The German hip-hop singer Peter Fox leads the nominees for ECHO German music awards on March 4, 2010 at the Berlin fair ground.

Fox is nominated for five awards, including the artist/group national/international hip-hop/urban category in which Fox competes against Jan Delay, Eminem, Culcha Candela and Sido. His No. 1 set "Stadtaffe" (Downbeat/Warner) is nominated for best album.

The Berlin artist is also listed for best live act national, best music-DVD-production national and best video national.

Lady Gaga, Silbermond and Jan Delay have four nominations each. Gaga is listed for artist rock/pop international, album of the year national/International, hit of the year national/international and best newcomer international. The Belgian singer-songwriter Milow has three nominations.

Fourteen acts are nominated twice, among them Xavier Naidoo, Ich + Ich, Depeche Mode, violinist David Garrett and the band Sportfreunde Stiller. Further nominees are Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Robbie Williams, Bruce Springsteen and Pink.

Peter Maffay is the first ECHO award winner who is already confirmed. Maffay, who will celebrate his 40th anniversary on stage this year, will get the lifetime achievement. "The German phono-academy honors Peter Maffay as the big builder of bridges in German rock music," said Dieter Gorny, CEO of German labels trade body the BVMI.

The U.S.-band Gossip will perform live. The trio is nominated for two ECHO awards and will present its single "Heavy Cross" that has already reached platinum status in Germany. The album "Music For Men" (COL/Sony) has also reached platinum.

The Berlin band Baseballs, nominated for best newcomer national, will also perform on the ECHO stage. The Baseballs' album "Strike" is No. 1 in the charts in Sweden and Finland. Robbie Williams, Sade, Rihanna and Xavier Naidoo will also perform live.

Produced by Berlin based production company MME, the show will be hosted by Sabine Heinrich and Matthias Opdenhövel. ARD TV will broadcast ECHO 2010 two hours after the show.

The first ECHO German music awards were presented in 1992 in Cologne.