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Robbie Williams and Lily Allen lead EMI Music’s BRITs nominations

Nominees include Bat For Lashes, Coldplay, Doves, Empire of the Sun, Norah Jones, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys and Spice Girls

Lily Allen and Robbie Williams will perform at Awards show

LONDON, 19 JANUARY 2010 – EMI Music artists were last night nominated across multiple categories for this year’s BRITs including three nominations for Lily Allen and further honours to add to Robbie Williams’ unprecedented BRITs track record. Overall EMI Music’s artists and albums picked up a total of 18 nominations.

Already the most successful artist in the history of the BRITs with 11 awards under his belt so far, Robbie Williams picked up nominations for the British Male BRIT, the award he has won four times before, and for his 1998 duet with Tom Jones in the BRITs Performance of 30 Years category. As previously announced, Robbie will be presented with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music Award and will perform live at the BRITs on 16 February.

Lily Allen is a multiple BRIT nominee again this year with a leading three nominations – British Female, British Album for her double platinum ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’, and British Single for ‘The Fear’ – and it was announced last night that she will also perform live at the BRITs next month. Yesterday it was confirmed that ‘The Fear’ was the number one UK airplay track of 2009 as monitored by Nielsen Music Control.

The UK airplay figures published yesterday also confirmed that Robbie Williams is the most played artist on radio over the last 10 years and the only one to have been played over a million times over the course of the decade.

Other EMI Music nominees for this year’s BRITs include Empire of the Sun (International Breakthrough and International Album), Bat For Lashes (British Female), Doves (British Group) and Norah Jones (International Female). The shortlist for the special BRITs Album of 30 Years award includes three EMI releases – Coldplay’s ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’, The Verve’s ‘Urban Hymns’ and ‘No Jacket Required’ by Phil Collins, while in addition to Robbie Williams and Tom Jones, the nominations for the BRITs Performance of 30 Years include Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys and Spice Girls.

Andria Vidler, president of EMI Music UK and Ireland said: “Congratulations to all our nominees for this year’s BRITs. These nominations recognise the quality of our artists’ music and all the hard work they put in. Everyone at EMI is very proud to work with them in reaching and connecting with music lovers everywhere. With Robbie and Lily on the bill, this year’s BRIT Awards will be a fantastic event and a great showcase for British and international music.”

The full list of EMI Music’s BRIT nominations is:

British Male
Robbie Williams

British Female
Lily Allen
Bat For Lashes

British Group
Doves

British Album
Lily Allen – ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’

British Single
Lily Allen – ‘The Fear’

International Breakthrough
Empire of the Sun

International Album
Empire of the Sun – ‘Walking On A Dream’

International Female
Norah Jones

BRITs Album of 30 Years
Coldplay – ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’
The Verve – ‘Urban Hymns’
Phil Collins – ‘No Jacket Required’

BRITs Performance of 30 Years
Coldplay – ‘Clocks’ (2003)
Kylie Minogue – ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ (2002)
Robbie Williams and Tom Jones – ‘Full Monty’ medley (1998)
Pet Shop Boys – ‘Go West’ (1994)
Spice Girls – ‘Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are?’ (1994)

Outstanding Contribution to Music
Robbie Williams

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