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There's nods for Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay and James Blunt

Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt and Coldplay are amongst the main nominations for next month’s Brit Awards.

This year’s awards take place at London Earl’s Court on February 15, and will see live appearances from Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson and KT Tunstall.

Hosted by Chris Evans, the awards have recognised Kaiser Chiefs who are nominated in five categories – the most of any band and only equalled this year by James Blunt. Kaiser Chiefs are nominated in the British Group, MasterCard Album, Breakthrough Act, Live Act and Rock Act categories.

Last year Franz Ferdinand were nominated for five awards, but this year have been nominated in three – Best Band, Best Live Act and Best Rock Act.

Speaking about the nominations, singer Alex Kapranos told NME.COM: “We’re really chuffed to be nominated this year. It seems like only yesterday that we won at the Brits, but we’re excited to be nominated again.”

The success of James Blunt’s album ‘Back To Bedlam’ sees him nominated in the British Male Solo Artist, MasterCard Album, Pop Act, Breakthrough Act and Best Single for ‘You’re Beautiful’. Coldplay, who released ’X&Y’ last year, are nominated four times.

The Outstanding Contribution To Music Award will be presented to Paul Weller. However, he said that any talk of a reunion of The Jam off the back of it is unfounded.

He said: “Let me just nip that in the bud right now. That will never, ever happen. Me and my children would have to be destitute and starving in the gutter before I’d even consider that, and I don’t think that’ll happen anyway.

“I think it’s a great thing that The Jam‘s music has endured over the years and people still love it and still play it. It still means something to people and a lot of that’s because we stopped at the right time, it didn’t go on and become embarrassing.”

The nominations were announced at a launch party tonight in London (January 11). The full list reads:

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST

Antony And The Johnsons

Ian Brown

James Blunt

Robbie Williams

Will Young

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Charlotte Church

Kate Bush

Katie Melua

KT Tunstall

Natasha Bedingfield

BRITISH GROUP

Coldplay

Franz Ferdinand

Gorillaz

Hard-Fi

Kaiser Chiefs

BRITISH ALBUM

Coldplay – X&Y

Gorillaz – Demon Days

James Blunt – Back To Bedlam

Kaiser Chiefs – Employment

Kate Bush – Aerial

BRITISH SINGLE

Coldplay – Speed Of Sound

James Blunt – You’re Beautiful

Shayne Ward – That’s My Goal

Sugababes – Push The Button

Tony Christie ft Peter Kaye – (Is This The Way To) Amarillo

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Arctic Monkeys

James Blunt

Kaiser Chiefs

KT Tunstall

The Magic Numbers

BRITISH URBAN ACT

Craig David

Dizzee Rascal

Kano

Lemar

Ms Dynamite

BRITISH ROCK ACT

Franz Ferdinand

Hard Fi

Kaiser Chiefs

Kasabian

Oasis

BRITISH LIVE ACT

Coldplay

Kaiser Chiefs

Franz Ferdinand

KT Tunstall

Oasis

POP ACT

James Blunt

Katie Melua

Kelly Clarkson

Madonna

Westlife

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

Beck

Bruce Springsteen

Jack Johnson

John Legend

Kanye West

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Bjork

Kelly Clarkson

Madonna

Mariah Carey

Missy Elliot

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Arcade Fire

Black Eyed Peas

Green Day

U2

White Stripes

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM

Arcade Fire – Funeral

Green Day – American Idiot

Kanye West – Late Registration

Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor

U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Arcade Fire

Daniel Powter

Jack Johnson

John Legend

Pussycat Dolls

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC

Paul Weller