Darkness, Dizzee Rascal Lead 2004 Brit Award Nominees

The nominees have been announced for the 2004 Brit Awards and if sheer volume of nominations are any sign, look for big things from The Darkness, Dizzee Rascal, and boy-band-with-guitars Busted when the awards are announced on February 17 at Londonís Earl Court. The pop-metal mavens that are The Darkness have been nominated for four awards, including British Album, where they are up against Blur, The Coral, and Dido, amongst others, British Group, where theyíll duel with Busted, Radiohead and The Coral again, British Rock Act (against Feeder, Muse, Primal Scream and Stereophonics), and they are also in the running for the Breakthrough Act, vs. Busted and Dizzee Rascal. The Mercury Music Prize-winning Rascal is also nominated in the British Male Solo Artist and British Urban categories, while Busted is also up for Pop Act. To see all the nominees, including The White Stripes, The Strokes, Basement Jaxx, Beck, OutKast, Duran Duran, and Kings Of Leon, check all the pertinent nomination categories below.

The fun categories of the 2004 Brit Awards:

British Male Solo Artist - Badly Drawn Boy, Daniel Bedingfield, David Bowie, Dizzee Rascal, Will Young

British Album - Blur - Think Tank, The Coral - Magic And Medicine, Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This, The Darkness - Permission To Land, Dido - Life For Rent

British Group - Busted, The Coral, The Darkness, Radiohead, Sugababes

British Single - Dido - ìWhite Flagî, Gareth Gates - ìSpirit In The Skyî, Jamelia - ìSuperstarî, Mis-teeq - ìScandalousî, Rachel Stevens - ìSweet Dreams My LA Exî

British Rock Act - The Darkness, Feeder, Muse, Primal Scream, Stereophonics

British Dance Act - Basement Jaxx, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, Kosheen, Lemon Jelly

British Breakthrough Artist - Busted, The Darkness, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie Cullum, Lemar

Pop Act - Black Eyed Peas, Busted, Christina Aguilera, Daniel Bedingfield, Justin Timberlake

International Male Solo Artist - 50 Cent, Beck, Damien Rice, Justin Timberlake, Sean Paul

International Album - Beyonce - Dangerously In Love, Christina Aguilera - Stripped, Justin Timberlake - Justified, Outkast - Speakerboxx / The Love Below, White Stripes - Elephant

International Group - Black Eyed Peas, Kings Of Leon, OutKast, Strokes, White Stripes

International Breakthrough Artist - 50 Cent, Evanescence, Kings Of Leon, Sean Paul, The Thrills

Outstanding Contribution - Duran Duran

Darkness, Dizzee Rascal Lead 2004 Brit Award Nominees