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Brits: Bastille and Disclosure in the lead

Brits: Bastille and Disclosure in the lead
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This year’s nominees for the Brit Awards, the British music industry accolades, have been unveiled in London.

Pop acts Bastille and Disclosure lead the pack, with four nominations each for Best British Group, Best Single, Best Album and Best British Breakthrough Act of the Year.

Also competing for the coveted Best Album gong is the electronic music quartet Rudimental, the Arctic Monkeys and two-time Brit winner David Bowie.

Speaking before the official announcement, Rudimental co-founder Kesi Dryden said he thought the British music industry was in good shape.

“I think it’s in a really good place. What used to be an underground sound is coming through to the mainstream audience, which is always a good thing.”

“Especially for us, I mean we started off on pirate radio, started off on the underground scene and for that music to come through, you know, selling records is a side effect of it really, but the success of it playing live is the main thing and that’s been amazing,” said band member Amir Amor.

“This year, other acts coming through like Disclosure and people like that, it really shows that UK music is really vibrant right now.”

Marking his comeback three decades after winning his first Brit Award, veteran David Bowie is also nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist. He’s up against Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman and Tom Odell.

Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is flying the flag for women in music, with three nominations including Best British Female Solo Artist, facing competition from Birdy, Jessie J, Laura Marling and Laura Mvula.

Absent from the Best Album list, One Direction was nominated in two other two categories – Best British Group and Best Single with “One Way Or Another”.

The boy band is also expected to take the Global Success award that recognises overseas record sales, after selling close to 700,000 copies of its third album “Midnight Memories” in six weeks.

In the international categories, American singer-songwriter Pink will be up against Janelle Monae, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Lorde for Best Female Solo Artist.

Nominated for the Best International Male Solo Artist award, Bruno Mars is competing with Drake, Eminem, John Grant and Justin Timberlake.

And finally, in the Best International Group category, popular French electronic music duo Daft Punk will be running against Arcade Fire, Haim, Kings of Leon, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

The Brit Awards will be announced at the O2 concert arena in London on February 19.