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Florence and the Machine and Lady Gaga lead Brits race

Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine's album went to number one in the UK on Sunday

Florence and the Machine and Lady Gaga are among five pop acts who have been given three Brit Awards nominations.

Lady Gaga, who sold more singles than any other artist in the UK in 2009, is in the running for best international female, breakthrough artist and album.

Florence, currently topping the album chart with her debut, is up for best British breakthrough, female and album.

Lily Allen, 2008 X Factor runners-up JLS and Pixie Lott are also all up for a hat-trick at next month's awards.

Hot competition

But artists to miss out on nominations include Susan Boyle, the Arctic Monkeys, Beyonce and U2.

JLS will battle it out in the best British group category with Doves, Friendly Fires, Kasabian and Muse.

JLS on their three nominations

Robbie Williams, who is being honoured with an outstanding contribution award, is in the running for best British male. It is an honour he has won four times before.

This year, Williams is nominated against Scots dance artist Calvin Harris, UK rapper Dizzee Rascal, Mika and former chart-topper Paolo Nutini.

Nutini's LP Sunny Side Up is in the running for best British album against Florence, Dizzee Rascal, Kasabian and Lily Allen.

Allen, snubbed by the Brits in 2007, despite getting three nominations, has another chance with nominations for best female and best single for The Fear.

Jay-Z and Black Eyed Peas are shortlisted for best international album, alongside Lady GaGa, newcomers Empire of The Sun and experimental rock band Animal Collective.

Lady GaGa, performing in London in December
Lady Gaga's Poker Face was the best-selling UK single of 2009

The latter bands also score nods in the international breakthrough category.

It's an older affair in the category for international male. All the artists are over the age of 30, with 68-year-old Seasick Steve the eldest - followed by 60-year-old Bruce Springsteen.

They are joined by rapper Eminem, Jay-Z and Michael Buble.

Rihanna, Ladyhawke, Norah Jones join Lady Gaga in the international female list.

There are two new categories to mark the event's 30th year - the best performance of 30 years and the Brits album of 30 years.

Michael Jackson's performance of Earth Song in 1996, during which Jarvis Cocker invaded the stage, is nominated for best performance, as is Kanye West's Gold Digger in 2006 and Tom Jones and Robbie Williams' medley from the film soundtrack of The Full Monty in 1998.

The Brits album of 30 years includes past winners Coldplay, Dido, Dire Straits and Oasis.

The BBC Sound of 2010 winner Ellie Goulding will get the Critics' Choice award at the ceremony at London's Earls Court Arena on Tuesday 16 February.

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