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Alicia Keys Leads Edison Nominations

Alicia Keys is nominated in three categories for Holland's Edison Music Awards, to be held Feb. 27 at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall. Keys is up for best international newcomer, best R&B/hip-hop

Alicia Keys is nominated in three categories for Holland's Edison Music Awards, to be held Feb. 27 at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall. Keys is up for best international newcomer, best R&B/hip-hop artist, and best international female. Candidates for best Dutch group are Johan, Postmen, and Kane; up for best international group are Destiny's Child, Live, and Radiohead. Lifetime achievement awards will be presented to Simple Minds and Rob de Nijs. Performers will include Shakira and Jewel.

An independent voting academy decides on the nominees and winner of 13 categories. The public will be able to vote online and via phone for the awards for single and album of the year. Organizers of the event have inked a three-year deal with national energy provider REMU, marking the first such sponsorship deal in the Edisons' 42-year history.

The event will be broadcast live on Radio 2 in the Netherlands and televised March 7 on Nederland 2.