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Midlands' artists nominated for BRIT Awards

Herefordshire's Ellie Goulding and Birmingham's Laura Mvula have tweeted their delight at being nominated in categories at this year's BRIT Awards.

They face each other in British Female Solo Artist. Laura has also been nominated in the British Breakthrough Act category, while Ellie has been nominated in the British Single category.

Soul singer Laura Mvula cleans up at MOBO awards

Birmingham-born soul singer Laura Mvula cleaned up at last night's MOBO Awards, taking home two gongs.

Laura Mvula won Best Female Act and Best R&B or Soul Artist Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS

She walked away with the coveted Best Female Act prize, leaving other nominees Jessie J, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware and Lianna La Havas disappointed.

Mvula, aged 27, also won Best R&B or Soul Artist and treated the audience to a live performance.

Laura Mvula, from Birmingham, has won at this year's MOBO Awards Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS

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Homecoming gig for Laura Mvula

Her star is rising and she's home grown talent about to perform a homecoming concert. She's been compared to many legendary female artists but she's certainly got her own distinct look and sound.

Laura Mvula is smashing through the emerging talent scene and fast becoming a household name. Tonight she is performing back in Birmingham and a little earlier she allowed Karen Griggs to interrupt her soundcheck .

Laura Mvula back in Birmingham before summer of festivals

Laura Mvula will be singing in her home town of Birmingham today Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Laura Mvula, who grew up in Birmingham, is performing at several festivals this summer. As well as three slots at Glastonbury, including the main stage, she is also performing at V Festival and Latitude Festival.

The singer graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with a degree in composition and began writing songs while she was working as a supply teacher in the city.

She will be performing at Birmingham Glee Club today.

Birmingham's Laura Mvula returns to play gig

Laura Mvula will be singing in her home town of Birmingham today Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Laura Mvula will be playing at home today as she appears at the Birmingham Glee Club.

The singer who grew up in the Selly Park and Kings Heath areas of Birmingham has just returned from the United States. She starts her headline UK tour on Monday.

This year she will be playing three slots at Glastonbury - including the main stage on the same day as The Rolling Stones.

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