Suffolk bands become hot contenders

SUFFOLK'S biggest music stars look set to become the hottest contenders at this year's Brit awards.If reports are to be believed when the nominations for the annual music awards are announced in London on Monday The Darkness and Busted will head the list of nominees, featuring in four categories apiece.

By Jo Macdonald

SUFFOLK'S biggest music stars look set to become the hottest contenders at this year's Brit awards.

If reports are to be believed when the nominations for the annual music awards are announced in London on Monday The Darkness and Busted will head the list of nominees, featuring in four categories apiece.

The Darkness, three of whose members Justin and Dan Hawkins and Ed Graham hail from Lowestoft, are tipped to be in the running for best rock, best breakthrough, best album and best single.


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The award categories in which Woodbridge's Charlie Simpson and his Busted bandmates will feature have not been specified.

The bands are also set to perform live at the star-studded awards ceremony in February when who will walk away with most awards will be revealed. The Darkness' performance is rumoured to be a collaboration with UK urban band Big Brovaz and US hip hop act Black Eyed Peas.

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Both Busted and The Darkness have emerged from 2003 as two of the year's biggest musical success stories with a number of chart-topping albums and singles between them. If these nominations are confirmed on Monday it will mark a great start to the new year and prove their success is set to continue well into 2004.

Other artists revealed by two national newspapers as frontrunners for the Brits - Britain's equivalent to the US Grammys - are Will Young as best male, Dido as best female and Black Eyed Peas as international act of the year.

The Brit organisers were recently criticised for snubbing Robbie Williams in all award categories. Another of Britain's biggest music acts, Coldplay, will also be absent from the winners rostrum at the February ceremony as their album A Rush of Blood To The Head is not eligible.

The Brit award nominations are officially announced at Park Lane Hotel, in London, on Monday.

Weblink: www.busted.com

www.thedarknessrock.com

www.brits.co.uk

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