In pictures: Brit award nominees 2012 are revealed

13 January 2012 Last updated at 09:11

Ed Sheeran, Adele and Jessie J are all nominated in multiple categories at this year's Brit music awards.
Ed Sheeran
Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran heads the field for this year's Brit Awards with four nominations. He admits it feels strange to have more than Adele: "I was definitely surprised but she was not a breakthrough act this year."
Jessie J and Emeli Sande
Jessie J is up for three awards as is Adele. Jessie J is nominated for best single (Price Tag), female and breakthrough act. She said: "I'm just so happy to be here a year on feeling as positive and ready to make some more music."
Professor Green
Professor Green is also nominated. The rapper is up against Noel Gallagher, James Blake, James Morrison and Ed Sheeran for best British male: "It's the fourth Brits for me and the first time I've been nominated, so wicked."
Greg James and James Corden
Radio 1 DJ Greg James helped Brits host James Corden present the nominations. He said: "You know if you're a music fan you've got the best seat in the house. You're around the whole atmosphere."
JLS are also up for one Brit Award. They'll take on Adele, Ed Sheeran, Example, Jessie J, JLS, the Military Wives, Olly Murs, One Direction, Pixie Lott and The Wanted for best British single. The Brits take place on 21 February.
Chase & Status
Chase & Status face Coldplay, Elbow, Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys in the best British group category. Other acts with two nominations are Bon Iver and Aloe Blacc, who both figure in the international categories.
The Vaccines
The Vaccines are up against Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran and Anna Calvi in the breakthrough category, voted for by Radio 1 listeners. Florence + The Machine are also up for two awards.
Peter Blake with the Brits trophy 2011
Peter Blake designed the Brits trophy this year. He was the man behind the album sleeve for The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The event will feature performances from the likes of Adele and Rihanna.
Rizzle Kicks
Rizzle Kicks are nominated for best single. They said: "Best single with Olly Murs, Heart Skips a Beat. Yeah, which is exciting. It's well cool." Blur have already been named winners of the outstanding contribution to music award.
The Military Wives
The Military Wives, along with choirmaster Gareth Malone, are also up for best single. Emeli Sande has been awarded with the critics' choice prize ahead of the event. The nominations were announced at London's Savoy Hotel.
Laura Whitmore, Dionne Bromfield and Sarah Jane Crawford
Dionne Bromfield (centre) was there with TV presenter Laura Whitmore (left) and BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sarah-Jane Crawford (right). Coldplay and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Bird are also due to perform at the Brits.