BRITs 2012 nominee Ed Sheeran: everything you need to know

We've been enjoying Ed Sheeran's music for a good while now, but we predict the 20-year-old singer is about to get LOADS more fans since he scooped a massive four BRIT 2012 nominations yesterday.

He's leading the pack with nods for Best Breakthrough, Best Single, Best Male and Best Album.

So who exactly is Ed Sheeran?

•    Edward Christopher Sheeran was born on 17 February 1991 in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
•    He started recording in 2005 and released an EP called 'The Orange Room.'
•    Ed released a further two albums, 'Ed Sheeran' in 2006 and 'Want Some?' in 2007.
•    After being their guitar technician, he opened for Nizlopi in Norwich in April 2008.
•    He played 312 gigs in 2009. He wanted to beat James Morrison's 200 gigs in a year.
•    In 2009 he toured with Just Jack and released EPs 'You Need Me' and 'Loose Change' in 2010.
•    Rapper Example noticed Ed on a video on SB.TV in 2010 and invited him to tour with him.
•    Jamie Foxx spotted Ed at an open mic night in Los Angeles and invited him to stay.
•    Throughout 2010, Ed's profile grew and he gained famous fans like Elton John and Rio Ferdinand.
•    Another three EPs followed, with 'No. 5 Collaborations' getting to no. 2 on iTunes.
•    He signed to Asylum / Atlantic Records after a series of gigs at the Barfly in Camden.
•    In April 2011, Ed performed 'The A Team' on 'Later... with Jools Holland'.
•    Ed broke into the mainstream in June 2011 when debut single 'The A Team' went to no. 3.
•    He played at Glastonbury, Reading, Bestival and Jersey Live festivals.
•    In September 2011, Ed released his debut studio album '+'.
•    'You Need Me' and 'Lego' were released as the next singles from the album.
•    Harry Potter's Rupert Grint starred in the 'Lego' video, released in October.

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Ed Sheeran performed at the BRITs 2012 nominations announcement / PA

No-one can say he became an overnight success, then!

We'll find out how many awards Ed picks up at the BRIT Awards on February 21.

Check out the rest of the nominees below.

BRIT Awards 2012 Nominations

Best British Male
James Blake
James Morrison
Noel Gallagher
Professor Green
Ed Sheeran

Best British Female
Florence and the Machine
Jessie J
Kate Bush
Laura Marling

British Breakthrough Act
Anna Calvi
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sande
Jessie J
The Real Vaccines

British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Chase and Status

British Single
Adele — Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran — The A Team
Example — Changed The Way You Kissed Me
Jessie J — Price Tag
JLS- She Makes me Wanna
Military Wives and Gareth Malone — Wherever You Are
Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks — Heart Skips a Beat
One Direction — What Makes you Beautiful
Pixie Lott — All About Tonight
The Wanted — Glad you Came

British Album
Adele — 21
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Ed Sheeran - +
Florence and the Machine — Ceremonials
PJ Harvey — Let England Shake

International  male
Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
David Guetta
Ryan Adams

International Female
Lady Gaga

International group
Fleet Foxes
Foo Fighters
Jay-Z/Kanye West
Lady Antebellum
Maroon 5

International Breakthrough
Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Nicki Minaj

Outstanding contribution to music

Critics' choice
1st Emeli Sande
2nd Maverick Sabre
3rd Michael Kiwanuka

British Producer
Paul Epworth
Ethan James