Tuesday, January 12, 1999 Published at 11:12 GMT
Robbie Williams tops Brit nominations
Robbie Williams: Lots to sing about
Singer Robbie Williams rounds off his transformation from also-ran to superstar with a record number of nominations for this year's Brit Awards.
Among them are two tracks in the running for best single - Angels, the record which saw his solo career start to take off, and Millennium.
Trailing him with five nominations are Bristol band Massive Attack, who last year snubbed the Duchess Of York at the MTV Europe Awards in Milan by refusing to shake her hand.
Several acts have notched up three nominations including Ilkley-based Mercury Prize winners Gomez, Welsh bands Catatonia and Manic Street Preachers and Brighton-based Fatboy Slim (otherwise known as the DJ Norman Cook).
One act is already certain of a prize - the Eurythmics will receive an Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry award.
Of the 13 categories in the awards, eight reward British acts while the remaining five recognise international talent with bands like Air, Savage Garden and the Beastie Boys shortlisted.
The Brits are rarely without controversy - last year Chumbawamba's Danbert Nobacon caused uproar by drenching Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott with the water from an ice bucket.
In 1996 Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker was arrested after invading the stage to protest at Michael Jackson's live performance. He was later released without charge.
This year's awards have a new sponsor - Mastercard replaces the Britannia Music Club as backer of the event. However, there are no plans to change the name of the awards.
Most of the awards are decided by a judging panel, but three awards are voted for by the public: Best British Video, Single and Newcomer.
The full list of nominations for the 1999 Brit awards:
Best British Group
MasterCard Best British Album
Best British Newcomer
Best British Dance Act
Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording
Best International Group
Best International Newcomer
Best International Male Solo Artist
Best International Female Solo Artist
Best British Male Solo Artist
Best British Female Solo Artist
Best British Single
Best British Video
Outstanding Contribution to British Music
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