Settle singer John Newman has received two nominations in the coveted Brit Awards.

The chart-topper, who is currently touring America, will be going up against big names, including David Bowie, for the title of best British Male Solo Artist.

And his smash hit, Love Me Again, has picked up a nomination for the best British Single.

“It is absolutely amazing to have one nomination let alone two,” said the former Settle College pupil.

However, he faces a challenge for Best Single from Rudimental with whom he had a number one hit Feel the Love, in 2012.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday, February 19, which will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm.

“I can’t wait for the night itself,” said John, who has spent the past 12 months promoting his solo career, with his debut album, Tribute – which included Love Me Again – topping the charts.

Settle town mayor Joe Lord, who went to school with John, said: “This is a well-deserved nomination following John’s fantastic achievements over the last couple of years.

“His success should inspire young people in the area by showing that, with hard work and commitment ambitious, goals really are achievable.”

Twenty-three-year-old John started playing and writing music when he was 14, but left school intending to be a mechanic. Halfway through his first term he realised he was spending more time asleep in the back recovering from gigs than he was learning about carburettors so decided to change career.

He secured a place at the Leeds College of Music and, at the age of 20, moved to London where he signed with Island Records.

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