Dido Deleted From Brits Newcomer Category
Dido had her nomination for a best British newcomer award revoked yesterday (Jan. 16), after officials realized she isn't that new after all. The singer, who rose to stardom after rapper Eminem choseDido had her nomination for a best British newcomer award revoked yesterday (Jan. 16), after officials realized she isn't that new after all. The singer, who rose to stardom after rapper Eminem chose her song "Thank You" as the backing track to his worldwide hit "Stan," was nominated Monday in the category for a Brit Award, Britain's equivalent of the Grammys.
Observers pointed out that the 30-year-old Dido (real name: Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong) had been nominated for best female artist the previous year.
The Official U.K. Charts Company, which compiled the list of eligible artists, said it had made a mistake and apologized to Dido, her record company, the Brits, and listeners of British Broadcasting Corp.'s (BBC) Radio 1, who vote on the winner from the list of nominees.
Dido -- who is still nominated for best video for the Dave Meyers-directed "Thank You," best female solo artist, and best album for the Arista set "No Angel" -- said the mistake didn't bother her. "I think it's quite funny. It's so silly," she told BBC's Radio 1. "You just don't question it. If you're given a nomination, you don't think 'Oh, am I eligible?' You just don't know the rules. I don't know if anyone knows the rules."
Dido is in the midst of recording the follow-up to "No Angel," again collaborating in the studio with her brother Rollo of the group Faithless. "No Angel" peaked last March at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, and has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. sales of 4 million copies. The album has sold more than sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, according to the label.
The Brit Awards ceremony is set for Feb. 20 at London's Earl's Court. Cartoon band Gorillaz leads the field of nominees with nods in six categories.
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