Travis have been nominated for three Brit Awards, including ‘Best British Group’, ‘Best Album’ and ‘Best British Single’ for ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’ – with industry insiders tipping the band to sweep the boards come the awards ceremony on March 3.
Basement Jaxx and Chemical Brothers have also been nominated for a handful of awards, competing for the titles of ‘Best British Dance Act’, ‘Best Album’ and ‘Best British Single’ for ‘Red Alert’ and ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’. The Chems have received a fourth nomination for ‘Best British Video’ for their Noel Gallagher collaboration ‘Let Forever Be’. Competition in that category comes from NME writers’s single of the year winner Aphex Twin for his controversial ‘Windowlicker’ video. Supergrass, Fatboy Slim and Robbie Williams are also up for the prize.
Blur have received nominations for best group and best single for ‘Tender’ while Stereophonics are in the line-up for best album and best group. Ian Brown’s up for a ‘Best British Male Solo Artist’ award, and he’ll be duking it out for the title with a parade of pensioners including Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Sting and David Bowie. Meanwhile, Beth Orton faces competition from Geri Halliwell and Sporty Spice Melanie C in the female category.
Death In Vegas, The Beta Band, Gay Dad and, bizarrely, UNKLE are all nominated in the ‘Best British Newcomers’ category, fighting for the privilege with Adam Rickitt, Charlotte Church, S Club 7, Glamma Kid, Fierce and Wamdue Project.
The Brit Awards are voted for by a select panel of music industry pundits but three categories – ‘Best British Newcomer’, ‘Best British Single’ and ‘Best British Video’ – are voted for by the public.
The full list of the Brit 2000 nominations:
BEST BRITISH GROUP
Blur, Gomez, Stereophonics, Texas, Travis
BEST BRITISH ALBUM
Basement Jaxx ‘Remedy’, The Chemical Brothers ‘Surrender’, Gomez ‘Liquid Skin, Stereophonics ‘Performance & Cocktails’, Travis ‘The Man Who’
BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER
Adam Rickett, Ann Lee, Chrlote Church, Martine McCutcheon, S Club 7, Groove Armada, Phats & Small, Shanks & Bigfoot, Spacedust, Wamdue Project, Fierce, Glamma Kid, Honeyz, Kele Le Roc, Jamelia, Beta Band, Death In Vegas, Gay Dad, Unkle, Wiseguys
BEST BRITISH DANCE ACT
Basement Jaxx, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Jamiroquai, Leftfield
BEST SOUNDTRACK/CAST RECORDING
Austin Powers, Notting Hill, Star Wars, Fight Club, The Matrix
BEST INTERNATIONAL GROUP
Beastie Boys, The Cardigans, Mercury Rev, Red Hot Chili Peppers, TLC
BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER
Britney Spears, Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Macy Gray, Semisonic
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEMALE ARTIST
Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Macy Gray, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston
BEST BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
David Bowie, Ian Brown, Sting, Tom Jones, Van Morrison
BEST BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Beth Orton, Beverley Knight, Gabrielle, Geri Halliwell, Melanie C
BEST BRITISH SINGLE
Basement Jaxx ‘Red Alert’, Supergrass ‘Moving’, Moloko ‘Sing It Back’, Blur ‘Tender’, Robbie Williams ‘She’s The One’, Travis ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’, Fatboy Slim ‘Praise You’, Manic Street Preachers ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’, The Chemical Brothers ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’, Shanks & Bigfoot ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’
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BEST BRITISH VIDEO
Aphex Twin ‘Windowlicker’, Fatboy Slim ‘Praise You’, Robbie Williams ‘She’s The One’, The Chemical Brothers ‘Let Forever Be’, Supergrass ‘Pumping On Your Stereo’
BEST POP ACT
Five ‘Keep On Movin’, Geri Halliwell ‘Mi Chico Latino’, Ann Lee ‘2 Times’, Martine McCutcheon ‘Perfect Moment’, S Club 7 ‘Bring It All Back’, Steps ‘Heartbreak/Tragedy’