Liam is up against Harry Styles and Zayn Malik for Video of the Year, but the 24-year-old insists it's all good fun.
Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Liam Payne and Stormzy are among the nominees for this year's Brit Awards, Britain's most prestigious pop music prizes. She's up against two fellow Londoners in the best album category - including rapper J Huss, who's up for British Breakthrough Act and grime star Stormzy.
Taylor Swift, Lorde, Bjork, Pink and Alicia Keys are all nominated for best global female while actor Donald Glover's musical alter-ego, Childish Gambino, earns a nod in the best worldwide male category.
Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Haim, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem will compete for International Group. "I have never written down that number, I have never had the need", Payne said backstage at an event to announce the nominees in London.
Speaking on the red carpet, Liam Payne told BANG Showbiz: "It's really great and there are some great artists in those categories as well. This is where I am from so it it's extra special".
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He said: "It's fantastic".
"I love solo life".
'We all needed a break, it got a bit insane at one point. "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". And there are plenty of Londoners in the other categories - among them little Mix - up for Video of the Year, and Paloma Faith who's up for British female solo artist.
The show featured performances from Liam, Paloma, Clean Bandit, J Hus and 2018 Critics' Choice victor Jorja Smith.
The Brit Awards were previous year dominated by David Bowie, who won two posthumous awards for best solo artist and best album for "Blackstar".
The Brit Awards take place on February 21 at London's O2 Arena.