A DJ and music producer who grew up in a Herefordshire village and played his first gigs in the area has been nominated for a Brit Award.

The nomination for the coveted industry award left 220 Kid, who grew up in Weobley, spraying champagne in a park as he celebrated making the shortlist.

He recently topped the UK singles chat with sea shanty track Wellerman, which he produced alongside Billen Ted for former Scottish postman and social media star Nathan Evans.

The tracked climbed to the top spot earlier this month after seven weeks, dethroning Olivia Rodrigo's Drivers Licence after nine weeks at the summit.

But it's the track Don't Need Love which has been shortlisted for the 2021 British Single with Mastercard award at this year's Brits.

220 Kid, who has been championed by BBC Music Introducing in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, recorded the track with 23-year-old singer-songwriter GRACEY.

Grace Barker, known professionally as GRACEY, made her breakthrough in 2020 with the collaboration with 220 Kid, who's real name is William Graydon.

The song reached a peak of number nine for two weeks in the UK singles chart.

Reacting to the news on social media, 220 Kid, 31, said: "Just had to check myself. Number one and Brit nominated. Na this ain't right.

"Remember having a moment when I was 28 and things had gone so wrong like you've ruined it you're never gonna make it and so nearly gave up. Never quit!!

"Nearly quit again two years ago, did a headline show and two people came. TWO!

"Even though we'd sold tickets.

The lights guy filed the room with smoke to make us feel better. Again don't quit. Never know how close you are.

"Also once got offered a record deal and the person died the next day, before he'd got back to Germany and told the rest of the team he was gonna sign my band at the time. Wild journey.

"Dunno why I'm tweeting. It's just a marvellous day."

GRACEY said: "Don't Need Love is nominated for Best British Single at the Brits 2021.

"I cannot begin to explain how much or for how long I've dreamt of this and I couldn't have asked for anyone better to be celebrating alongside."

The pair will face some stiff competition, with Dua Lipa's Physical, Watermelon by Harry Styles and Joel Corry's track featuring MNEK among the 10 nominations.

"We have a great lineup for this year's British Single category," the Brits said.

"There are a lot of BRITs first timers hoping for a debut win this year; 220 Kid, Gracey, Joel Corry, MNEK, Nathan Dawe, KSI, Regard, RAYE, and Headie One.

"They've all had successful years with their respective singles, with highlights being Joel Corry and MNEK's tune 'Head & Heart' which sat atop of the charts for a whopping 6 weeks.

"Rap duo Young T & Bugsey also set the summer a blaze with their bop 'Don't Rush' which even started a viral challenge across social media, as of March 2021, the video had surpassed 70 million views on YouTube."

The shortlists for each category were revealed on the event's social media channels, hosted by Nick Grimshaw and this year's rising star winner, Griff.

Jack Whitehall is returning for a fourth time to host the awards show, which is due to take place on May 11 at London's O2 Arena.

The awards are voted for by around 1,500 people from across the UK music industry including journalists, record label employees and musicians.