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.

Sheeran recently celebrated his album + returning to No1, making it the first number one of 2012.

Modestly, he said: 'It amazes me. I don't know where these people who keep buying my music every week come from or why they keep buying it.'

The album was originally released back in September 2011.

The annual ceremony takes place at London's O2 Arena on February 21.

BRIT AWARDS 2012 NOMINATIONS

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST

Ed Sheeran

James Blake

James Morrison

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Professor Green

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Adele

Florence & The Machine Island

Jessie J

Kate Bush

Laura Marling

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Anna Calvi

Ed Sheeran

Emeli Sand

Jessie J

The Vaccines

BRITISH GROUP

Arctic Monkeys

Chase & Status

Coldplay

Elbow

Kasabian

BRITISH SINGLE

Adele: Someone Like You

Ed Sheeran: The A Team

Example: Changed The Way You Kissed Me

Jessie J Ft B.o.B.: Price Tag

JLS Ft Dev: She Makes Me Wanna

Military Wives / Gareth Malone: Wherever You Are

Olly Murs Ft Rizzle Kicks: Heart Skips A Beat

One Direction: What Makes You Beautiful

Pixie Lott: All About Tonight

The Wanted: Glad You Came

BRITISH PRODUCER

Paul Epworth

Flood

Ethan Johns

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Adele: 21

Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

Ed Sheeran: +

Florence & The Machine: Ceremonials

PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

Aloe Blacc

Bon Iver

Bruno Mars

David Guetta

Ryan Adams

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Beyonc

Bjrk One

Feist

Lady Gaga

Rihanna

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Fleet Foxes

Foo Fighters

Jay-Z / Kanye West

Lady Antebellum

Maroon 5

INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Aloe Blacc

Bon Iver

Foster The People

Lana Del Rey

Nicki Minaj

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD

Blur

CRITICS’ CHOICE

1st – Emeli Sand

2nd – Maverick Sabre

3rd – Michael Kiwanuka

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