Brits go pop with nominations

Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:30pm EST
 
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By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - The Brits went pop on Monday with Lebanese singer Mika, boy band Take That and reality TV star Leona Lewis taking the lead when nominations were announced for an industry struggling to adapt to the digital age.

Each boasted four nominations when the shortlist was chosen for the industry's annual showcase, overshadowed by reports that record label EMI could slash up to one third of its staff.

Take That, back on the comeback trail with a vengeance, hope to be crowned Best British Group and Best Live Act, where they are pitted against The Arctic Monkeys.

Leona, winner of the X-Factor reality TV show, hopes to land the Best British Female title after releasing the fastest-selling British debut album of all time. It sold 375,000 copies in its first week

She will perform live at the Brits award ceremony on February20.

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse, who has made more headlines for her drug woes than she has for her music, is in the running for Best British Single with a cover version of the Zutons' "Valerie."

Australia's Kylie Minogue, back in the pop frontline after recovering from breast cancer, is bidding for Best International Female and Best International Album. She will also perform live on the big night.

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is to be garlanded with an Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.   Continued...

 
<p>Mika performs on stage during the TV Show "Wetten Dass" in Graz December 8, 2007. Mika, boy band Take That and reality TV star Leona Lewis took the lead when nominations for the Brits awards were announced for an industry struggling to adapt to the digital age. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer</p>