British quartet Coldplay, whose album Parachutes debuted at No. 1 on the British charts when it was released there last summer, walked away with three Brit Award (the U.K. equivalent to the Grammys) nods when the nominations were announced today. The band will be up for Best British Group, Best British Album, and Best British Newcomer at this year's ceremony, which takes place Monday, Feb. 26, in London.
Another fresh face on the U.K. scene, Craig David, turned out to be the top nominee, bringing in four nods (Best British Album, Best British Male Solo Artist, Best British Newcomer, and Best British Dance Act). David's album, Born to Do It, has yet to be released Stateside.
Several artists earned two nominations apiece, including Radiohead, Badly Drawn Boy, David Gray, and Robbie Williams. Badly Drawn Boy, who won the prestigious Mercury Prize in September (beating, among others, Coldplay), will battle for Best British Male Solo Artist and Best British Newcomer. Radiohead's latest album, Kid A, which was hit-or-miss with the critics, has proved itself to be an award contender; it is also up for Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album at this year's Grammys.
This year's ceremony will also honor U2 with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. The Irish quartet, which will launch a massive North American tour in March in support of its new album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, will perform live at the event.
Unlike the Grammys, which has an unwieldy 98 categories, the Brits keep it short and sweet with a comparatively paltry 12 categories. They make up for it with the Best British Newcomer category, however, which this year finds no less than 20 artists vying for the title.
A handful of American artists made the grade in the Brits' International categories. Santana — last year's big Grammy winner — is up for Best International Group. Eminem, Wyclef Jean, Ricky Martin and Sisqo will compete for Best International Male Solo Artist, while Madonna, Pink, Jill Scott, and Britney Spears will duke it out for Best International Female Solo Artist. Jill Scott, who is nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy, is also in the running for Best International Newcomer, along with Pink and Kelis.
2001 Brit Award Nominations
Best British Group All Saints Coldplay Moloko Radiohead Toploader
Best British Album Coldplay: Parachutes Craig David: Born to Do It David Gray: Lost Songs Radiohead: Kid A Robbie Williams: Sing When You're Winning
Best British Male Solo Artist Badly Drawn Boy Craig David David Gray Fatboy Slim Robbie Williams
Best British Female Solo Artist Dido PJ Harvey Jamelia Sade Sonique
Best British Newcomer A1 Architechs Artful Dodger Atomic Kitten Badly Drawn Boy Richard Blackwood Chicane Coldplay MJ Cole Craig David Death in Vegas DJ Luck & MC Neat Lolly Muse Oxide & Neutrino Point Break Sonique Shaft Sweet Female Attitude Toploader
Best Pop Act Ronan Keating S Club 7 Britney Spears Steps Westlife
Best British Dance Act Artful Dodger Craig David Fatboy Slim Moloko Sonique
Best Soundtrack Air: The Virgin Suicides Björk: Selmasongs Soundtrack: American Beauty Soundtrack: The Beach Soundtrack: Billy Elliot Soundtrack: Shaft
Best International Group The Corrs Santana Savage Garden U2 Westlife
Best International Newcomer Kelis Lene Marlin Pink Jill Scott Westlife
Best International Male Solo Artist Eminem Wyclef Jean Ronan Keating Ricky Martin Sisqo
Best International Female Solo Artist Madonna Kylie Minogue Pink Jill Scott Britney Spears