Allen goes head-to-head with soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae
on Wednesday at the Brit Awards, the United
Kingdom music industry's biggest night of the
Allen, dubbed the
Queen of MySpace after building an online fan base,
will hope to woo the judges when the prizes are handed out
at a Valentine's Day ceremony in London.
She is nominated
for three prizes: MasterCard British Album (Alright
Still), British Female Solo Artist, and
International Breakthrough Act.
has won acclaim for her witty songs about teenage sex,
drugs, and London life.
Allen is up
against Leeds, England, native Bailey Rae, soul singer
Amy Winehouse, R&B star Jamelia, and singer-songwriter
Nerina Pallot in the British Female Solo Artist
Bailey Rae, whose
self-titled album topped the British album charts last
year and was a hit around the world, is the bookmakers'
with three nominations are Devon, England, rock band
Muse, known for their dynamic performances at summer
festivals. They are chasing prizes for the British
Group, MasterCard British Album (Black Holes &
Revelations), and British Live Act.
Also in the
running for a hat-trick are Northern Irish indie rock band
Snow Patrol: British Group, MasterCard British Album
(Eyes Open) and British Single ("Chasing
England, rock group Arctic Monkeys will hope to add
to their International Breakthrough Act award at last year's
Brits.They are nominated for best group and album
(Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm
International Male Solo Artist spans three
generations--Beck, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Justin
Timberlake, and Damien Rice.
Pink, Nelly Furtado, Christina Aguilera, and Cat Power will
battle to be named International Female Solo Artist.
Reformed boy band
Take That are favorites to win the public vote for the
British Single award for "Patience." The rest of the winners
are chosen by the music industry and media.
receive an Outstanding Contribution award. (Reuters)