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Thursday, 1 November, 2001, 17:25 GMT
TOTP nods for Kylie
Kylie Minogue leads the pack for the first ever Top of the Pops Awards, with three nominations.

Kylie, who enjoyed a huge number one smash with her single Can't Get You Out of My Head, is nominated for top pop act, top tour and top single.

Madonna, Hear'Say, Atomic Kitten, Dido, Destiny's Child and Shaggy are some of the artists up for two awards.

Robbie Williams has not been nominated in any category - but show producer Chris Cowey insisted he had not been snubbed.

"It was the public who voted for the nominations and as far as they are concerned there is a lot of other exciting stuff around this year and the bulk of Robbie's recent work was last year," he said.

The public will now have until 24 November to vote for their favourite star in eight categories before the ceremony on 30 November.


Azzopardi wins writing prize

Trezza Azzopardi has won the 2001 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for her novel The Hiding Place.

Ms Azzopardi's novel tells the story of a Maltese immigrant family living in Cardiff.

The book was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2000 but lost out to Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin.

It was the first novel by a south Wales-born writer to be shortlisted for the prestigious award.


Geri cancels Australian concerts

Geri Halliwell has denied she cancelled appearances at two Australian concerts because radio interviewers played a tape to her of comments made by former bandmate Victoria Beckham.

Jonathan Hackford, her spokesman, admitted that she was upset at the tape being sprung on her by Melbourne station Fox FM.

But he said she was only cancelling because she had to come back to the UK to promote her delayed single, Calling.


Pierre Boulez returns to Bayreuth

Pierre Boulez, the French composer and conductor, will return to the Bayreuth Festival in 2004 to conduct a new production of Wagner's last opera, Parsifal.

Boulez, 76, is no stranger to the opera, having conducted it in Bayreuth between 1966 and 1970.

It will be directed by Austrian Martin Kusej, who is famous for his production of Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera and Purcell's King Arthur.

The Bayreuth Festival celebrates the work of Richard Wagner and is held every summer in Wagner's own specially designed "Festspielhaus", or Festival Hall.


New TV auction show on SkyDigital

New Sky Digital show Auction World.tv will allow viewers to bid for celebrity memorabilia without having to move from their armchair.

Things up for grabs include signed photos and guitars, one of Madonna's leotards and a pair of sandals worn in the film Gladiator.

The first show will be broadcast on Thursday from 1600 GMT until midnight and will be hosted by model Nell McAndrew.


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