With four nominations, rock band Silbermond is the frontrunner heading into Germany's 16th annual Echo Awards, to be held March 25.

The act is up for group rock/pop national, and is nominated for hit of the year with "Das Beste" (Columbia/Sony BMG), best video national and best live-act national.

International artists Robbie Williams, Nelly Furtado, Shakira, Depeche Mode and Gnarls Barkley each grabbed two nominations.

Universal Music gathered 35 nods, followed by Sony BMG (29), Warner Music (14) and EMI (12).

The awards gala will be held in the Palais am Funkturm, on the site of Berlin's annual Popkomm trade fair.