Party Of The Week: Stars sparkle at BRIT Awards Nominations Launch party

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Former All Saints girls Nicole Appleton and Melanie Blatt sparkled at London's IndigO2 for Monday's BRIT Awards Nominations Launch party.

They rubbed shoulders with the nominees in the VIP area, including Pixie Lott, wearing a ruffle-sleeved dress and La Roux in a metallic coat, before the new girls had to dash backstage to get ready to perform.

The boy band JLS, who are nominated for British Breakthrough Act, Best British Group and Best British Single, took their time walking up the red carpet, as they lapped up the attention.

N-Dubz's Tulisa looked refreshingly summery in a strapless floral dress and was joined by the Australian singer Gabriella Cilmi, Lemar and Taio Cruz.

The evening was hosted by Radio 1's Fearne Cotton ahead of the main BRIT Awards ceremony, which will be held on 16 February at Earls Court, where Lada Gaga, who is nominated for three awards, will perform.

This year's event looks set to be dominated by women after Pixie Lott, Lily Allen, and Florence and the Machine also raked in three nominations each, although Cheryl Cole and Susan Boyle were both snubbed.

Ellie Goulding – the new darling of Britpop – performed at the launch party, along with La Roux, Pixie Lott and Tinchy Stryder with N'Dubz's Dappy, who are all battling it out for Best British Single.

Speaking at the party, BRIT nominee Seasick Steve said he is set to work with The White Stripes' Jack White. But the 67-year-old, who is nominated for Best International Male, apparently hadn't heard of the ceremony before being invited to the launch.