The Darkness tops Brit Award noms

Glam rockers are up for four gongs

LONDON — Signs of life in the U.K. music scene were on display Monday night in London as the nominations for the 2004 Brit Awards, the U.K.’s top music honors, were announced.

Light-hearted glam rockers the Darkness, whose debut album “Permission to Land” has gone platinum in the U.K. and recently began rocketing up the U.S. charts, are up for four gongs: British group, album, breakthrough and rock act.

After shifting 8 million units of her sophomore effort, “Life for Rent,” singer Dido nabbed three noms; British female solo artist, album and single.

The raucous tone of the evening was amplified by live numbers from nominees Goldfrapp, up for British dance act, and five-time chart-toppers Busted, up for British group and breakthrough.

The noms are awash with a mix of veterans and fresh faces. Annie Lennox, David Bowie, Radiohead and Blur are some of the familiar names mixed in with the likes of “Pop Idol” alumnus Will Young (British male solo artist), Mercury Prize-winning urban act Dizzee Rascal (breakthrough) and singer Jamelia (British female solo artist, single).

Dido, the Darkness, Muse and Busted will perform on the Feb. 17 awards show, along with ’80s icons Duran Duran, lauded for their “outstanding contribution to music.”

The Brits also honor international acts: Top American stars Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce and White Stripes will compete for kudos. Stateside acts set to perform at the awards show, to be broadcast live in the U.K. on ITV1, include Black Eyed Peas and 50 Cent.

The awards are voted on by 1,000 members of British music industry as well as members of the public in some key categories.

And the nominees are…

POP ACT: Christina Aguilera, Daniel Bedingfield, Black Eyed Peas, Busted, Justin Timberlake

BRITISH MALE: Badly Drawn Boy, Daniel Bedingfield, David Bowie, Dizzee Rascal, Will Young

BRITISH FEMALE: Sophie Ellis Bextor, Dido, Jamelia, Annie Lennox, Amy Winehouse

BRITISH GROUP: Busted, The Coral, The Darkness, Radiohead, Sugababes

BRITISH ALBUM: Daniel Bedingfield, “Gotta Get Thru This”; Blur, “Think Tank”; The Coral, “Magic and Medicine”; The Darkness, “Permission to Land”; Dido, “Life for Rent”

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH: Busted, Jamie Cullum, The Darkness, Lemar, Dizzee Rascals

BRITISH SINGLE: Dido, “White Flag”; Gareth Gates featuring the Kumars, “Spirit in the Sky”; Jamelia, “Superstar”; Mis-teeq, “Scandalous”; Rachel Stevens, “Sweet Dreams My LA Ex”

BRITISH DANCE ACT: Basement Jaxx, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, Kosheen, Lemon Jelly

BRITISH URBAN ACT: Lemar, Big Brovaz, Mis-teeq, Dizzee Rascal, Amy Winehouse

BRITISH ROCK ACT: The Darkness, Feeder, Muse, Primal Scream, Stereophonics

INTERNATIONAL MALE: Beck, 50Cent, Sean Paul, Damien Rice, Justin Timberlake

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE: Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Kylie Minogue

INTERNATIONAL GROUP: Black Eyed Peas, Kings of Leon, OutKast, The Strokes, The White Stripes

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM: Christina Aguilera, “Stripped”; Beyonce, “Dangerously In Love”; OutKast, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”; Justin Timberlake, “Justified”; The White Stripes, “Elephant”

INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH: 50Cent, Evanescence, Kings of Leon, Sean Ball, The Thrills

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION: Duran Duran

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