Coldplay and Duffy lead the field for tonight’s (February 18) BRIT Awards, with both artists shortlisted in four categories each, including Best Album and Best Single.
Elbow are also in contention for two BRITs, one for Best Album and for Best British Group, hoping to follow up their Mercury Musoc Prize win for ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ album.
If confirmation were needed of a heavy rock return to the mainstream, AC/DC and Iron Maiden have also both been shortlisted. AC/DC are up for two awards, Best International Album for Black Ice and for Best International Group. Whilst Iron Maiden are up for Best Live Act, for their Somewhere Back In Time Tour which kicked off last year.
Kings Of Leon, Girls Aloud, Take That, Coldplay, Duffy and U2 are to perform at this year’s BRIT Awards.
Presenting the ceremony will be Kylie Minogue appearing alongside James Corden and Matthew Horne.
Pet Shop Boys are to receive the 2009 Lifetime Achievement award, whilst Florence And The Machine are named this year’s Critic’s Choice.
The whole ceremony is being broadcast live on ITV1 from 8pm.
The full list of nominees for the BRIT Awards 2009 is:
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Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’
Duffy – ‘Rockferry’
Elbow – ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’
Radiohead – ‘In Rainbows’
The Ting Tings – ‘We Started Nothing’
Adele – ‘Chasing Pavements’
Alexandra Burke – ‘Hallelujah’
Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida’
Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome – ‘Dance Wiv Me’
Duffy – ‘Mercy’
Estelle ft Kanye West – ‘American Boy’
Girls Aloud – ‘The Promise’
Leona Lewis – ‘Better in Time’
Scouting for Girls – ‘Heartbeat’
‘The X Factor’ Finalists – ‘Hero’
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
The Last Shadow Puppets
Scouting For Girls
The Ting Tings
British Live Act
Scouting For Girls
AC/DC – ‘Black Ice’
Fleet Foxes – ‘Fleet Foxes’
The Killers – ‘Day & Age’
Kings of Leon – ‘Only By The Night’
MGMT – ‘Oracular Spectacular’
Kings Of Leon
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
British Producer of the Year
Outstanding Contribution Award
Pet Shop Boys