Singer-songwriter Sheeran, whose "Divide" was the fastest-selling album ever for a male solo artist in Britain, is nominated in the best solo artist and best album categories for the February 21 awards.
Liam Payne, who was nominated for best British single and best video for Strip That Down, has hailed the power of British music.
In addition to well-received tracks such as No Lie, featuring dance-hall star Sean Paul, and Hotter than Hell, it was her sixth single New Rules that became a smash hit and catapulted her to becoming the most streamed artist on the music platform Spotify a year ago.
The best British band nominees are Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and The xx.
Dua Lipa is coming to Abu Dhabi next month.
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Tiger Zinda Hai has further reaffirmed Salman Khan's position as the numero uno superstar that we have in the country today. Tiger Zinda Hai is the sequel of 2012 action-spy thriller which was directed by Kabir Khan .
Steve Mac has already been announced as victor of the Best British Producer award.
Taylor Swift, Pink, Lorde, Alicia Keys and Björk were all nominated for best worldwide female, with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino (the stage name for Donald Glover), Beck and DJ Khaled nominated for best global male.
Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Haim, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem will compete for International Group.
Lipa, who's also worked as a model, also has hit singles Be The One, Hotter Than Hell and IDGAF to her name.
Other successful acts last year who failed to get recognised by the BRITs Voting Academy include Take That, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Rita Ora, while Decca's Michael Ball & Alfie Boe are expected to target categories at the Classic BRIT Awards later this year.