Robbie Williams, Dido and The Strokes also get multiple nominations...

Cartoon band Gorillaz lead the field at this year’s BRIT AWARDS with six nominations, it has just been announced.

Damon Albarn’s animated outfit are up for Best Group, Best Album, Best Dance Act and Best Newcomer in the UK version of the Grammys. Gorillaz single ‘Clint Eastwood’ is nominated for Best Single and in Best Video category.

The amount of nominations equals the record set by Craig David last year, though he claimed no gongs. Albarn did win four awards with Blur in 1995.

Meanwhile, last year’s three-time winner Robbie Williams has managed four nominations this year – Best Male, two Best Video nominations for ‘Kids’ and ‘Supreme’ and Best Single for ‘Eternity/The Road To Mandalay’. Perennial big seller Dido is also up for four gongs at the February 20 ceremony. She will be hoping to lift Best British Female, the Mastercard Best Album award for ‘No Angel’, the Best British Newcomer gong and Best Video award for ‘Thank You’.

Travis, Stereophonics, Radioheadand Jamiroquaiwill fight it out with Gorillaz for Best British Group. Travis are also nominated for Best British Album for ‘The Invisible Band’, along with repeat nominations Radiohead (‘Kid A’), Craig David (‘Born To Do It’). Other artists nominated in this category are Dido and Gorillaz.

Strokes are nominated for three awards – Best International Album for ‘Is This It’, Best International Group and Best International Newcomer, while another of 2001’s breakthrough artists, Ryan Adams, finds himself up against Bob Dylan, Dr Dre, Shaggy and Wyclef Jean for Best International Male. Sting will pick up the Outstanding Contribution award. This year’s surprise nomination is Aphex Twin for Best British Male Solo Artist.