Just over a year since she earned her very first U.K. No. 1 single with the 070 Shake-assisted “Escapism,” British singer-songwriter RAYE has broken the record for most BRIT Awards nominations in a single year with a whopping seven nods at the 2024 ceremony. Not only does RAYE stand as this year’s most-nominated artist, she is also the first act to earn seven nominations in a single ceremony since the BRITs’ inception in 1977.
“I am completely floored to be recognised seven times this year,” RAYE said of her historic nominations haul in a press release. “I was a BRIT school student and I remember how deeply I dreamed of one day being recognised at the BRITs. I am currently a mess of overwhelming emotions and confusion as to how this even happened to be honest.”
Despite the gravity of the moment, this is not the first time that the BRITs have recognized RAYE and her work. In 2018, “You Don’t Know Me,” her collaboration with Jax Jones reaped a bid in the British single of the year category. She appeared in the lineup for that same category twice more with “Secrets” (with Regard) and “Bed” (with Joel Corry and David Guetta) in 2021 and 2022, respectively. In 2022, she also earned her first solo BRIT Awards nomination: best dance act. Although she came up short in those four races, RAYE is well-poised to take home her first BRIT statuette come Mar. 2.
During Bring on The BRITs with Mastercard: The 2024 Nominations, the exclusive live stream revealing the 2024 nominations hosted by Yinka Bokinni, RAYE gushed, “A year and a half ago… as far as the industry was concerned, I was down and out. Never in my wildest dreams would I think like trying again would mean seven BRIT nominations… I’ve had some nominations in the past which I’ve been so grateful… This is a whole different thing. Just thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
In celebration of RAYE’s achievement, here are all of the times a musical act has earned at least five nominations in a single year at the BRIT Awards.
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