UK urban artist Tinie Tempah leads the charge at this year's Brit awards with four nominations.
The 22-year-old is up for best British male, best breakthrough act, best single for Pass Out and album of the year for Disc-Overy.
The best breakthrough act honour is the award Radio 1 listeners vote for.
Rapper Plan B, folk band Mumford and Sons and The XX all have three nominations, while band Take That are up for two prizes.
This year's ceremony will be hosted by comedian James Corden on 15 February.
Tempah's debut album, Disc-Overy, went straight to number one last October. He has also had two number one singles.
In the prestigious album category he will compete against Plan B, Take That, Mumford and Sons and The XX.
Veteran rock star Robert Plant picks up his first ever Brit award nomination.
The former Led Zeppelin front man will compete for the best male prize against Tempah, Mark Ronson and Paul Weller.
The X Factor dominates the best single shortlist, with judge Cheryl Cole vying against winning acts Matt Cardle and Alexandra Burke.
Olly Murs, who came second in the 2009 series, has also been nominated, along with Florence and the Machine, Scouting for Girls, Taio Cruz and The Wanted.
Last year's Critics' Choice award winner, Ellie Goulding, will take on Cole, Laura Marling, Paloma Faith and Rumer in the best female artist category.
As well as best album, Mumford and Sons are also up for best breakthrough act and best British band.
The prize of best international album will go to either Arcade Fire, Cee Lo Green, Eminem, Kings of Leon or Katy Perry.
This year's Brits, which will be broadcast live on ITV1, will take place at London's O2 arena for the first time in the awards' 30-year history.
Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has been invited to create a new version of the iconic Brit award especially for the event.