Ed Sheeran is up against fellow Brits Liam Gallagher and Stormzy in the best solo artist category at this year's Q Awards.

The singers will compete against US stars St Vincent and Lana Del Rey for the coveted prize at the awards ceremony at Camden's Roundhouse on October 18.

Sheeran, Gallagher and Stormzy are leading the nominations, with three nods each.

Singer-songwriter Sheeran has also been nominated in the best track category for Shape Of You and best act in the world today. Gallagher also got a best track nod for Wall Of Glass, and is in contention for best live act.

Grime superstar Stormzy, up for his first ever Q gongs, will compete in the best album category with Gang Signs & Prayer and for best live act.

Singer-songwriter Lorde, punk duo Sleaford Mods and rap phenomenon Kendrick Lamar are up for two awards apiece.

Lamar and Sleaford Mods will battle it out for the prestigious best album gong for their respective hits DAMN and English Tapas.

They are up against Gorillaz, who are nominated for Humanz, their first album in seven years, Stormzy, and The xx for their UK number one album, I See You.

For the first time in the 27-year history of the awards, the public chose the shortlist from a long list compiled by the Q magazine team. Editor Ted Kessler said: "Some people say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but I disagree.

"I say that the Q Awards is the most wonderful time of the year and that 2017 is already looking like it's going to be the best we've ever held."

Voting is open to the public in seven categories at www.Qthemusic.com until October 6.