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Capital FM takes a look at all the hopefuls ahead of the nominations announcement for this year's BRIT Awards, including Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran and One Direction.
Rihanna proved she is quite possibly the busiest star in pop music last year when she not only continued to release tracks from fifth album 'Loud' but also surprising everyone when she dropped new album 'Talk That Talk' in November as well. The singer performed 98 dates around the world on her acclaimed 'Loud' tour and scored two Vodafone Big Top 40 number one singles with 'What's My Name?' and 'We Found Love'.
In the five short months since its release Ed Sheeran's debut album '+' has already sold over 900,000 and the 20 year-old singer songwriter has released three hugely successful singles with 'The A Team', 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You' and 'Lego House'. Ed has also been announced as one of the performers for the BRITs nominations party.
Calvin returned in 2011 and brought with him two of the year's biggest club tracks. The Scottish DJ released Kelis collaboration 'Bounce' in April followed by the anthemic 'Feel So Close' in August and also found time to support Rihanna on her 'Loud' tour as well as producing the singer's Vodafone Big Top 40 number one 'We Found Love'.
Since releasing her debut album 'Who You Are' in February Jessie J has gone on to release five successful singles including a Big Top 40 number one with B.o.B collaboration 'Price Tag'. The singer topped off an impressive first year in the music industry by headlining the second night of Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball.
The Black Eyed Peas launched their sixth album 'The Beginning' at the end of 2010 and followed it up with several huge singles including 'Don't Stop The Party' and 'Just Can't Get Enough' before hitting the road in June to take their 'The Beginning' tour across the world. Despite recently announcing a short hiatus the band are still big contenders for awards season.
Example came back in a big way in 2011 when he returned to the airwaves with third album 'Playing In The Shadows'. The rapper topped the Vodafone Big Top 40 with 'Changed The Way You Kissed Me' in June and released three further charting singles to boot before heading out on tour across the UK in November last year.
Pixie returned with her second album 'Young Foolish Happy' in November after filling up dance floors across the country with the record's lead single 'All About Tonight'. The 20 year-old singer even roped in the legendary Stevie Wonder to contribute to the album alongside artists like John Legend and Pusha T.
The Wanted have had a hugely successful twelve months after achieving two Big Top 40 number one singles with 'Gold Forever' and 'Glad You Came' and releasing second album 'Battleground'. The five boys are set to make an even bigger impact in 2012 after debuting on US television with an appearance on chat show Ellen this month.
Adele is likely to be a magnet for awards this year following the unprecedented success of her second album '21'. The singer-songwriter's lead single 'Rolling In The Deep' bought her massive attention stateside and follow-up 'Someone Like You' topped the Vodafone Big Top 40 twice in 2011. '21' has already been nominated for six awards at this year's 54th Grammy Awards ceremony.
Taio Cruz is currently gearing up for the release of his third studio album 'TY.O' in March and teamed up with 'Good Feeling' rapper Flo Rida for the record's lead single 'Hangover', while follow-up single 'Troublemaker' has already made a successful impact on the Big Top 40 chart.
JLS proved their staying power in 2011 when they topped the Vodafone Big Top 40 with 'She Makes Me Wanna' in July before launching third album 'Jukebox' in November. The 'Take A Chance On Me' singers are now getting ready to head out across the UK for their '4th Dimension' arena tour.
Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' album has given the singer sixth massive selling singles since its release and Katy's 'California Dreams' tour saw her perform 124 shows since kicking off in February last year.
Olly Murs has had a hectic year after shooting to number one on the Big Top 40 last summer with his Rizzle Kicks collaboration 'Heart Skips A Beat' before topping the chart again in December with Dance With Me Tonight, the second single from Olly's new album 'In Case You Didn't Know'.
The One Direction boys showed you don't need to win The X Factor to make it big after the release of number one single 'What Makes You Beautiful' in September. Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis and Zayn are already household names and recently kicked off their first headline tour in support of first album 'Up All Night'.
Hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks are set to be massive in 2012 after several chart successes with singles like 'Down With The Trumpets' and 'When I Was A Youngster'. After teaming up with Olly Murs on his summer song 'Heart Skips A Beat' the two even managed to get James Cordon involved in the music video for new single 'Mama Do The Hump'.
Coldplay scored a massive sleeper hit at the end of 2011 when 'Paradise' rose to number one on the Vodafone Big Top 40 after three months on the chart. The india band's fifth album 'Mylo Xyloto' has gotten great reviews and Coldplay recently kicked off their world tour in support of the album with several shows across Europe.
Florence and the Machine follow-up up on the huge success of 2009 debut 'Lungs' with the equally impressive 'Ceremonials' in October last year. The band preceded the album's release with anthemic summer hit 'Shake It Out' and are preparing to launch second single 'No Light, No Light' later this month.
Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine roped in his The Voice colleague Christina Aguilera to feature on the band's number one single 'Moves Like Jagger' last summer. The song pays tribute to the legendary dance moves of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and has proved to be one of the band's biggest hits to date.
Emeli topped off a hugely successful first year in pop music recently after being named the BRIT Awards Critics Choice 2012. The 'Daddy' singer scored her first number one single when she featured on Professor Green's 'Read All About It' and will release her highly anticipated debut album 'Our Version Of Events' in February.
After making her debut in 2010 Nicki Minaj continued to turn heads last year with her colourful wigs and costumes and even more hits to her name. Nicki's 'Super Bass' was one of the biggest tracks this summer and she spent 2011 collaborating with everyone from David Guetta to Rihanna, while second album 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' is already coming next month.
Chris Brown's fourth album 'F.A.M.E.' produced one of the most popular dance floor fillers of the year with 'Beautiful People'. The singer later released Justin Bieber collaboration 'Next 2 You' and is currently readying fifth record 'Fortune' for an expected release in March.
The Mother Monster cemented her status as one of the biggest artist in pop when she returned in May with second album 'Born This Way'. Gaga scored hit after hit with tracks like 'Judas', You & I' as well as her most recent release 'Marry The Night'. The singer also rounded off the 'Monster Ball' tour after over 200 dates and is already preparing to head back into the studio ready to record her third record.
Wretch 32 made a big impact in 2011 when he arrived on the scene with debut album 'Black And White' and a host of successful singles in tow. After first being noticed with lead single 'Traktor' Wretch went on to score his first Big Top 40 number one with 'Don't Go' before performing at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball in December.