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Kaiser Chiefs slate Brits after single is dropped from award

Ricky Wilson has explained his frustration that Kaiser Chiefs are not in the shortlist for British Single Of The Year at the Brit Awards.

The band were originally in the long-list for the award with their 2007 Number One ‘Ruby’, but were cut as the category was whittled down for the public vote ahead of tomorrow’s (February 20) ceremony.

The singer told BBC 6Music: “Everyone knows ‘Ruby’ is the best single, if you are gonna whittle them down to five, you’d think ‘Ruby’ would be in there wouldn’t you?”

The five tracks that were chosen are by Hoosiers, Mika, Take That, Leona Lewis and Mark Ronson.

The frontman explained: “They’ve all got their merits, but I am just a bit annoyed.”

Kaiser Chiefs are still up for Best British Live Act and Best British Group, and are expected to play the ceremony at London‘s Earls Court in collaboration with Paul McCartney, who is picking up the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award.

The tracks nominated for British Single Of The Year are:

The Hoosiers – ‘Worried About Ray’

Leona Lewis – ‘Bleeding Love’

Mark Ronson – ‘Valerie’ (featuring Amy Winehouse)

Mika – ‘Grace Kelly’

Take That – ‘Shine’

Kaiser Chiefs, meanwhile, are playing the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig next week (February 28) at the O2 Arena in London. For details of the show and ticket information go to NME.COM/biggig.

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