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Brit Awards 2009: Coldplay and Duffy lead nominations

Duffy

Story by Jack Foley

DUFFY (pictured) and Coldplay have emerged as the early favourites for the 2009 Brit Awards, having secured four nominations apiece.

The two acts will even go up against each other for best album and best single categories.

Duffy enjoyed a phenomenally successful breakthrough year in 2008, when her debut LP Rockferry became the UK’s biggest selling album (with 1.685 million copies sold).

Coldplay, meanwhile, enjoyed more success with the release of their latest LP, Viva La Vida, which helped to deliver their first UK No.1 single, in the form of the title track.

Other acts to do well with nominations included Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow, singer Adele and Scouting For Girls, who each have three nods, while Ting Tings, Radiohead, Girls Aloud and Estelle have two.

The awards will be co-presented by Kylie Minogue, James Corden and Mathew Horne on February 18, 2009 at Earl’s Court in London, while the nominations were presented by Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton.

Fans will be able to vote for their favourite British single, live act and breakthrough act from the respective shortlists, with best British single being decided on the night of the main ceremony by a live telephone vote.

The remainder of the awards will be decided by members of the Brits Academy, which is made up of 1,000 invited music industry insiders and critics.

In a change to this year’s awards criteria designed to honour only the UK’s most commercially successful acts, artists are now only eligible to be nominated if they have had a single or album in the UK top 40.

This means that deserving artists such as Mercury Prize-nominated Laura Marling wasn’t even in the running for a nomination because her album, Alas I Cannot Swim only peaked at number 45.

However, a further accolade will be presented to The Pet Shop Boys on the night, for outstanding contribution to music.

View the nominations in full