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Mumford and Sons, Emeli Sande Lead 2013 Brit Awards Nominations

January 11, 2013 (3:29 am) GMT
New act alt-J also tops this year's list of nominees of the prestigious British music awards along with Sande and Mumford and Sons.

The Brit Awards has announced the nominees for its 2013 annual awards at a launch event from the Savoy Hotel in London. Folk-rock band , Scottish singer , and the indie-rock quartet of lead the pack with the most number of nominations this year.

Mumford & Sons pick up three nominations for Best British Group, Best British Live Act and MasterCard British Album of the Year for their latest studio effort "". Also vying for the Album of the Year honor is Emeli Sande's "", the year's top-selling album in the U.K.

Sande, whose tracks "Next to Me" and "Beneath Your Beautiful" are both nominated for Best Single, also gets the nod for Best Female Solo Artist. Going head-to-head with Mumford & Sons for the British Group and Album of the Year awards is newcomer alt-J, who earn a third nomination for Best British Breakthrough Act.

Other supposedly bigger names like British pop superstar and the massively popular don't fare as well as expected, with each getting only one nod from the Brit Awards' voting academy. Williams' latest track "Candy" is up for Best Single, while the British-Irish boyband are strong contenders for Best British Group.

Rock legend get nominated again after 36 years for Best British Live Act. They will be battling it out with , , and fan favorite Mumford & Sons.

The 2013 Brit Awards Nominations List:
British Breakthrough Act

British Female British Group British Live Act British Male Global Success British Producer British Single Special Prize Critics' Choice International Female International Group International Male British Album

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