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Franz lead Brit Awards shortlist
Franz Ferdinand
The Brits shortlist marks an incredible year for Franz Ferdinand
Rock band Franz Ferdinand lead the nominations for the 2005 Brit Awards, to be held next month.

The Glasgow band are shortlisted in five categories, including best British group, best British album, breakthrough act and best rock act.

Rock act Muse have four nominations, while Natasha Bedingfield, Jamelia and The Streets have three.

Newcomers Kasabian also have three nominations for the awards, as do Keane and Snow Patrol.

Joss Stone at Grammy nominations in the US
Joss Stone already has Grammy nominations in the US
The nominations were unveiled in central London on Monday evening, ahead of the award ceremony itself, which will be hosted by Chris Evans and held at Earl's Court on 9 February.

Acts due to perform at the awards include Keane, Franz Ferdinand, Joss Stone, Scissor Sisters and Green Day, while Natasha Bedingfield will perform live alongside her brother Daniel for the first time.

Special prize

Franz Ferdinand will battle it out with Kasabian, Keane, Muse and Snow Patrol for best British group, while former Smiths frontman Morrissey is shortlisted for best British male artist, along with Jamie Cullum, Lemar, The Streets and Will Young.

Joss Stone is nominated for best British female, as are Natasha Bedingfield, Amy Winehouse, Jamelia, and PJ Harvey.

Franz Ferdinand - 5 nominations
Muse - 4
Natasha Bedingfield - 3
Jamelia - 3 (above)
Keane - 3
The Streets - 3
Snow Patrol - 3
Kasabian - 3

The acts fighting it out for best album are Franz Ferdinand, Keane, Muse, Snow Patrol and The Streets.

Last year, rock group The Darkness were the biggest winners with three prizes.

Franz Ferdinand's success on the shortlist caps an incredible year for the band, who only released their debut album in February 2004. It went on to win the Mercury Music Prize.

But Kasabian's three nominations mark a speedier rise to fame - their self-titled debut was only released in September.

This year's ceremony marks 25 years since the British music industry's first award ceremony, and a special prize will be given for the best British song of the past quarter-century.

The five finalists in the poll - chosen by BBC Radio 2 listeners from a shortlist compiled by industry experts - are Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division, Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush, We Are The Champions by Queen. Angels by Robbie Williams and Leave Right Now by Will Young.

Charity boost

It also sees a best British live act category introduced, replacing the dance honour won last year by Basement Jaxx. Nominees are Franz Ferdinand, Jamie Cullum, Kasabian, Muse and The Libertines.
Muse's Matt Bellamy
Muse have four nominations for this year's Brits

US music veterans Tom Waits and Brian Wilson feature in the best international male category, while Band Aid founder Bob Geldof will be given an outstanding contribution to music award on the night.

The recent remake of Do They Know It's Christmas? is on the best British single shortlist, along with Jamelia's Thank You, Your Game by Will Young, Shapeshifters' club anthem Lola's Theme, and LMC vs U2's Take Me To The Clouds Above.

At least £500,000 from the ceremony will go to a two-year project with charity Save the Children to help those affected by the tsunami in southern Asia.

"The Brit Awards is unique among music awards shows in devoting all of its proceeds to charity," said Peter Jamieson, chairman of music trade group British Phonographic Industry.

"Brits 25 gives us a unique opportunity to make a real difference to children affected by the horrors of the tsunami."

What do you think of this year's nominations?

Do they reflect a successful year for British music? And what do you think of the best song prize? Send us your views using the form below.

Best songs of the last 25 years, what a joke! 25 years into the future, nobody would have heard of that Will Young song. Come to think of it, I can't even remember it now!
Steve, Nottingham, UK

Will Young??????????? You have to be joking!

I really can't believe all the aggro towards Will Young, for having had a song voted into the top five in a poll by radio 2 listeners. This was the song which was included for being very popular from the year 2003,the same reason for The Streets song being included from 2004 etc,Leave Right Now was number 1 for two weeks and sold over half a million, it also won the Ivor Novello award in 2004 for being the best song musically and lyrically, a lot of people who are moaning about the songs in the top 5 are probably the ones who couldn't be bothered to vote for it.
Luke, Nelson, Lancs

I am surprised to see the negative comments. You don't know how great you have it. I think this year is an exceptional year for British music. Where in the past we would watch the Brits to find British acts we hadn't heard of, this year we already have the CDs and will be watching to enjoy the performances (before seeing Keane and opening act Zutons a few days later in Toronto). Too bad voting determined the best songs of 25 years - how can teenagers who have been listening to music for a few years be able to judge the best of 25 years. No need to slam the artists - I would think that even Will and Robbie would not have voted those songs in best of 25 years - it was the voting system at fault. They missed a chance to really showcase the amazing contribution to music by British artists.
Suzanne, Toronto, Canada

Glad to see Keane nominated, but why do some people seem to hold it against them that they are 'whining public school boys'? Most good music has a whinge about something and is it imperitive to come from an under privileged background to make good music? I think not, it's about talent and anyone can have that.
James, Sheffield

Wasn't 'We are the champions' released in 1977 and 'Wuthering Heights' in 1978? How can they be in the best songs shortlist for the last 25 years? Nevertheless they are still great songs.
Andy, Southampton, UK

What a load of bigoted comments. It's all a matter of personal taste. I am a Will Young fan but I also have albums by Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Keane, Joss Stone, Scissor sisters etc. Personally I don't think that Leave Right Now is the best record of the last 25 years but it reached the final from a PUBLIC vote through the Brits website from the Radio 2 shortlist. It was Number 1 for 2 weeks and sold very well indeed in comparison to some. I think Will deserves his Best Male nomination based on talent, record sales and sell-out tours, but maybe I'm being old-fashioned.
Jane, Swindon

I think what the comments so far prove is that no two people will ever agree on who should win these awards. I also think that some people seem to be missing the point of the Brits 25 single though. The 25 songs originally selected were a mixture of old and new designed to reflect the diversity of music in Britain since the Brits started in 1977 (there hasn't been one every one year which is why this year is the 25th show and why songs from 1977 onwards were included in the list). To include only songs from 20+ years ago would completely defeat the object, sending out the message that Britain could once produce great music but not anymore. Ok, Will Young may not be to everyone's taste and he does seem to still be lumbered with the albatross of winning Pop Idol, but nonetheless it is a well written song, performed by someone who can at least sing live. I believe it also won a Ivor Novello so the Brits committee (and the British public) obviously aren't the only people who appreciate it's worth. My problem with the list is that, as usual, it has pandered to the ¿Jo Whiley¿ element, i.e. nominating all the bands/singers who Radio One¿s ¿youth¿ programmers tell us we should like. P.S. I thought anyone who knows anything about music knew that The Streets are in fact just Mike Skinner - a solo artist!
Michael, Huddersfield, England

How can Angels and Leave Right Now be nominated for best song of past 25 years? These are just songs that your aunt sings karaoke to when drunk. They won't be remembered as anything special in the next 25 years, unlike Love Will Tear Us Apart which has lasted through the years. Get the feeling that Robbie was only included because he isn't nominated for anything else, and the public have taken pity. Don't understand the inclusion of Will Young, the great British public has a lot to answer for!
Kim, Belfast

I think most of the nominations are pretty good. There seems to be a lot of people moaning about them. Buts let's face it, it could be a lot worse. There's no Busted or McFly and no Karaoke singers from the likes of X-Factor or Pop Idol. Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian and The Libertines are all excellent British Bands. Not sure about the best song in 25 years though. I suppose this is what happens when you let Joe Public decide.
Jason Hand, Huddersfield

I had never heard of Will Young until this best song of the last 25 years thing. I was curious so I went to an online music store for a sample of this song. Just the 15 second sample was enough for me to say, "This is some sort of joke, right? And everyone will get a good laugh, right?"
Lorrie and Robert Brown, USA

Will Young has worked very very hard this year, with 2 Top 5 singles, (No 1 for Leave Right Now at the end of 2003), 2 sell out Tours and over 1.5 million copies of his album sold. Everyone who voted on the Brits Site had the right to vote for what song they liked best, no one has the right to tell people what to vote for. Will said it would take 5-7 years to get industry recognition, well it might take some of you 50-70 years to recognise talent. He deserves his 3 nominations.
Tammy, Navan

The Brits are never going to recognise underground bands. That is a fact. But, I am pleased to see a growth in diversification of what the records industry see as popular music. More so every year we see different genres becoming recognised and this can only be celebrated. British music has finally pushed through to the forefront of World music as being innovative and producing quality artists across a wide range. Stop complaining and feel proud of music being dominated by British people.
Ben Stephenson, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland

Why does Joss Stone not get a mention along with the other acts who recieved three nominations in your report? She got three too. I am angered - she is the saviour of British music. She has hardly got a single mention in the comments here. The other nominations are questionable. What has Bob Geldof done in the music world since the late '70s execpt Band Aid? And if the award is for his work on Band Aid/Live Aid, shouldn't Midge Ure get a mention too? In the album award, wasn't Absolution by Muse released in 2003? Great album but it shouldn't be up for an award if it wasn't released in 2004. But after Glastonbury, they should waltz to the best live act award.
Iain, Newry, N. Ireland

I have to say i agree with Dan, all I have heard all year is Franz sing that one song over and over again, yeah they're all right but I'm sure you can play something else, way too much recognition for what they are worth. Muse on the other hand - it's about time someone recognised their talents, they were amazing at earls this year and I hope they get at least one award at the Brits 2005, they deserve it.
Gemma, Cheltenham, UK

Thanks for publishing all these comments - a fascinating read. Such indignation at the choices of others! On the whole the nominations reflect those that have enjoyed commercial success this year and that's as it should be. As for the Best song of the last 25 years - no, I don't think Will's song should be in the last 5 either but if you were so bothered, you angry people, you should have voted, shouldn't you? You can't moan about the result if you had the opportunity to vote and you didn't exercise that vote. It was open and well-publicised. Kate Bush for me, by the way.
Maggie, Warwickshire

It surprises me that so many people here are complaining about the poor state of British music. From an American perspective, the most interesting music is largely coming out of the UK (Scissor Sisters and Modest Mouse excepted). And for those who don't think Franz Ferdinand isn't very good live, having seen them live I can attest to them being excellent live. But it is a shame that Bowie, the Clash, and Coldplay were overlooked for best song of 25 years.
Andrew Larsen, Madison, WI, USA

Franz Ferdinand deserve every bit of recognition that they get. In one year they have transformed the British music scene, wiping the floor with the manufactured rubbish that dominated the airwaves for so long, replacing it with something fresh and inspiring and paving the way for loads of other cracking bands to get their music heard. Last year the NME said they would change our lives and for me at least, they have.
Donna, Glasgow, Scotland

Jamie Cullum, certainly deserves an award. His takes on previously released song are truly unique . . . and before anyone says he only re-covers other peoples songs - may be said that he does actually write his own songs and sing tracks written by his brother.
Laura, Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside

Why are Muse even in it this year? Their last album Absolution was released September 22nd, 2003, over a full year ago. Where are bands like Biffy Clyro, Hundred Reasons, Lostprophets or even Funeral for a Friend. All these bands had albums released in 2004 and all were absolutely fantastic. If the Brit Awards are supposed to reflect the best of British music then I hate to call myself British.
Graeme, Dundee, Scotland

Interesting mix this year but the category where the Radio 2 audience (apparently most popular/ listened to radio staion in Europe now) have had their say is most interesting. Of those songs it really should be Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. That song has a life of its own and is truly one of the most unique songs ever released by a British artist.
Rachel, London

All this bile aimed at Will Young! What is your problem, all you negative commentators? The fact that he is popular with the general public? God forbid! (We all know THEY don't have any credible music taste don't we?) For goodness sake, what inverted snobbery! Do you not think it might be because Will Young had such a brilliant year last year - sell-out theatre tour, sell-out summer festivals and sell-out arena tour - he reached thousands and thousands of people with these concerts and had a brilliant response from the audience at every one (and no, before you ask, the audiences were not full of housewives/mums - the favourite 'put-down' of lazy musical journalists & critics everywhere - quite why people think being a housewive/mum means you have no musical taste is something I have been unable to fathom). He is a brilliant live act - he always sings live and never a dud note - whenever he performs including TV appearances, and not many acts can claim that these day!
Sue Turner, Blackburn, UK

Music just hasn't been the same since the Spice Girls split.
Muzzychuck, Newcastle, England

Brits 2005 - same old tosh, same old 'let's nominate who we think is best not who people really listen to and spend their hard earned cash going to see live', same old snobbery. Who won last year? Where are they now? Does anybody care? Voting for the Brits 25 Best Song was open to anybody who wanted to vote for it. Don't complain about the choice of the final five - if the public preferred songs other than those 5 then they should have voted! I did and I'm not a R2 listener!
Tracey, South Wales

It was entirely predictable the public poll would throw up Will Young and Robbie Williams when they shouldn't be anywhere near the initial shortlist of 25 in the first place. Such is the evil power of TV-made pop stars and MOR Soaring-Anthem Supermarket singers. Only a snob would decide Wuthering Heights wasn't cool enough to be on the list though. It's a genius song.
Ali, Edinburgh

Razorlight and The Killers - the two bands that rocked my world this year. They are nowhere to be seen on the awards list. The big music bosses should be ashamed. PJ Harvey has been knocking around for years, and would there be a public outcry if Robbie wasn't nominated for SOMEthing?! Perhaps there should be a most ridiculous tattoo category just to guarantee him a win. A predictable bunch of old nonsense.
Marie, Surrey, UK

I find some of the comments posted by other users very amusing, but I'm not sure what they're getting so worked up about. What do you expect from the Brit Awards? It's not suddenly going to turn into a "let's try to publicise these great under-recognised bands" competition - it's not a Battle of the Bands, for God's sake! The Brits will always raise a glass to the acts that have done well that particular year. In that role, of course Franz and Keane are deserving. The Libs and Dizzee probably deserve more recognition for great second albums, but that aside, it was only the best of the last 25 years that really stuck in my throat. Will Young? Still, that sort of award cannot be anything but contentious, and I'm rooting for Joy Division - a song which has meant a lot to many people over the years.
Alex Twose, Nagano, Japan

Oh my days; Will Young shortlisted for best song of the last quarter-century!? Urgh, have Radio 2 listeners not heard of REM, Coldplay, The Clash or Oasis!? Franz Ferdinand are worthy nominees, though. Not that I care or have ever paid much attention to the "Brits".
Jack, London

Where is Dizzee Rascal?
Matt Taylor, Notts

I think these are the best nominations they've had in years. It's great to see many more homegrown rock acts like Keane, Franz Ferdinand and Kasabian getting fully-deserved recognition, as opposed to last year where it was far too pop-orientated, with that insulting cover of Teenage Kicks by the awful Busted. However I do not believe that Will Young belongs in the Best Song list, there are a thousand songs that are better than that. I ask why were The Clash and The Jam not ncluded in the top 5?
Christian, Blackpool, Lancs, UK

British pop music must be in a terrible state if Franz Ferdinand are "the best". They (and almost everybody else) were dreadful on Jools Holland's TV programme on New Year's Eve. Jamie Cullum was horrific.
Anthony Hammick, The Hague, Netherlands

I might just be being picky here, but it seems that the same selection of acts are in all the categories. Is that because we have very few good British acts to chose from, or is it just that the panel of judges want their personal favourites to win?
Emma Corke, Devizes

At last Muse have been recognised! They should win best live act by a mile. Overall they are pretty good though. A fair representation of music over the last 12 months, and recognition for those bands that have worked hard to get where they are today.
Aron Baker, Haywards Heath, UK

Is that it?Our music industry really needs a kick up the backside.
Doug Nolan, Edinburgh

Well, it's as fair as any group's opinion can be. It is just an opinion when all's said and done. But will those that have had the most success actually win their awards or will they go to the artists who the industry pundits think should win? I don't know. If it's truly to be a celebration of British music it should reflect the success of artists who have been commercially successful in the UK. We, the public, buy the records, don't we? Don't we want to see them get recognition for the quality of their music?
Maggie, Midlands

Bob Geldolf getting an achievement award and Band Aid up for best song? Looks like there's gonna be a lot of back-slapping going on from the British music industry.
Ewan Bowers, Perth

I feel old! Half the nominees I don't recognise. Shame on me. Despite the undisputed talent of Mr Will Young, having him in the best 5 records for the last 25 years is a bit of a joke. Leave Right Now wasn't even the best song on the album. Maybe it's just the music industry bowing to the reality TV culture.
Richard, St Albans, UK

Brits 25 best song award. Love Will Tear Us Apart - brilliant! Wuthering Heights - amazing song. We Are Champions - one of the best songs ever. Angels - not so sure about this one. Leave Right Now - oh for goodness sake! Just goes to show that public should not be trusted with a vote.
Ian, London

I'm just hoping that Kate Bush gets the recognition she deserves in the "best British song from the last 25 years" category. Wuthering Heights, and indeed the rest of her musical output, highlights the creativity and originality that British music ought to be known for. Robbie Williams' Angels simply does not.
Ashley Roden, London

Will Young & Kate Bush.... Radio 2 listeners, what are you on!
Jess, Exeter, Devon

This year has been a great year for British music, and for once some (and sadly only some) of the nominations reflect this. Nice to see proper bands like Franz Ferdinand and Kasabian mentioned, but Keane are a bunch of whining public school boys, who have no soul or passion to their music. Why were the Libertines only nominationed for one award? The Zutons who created one of the best 3 albums of the year, are not even nominated, but it was nice to see Moz(not that he has a chance of winning) getting the nod for best British male - we've missed the loveable old fool. At least the nominations were not voted for by the general public, if that had been the case we would have had such idiots as McFly & Busted, as clearly illustrated by the 5 songs selected for best British song of the last 25 yrs. I know none of them were included in the original shortlist, but are we seriously supposed to think that anything by Will Young or Robbie Williams is better than songs by say Radiohead or the Smiths?!?!? The best song on that list is Love will Tear us apart by Joy Division, but it's not the best British song of the last 25 years... In fact thinking about it, I hope Williams or Young do win, just to show what a farce of a sham it really is.
Chris Jeram, Portsmouth, Hants

What an awful selection. Muse with 4 nominations? They're just a poor man's Radiohead. Franz Ferdinand are clearly quite talented, but I think it says a lot about the state of award ceromonies in this countries when over the past few years the majority of nominations and prizes are going to Muse, Travis, The Darkness and Dido. The sheer number of catergories in the Grammys is staggering, but at least they're trying to recognise talent over there. Here, The Brits has never been anything but a backscratching media circus for pushing flagging sales. It's also a crying shame that Britain has produced so many talented artists over the last 25 years and Radio 2 listeners have voted for Robbie Williams and Will Young in their "best song of the last 25 years" game. No Windowlicker? No Common People? No Paranoid Android? No surprises.
Rob Holley, London, England

Lemar has had a fantastic year and I am chuffed to bits he has made the shortlist for Best British Male Artist. Finally we have a genuine talent in terms of British R'n'B and he should be thoroughly rewarded for his success. Jamie Cullum? Is someone having a laugh?
Nicola Prince, London

The nominations for the best British song of the last quarter century are the biggest disgrace. Where are the real gems such as "There she goes" by the La's or "Fools Gold" by the Stone Roses?
Nicholas Coston, Chippenham, Wiltshire

I'm very glad to see Muse getting some recognigtion, and to Rob Holley - don't you think that the Radiohead comparison is just a little old now? They most certainly are not a poor mans Radiohead. Radiohead had comercial sucess and decided to go down the extreme experimental route, which means that you cannot compare them to Muse. Muse have been pushing the boundaries of their genre in their own way, and in a different way to Radiohead. What other band in British rock have the talent and the ability to include Rachmaninov style piano in the middle of what is essentially a rock song? Franz Ferdinand? I'm sorry, they are good, but it's a sad indictment of the British 'rock' scene if Franz Ferdinand and Keane are in the running! I agree that Muse definitely deserve so recognition - easily one of the UK's best live bands for the last year. However, to say they are a poor man's Radiohead is a little silly... I feel they sound nothing alike, and I like both Radiohead and Muse. However, the Brits should be much better than last year's travesty with Busted...
John, MK

Shame about the voters' choices - typical Radio 2! Good to see a quality list of bands in place at last though - Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian, Muse, Snow Patrol, Keane and The Libertines - it shows British music is back on top! The fantastic U2, Jet, Green Day and the Killers even get a mention in the international categories. It shows the music scene at the moment is better than it has been for the last 20 years. 2 things though - where's Ash? And if Feeder aren't in it next year then something's seriously wrong!
Dan, Exeter, Devon

Franz Ferdinand, best live act? Is this some kind of attempt to make the Brits as meaningless as the Mecury Music Prize has become?
Mark, Leeds, UK

For those of you who don't like the 'best song from the last 25 years award' well this is down to Radio 2 listeners, the British public. If you wanted someone else to be on there you should of voted more for it. I think the songs are good and seem to represent at least one genre and time in music, the older artists and the new artists, and as for the rest of the nominations they're what the British public have been buying over the last year so its a good reflection. I'd like to see Jamelia pick up an award she's had an amazing year and a great come back. Best single will no doubt go to Band Aid 20 and Franz Ferdinand will probably clean up but I'd like to see Muse win something as well. They deserve it.
Mike Pickles, Hull, UK

Where are the fantastic Embrace on the shortlist of awards. They released probably the best album of 2004, had a brilliant sellout tour of the UK and were generally awesome last year. I wouldn't even insult Danny and the boys by comparing them to the likes of Keane and Snow Patrol.
John Strong, Manchester

How come no one has mentioned Joss Stone? Her latest album has not one bad song on it and she's totally different to anyone else out at the moment. She should walk all of the categories that she's been nominated in. Best gig at Brixton Academy that I've been to. I hope she gets the recognition she deserves.
Gary Brown, London, UK

Some of these nominations are a complete joke. Will Young with one of the best song of the last 25 years! A lot of people should be thoroughly ashamed. As for the recognitiion of some truly excellent british talent over the last year, Keane, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, this is the kind of nominations I expected. By the way, how can the streets be a solo act?
Jacqui, York, UK

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but is it not possible Will Young fans got together and deliberatlely hijacked the poll and orchestrated a campaign for him? It seems utterly unfeasible his song could be voted one of the best in 25 years by 'normal' listeners of any radio station. It just defies belief.
James, UK

Im not a fan of Franz Ferdinand or Keane but it's good to see real bands getting some recognition for once rather than the pop acts we saw last year and that includes The Darkness. I'm disapointed with all the nominations for best song of the last 25 years. We all know that Will Young, Kate Bush and Joy Division shouldn't be there and as for 'We Are The Champions' by Queen, come on, they've done better songs than. Why aren't U2 included in the list with 'One' or 'With Or Without You' and any Oasis tune would be fine
Sean Coxon, UK

Much as I respect Franz Ferdinand, please God, don't let them win - if I have to sit through another rendition of 'Take Me Out', I'll end up gibbering in a padded cell.
Dan, London, UK

If you start with a list as bizarre and unrepresentative as the 25 songs originally selected, you've got to expect the resulting final five songs up for the "Best Song of the Last 25 Years Award" to be completely unfathomable. Quite how Band Aid 20 could be considered anything more than just a pale imitation of the original is completely beyond me. Perhaps Joe Dolce's "Shaddup You Face" should have been considered? After all, anything that was good enough to keep "Vienna" off the top spot.... Jamie who?
Tony Hall, London, UK

Come on, Will Young on the shortlist for Best song over the last 25 years ? This is a joke, right ? The winner has to be Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights. A masterpiece. Where is Katie Melua ? She has the 5th best selling album of 2004...surely that is worth a nomination ahead of Amy "Who" Winehouse ?
Dave, Canary Wharf, UK

To Matt Taylor - what do you mean 'what about Dizzee Rascal'? He had his time last year, he's old news now. The list is a touch on the predictable side, who decided that Keane were one of the best acts? And also, who's decision was it to declare Jamie Cullum as one of the top live acts? He's so dull and beige. The inclusion of Muse is a good thing though.
Natasha Perry, London, UK

Franz Ferdinand best live act? they're a classy band in the studio but onstage they are ropey - the Libertines earlier this year, and Muse recently, proved they have total credibility when they take an album to the stage.
Chris, London, UK

I find it really sad that Franz Ferdinand are being hailed as the best of homegrown talent. They are dreadful and they are even worse when they attempt to play live. Is this the best we have to offer? Bands such as these are banal pop "rock" appealing to a society lapping up the dumbing down culture that has invaded us in recent years. This is not raw talent, it's manufactured noise.
Kirsty, Stirling

Franz Ferdinand and Natasha Bedingfield - bleugh, give me strength! If these are the best the UK can produce, well, we should give up really shouldn't we?!
Andi, Belfast

It's the same old mix of the rubbish and the inexplicable. Do we really have so few women artists that Amy Winehouse gets nominated when she hasn't even released a record in the last year?!
Andy, London, UK

What a predictable list, and what a huge amount of safe, middle of the road music. Muse and The Streets are perhaps the only bands on there who've done anything at all innovative, yet even they look lacklustre when compared to what real, indie bands are producing (the ones who aren't on Top Of The Pops every week!). This is a wasted opportunity to have rewarded some artists who actually deserve it rather than giving the likes of Franz Ferdinand yet more awards and yet more airtime.
James, York, UK

Will Young? Best song of 25 years? Has the boy been alive for that long? If the lad had been writing HIS OWN songs for 25 years then maybe he should be in with a chance, but for goodness sake.....
Alan Taylor-Shearer, Cyprus

Really proud that Jamelia has been nominated. I think she has really shone through this year and put herself on the gateway to many things such as modeling. Her career is only just beginning and I feel proud that British talent is emerging and establishing itself proudly. Big up Dizzee aswell as he speaks about what's real in the world and I can really relate to his music!
Ruthy Cameron, Cardiff

Surely those best singles of the last 25 years are a joke? I can see Joy Division holding its place, but Will Young? Did the song even make number 1?! And I can name at least 10 new bands that deserve the praise that Franz Ferdinand are getting. Razorlight, anyone?
Alex Clark, Wickford, Essex

Seems like quite a fair selection - not all of the nominees are my cup of tea but I can see that plenty of people enjoy them and some have pleasantly surprised me at festivals. At least we don't have The Darkness dominating everything!
Flash Wilson , London UK

I just don't see what all the fuss is about Franz Ferdinand. I like them. There songs are catchy and well constructed. This does not mean they are the best thing to come out of Britain this year. It is essentially guitar pop. Live they are average, and personally I think offerings from Snow Patrol, Keane, Kasabian, Muse and Razorlight show more originality and flair.
Chris, Brighton UK

What an absolute farce. This has to be some sort of wind-up. I just cannot believe for one moment that Will Young's song is one the best of the last 25 years. Where are bands/singers like The Jam, The Manic's, Bowie, Sting etc. I mean, it's not even one of Will's best songs. It just goes to show that the Radio 2 listeners are totally off their rockers and the whole industry is a total joke.
Naz, Leeds, UK

The nominations in the international categories don't make sense. If The Killers have produced one of the best albums shouldn't they also be nominated in best group category? And if Green Day are one the best bands then shouldn't they have produced and therefore be nominated in the best album category? As for 'best' British female - joke or sad state of affairs?
Kay, Nottingham

The Brits ARE irrelevant. Like every other awards bash, it's all about self-congratulation, backslapping and promotion.That's not a bad thing in itself, but let's not kid ourselves that it means anything more.my only concern is that once again it is dominated by white guitar bands - again not bad per se, but where are our rappers,our R'n'B artists etc.? Oh and one more thing..... We Are The Champions came out in 1978,and therefore is more than 25 years old. Just thought I'd point that out.
F Bulsara, Hull UK

As much as I like Kate Bush how can 'Wuthering Heights' and for that matter Queen's 'We are the Champions' be in a poll of best songs over the past 25 years when they were released in 1978 and 1977 respectively. The oldies at Radio 2 have pulled a fast one here. Where is Nick Cave in these nominations - surely one of the best albums of last year. What exactly is Bob Geldolf being recognised for? Raising money for good causes has made him a saint; but anything he's done musically since 1979 makes him a sinner!!
Andy, Luton

Let me get this right - Will Young's 'Leave Right Now' is better than anything by The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Cure, Aphex Twin, XTC, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode...etc...etc..? It's not even one of the best songs of the last 25 minutes. No wonder the kids are depressed if this is the sort of pap they get fed. In fact, the only song it's better than is 'Angels' by Robbie Williams.
Andrew, Slough, UK

Well this is a good year for British music, with Franz Ferdinand nominated for 5 awards, I'm sure they'll at least win one. Muse must win the "Best Live Act" award as they deserved it. I went to see them at Earl's Court and they blew me away! Scissor Sisters should win an award as they've done well this year, and I hope The Zutons win an award as well as they are a good band with lots of potential. I shall be watching the awards show.
Dave Hartley, Portsmouth, Hants, UK

I used to work for a major record label and can tell you that the Brits have always been about back-slapping and nomination-brokering. All the major record labels do "vote for my act in this category and I'll vote for yours in this one" deal with each other. This year is no different to any other. Having said that, it's been a great year for British music -- the Snow Patrol and Keane albums are as close to perfection as you'll get -- and even the final 5 for the special Best *SONG* award aren't that bad...
Nobby, Oxford, UK

Typical rubbish from the Brits. I hate the way that, once again, they have adopted the approach they have had since 1994 of making one band win at least 3 awards, and thus effectively dominating the ceremony. Eg the Blur awards, the Oasis awards, the Manics awards, the Coldplay awards, the Darkness awards, etc etc etc, and now the Franz Ferdinand awards. It's so British. I don't object to meaningless awards ceremonies but what gets to me is that they will still hype it up as if it is an exciting event. It's not.
David H, Carmathen Wales

Maybe I'm being a bit cynical but is the Brits panel entirely comprised of Sunday supplement music section editors?
Nick Robinson, Staines, UK

Well, I think the Brits have done quite a good job of summing up the commercial successes of the last year or so which of course is what the Brits are all about. Franz deserve to do well but I hope they don't get the clean sweep as Muse, Kasabian, Snow Patrol and the Libs also deserve them. Shame there's no room for Razorlight on the nominations though.
Ruth, Glasgow

A few questions - what were the Radio 2 listeners on? Best song of the last 25 years? Will Young? What happened to London Calling by The Clash? Why am I bothering to write this?.....Love Muse though!
Stevie Scott, Glasgow

Why are Franz Ferdinand getting such a bad time here? They are great! It is fantastic that guitar-based "proper" rock tunes are getting recognition again. That obviously doesn't include guitar-pop-pants like McFly and Busted. Natasha Bedingfield has real talent as proved on Jools Holland's show. Certainly better than her brother.
YanG, Byfield, UK

Great to see some well-known and quality bands in the major categories - actually find myself liking the charts again. It's a close contest but Keane are truly brilliant deserve to win all three awards they've been shortlisted for. Although what on earth is Will Young doing in the best EVER song category? Give me a break. Kate Bush should win - mad as a hatter but fantastic all the same.
Steve, Greenwich, London

Will Young?? You're having a laugh!
Stuart, Perth, Scotland

The Smiths, Oasis, The Clash, The Police, Radiohead, Coldplay, do these bands ring a bell with Radio 2 listeners? Will Young best song in the last 25 years- that is nothing short of ridiculous!!!
Tristan Marchant, Amersham, Bucks

Band aid 20 for best single? Please `ave a word...its a cover version and it wasn't that good a song in the first place. I agree that it was made to do a job and it did its job well but c'mon...it's not selling well because its a good song, it's selling well because people want to help. Let's not confuse the issue.
Bryn, Cardiff

Franz are excellent, it's great to see them in there. However, Keane, although nice and twee, are hardly the most challenging of new acts. Kasabian are hardly anything new, and their lack of originality is sickening. However, saying that, it's still a mile better than having Busted or the awful McFly in there. I really would like to see this kind of awards ceremony reflect the true talent on show in the UK (and international for that matter). What about bands that come out with stonking albums, such as The Arcade Fire, The Concretes, The Delgados. All of these get overlooked by both the Brits and NME (who pander to The Libertines alone). And as for Will Young.... god help us all.
Keefey, Cardiff

The Brits are a worthless set of awards; the industry patting itself on the back and awarding its own acts. A clever way to get the media to advertise all their acts free of charge. The Mercury awards are far more credible. And by the way - Natasha Bedingfield and her brother Daniel have performed together before. They were in a band with their other sister Nicola called DNA Algorhythm. I know - I put on a gig with them once. They're a very talented family and it's good to see them doing so well.
Vince Millett, Croydon, UK

Best song of 25 years - Will Young? Such a ridiculous suggestion cheapens the poll. Why no mention of Stone Roses, Bowie, or the next greatest thing Modest Mouse?
Conor, Dublin Ireland

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