Lily Allen bids to break Brits duck
Lily Allen, Lady GaGa, Pixie Lott and Florence And The Machine will turn this year's Brit Awards into the battle of the babes as they head the shortlist with three nominations each.
The glam quartet will tussle to be the big winners at the bash which takes place next month.
Also up for three prizes as the event celebrates its 30th birthday are boy band JLS who will fight it out with established rock acts for the best British group title.
Lily, Pixie and Florence Welch go head to head in the best British female category, with Lily and Florence up for best British album. Welch - who took last year's critics' choice award - is also up for best breakthrough against Lott. Allen - who despite four nominations in 2007 has remained empty-handed - is also up for best British single with The Fear.
US star Lady GaGa, who had the biggest-selling single of 2009 with Poker Face, is nominated as best international female, international breakthrough act and best international album for her debut The Fame.
The remaining places on the best British female list go to Bat For Lashes and Leona Lewis.
Robbie Williams will be looking to extend his record-breaking tally of awards this year after making the best British male shortlist. He is also assured of an honorary award as this year's outstanding contribution to music winner.
Awards will be handed out on February 16 at Earl's Court in west London at a star-studded show featuring performances by Florence And The Machine - duetting with Dizzee Rascal - plus Lady GaGa, JLS and Kasabian.