BRIT Awards 2018: One Direction boy will go to battle

Liam Payne performs at the BRIT Awards 2018 nominations party [Getty]

Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik are set to battle it out for the British Artist Video Of The Year gong at the BRIT Awards 2018.

The nominees for the ceremony next month have been announced and the trio – who found fame in One Direction with Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson – have all won recognition for their solo efforts, with Harry’s Sign Of The Times, Zayn’s I Don’t Wanna Live Forever collaboration with Taylor Swift and Liam’s Strip That Down videos to go head to head.

But, Dua Lipa scooped the most nods with five, while Ed Sheeran followed with nods in four categories.

Stormzy performs at the Brits Are Coming nominations party [Getty]

J Hus and Rag’n’Bone Man have three each, while there are two nominations each for Stormzy, Loyle Carner, and Clean Bandit.

Little Mix scooped two nominations with recognition in the British Single of the Year group for their track Touch and British Artist Video.

However, fans online were shocked to see them snubbed in the Best British Group category, missing out to Th xx, Wolf Alice, Gorillaz, Royal Blood and London Grammar.

Emma Willis (L) and Paloma Faith speak on stage at the BRIT Awards 2018 nominations at ITV Studios  [Getty]

Writing on Twitter, one fan said: “Errr Little Mix have been robbed from Best Group #Brits2018”

However, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher got a taste of success after receiving his first ever solo BRIT Awards nomination.

His older brother Noel Gallagher was snubbed in the category, despite the siblings both releasing albums in 2017.

Noel and Liam Gallagher in 2008 [Getty]

Liam – who released his debut solo album As You Were in October – will compete against Ed Sheeran, Loyle Carner, Rag’n’Bone Man and Stormzy for British Male Solo Artist at this year’s awards on February 21.

He already has six Brit gongs under his belt and 17 nominations as part of Oasis, including an Outstanding Contribution to Music Award in 2007 and BRITs Album of 30 Years in 2010.

Noel hit number one with his latest High Flying Birds album Who Built the Moon? in November, but it sold less units than Liam’s in its first week on the shelves.


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