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Brit Awards 2010: Lady Gaga and Florence lead nominees

Florence & The Machine

Story by Jack Foley

FLORENCE & The Machine (pictured), Lily Allen and X Factor runners-up JLS have each been nominated for three Brit Awards, as have US sensation Lady Gaga and Brit newcomer Pixie Lott.

Florence, whose debut LP Lungs went to the top of the UK album charts this Sunday (January 17, 2010), is up for best British breakthrough, female and album, while Lady GaGa, who sold more singles than any other artist in the UK in 2009, is in the running for best international female, breakthrough artist and album.

JLS will compete with Doves, Friendly Fires, Kasabian and Muse for best British group, while Florence & The Machine’s Lungs album faces competition from Dizzee Rascal’s Tongue N’Cheek, Kasabian’s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You and Paolo Nutini’s Sunny Side Up for British album.

Ironically, Dizzee Rascal and Florence & The Machine will team up for a specially mashed up version of the song, You Got The Dirtee Love, at the Earl’s Court ceremony. Find out more

The best British single, meanwhile, features the likes of Alesha Dixon (for Breathe) and Alexandra Burke Ft Flo Rida (for Bad Boys) and Lily Allen (for The Fear) and Pixie Lott (for Mama Do).

Robbie Williams, who is being honoured with an outstanding contribution to music award, is in the running for best British male – an award he has previously won four times before.

This year, he’s up against dance artist Calvin Harris, UK garage star Dizzee Rascal, Mika and former number one artist Paolo Nutini.

Lady Gaga, meanwhile, faces competition from the likes of Jay Z, The Black Eyed Peas, newcomers Empire of The Sun and Animal Collective for international album.

International male artist will be competed by Bruce Springsteen, Seasick Steve, big band singer Michael Buble and rappers Eminem and Jay-Z.

While Rihanna, Ladyhawke, Shakira and Norah Jones join Lady Gaga on the international female shortlist.

Two new categories to mark the 30th anniversary of the event are best performance of 30 years and the Brits album of 30 years.

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker’s infamous stage invasion during the late Michael Jackson’s performance of Earth Song in 1996 is among the contenders for best performance.

While the Brits album of 30 years includes past winners Coldplay, Dido, Dire Straits and Oasis.

This year’s winners will be announced on Tuesday, February 16.

See the winners in full