Coldplay, Duffy lead BRIT Awards nominations

U2, Kings of Leon performing at Feb. 18 show

LONDON -- With four nods each, Coldplay and Duffy headed up the nominations for the BRIT Awards 2009, announced today at a launch party at London's Roundhouse. Three acts -- Adele, Elbow and Scouting For Girls -- scored three nominations apiece at the event.

The latter British trio was one of three acts to perform live at the launch, along with Gabriella Cilmi and newcomer Florence and the Machine. She will win the second Critics' Choice award, chosen by a media panel, which was given last year to Adele.

Coldplay's four nods follow the group's seven nominations for the 2009 Grammys, in recognition of the multi-million-selling "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," while Duffy's are in the wake of her debut album "Rockferry" becoming the U.K.'s bestselling album of 2008.

Both sets are nominated for best British album, where they're up against Elbow's "The Seldom Seen Kid," Radiohead's "In Rainbows" and the Ting Tings' "We Started Nothing." Coldplay is also in the shortlist for best British group (alongside Elbow, Girls Aloud, Radiohead and Take That), British single for "Viva La Vida" and British live act (up against Elbow, Iron Maiden, Scouting For Girls and the Verve).

Duffy is also nominated as British female solo act, competing with Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and MIA; British breakthrough act, with Adele, Last Shadow Puppets, Scouting For Girls and the Ting Tings; and British single for "Mercy," in a longlist of ten that will be cut down to five by U.K. commercial radio listeners, with the winner selected by live vote on awards night.

Radiohead, Girls Aloud, Estelle and the Ting Tings landed two nominations apiece in the list, another feature of which was the same five acts competing for both international group and international album: AC/DC, Fleet Foxes, the Killers, Kings of Leon and MGMT.

International male will be contested by Beck, Neil Diamond, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Seasick Steve, with the female category between Beyonce, Cilmi, Katy Perry, Pink and Santogold. The producer award, last given in 1998, returns to the fold, although the trophy -- contested by Bernard Butler, Brian Eno and Steve Mac -- will be presented at the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Awards at London's Cafe de Paris Feb. 12.

The BRIT Awards, sponsored again by MasterCard, will take place at Earls Court in London on Feb. 18, broadcast live on ITV1. The show will be co-presented by Kylie Minogue with U.K. TV comedy stars James Corden and Mathew Horne. The trio previously appeared together in the Australian pop star's ITV1 special "The Kylie Show." The awards show will feature live performances by U2, the Pet Shop Boys (to be given the outstanding contribution to music award), Kings of Leon, Duffy and Girls Aloud.
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