Three Brit nominations each for Allen, Lott, Lady GaGa, Florence

Lily Allen, Lady GaGa, Pixie Lott and Florence And The Machine head the Brit Awards shortlist, each garnering three nominations.

Lily Allen, Lady GaGa, Pixie Lott and Florence And The Machine head the Brit Awards shortlist, each garnering three nominations.

The awards nominations list was announced tonight.

The glam quartet will tussle to be the big winners at the bash which takes place next month.

Also up for three prizes as the event celebrates its 30th birthday are boy band JLS who will fight it out with established rock acts for the best British group title.

Lily Allen, Lott and Florence Welch go head to head in the best British female category, with Allen and Welch up for best British album. Welch – who took last year’s critics’ choice award – is also up for best breakthrough against Lott. Allen – who despite four nominations in 2007 has remained empty-handed – is also up for best British single with The Fear.

US star Lady GaGa, who had the biggest-selling single of 2009 with 'Poker Face', is nominated as best international female, international breakthrough act and best international album for her debut 'The Fame'.

However one of the UK’s biggest-selling successes of the year, Susan Boyle, failed to make any shortlists. The star, who found fame after appearing in TV show 'Britain’s Got Talent', topped the charts in the UK and US with worldwide sales of 'I Dreamed A Dream' totalling more than six million.

But she failed to make the best British female list, with the remaining places going to Bat For Lashes and Leona Lewis.

Nominations were revealed at a party at the O2 Arena in south-east London tonight, hosted by Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton.

Robbie Williams will be looking to extend his record-breaking tally of awards this year after making the best British male shortlist. He is also assured of an honorary award as this year’s outstanding contribution to music winner.

Also up for best British male are Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Mika and Paolo Nutini.

Nutini and Rascal are also up for best British album for their releases 'Tongue N’Cheek' and 'Sunny Side Up'. They compete with Welch’s 'Lungs', Allen’s 'It’s Not Me, It’s You' and Kasabian’s 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'.

Awards will be handed out on February 16 at Earl’s Court in west London at a star-studded show featuring performances by Florence And The Machine – duetting with Dizzee Rascal – plus Lady GaGa, JLS and Kasabian.

In addition to the usual clutch of award categories, organisers of this year’s event – officially called the Brit Awards 2010 with MasterCard – are searching for winners of two further categories drawn from the past 30 years.

They are best Brits performance including Paul McCartney’s 'Live And Let Die' rendition in 2008 and Michael Jackson’s 'Earth Song' from 1996, which infamously featured Jarvis Cocker’s one-man stage invasion.

Brits bosses are also awarding a prize for the best album since the event began, drawn from releases by Coldplay, Dido, Dire Straits, Duffy, Keane, Oasis, Phil Collins, Sade, The Verve and Travis. They are the 10 biggest-selling best British album winners.

Up and coming act Ellie Goulding has already been announced as the winner of the Brits critics’ choice prize this year.

The shortlists for the Brit Awards 2010 were unveiled at an event in London tonight.

The full list of nominees is:

:: British male solo artist – Calvin Harris; Dizzee Rascal; Mika; Paolo Nutini; Robbie Williams.

:: British female solo artist – Bat For Lashes; Florence And The Machine; Leona Lewis; Lily Allen; Pixie Lott.

:: British breakthrough act – Florence And The Machine; Friendly Fires; JLS; La Roux; Pixie Lott.

:: British group – Doves; Friendly Fires; JLS; Kasabian; Muse.

:: MasterCard British Album – Dizzee Rascal, Tongue n’Cheek; Florence And The Machine, Lungs; Kasabian, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum; Lily Allen, It’s Not Me, It’s You; Paolo Nutini, Sunny Side Up.

:: British single – Alesha Dixon, 'Breathe Slow'; Alexandra Burke featuring Flo Rida, 'Bad Boys'; Cheryl Cole, 'Fight For This Love'; Joe McElderry, 'The Climb'; JLS, 'Beat Again'; La Roux, 'In For The Kill'; Lily Allen, 'The Fear'; Pixie Lott, 'Mama Do'; Taio Cruz, 'Break Your Heart'; Tinchy Stryder featuring 'N-Dubz, Number 1'.

International male solo artist – Bruce Springsteen; Eminem; Jay-Z; Michael Buble; Seasick Steve.

:: International female solo artist – Lady GaGa; Ladyhawke; Norah Jones; Rihanna; Shakira.

:: International breakthrough act – Animal Collective; Daniel Merriweather; Empire Of The Sun; Lady Gaga; Taylor Swift.

International album – Animal Collective, 'Merriweather Post Pavilion'; Black Eyed Peas, 'The E.N.D'.; Empire Of The Sun, 'Walking On Dream'; Jay-Z, 'The Blueprint 3'; Lady GaGa – 'The Fame'.

:: British producer – Jim Abbiss; Paul Epworth; Ethan Johns; Steve Lillywhite.

:: Critics’ choice – Ellie Goulding.

:: Outstanding contribution to music – Robbie Williams.

:: Brits performance of 30th year – Bee Gees, Stayin’ 'Alive'/'How Deep Is Your Love' (1997); Bros 'I Owe You Nothing' (1989); Coldplay, 'Clocks' (2003); Eurythmics and Stevie Wonder, 'Angel' (1999); Girls Aloud, 'The Promise' (2009); Kanye West, 'Gold Digger'; Kylie Minogue, 'Can’t Get You Out Of My Head' (2002); Michael Jackson, 'Earth Song' (1996); Paul McCartney 'Live & Let Die' (2008); Pet Shop Boys, 'Go West '(1994); Robbie Williams and Tom Jones, 'Full Monty medley'; Scissor Sisters, 'Take Your Mama' (2005); Spice Girls, 'Wannabe'/'Who Do You Think You Are?' (1997); The Who, 'Who Are You'? (1988).

:: Brits album of 30 years – Coldplay, 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head'; Dido, 'No Angel'; Dire Straits, 'Brothers In Arms'; Duffy, 'Rockferry'; Keane, 'Hopes & Fears'; Oasis, 'What’s The Story Morning Glory'; Phil Collins, 'No Jacket Required'; Sade, 'Diamond Life'; The Verve, 'Urban Hymns'; Travis, 'The Man Who'.

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