Veto (Playground), Michael Simpson (A:larm) and Nephew (Copenhagen Records) boast seven nominations each for the Danish Music Awards, and are all contends for best album and best rock album.

Gnarls Barkley and Arctic Monkeys each got nods in the two international categories, best album and best newcomer.

The Danish branch of the IFPI, which organizes the event, unveiled nominations late Monday (Jan. 15).

"It's a pleasure to note such a broad spectrum of music represented, both in terms of genres and generations," says IFPI chairman/Universal Music Denmark managing director Jens-Otto Paludan. ""DMA epitomizes how much is really happening in music today."

Independent companies lead the pack with 46 nominations across 17 categories.

EMI leads the majors with 10 nominations, followed by Sony BMG's nine. Universal and Warner Music are up for four each.

The acts were nominated by a jury of 30 media and music retail people.

The event will be held on March 3 at the 5000-seat KB Hall in Copenhagen. Organizers have yet to finalize the lineup of live performers.