Twenty one-year-old Sheeran has four nominations including breakthrough act and best British album, for his debut +.

Adele, who won six Grammys last week in Los Angeles for her sophomore album 21, is nominated for three Brits, including British album and British female artist.

She is also due to perform for the first time in Britain since undergoing vocal cord surgery.

Britpop icons Blur are scheduled to receive a special prize for their contribution to music at Tuesday’s televised ceremony.

Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher is expected to perform alongside Coldplay’s Chris Martin during the show, hosted by actor James Corden.