Lily Allen, Lady Gaga lead BRITs noms
Coldplay, Oasis among finalists for best album of 30 years
LONDON -- British women have a strong showing in the nominations for the 2010 BRIT Awards -- but not Susan Boyle.
U.K. acts Florence and the Machine, Lily Allen and Pixie Lott each have three nominations for the awards, staged at London's Earls Court Arena on Feb. 16 and screened live on ITV1.
Lady Gaga also has three nominations as does British boy band JLS, while female-fronted La Roux is up for two BRITs.
But despite scoring the biggest-selling album of 2009 in the U.K., moving 1.6 million units of "I Dreamed A Dream," Boyle did not get any nominations. The Syco/Sony Music artist will not have a presence at the ceremony, organized by U.K. trade body the BPI.
"Susan won't be performing on the show, not this year," Ged Doherty, chairman of the BRITs Committee and Sony Music U.K. chairman and CEO, confirms to Billboard.biz. Performers at the ceremony will include Lady Gaga, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine with Dizzee Rascal and outstanding contribution to music recipient Robbie Williams.
Nominations in the awards' main 12 categories, decided by the votes of the BRITs Academy, were unveiled Monday at the IndigO2 venue at the O2 in London. The event, screened on ITV2, was hosted by Radio 1's Fearne Cotton and featured performances from La Roux, Pixie Lott and Critics' Choice winner Ellie Goulding as well as N-Dubz with Tinchy Stryder.
This year it is 30 years since the first BRIT Awards, which will be marked with two special awards -- the BRITs performance of 30 years and the BRITs album of 30 years. However, the international group category has been dropped.
JLS, who put in an appearance at the launch, showed the power of TV talent show "The X Factor" by snagging three nominations. The 2008 runner-ups are nominated for British group, British breakthrough act and British single for "Beat Again" (Epic/Sony Music). "2009 was an amazing year for us, hopefully it's going to continue in 2010," said group member Marvin Humes.
But U.K. rock act Kasabian looks like the strong contenders in the British group category, where they compete with JLS, Doves, Friendly Fires and Muse. Kasabian is also nominated for British album - the only act to be in both categories - for "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia/Sony Music). The album is certified double platinum in the U.K. for 600,000 shipments.
"It's an amazing achievement for them," says Doherty of the band's double nomination. "They have worked their nuts off for five, six years, they are on the road constantly and we are absolutely delighted that they have been finally recognized by the [BRITs] Academy."
"We are over 600,000 in the U.K., probably over a million worldwide and still counting," he says of the Kasabian set. "We'll be releasing another two singles from this record."
The band's campaign will turn to the U.S. later this year, according to Doherty. "We've been focusing on the rest of the world, they are down in Australia as we speak, and I don't think they actually get to the U.S. until May, they have been doing so much touring [elsewhere]," he adds.
Of the nominees, Doherty predicts a strong showing in the awards for Lady Gaga, one of the performers at the ceremony.
"Lady Gaga I think is bound to do well on the night, she's done so amazingly well," he says. "I think the line-up [of performers] is brilliant - Robbie [Williams], Lady Gaga, Kasabian, JLS."
"It's probably the most diverse I think I've ever seen, you go all the way from Doves to Lady Gaga and all points in between," he adds.
Doherty was also pleased to see Island/Universal artist Florence and the Machine nominated. She has just topped the U.K. Album chart with "Lungs" a year after she won the BRIT Critics' Choice award - and Doherty believes she can also do well on the night.
"Absolutely, she's a crossover artist and an industry favorite, as with all the artists who get the Critics' Choice award, we definitely feel that they are one of ours," he says.
BRIT Awards 2010 Nominees:
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
Bat for Lashes
Florence & the Machine
British Breakthrough Act
(Winner chosen by Radio 1 listeners)
Florence & the Machine
Dizzee Rascal "Tongue n'Cheek" (Dirtee Stank)
Florence & the Machine "Lungs" (Island/Universal Music)
Kasabian "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia/Sony Music)
Lily Allen "It's Not Me, It's You" (Regal Recordings/EMI Music)
Paolo Nutini "Sunny Side Up" (Atlantic/Warner Music)
(Winner selected by U.K. commercial radio listeners)
Alesha Dixon "Breathe Slow" (Asylum/Warner Music)
Alexandra Burke Ft Flo Rida "Bad Boys" (Syco Music/Sony Music)
Cheryl Cole "Fight For This Love" (Fascination/Universal Music)
Joe McElderry "The Climb" (Syco Music/Sony Music)
JLS "Beat Again" (Epic/Sony Music)
La Roux "In For The Kill" (Polydor/Universal Music)
Lily Allen "The Fear" (Regal Recordings/EMI Music)
Pixie Lott "Mama Do" (Mercury/Universal Music)
Taio Cruz "Break Your Heart" (4th & Broadway/Universal Music)
Tinchy Stryder Ft N-Dubz "Number 1" (4th & Broadway/Universal Music)
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
International Breakthrough Act
(Winner chosen by MTV viewers)
Empire of the Sun
Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion" (Domino Recordings)
Black Eyed Peas "The E.N.D." (Interscope/Universal Music)
Empire of the Sun "Walking on a Dream" (Virgin/EMI Music)
Jay-Z "The Blueprint 3" (Roc Nation/Warner Music)
Lady Gaga "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal Music)
BRITs Album of 30 Years
(Winner chosen by Radio 2 & 6 Music listeners)
Coldplay "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Parlophone/EMI Music)
Dido "No Angel" (Arista/Sony Music)
Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms" (Mercury/Universal Music)
Duffy "Rockferry" (A&M Polydor/Universal Music)
Keane "Hopes & Fears" (Island/Universal Music)
Oasis "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" (Big Brother)
Phil Collins "No Jacket Required" (Virgin/EMI Music)
Sade "Diamond Life" (Epic/Sony Music)
The Verve "Urban Hymns" (Parlophone/EMI Music)
Travis "The Man Who" (Independiente)
The BRITS Performance of 30 Years award nominees will be previewed on ITV1 on Jan. 23.