Diversity among South Bank nominees
Published 07/01/2010 | 16:03
Diversity and Florence And The Machine are among the nominees for the last ever South Bank Show Awards.
The Britain's Got Talent winners will compete against ballet nominations for David Bintley's E=mc2 and Wayne McGregor's Limen in the dance category at the prestigious arts awards, which will be hosted by Melvyn Bragg at London's Dorchester Hotel on January 26.
Platinum-selling act Florence And the Machine has been nominated for a pop award, alongside Frankmusik and distinctive duo The xx.
Rising star Carey Mulligan is among the nominees for The Times Breakthrough Award, which is to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, and An Education, in which the 24-year-old Londoner stars, is also nominated in the film category.
The final South Bank Award for comedy will see E4's The Inbetweeners, about a group of teenage boys at school, do battle against BBC2's The Thick Of It, which gives a humorous look at what might go on behind closed doors in Government, and new BBC series Home Time, about a 29-year-old forced to move back in with her parents.
Bragg said: "These are the only awards in the world wholly devoted to the arts - they reflect the range covered by The South Bank Show over the years."
"Time and again the judges have turned up with apparently rather offbeat lists which have contained artists whose work has gone on to be central to the culture. And it is great fun!"
:: The South Bank Show Awards will be broadcast on ITV1 on Sunday, January 31.