The first names are confirmed for this year's ceremony...

The first live bands have been confirmed to play at this year’s BRIT AWARDS.

The Darkness, Dido, Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Muse and Duran Duran will all play at Earl’s Court.

The Darkness have been nominated in the Best British Album, Best British Group, British Rock Act and British Breakthrough Artist categories, and are expected to play live.

Elsewhere, The Strokes, Kings Of Leon

and Dido have all been nominated in the Best International Group category, while the Dizzee Rascal

also get the nod in the International Breakthrough Artist award.

Dido,[a][/a] , Daniel Bedingfield and Busted have all picked up a number of nominations each.

The nominees are: British Male Solo Artist – Badly Drawn Boy, Daniel Bedingfield, David Bowie, Dizzee Rascal, Will Young

British Female Solo Artist – Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Dido, Jamelia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor

British Album – Blur – ‘Think Tank’, The Coral – ‘Magic And Medicine’, Daniel Bedingfield – ‘Gotta Get Thru This’, The Darkness – ‘Permission To Land’, Dido – ‘Life For Rent’

British Group – Busted, The Coral, The Darkness, Radiohead, Sugababes

British Single – Dido – ‘White Flag’, Gareth Gates – ‘Spirit In The Sky’, Jamelia – ‘Superstar’, Mis-teeq – ‘Scandalous’, Rachel Stevens – ‘Sweet Dreams My LA Ex’

British Rock Act – The Darkness, Feeder, Muse, Primal Scream, Stereophonics

British Urban Act – Amy Winehouse, Big Brovaz, Dizzee Rascal, Lemar, Mis-teeq

British Dance Act – Basement Jaxx, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, Kosheen, Lemon Jelly

British Breakthrough Artist – Busted, The Darkness, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie Cullum, Lemar

Pop Act – Black Eyed Peas, Busted, Christina Aguilera, Daniel Bedingfield, Justin Timberlake

International Male Solo Artist – 50 Cent, Beck, Damien Rice, Justin Timberlake, Sean Paul

International Female Solo Artist – Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Missy Elliott

International Album – Beyonce – ‘Dangerously In Love’, Christina Aguilera – ‘Stripped’, Justin Timberlake – ‘Justified’, OutKast – ‘Speakerboxx’ / ‘The Love Below’, White Stripes – ‘Elephant’

International Group – Black Eyed Peas, Kings Of Leon, OutKast, Strokes, White Stripes

International Breakthrough Artist – 50 Cent, Evanescence, Kings Of Leon, Sean Paul, The Thrills

Outstanding Contribution – Duran Duran