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Brits 'fail' industry, David says
By Fiona Pryor
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Craig David
Craig David's fourth album reached number 18 in the UK charts
R&B singer Craig David has accused the Brit Awards of failing to "represent" the true reality of the music business.

The star, who was nominated for six gongs in 2001 but won none, said he had now "lost interest" in the event, which is being held on Wednesday.

"It's great for artists who pick up awards, but in terms of representing what's really going on, I think they've missed the eight-ball," he said.

A spokeswoman for the awards said she would not be commenting on his remarks.

"The year that I was nominated for six, I couldn't have sold any more records or had any more number ones," David, 26, told the BBC News website.

Take That
Take That are up for four Brits, the most of any act this year
"To still not pick up one proved to me that however the voting system is and whatever the excuses were made, it just didn't really represent what was going on."

The star, who began his career as a DJ in Southampton, has just released his fourth album.

Trust Me reached number 18 in the UK chart.

He is best known for hits such as Seven Days, Rewind and Fill Me In.

This year's Brits - which are held at Earls Court in west London - will see boy band Take That leading the way with four nominations.

A full interview with Craig David will appear on the BBC News website next week.

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