U.K. rock band Kaiser Chiefs and balladeer James Blunt topped the Brit Awards nominations Tuesday with five mentions apiece, while Madonna and Montreal buzz band the Arcade Fire nabbed three each in the international section.
Prizes in the U.K.’s top annual recording honors are given out in British and international categories, with a pop award that’s open to all comers. Blunt and Madonna were nominated in the pop category along with singer Katie Melua, “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson and Irish boy band Westlife.
Blunt’s monster hit “You’re Beautiful” was nominated as best British single, and he also was named in the British categories of breakthrough act, male solo artist and best album -- for his debut release “Back to Bedlam.”
Kaiser Chiefs will compete in the British categories of best group, breakthrough act, rock act, live act and album (“Employment”).
Madonna also was named in the international categories of best female solo artist and album (“Confessions on a Dance Floor”). The Arcade Fire was listed in the international sections for best group, breakthrough act and album (“Funeral”).
Winners will be announced during a ceremony that will take place Feb. 9 at London’s Earls Court; it will air Feb. 16 on U.K. broadcaster ITV.
Mod rocker Paul Weller, formerly of the Jam and the Style Council, will be honored for his contribution to music. He is set to perform along with acts including Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs and KT Tunstall.
The Brit Awards are staged by trade group the British Phonographic Industry, and prizes are voted on by juries and the public.