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TV presenters Ant and Dec introduce the nominations
"It'll be the closest we've ever been to a Brit award after our pop career"
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Tuesday, 16 January, 2001, 10:20 GMT
Craig David leads Brits list
Craig David
Craig David: Four nominations after successful 2000
Newcomer Craig David leads the nominations for this year's Brit Awards - the UK's top music honours.

R'n'B star David, 19, who launched himself on the pop world last year, made the shortlist in four of the 12 categories, including best British male solo artist and best British newcomer.

The Brits nominations also brought comfort for troubled all-girl group All Saints, who are rumoured to be on the verge of splitting - they are nominated for the best British group award.

All Saints
All Saints in the running for best British band
Irish supergroup U2 will also be honoured at the Brits ceremony next month when they receive an award for outstanding contribution to music.

The bands will battle it out with Coldplay, Radiohead, Moloko and Toploader at the awards ceremony at London's Earl's Court on 26 February.

Acts already confirmed to perform live on the night include U2, Westlife, Robbie Williams and Craig David.

TV presenters Ant and Dec, no strangers to awards themselves, are to host the event, and revealed during the nominations they were nominated for a Brit award in 1995 - as best newcomers.

But they were beaten by a "little-known" band called Oasis.

Ant and Dec
Ant and Dec: Hosting the awards
They also revealed that members of the public will be able to vote by text-messages on their mobile phones.

Overall, it has been a great first year for Southampton-raised David, whose first solo single Fill Me In shot to number one nine months ago.

His follow-up track Seven Days and his debut album Born To Do It followed suit, and in October, he won three prizes at the Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards.

All Saints have also had a good year - their single Pure Shores - theme to movie The Beach - took the charts by storm and the group were named best pop act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Their latest single, All Hooked Up, was released on Monday and they are due to start a UK tour in May.

Roisin Murphy and Emma Bunton
All smiles: Roisin Murphy and Emma Bunton
Also fairing well overall in this year's Brits nominations were newcomers Coldplay.

As well as their best British group nomination, they were shortlisted for best British album - for their praised debut compilation Parachutes - and in the best British newcomer category.

Rock giants Radiohead won nominations in two categories - both as best British band and best British album, for their critically acclaimed Kid A - their first album since OK Computer.

And several prominent British acts from last year including Moloko, Toploader and Badly Drawn Boy gained nominations in two categories.

Toploader
Toploader's performance raised the roof at the nominations ceremony
Speaking of their nomination, a tongue-tied Roisin Murphy, Moloko's lead singer, would only say that it "felt lovely".

As for the solo artists, DJ Fatboy Slim also picked up two nominations for best British dance act and best British male solo artist.

In the second category, he will battle it out with Robbie Williams who has dominated the Brit Awards for the past two years.

This year, Williams receives a comparatively poor two nominations, which also include best British album for Sing When You're Winning.

Meanwhile, in the international categories, newlywed pop queen Madonna - who also had a number one album with Music - will go head-to-head with Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue.

Madonna
Madonna does battle with Britney and Kylie
Controversial rapper Eminem is also nominated in the best international male solo artist category.

He faces competition from Irish star Ronan Keating and Latin heart-throb Ricky Martin.

But despite receiving a lifetime achievement awards last year, the Spice Girls are nowhere to be seen in 2001's nominations.

Band member Emma Bunton, who presented a 500,000 cheque to performing arts and music charities funds from last year's awards, said she was not at all bothered, and that the Spice Girls were still very much on the pop scene.

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