The singer-songwriter is also up for best single of the year as well as best British male solo artist alongside four artists who released their debut solo albums in 2017 - Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Loyle Carner and Rag'N'Bone Man.
The "New Rules" hit maker is up against Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Kate Tempest and Laura Marling in the best British female category.
He already has six wins and 17 nominations as part of Oasis, including an Outstanding Contribution to Music Award in 2007 and BRITs Album of 30 Years in 2010, but this is his first ever nomination as a solo artist.
Sheeran's final nomination is in the best video of the year category which also sees three former One Direction members in competition.
Breakthrough pop star Dua Lipa leads the nominations for this year's Brit Awards, collecting five nods including best British female solo artist.
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There was no immediate confirmation by the Russian military, which is providing air support to government forces fighting rebels. The deal excludes Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, but other larger rebel groups in eastern Ghouta are part of it.
Taylor Swift, Pink, Lorde, Alicia Keys and Björk were all nominated for best worldwide female, with Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino (the stage name for Donald Glover), Beck and DJ Khaled nominated for best global male.
In the worldwide categories, Foo Fighters, Haim, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire are up for best group.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz at "The BRITs Are Coming", Liam - who has son Bear with Cheryl, 34, - said: "I built this little bar, well I bought the tools, I imagined this bar area in our house with all of our awards on the wall".
He said: "It's fantastic".
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Jones added: "But for us, the way our radio is set up... every genre is getting a chance and that is what makes it so cool and we always have this lo-fi rustic sound no matter where, it's not too polished. I don't think our kid's got it in him anymore anyway, it seems to me like he's playing to the snobs and the world and the toffs".
"To be one of the people who are mentioned among these names..."
At the ceremony to announce the nominations, Jorja Smith was also revealed as the victor of the 2018 critics' choice BRIT Award. "There's lots more to come in 2018 from all of us and I will do my best to make it another memorable year!"
The Brit Awards take place on February 21 at London's O2 Arena.
Catalan separatists agree to reelect Puigdemont
Mas was Catalan president between 2010 and 2016 before stepping aside, handpicking Carles Puigdemont as his successor. The Spanish leader has also described as "absurd" the idea that Puigdemont could lead Catalonia from overseas .