With nods in four categories, rock act Silbermond leads the nominations for Germany's Echo Awards 2005, to be held April 2 in Berlin. The Sony BMG act is up for best national rock/pop group, national

With nods in four categories, rock act Silbermond leads the nominations for Germany's Echo Awards 2005, to be held April 2 in Berlin. The Sony BMG act is up for best national rock/pop group, national live act, video and newcomer.

Sido, Annett Louisan, Rammstein, Juli and Beatsteaks each earned three nominations. The top international nominees are Usher, Phil Collins and Maroon 5, with two nods each.

Bertelsmann media company RTL will broadcast the gala the same night.

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