Singing star Ed Sheeran tops nominations at tonight’s Brit awards

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CALDERDALE’s singing star Ed Sheeran is in the running for four awards at the Brits later tonight.

The singer/songwriter, 21, who spent his early years in Hebden Bridge, has been nominated for the most awards of any act - up for best male, best single for The A Team, best albumb for ‘+’ and breakthrough act.

Speaking at the Brit nominations announcement last month, Sheeran said: “This exact time last year, I was signing my record deal. So I think it’s been a good year.”

A Shelf woman is also up for Brit with the Military Wives Choir.

Larraine Smith (nee Longden) is a member of the Plymouth choir which is up for best British single for Wherever You Are.

Larraine, married to Brandon Smith, a major in the Royal Artillery, now lives in Plymouth but has extended family in Shelf, where she lived from 17 to 21 and worked as a barmaid at the Shoulder of Mutton and Prince of Orange.

* Ed Sheeran will also take to the stage to perform at the televised event at London’s O2 Arena this evening, which begins at 8pm on ITV.