Winehouse in line for posthumous Brit

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Amy Winehouse could take a posthumous Brit Award next month after she was shortlisted for best British female.

The star, who died 17 months ago, previously took the title in 2007 on the back of her massive Back To Black album and is up against Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan), Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and Jessie Ware.

Winehouse, who was eligible as a result of the release of her Lioness: Hidden Treasures album, could be the first posthumous winner since Freddie Mercury won a Brit in 1992, a little over two months after his death, for his outstanding contribution to music.

Sande, Mumford And Sons and Mercury Prize-winners Alt-J lead the nominations for next month’s Brits, competing for three each.

The Rolling Stones, who performed two UK shows at London’s O2 Arena to mark their 50th anniversary last year, have been nominated for best live act – the first time they have been in the running for a Brit for 17 years.

Welcoming the nomination, Mick Jagger said: “We all had such a blast, everyone was at the top of their game.”

The big award of the night, best album, will be fought between Sande’s Our Version Of Events, Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave, the Mumford release Babel, Plan B’s Ill Manors and Paloma Faith’s second album Fall To Grace.

Sande’s final nomination is as one of the 15 tracks in the running for best single with Next To Me.

The best male shortlist sees Sheffield’s Richard Hawley go up against Olly Murs, Calvin Harris, Plan B and Ben Howard.

Mumford And Sons will again line up against indie group Alt-J, who formed in Leeds in 2007, for best British group, with The xx, Muse and pop act One Direction completing the category.