James Newton Howard has been nominated at the Classical BRIT Awards for his work on the soundtracks to "I Am Legend" (Varese Sarabande/Colosseum Music) and, with Hans Zimmer, "The Dark Knight" (Warner).

The conductor Sir Charles Mackerras has also received two nominations for the tenth edition of the awards, which are organized by U.K. trade body the BPI and supported by NS&I (National Savings & Investments).

Nominations were unveiled today (April 20) at London's Mayfair Hotel, featuring performances by four of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and James Rhodes, as well as a duet by Katherine Jenkins and Faryl Smith.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Myleene Klass, is staged at the Royal Albert Hall on May 14 and will be screened by national broadcaster ITV1 at 10.35pm on May 19. Performers include lifetime achievement winner Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. A majority of the categories' nominations and winners are decided by the Classical BRIT Awards voting academy.

Compiled from the 10 biggest selling classical albums of 2008, the NS&I album of the year will be voted for via classicfm.com. The 10 nominated artists include Andrea Bocelli, Hayley Westenra, Katherine Jenkins, the Priests, Mike Oldfield and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Mackerras is nominated for male of artist of the year - in recognition of his recording of Mozart Symphonies nos. 38-41 - alongside last year's winner Sir Colin Davis and the Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Sir Charles Mackerras' second nomination is for the critics' award, chosen by a panel of media critics; the other nominees are Paul Lewis and Gerald Finley & Julius Drake.

Composer of the year brings nominations for Howard Goodall's "Eternal Light - A Requiem" (EMI), Steve Reich's "Daniel Variations" (Warner) and "Concerto for Piano & Orchestra" (UCJ) by Nigel Hess.

The nominees for the Young British classical performer or group are violinist Alina Ibragimova, soprano Elizabeth Watts and the young choral collective Libera.

Trumpeter Alison Balsom, the only female classical trumpeter with an exclusive recording contract with a major label (EMI), is the sole instrumentalist nominated in the female artist of the year category. The other nominees are opera singers Anna Netrebko and Danielle De Niese.

The third nomination for soundtrack of the year is Paul Cantelon with "The Other Boleyn Girl" (Varese Sarabande).

"During the past 10 years, the show has celebrated all areas of the recorded classical music business and not only honors those who have succeeded but provides an all-important stepping stone to those in the early stages of their career both locally and from abroad," said chairman of the Classical BRIT Awards Committee and UCJ managing director Dickon Stainer, and vice chairman and Avie Records director Barry McCann, in a joint statement.

"The list of contributing artists over the years pays tribute to the standing in which the awards are held and in this, the 10th anniversary, we are confident that the penetration of classical music in the home will continue".