With 5 million sales worldwide from her one studio album, Dua Lipa is dubbed the next star to hail from the United Kingdom, as the only female British national to achieve a No 1 in the country since Adele in 2015.
His words were echoed by fellow nominee Jax Jones whose track, You Don't Know Me, featuring Raye, faces competition from Payne in the best British single category.
A number of other nominated stars including frontrunners Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran also could not make the launch but shared their delight at being nominated on social media.
In the best British group category, The xx face competition from Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood and Wolf Alice. Quavo) - Strip That Down Jonas Blue (feat.
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In the worldwide categories, Bjork, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Drake, LCD Soundsystem, HAIM, Arcade Fire, Alice Wolf, The Killers, and Alicia Keys have been nominated.
Sheeran's final nomination is in the best video of the year category which also sees three former One Direction members in competition.
Taylor Swift, Pink, Lorde, Alicia Keys and Björk were all nominated for best worldwide female, with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino (the stage name for Donald Glover), Beck and DJ Khaled nominated for best global male.
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This Tuesday, Dutch-born Yolanda swung by and settled onto the hostess' purple couch in order to plug her new project. So, she was kind of guiding the girls on set, teaching them that it's not really all about posing.
Jones added: "But for us, the way our radio is set up... every genre is getting a chance and that is what makes it so cool and we always have this lo-fi rustic sound no matter where, it's not too polished. I don't think we will win this year because of the contenders also nominated".
He told the Press Association: "I'm really proud of British music as a whole at the moment".
Lipa, who's also worked as a model, also has hit singles Be The One, Hotter Than Hell and IDGAF to her name.
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The Brit Awards will take place on February 21 at London's O2 Arena.