HE’S still only 20 years old… but relative newcomer Ed Sheeran has cleaned up during Round One of the Brits.
He secured an incredible FOUR nominations last night – eclipsing even Brits dahlings Jessie J and Adele.
Those two picked up two and three noms respectively in their breakthrough years.
And Scots singer Emeli Sande has been nominated for the British Breakthrough Act category along with her Critics’ Choice award.
And while it’s been a year for most X Factor starlets to forget – look away now Matt Cardle and Little Mix – boyband One Direction secured their first-ever major awards recognition, nominated in the Best Single category.
Given the Brit panel’s insistence on “credibility”, this is big news for the little boys and suggests they are here to stay.
Much like Halifax-born Ed, really.
Ed, who began recording and gigging nationwide back in 2005, was recognised in four categories at the official launch yesterday: Best Album, Single, British Male and Breakthrough Act.
The A Team singer – the track for which he’s been nominated – is up against a raft of other UK talent including James Morrison and James Blake, Professor Green and the ubiquitous Adele and Jessie J.
The strawberry-blond star, who turns 21 on the night of the Brits next month, told me: “I’m flying the flag for Team Ginge and everyone out there. I can’t believe I got more nominations than Adele but that’s only because she’s not in the People’s Choice one.
“I can’t wait for the big night – I’m going to be partying hard with Example, which will be messy. I did the hard slog gigs route to get where I am today rather than X Factor. And I get paid more than X Factor people, too. But I don’t take anything away from bands like One Direction. They work just as hard as I do now.”
Emeli Sandé, who joined Ed to perform a live set at London’s Savoy, was also named in the Breakthrough Act category.