Lipa is also up for British breakthrough artist alongside J Hus, Loyle Carner, Mercury Prize-winning Sampha and young rapper Dave, while she will face competition from Kate Tempest, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware and Laura Marling for the British female solo artist prize.
The singer-songwriter is also up for best single of the year as well as best British male solo artist alongside four artists who released their debut solo albums in 2017 – Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Loyle Carner and Rag’N’Bone Man.
In the best British band category, the return of Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz sees the animated outfit nominated alongside London Grammar, Wolf Alice, The xx and Royal Blood.
Sheeran’s final nomination is in the best video of the year category which also sees three former One Direction members in competition.
Pop sensation Dua Lipa is leading the field in nominations at five this year’s Brit Awards, scoring five gongs including one for best British female solo artist.