James Blake: up for a Brit, moving in with Chance The Rapper

The Mercury Prize winner is now up for Best Male. He's also becoming roomies with the Chicago MC.

10.01.14

And so the success of James Blake continues. Following on from winning the Mercury Prize last year – an outcome that nobody seemed to bet on, least of all Blake – he's been nominated for a Brit award.

Getting a nod in the Best Male Solo Artist category, Blake is up against stiff competition, such as Tom Odell, Jake Bugg, and David Bowie, probably the only time that Bowie will ever be categorized alongside Tom Odell.

In other James Blake news, he is going to move in with Chance The Rapper. The Chicago rapper spoke to NME recently and said that they'll be roommates in LA, planning to turn their house into a "compound" and collaborate on music "almost every day". In Chance's words, "We're getting a compound so we figure we might invite people round to the crib and make some music in the house, then kick them out and bring in some new people."

You can check the full list of Brit nominations below. Further folks up for Brits include the usual suspects (Ellie Goulding, Jessie J) and lively young boys Disclosure. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on February 19th 2014.

British Male Solo Artist

David Bowie
Jake Bugg
James Blake
John Newman
Tom Odell

British Female Solo Artist

Birdy
Ellie Goulding
Jessie J
Laura Marling
Laura Mvula

British Breakthrough Act

Bastille
Disclosure
Laura Mvula
London Grammar
Tom Odell

British Group

Arctic Monkeys
Bastille
Disclosure
One Direction
Rudimental

British Single

Bastille – Pompeii
Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
Disclosure ft AlunaGeorge – White Noise
Ellie Goulding – Burn
John Newman – Love Me Again
Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith – La La La
Olly Murs – Dear Darling
One Direction – One Way Or Another
Passenger – Let Her Go
Rudimental ft Ella Eyre – Waiting All Night

British Album of the Year

Arctic Monkeys – 'AM'
Bastille – 'Bad Blood'
David Bowie – 'The Next Day'
Disclosure – 'Settle'
Rudimental – 'Home'

International Male Solo Artist

Bruno Mars
Drake
Eminem
John Grant
Justin Timberlake

International Female Solo Artist

Janelle Monae
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Lorde
Pink

International Group

Arcade Fire
Daft Punk
Haim
Kings of Leon
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

British Producer

Ethan Johns
Flood and Alan Moulder
Paul Epworth

Critics' Choice

Winner: Sam Smith
Also nominated: Ella Eyre, Chloe Howl

[via BBC News and The Guardian]