Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand leads the field with five nominations for the Brit Awards, which will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Muse was close behind with four nominations, while A

Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand leads the field with five nominations for the Brit Awards, which will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Muse was close behind with four nominations, while American acts Maroon 5 and Scissor Sisters garnered three each.

Franz Ferdinand's nominations include best British group, best British album for its self-titled Domino/Epic debut, best British rock act, best British live act and best British breakthrough act.

The group will compete in the best British album category with Keane's "Hopes and Fears" (Polydor), Snow Patrol's "Final Straw" (Polydor), Muse's "Absolution" (Mushroom) and Kasabian's self-titled RCA debut.

Scissor Sisters' self-titled Universal debut and Maroon 5's "Songs About Jane" (J) share nominations in the best international album category with U2's "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island), the Killers' "Hot Fuss" (Lizard King) and OutKast's "Speakerboxx/The Love Below" (Arista).

In the best British single category, nominees include Will Young's "Your Game," Shapeshifters' "Lola's Theme," LMC vs. U2's "Take Me to the Clouds Above," Jamelia's "Thank You" and Band Aid 20's recent charity remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

Franz Ferdinand, U2 and Scissor Sisters will perform at the ceremony, to be held Feb. 9 at London's Earl's Court.

Here are the 2005 Brit Awards nominees:

British male solo artist:
Jamie Cullum
Lemar
Morrissey
The Streets
Will Young

British female solo artist:
Amy Winehouse
Jamelia
Joss Stone
Natasha Bedingfield
PJ Harvey

British group:
Franz Ferdinand
Kasabian
Keane
Muse
Snow Patrol

British album:
Franz Ferdinand, "Franz Ferdinand"
Keane, "Hopes and Fears"
Muse, "Absolution"
Snow Patrol, "Final Straw"
The Streets, "A Grand Don't Come for Free"

Best British single:
Band Aid 20, "Do They Know Its Christmas?"
Jamelia, "Thank You"
LMC vs U2, "Take Me to the Clouds Above"
Shapeshifters, "Lola's Theme"
Will Young, "Your Game"

British breakthrough act:
Franz Ferdinand
Joss Stone
Keane
Natasha Bedingfield
The Zutons

British urban act:
Dizzee Rascal
Jamelia
Joss Stone
Lemar
The Streets

British rock act:
Franz Ferdinand
Kasabian
Muse
Snow Patrol
The Libertines

British live act:
Franz Ferdinand
Jamie Cullum
Kasabian
Muse
The Libertines

Brits25: Best song award:
Joy Division, "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Kate Bush, "Wuthering Heights"
Queen, "We Are the Champions"
Robbie Williams, "Angels"
Will Young, "Leave Right Now"

Pop act:
Avril Lavigne
Girls Aloud
Natasha Bedingfield
McFly
Westlife

International male solo artist:
Brian Wilson
Eminem
Kanye West
Tom Waits
Usher

International female solo artist:
Alicia Keys
Anastacia
Gwen Stefani
Kelis
Kylie Minogue

International group:
Green Day
Maroon 5
OutKast
Scissor Sisters
U2

International album:
Killers, "Hot Fuss"
Maroon 5, "Songs About Jane"
OutKast, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"
Scissor Sisters, "Scissor Sisters"
U2, "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb"

International breakthrough act:
Jet
Kanye West
Killers
Maroon 5
Scissor Sisters