Dummy recording artist NAO has been nominated for a Brit Award for Best British Female. The award nomination duly arrives after a standout 2016, including the release of her fantastic, critically acclaimed album ‘For All We Know’.
She took to Twitter to express her delight, saying “Whhhhooooaaaaaaa. Such a huge honour to be nominated for Best British Female for the @brits. Here’s to 2017”
The 2017 Brit Award nominations are distinctly more diverse this year. On the back of pressure from the #BritsSoWhite boycott campaign last year, over 20 BAME musicians now make up a more proportionally represented list of nominees. NAO joins a strong contingent in the Best British Female category, with Emile Sande and Lianne La Havas for competition. Stormzy who previously dubbed the awards “embarrassing” is nominated for Best Newcomer, and Kano, Skepta and Craig David all compete for the Best British Male award.
Nao highlighted that year’s nominations were more representative of British music: “The one thing about Britain is how amazingly diverse it is. We are all in this melting pot together,” she said. “Music is made by everyone and it’s for everyone. Put all of us on the stage, black, white, fat, skinny, whatever.”
She also recently announced that she’ll be releasing some new music imminently, tweeting: “It’s been a minute but ill drop something for you soon i promise X”
Check out the full list of nominees here, and stream ‘For All We Know’ below.