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Adele is the only international artist in the running for the best album honor, going up against Fischer, Sarah Conner (for Muttersprache), Santiano (Von Liebe, Tod und Freiheit) and the compilation album Sing Meinen Song, Das Tauschkonzert Vol. 2, a spinoff from a hit German TV reality show.
In the best female artist, international category, Adele faces tougher competition, with Taylor Swift, nominated for 1989; Madonna (Rebel Heart); Enya (Dark Sky Island); and Austrian pop star Christina Sturmer (Gestern. Heute — Best Of).
The late, great David Bowie received a posthumous Echo nomination in the best male artist, international category for his final album, Blackstar. Justin Bieber, James Bay, Ed Sheeran and Mark Knopfler are also nominated in the same category.
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Other major acts picking up Echo nominations include Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, Sunrise Avenue and Florence + The Machine, who together make up the nominees for best rock/pop act. For best hip hop/urban act, international, Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar goes up against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Dr. Dre, Chris Brown & Tyga and The Weeknd. The Weeknd and James Bay each picked up a second Echo nom, in the category best newcomer, international.
Motorhead, whose frontman Lemmy died late last year, earned an Echo nomination in the best rock/alternative, international category and will face fellow head-banging veterans AC/DC and Iron Maiden, as well as British act Placebo and Finnish metal band Nightwish.
The 2016 Echo Awards will be handed out in Berlin on April 7.