Bastille, Disclosure lead top UK music awards, Bowie returns

Thu Jan 9, 2014 3:30pm EST
 
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By Belinda Goldsmith

LONDON (Reuters) - Pop acts Bastille and Disclosure led the field for Britain's top music awards on Thursday with four nominations each, while veteran singer David Bowie was up for two of the annual BRIT Awards in a list dominated by a newcomers.

Alternative rock band Bastille and the electronic duo Disclosure of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence were both in the running for best British group and British breakthrough act of the year, while also competing for best single and best album.

Bastille was recognized for its single "Pompeii" and debut album "Bad Blood". Disclosure was put forward for its single with another electronic music duo, AlunaGeorge, called "White Noise" and its debut album "Settle".

"We're completely blown away by the four nominations! When we started the band we never thought we'd be recognized in such a way so the whole thing is an awesome surprise," Dan Smith from four-member Bastille, which formed in 2010, said in a statement.

But while newcomers led the nominations, veteran singer Bowie, 67, reappeared on the list after a comeback last year when he released his first new material for a decade.

Bowie was nominated for best male singer and best album for "The Next Day" with the winners to be announced in a glitzy show on February 19. He has won two BRIT awards previously including best male singer 30 years ago.

Vying for best British male artist with Bowie are 19-year-old Jake Bugg, 25-year-old James Blake, and John Newman and Tom Odell, who are both aged 23.

Close behind Bastille and Disclosure in terms of nominations with three each were Ellie Goulding, who sang at Prince William and his wife Kate's wedding reception in 2011, and drum and bass dance collective Rudimental.   Continued...

 
Musicians Howard (L) and Guy Lawrence of the British electronic band Disclosure, nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, poses for a photograph ahead of the ceremony in north London, October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris