Former boy band Take That could get one award per member after topping the nominations for the 2008 Brit Awards.
Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen join pop stars Mika and Leona Lewis in leading the shortlist with four nominations each.
Producer and performer Mark Ronson, singer Kate Nash and rock bands Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs have three nominations each.
This year's ceremony will be held at Earls Court in London on 20 February.
Take That, who reformed in 2006 and recently completed an acclaimed European tour, line up against Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, indie favourites Editors and pop group Girls Aloud in the best British group category.
They also face Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs in the best British live act category, along with Klaxons and Muse.
Comeback album Beautiful World - which was released in December 2006, but is eligible for this year's awards - is also up for best British album, and Shine is up for the singles award.
Mika - who 12 months ago topped the BBC's Sound of 2007 poll to find up-and-coming talent - is shortlisted for best British male artist, best single for Grace Kelly, breakthrough act and best album for Life In Cartoon Motion.
X Factor winner Leona Lewis's debut album is also up for best album, while she is also nominated for best British female artist, breakthrough act, and single for Bleeding Love.
Other acts on the shortlist include Mercury Prize nominee Bat For Lashes, also known as singer-songwriter Natasha Khan. She is noted in the best British female and the breakthrough act categories.
Khan and Lewis are pitted against Kate Nash, PJ Harvey and KT Tunstall in the best British female category.
Khan told the BBC: "I was really not expecting it - to be on the same list as PJ Harvey is very bizarre and amazing."
She said she'd written the album in her bedroom while working as a nursery teacher. She also praised the "eclectic spectrum" of the nominees.
Singer-songwriters Richard Hawley and Jamie T are nominated for best British male, along with Newton Faulkner, Mika and Mark Ronson.
Hoosiers bassist Martin Skarendahl was delighted with his band's nomination for Worried About Ray in the best British single category.
"There are a lot of good songs on there - if you look at the acts that are here we are very happy to be here at all," he said. "I don't think you can really compete in music but it's just very exciting to be linked to this kind of event."
In the international categories, Kylie Minogue, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire and reunited rockers the Eagles are all up for two awards each.
The nominations were announced at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London on Tuesday evening.
Other prizes announced earlier included a critics' choice award for Adele, the London singer who headed the BBC News website's Sound of 2008 survey earlier this month.
And former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney will pick up an award for his outstanding contribution to music, recognising over 45 years in the spotlight.