Tinie Tempah performs onstage in Manchester on July 8, 2010. He is a favourite to win a Brit Award, which honours the best in British music. ((Tim Hales/Associated Press))

Rapper Tinie Tempah has a leading four nominations for the Brit Awards, the U.K.'s annual music awards.

The 22-year-old, whose real name is Patrick Opadi Yodu Okogwu, is vying for best British male performer, best breakthrough act, best single for Pass Out and album of the year for Disc-Overy.

Montreal's Arcade Fire received two nominations and Stratford, Ont.'s Justin Bieber got one in the international categories as the British recording industry released its nominations on Thursday.

Arcade Fire is up for best international group, competing against Black Eyed Peas, Kings of Leon, The Script and Vampire Weekend. It also has a nod for best international album for The Suburbs.

 Brit Awards selected nominees
 Best British male solo
  • Mark Ronson
  • Paul Weller
  • Plan B
  • Robert Plant
  • Tinie Tempah
 Best British female solo
  • Cheryl Cole
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Laura Marling
  • Paloma Faith
  • Rumer
Best British group
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Gorillaz
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Take That
  • The XX

Bieber is nominated for international breakthrough act, a category voted on by MTV viewers. His competition includes the Glee cast, Bruno Mars and the Temper Trap.

The XX, the alternative band that won the 2010 Mercury Prize, put in a good showing with four nominations, including best British group.

The best group category also sees a nomination for Gorillaz, the virtual band of the 1990s that re-emerged last year as a live act, and Take That, the 1990s pop group that lured back singer Robbie Williams in 2010.

Another voice from the past, Robert Plant, formerly of Led Zeppelin, gets his first ever Brit Award nomination for best male solo.

Folk band Mumford & Sons and rapper Plan B also scored three nominations a piece.

The Brit Awards will be hosted by comedian James Corden at the O2 area Feb. 15.