Franz Ferdinand Leads Brit Award Nominees

Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand leads the field with five nominations for the Brit Awards, which will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Muse was close behind with four nominations, while American acts Maroon 5 and Scissor Sisters garnered three each.

Franz Ferdinand’s nominations include best British group, best British album for its self-titled Domino/Epic debut, best British rock act, best British live act and best British breakthrough act.

The group will compete in the best British album category with Keane’s “Hopes and Fears” (Polydor), Snow Patrol’s “Final Straw” (Polydor), Muse’s “Absolution” (Mushroom) and Kasabian’s self-titled RCA debut.

Scissor Sisters’ self-titled Universal debut and Maroon 5’s “Songs About Jane” (J) share nominations in the best international album category with U2’s “How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” (Universal Island), the Killers’ “Hot Fuss” (Lizard King) and OutKast’s “Speakerboxx/The Love Below” (Arista).

In the best British single category, nominees include Will Young’s “Your Game,” Shapeshifters’ “Lola’s Theme,” LMC vs. U2’s “Take Me to the Clouds Above,” Jamelia’s “Thank You” and Band Aid 20’s recent charity remake of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

Franz Ferdinand, U2 and Scissor Sisters will perform at the ceremony, to be held Feb. 9 at London’s Earl’s Court.

For a full list of the 2005 Brit Awards nominees visit

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