Echo Award reveals 2009 noms

Katy Perry performing at Feb. show

BERLIN -- Coldplay, Duffy and Jack Johnson are among the first nominees for the Echo 2009, an award given each year in recognition of German record sales achievements.

The news arrived with the announcement of eight out of the 24 categories, made today by the German Phono Academy, the local association for recording companies.

Universal led the tally with a convincing 19 nominees, followed by Sony with seven, EMI with five, Warner with four and German-based Edel with two. The remaining nominations will be revealed in the next two weeks.

The Echo 2009 will be awarded on Feb. 21 at the O2 World Arena in Berlin. German TV station ARD will broadcast the show two hours later on that day.

It will be presented by German entertainer Barbara Schoneberger and German comedian Oliver Pocher, and feature performances by German music veteran Udo Lindenberg, US pop star Katy Perry and Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald.

Previous Echo award winners include Robbie Williams, James Blunt, Christina Aguilera and Madonna.