On January 18, The BRIT Awards announced its 2010 nominations for the best pop music of the year. Leading the way with three BRIT nominations each are Lady Gaga, Florence & The Machine, Lily Allen, and Pixie Lott.
In the international categories, Lady Gaga leads the way with nominations for International Breakthrough Act, International Female Solo Artist, and International Album for The Fame.
2009 BRIT Critics' Choice Award winner Florence & The Machine is up for British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, and British Album for her debut album Lungs. Lily Allen takes nominations for British Female Solo Artist, British Album for It's Not You, It's Me, and British Single of the Year for The Fear. And Pixie Lott will compete for British Single of the Year for "Mama Do," British Female Solo Artist, and British Breakthrough Act.
JLS - the British boyband who came in second in UK reality TV contest The X Factor in 2008 - is nominated for British Breakthrough Act, British Group, and British single for 'Beat Again'.
Dizzee Rascal, Jay-Z, Paolo Nutini, La Roux, Empire of the Sun, and Animal Collective all received two nominations.
Ellie Goulding is the 2010 Critics' Choice winner, and Robbie Williams - also nominated in the British Male category - will be honored for Outstanding Contribution To Music.
Comic Peter Kay will host the BRIT Awards ceremony on February 16 at London's Earls Court.
BRIT 2010 nominations in select categories:
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
Bat For Lashes
Florence And The Machine
British Breakthrough Act
Florence And The Machine
Mastercard British Album
Dizzee Rascal - Tongue 'N Cheek
Florence And The Machine - Lungs
Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
Paolo Nutini - Sunny Side Up
Alesha Dixon - "Breathe Slow"
Alexandra Burke ft. Flo Rida - "Bad Boys"
Cheryl Cole - "Fight For This Love"
Joe McElderry - "The Climb"
JLS - "Beat Again"
La Roux - "In For The Kill"
Lily Allen - '"The Fear"
Pixie Lott - "Mama Do"
Taio Cruz - "Break Your Heart"
Tinchy Stryder ft. N-Dubz - "Number 1"
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
International Breakthrough Act
Empire Of The Sun
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Black Eyed Peas - The E.N.D.
Empire Of The Sun - Walking On Dream
Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
Lady Gaga - The Fame
Begun in 1977, the BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. An equivalent awards ceremony for classical music, called the Classical BRIT Awards, is held each May.
For a full list of nominations, visit: http://www.BRITs.co.uk