Ms. Dynamite, Streets Top Brit Awards Nominations
With four nods each, garage star Ms. Dynamite and hip-hop artist the Streets lead the nominations for the Brit Awards 2003. The event will take place Feb. 20 at London's Earls Court, and will be broadWith four nods each, garage star Ms. Dynamite and hip-hop artist the Streets lead the nominations for the Brit Awards 2003. The event will take place Feb. 20 at London's Earls Court, and will be broadcast on ITV1.
Ms. Dynamite is up for best female solo artist, British urban act, and British breakthrough artist; her Mercury Music Prize-winning album "A Little Deeper" (Polydor) is nominated for best British album. The Streets is up for best British male, urban artist, and breakthrough artist, and his "Original Pirate Material" (Locked On/Warner) is up for best album.
Norah Jones, Gareth Gates, Will Young, Pink, and Sugababes earned three nods each. The nominations for Pink and Jones come in three of the Brits' five international categories. Jones is up for international female solo artist, breakthrough artist, and album for "Come Away With Me," released in the U.K. by Parlophone/EMI); Pink is nominated for international female solo artist, pop artist, and album for "M!ssundazstood" (Arista).
In the international female solo artist category, Jones and Pink are pitted against Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Alicia Keys, and Avril Lavigne. The international male category casts a battle between the young breed of Beck, Eminem, Moby, and Nelly, and a lone veteran rocker, Bruce Springsteen.
Welsh superstar Tom Jones will be honored with the outstanding contribution to music award.
An Academy of 1,000 British music industry representatives chooses the nominees and winners for the majority of categories that make up the annual Brit Awards. The exceptions are best British breakthrough act, the winners of which are chosen by Radio One listeners; best British single, where UK Commercial Radio listeners chose the winner from the top five best-selling singles of the calendar year; best British urban act, voted for by MTV-Base viewers; and best pop act, where the winner is chosen by CD:UK viewers and readers of the Sun Bizarre column. Fans can also vote in those four categories via the official Brits Web site.
Click here to view the full list of 2003 Brits Awards nominees.