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Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 15:00 GMT
Dismay greets Brit nominations
Dido has been nominated for four awards
The Brit Award nominations have been met with dismay by tabloid newspaper columnists.

One of the biggest surprises is that Dido has been nominated as best newcomer, despite being a contender in the same category last year.

Atomic Kitten have also been nominated as best newcomers for the second year running. Their first single was actually released in 1999.

So Solid Crew
So Solid Crew are competing in three categories
There was also concern that Irish supergroup U2 had been snubbed, even though the US Grammys have seen fit to nominate them in eight categories.

Last year they picked up a Brit Award for outstanding contribution and have since embarked on a massive world tour and released All That You Can't Leave Behind to critical acclaim.

Second chance

Because the eligibility period runs from August 2000 to November 2001, there are two artists whose albums have been nominated both years.

Craig David's Born to Do it and Dido's No Angel have been given second chances after losing out to Coldplay in 2001.

The Mirror has dubbed this year's nominations as a "Brit of joke" as the awards fail to reflect the best of British music from the past year.

The best single award is chosen from the top ten selling artists of the year, meaning the likes of Bob the Builder and Daniel Bedingfield are in the running.

U2: Notable by their absence
The Sun has voiced its concerns over the absence of U2
The Daily Mail was surprised to discover none of the Spice Girls have been nominated for an award, despite pushing their solo careers.

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has two nominations under her belt for best female solo singer and best single for It's Raining Men.

But none of the remaining four members have featured in the Brits, for the second year running.

Scratched heads

And the Sun was astonished at the inclusion of dance music's Aphex Twin and the single nomination for the Stereophonics, who topped the album charts with Just Enough Education to Perform.

Bizarre editor Dominic Mohan wrote: "I'm sure many of you will scratch your heads at obscure dance act Aphex Twin's nomination for best British male."

Sting will pick up a Lifetime Achievement Award
Sting will pick up a Lifetime Achievement Award
He also felt the nominations and acts billed to appear on the night leaned too heavily towards the EMI stable.

The Brits committee chairman is Tony Wadsworth, president of EMI Records.

The label has been handed 26 nominations for artists such as Gorillaz, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.

It nearest rival Universal picked up 16 nominations for acts such as Ian Brown and S Club 7.

BBC News Online users also laid into the nominations.

Edwin in the US e-mailed the site to say it was "another banal and frankly incoherent list from an institution which makes the Grammy awards look cutting-edge".

Rod Mansell in the UK said: "When a cartoon band can be nominated six times, it just underlines what a complete joke this is."

Marc Edwards in Wales added: "A very strange choice of nominees - exactly what we've come expect from the Brit Awards. Delightfully eccentric!"

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