Rock band Coldplay and Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy headline the nominees for the 2009 Brit Awards, to be presented Wednesday evening.
The awards ceremony was also to feature live performances by U2, Take That, Girls Aloud, Kings of Leon and the Pet Shop Boys, the last of which are set to be given an Outstanding Contribution to Music award.
Coldplay's hit album "Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends" is lined up against Duffy's "Rockferry" -- the best-selling compilation of 2008 -- in the best British album category, while the pair will also go head to head in the best British single group.
Duffy has also been nominated as best British breakthrough act and best British female solo artist, while Coldplay is also short-listed for the best British group and best British live act gongs.
The Brits, to be presented at Earl's Court in west London, also see a heavy metal revival with Iron Maiden and AC/DC among nominees -- the former for the best British live act award, and the latter in the best international album and best international group categories.
Beck, Neil Diamond, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Seasick Steve are nominated for best international male solo artist, while Beyonce, Gabriella Cilmi, Katy Perry, Pink and Santogold are up for best international female solo artist.
Ian Brown, James Morrison, Paul Weller, The Streets and Will Young battle it out for best British male solo artist, while Adele, Duffy, Beth Rowley, Estelle and M.I.A are nominated in the female category.
Adele and Duffy go head to head again in the best British breakthrough act category chosen by listeners of BBC Radio One, along with The Last Shadow Puppets, Scouting For Girls and Ting Tings.
The best single award is decided in a live vote on awards night, from nominees picked from the top 10 British singles by airplay and sales.
Coldplay, Adele, Alexandra Burke, Dizzee Rascal, Estelle, Duffy, Girls Aloud, Leona Lewis, Scouting for Girls and finalists from television talent show The X-Factor are all up for the prize.
The Brits have often been a hub for controversy, having had to been broadcast on delay from 1989 to 2006 because of the antics of those attending the ceremony.
In 1996, Jarvis Cocker from the band Pulp stormed the stage in protest at Michael Jackson's performance, running around the pop icon and pretending to flatulate.
Two years later, Chumbawumba singer Danbert Nobacon dumped a bucket of ice water over then deputy prime minister John Prescott, while acid house oddballs The KLF fired machine gun blanks at the audience and dumped a dead sheep at the aftershow party following the 1992 awards.
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