This year's BRIT nominees have been revealed and while it's easy to get swept up in the congratulations surrounding the likes of Ed Sheeran inclusion, spare a thought for those who missed out.
No one can argue against Adele or Ed Sheeran's nominations – they both had an outstanding year in 2011. Adele came out on top of pretty much every end-of-year list imaginable. '21' was the biggest selling album of the year and the top selling entertainment product of all. While Ed Sheeran's breakthrough '+' reached the number one spot in the charts in both 2011 and 2012.
Across the pond, Rihanna and Katy Perry continued their dominance of the airwaves and are understandably included.
However, there are a number of artists who could all argue for a spot on the prestigious awards list.
Katy 's debut 'On a Mission' brought a fresh perspective on British night life. With a mixture of pop, dubstep, and garage influences; the album was one of the revelations of the year and it's a surprise not to see that recognised in the form of a nomination.
Drake is another surprising absentee. He is one of the biggest names in the industry and 'Take Care' reached number five in the UK albums chart so it does seem strange that he doesn't feature in the International Male Solo Artist category.
Another artsit who might have expected place on the list is Wretch 32. 'Don't Go' was one of they year's stand outs yet there is no place for him alongside Emeli Sande and Jessie J on the the BRIT list of Breakthrough acts.
Example, who has been working his magic behind the scenes in the industry for years, achieved genuine success in his own right with the release of 'Playing in the Shadows'. 'Changed the Way You Kiss Me' has been recognised in the Best Single category but he might well be aggrieved at not getting a nod as a British Male Solo Artist nominee having released a number one album and two number songs in 2011.
Two reality show success stories also had a successful year. Will Young's 'Echoes' reached the number one spot while Matt Cardle's 'Letters' came in at number two. Neither of them feature on the list of nominees.
Scrolling through the nominations, it's hard to find anyone that isn't deserving of their place but as you can see, there are a few notable omissions.
Is there anyone else we've missed? Who do you think is deserving of a place on the BRIT Award Nominations?