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Singer Blunt heads Brit shortlist
James Blunt
Singer James Blunt made a spectacular rise to fame in 2005
Singer James Blunt and rock group the Kaiser Chiefs are heading the shortlist for the Brit Awards, both picking up five nominations.

Blunt, who shot to fame in 2005 with his chart-topper You're Beautiful, is nominated for best male and best album.

Coldplay have been shortlisted in four categories, including the best group, album and single.

Pop veteran Madonna has picked up three nominations, along with Canadian indie band Arcade Fire.

Comeback

They were nominated for international breakthrough act, international group and album for Funeral.

Animated band Gorillaz, which features Blur frontman Damon Albarn, have been shortlisted in the best British album and group categories.

Singer-songwriter Kate Bush, who recently returned with her first album for 12 years, has been rewarded with nominations for best British female and her two-disc comeback record Aerial.

Kaiser Chiefs

She will do battle alongside the much younger Charlotte Church, Katie Melua, KT Tunstall and Natasha Bedingfield in the best British female category.

Scottish singer-songwriter Tunstall, who was little-known before a steep rise to fame last year, is shortlisted in a total of three categories.

Unprecedented

Robbie Williams could walk away with an unprecedented 15th Brit Award after being nominated for best British male.

New York-based but British-born Anthony and the Johnsons - who won the 2005 Mercury Music Prize - also lands a nod, along with Will Young and Ian Brown.

Madonna
Madonna's return to the dancefloor has gained her three nods

U2 got two nominations in the international categories, while recently-emerged British rock act Hard-Fi have also earned a pair of nominations.

Massive number one hits from James Blunt, the Sugababes, veteran crooner Tony Christie and X Factor winner Shayne Ward will go head-to-head in the best British single category, to be chosen by UK commercial radio listeners.

Only Coldplay's Speed of Sound failed to make the top spot - beaten by Axel F by the Crazy Frog.

Ricky Wilson, lead singer with five-times nominated Kaiser Chiefs, told the BBC News website that their number of nods was "justified".

'We are Brentford'

"I'm not saying that we're not shocked, but do not think people out there will be. I don't see James Blunt as our main rival - we're like chalk and cheese," he said.

Richard Archer, lead singer with Staines-based band Hard-Fi, told the BBC News website that he was "surprised" to find themselves in any category, even more so with the likes of Coldplay.

"Coldplay are the Manchester United , maybe Chelsea, and we are Brentford. We have a tricky fourth round draw against Premiership opposition - but we are on our way up, and they are on their way down," said the singer.

The Brit Awards ceremony takes place on 15 February and will be hosted by Chris Evans for the second year running.


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