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Radiohead miss out on Brit Awards
Radiohead singer Thom Yorke
Radiohead's previous albums include The Bends and Kid A
Radiohead and Prince will both miss out on Brit Award nominations next year due to eligibility rules.

Artists must have had a top 75 UK single or album during the past 16 months before they can be considered.

But Radiohead album In Rainbows was only released for download on the band's website, which does not report sales to chart compilers.

Prince album Planet Earth was given away free in a newspaper. Chart rules stated it was ineligible for inclusion.

In other circumstances, Radiohead would have been in the running for the best British group and best British album shortlists.

A spokesman for the group said they had not expected to be included in the nominations.

Prince could have been up for best international male solo artist and best international album.

Prince
Prince recently performed for 21 nights at London's O2 arena

Radiohead released the download version of In Rainbows in October. Fans were invited to put their own price on the 10 audio files that made up the album.

Radiohead rejected press reports that claimed two-thirds of downloaders paid nothing - but did not reveal their own figures.

The band will release the CD and vinyl versions of the album on 31 December, meaning it will be eligible for inclusion for 2009's Brit Awards, presuming it enters the top 75 of the album chart.

An estimated three million copies of Prince's CD were distributed with the Mail on Sunday in July.

Public vote

The Brit Awards will be hosted live by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne from Earls Court in London on 20 February.

Most of the Brit nominees and winners are voted for by an academy of 1,000 people, ranging from music critics and industry experts to student representatives.

Winners in four categories are chosen by the public.

British breakthrough act will be chosen by BBC Radio 1 listeners and the British live act will be voted for by Radio 2 listeners.

The international breakthrough act is picked by MTV viewers and the best British single Winner will be chosen by phone vote on the night of the awards.

VOTE RESULTS
Should Radiohead be eligible for the Brit Awards?
Yes
 72.18% 
No
 27.82% 
23481 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

SEE ALSO
Prince album set free on internet
16 Jul 07 |  Entertainment
Newspaper gives away Prince CDs
15 Jul 07 |  Entertainment
Are free CDs killing music?
13 Jul 07 |  Magazine
Yorke paid nothing for own album
20 Nov 07 |  Entertainment
Radiohead album gets release date
08 Nov 07 |  Entertainment
Most 'paid nothing for Radiohead'
07 Nov 07 |  Entertainment

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