With two nominations each, Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, his compatriot baritone Bryn Terfel and teenage Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti are the frontrunners heading into the seventh annual Classic

With two nominations each, Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, his compatriot baritone Bryn Terfel and teenage Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti are the frontrunners heading into the seventh annual Classical Brit Awards, to be held May 4 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Jenkins' "Requiem" (EMI Classics) is up for the contemporary music and album of the year categories.

Terfel's performance on "Simple Gifts" (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal) garners nods for the album and singer of the year categories. The latter is a new category, which replaces the male and female artist categories from previous editions.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Benedetti will compete for the young British classical performer category while her debut "Szymanowski, Chausson and Saint-Saens" (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal) is in the running for album of the year.

Legendary tenor Placido Domingo will be honored with the lifetime achievement award.

Veteran broadcaster Michael Parkinson, the 2005 recipient of the Music Industry Trusts' Award, will host this year's event for the first time.

British savings organization National Savings and Investments will return as sponsor of the awards. All proceeds from the gala are donated to the Brit Trust charity.

British national commercial TV network ITV1 will broadcast the show on May 7.

Nominations were unveiled during a party tonight (April 10) at London's Royal Garden Hotel, which featured performances from Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, trumpeter Alison Balsom and Scottish tenor Nicky Spence.