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Heart-throb Siva faces battle with big names at Brit awards

SIVA Kaneswaran has come a long way since the catwalk.

The former Compton model (22) who is now part of the hit band The Wanted, has just earned his first Brit nomination with the group.

It is hailed as the UK's equivalent of the Grammy awards, and this year's nominees read like a who's who of the music industry as the boys battle it out with some of the biggest names in the business.

Since taking the UK and Irish charts by storm last year and earning legions of fans in the process, Dubliner Siva is now revelling in his newfound fame along with his bandmates.

Although Siva grew up in Ireland, his four bandmates are British, therefore qualifying them for the Best British Single category for their number one hit All Time Low.

Last night, the up and coming singer tweeted that he "still can't believe" the news.

The Wanted are in good company with Katy Perry, Cheryl Cole, Tinie Tempah and veteran rocker Robert Plant among the nominees for the 2011 ceremony on February 15 in London's 02 arena.

In one of the most competitive categories with the most nominees, the boyband will be going head to head with Cole, Florence And The Machine, X Factor stars Matt Cardle, Alexandra Burke and Olly Murs, Taio Cruz, Scouting For Girls, Tinie Tempah and Plan B.

Fan favourites Take That have also landed two nominations for Best Group and Album of the Year.

But all eyes will be on rapper Tinie Tempah who has four nominations for British Male Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, Single and Album of the Year.

His debut album, Disc-Overy, went straight to number one last October and he already has two number one singles to his name.

The rapper said if he could win just one award, he hopes it would be for his track Pass Out.

He said: "That was a pretty big song for me and that was kind of the record that kicked everything off."