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The alternative Brit Award nomination: Anais Mitchell

This year's Brit Award nominations are announced in London on Thursday.

The Brits honour the year's biggest and best stars, and all artists must have had a top 40 single or album in the UK to be eligible.

But Vermont folk singer Anais Mitchell missed out on a nomination although she attracted glowing reviews for her fourth album Young Man In America.

She says the record was inspired by "American manhood, British ballads and my father".