The nominations for this year's Brit Awards have been announced, with Lily Allen, JLS, Lady GaGa, Pixie Lott and Florence and the Machine all in the running for three awards each.

The nominees for Best British Male Solo Artist are Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Mika, Paolo Nutini and Robbie Williams.

Contesting the category of Best British Female Solo Artist are Bat For Lashes, Florence And The Machine, Leona Lewis, Lily Allen and Pixie Lott.

Nominated for the Best British Breakthrough Act are Florence And The Machine, Friendly Fires, JLS, La Roux and Pixie Lott.

Up for Best British Group this year are Doves, Friendly Fires, JLS, Kasabian and Muse.

In the running for Best British Album are Dizzee Rascal's 'Tongue n'Cheek', Florence And The Machine's 'Lungs', Kasabian's 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum', Lily Allen's 'It's Not Me, It's You' and Paolo Nutini's 'Sunny Side Up'.

The category of Best British Single will be contested by Alesha Dixon's 'Breathe Slow', Alexandra Burke's (featuring Flo Rida) 'Bad Boys', Cheryl Cole's 'Fight For This Love', Joe McElderry's 'The Climb', JLS' 'Beat Again', La Roux's 'In For The Kill', Lily Allen's 'The Fear', Pixie Lott's 'Mama Do', Taio Cruz's 'Break Your Heart' and Tinchy Stryder's (featuring N-Dubz) 'Number 1'.

Speaking at the launch of the event in London yesterday, Lily Allen said: "It's a huge honour for me to have my music recognised in this way by the Brits."

JLS star JB Gill said: "It would be absolutely incredible to win a Brit."

Pixie Lott said: "I would love it a lot. But there are so many great acts. I don't know what's going to happen. But it would be very nice."

Notably 'Britain's Got Talent' star Susan Boyle has not been nominated for any awards.

Gennaro Castaldo of HMV, said: "Susan Boyle may have grabbed the headlines towards the end of 2009 with the year's fastest-selling album, but the truth is the year undoubtedly belonged to Lady Gaga - making her a hot favourite to land a clean sweep of the international awards she's been nominated for."

In International categories, the nominees for Best International Male Solo Artist are Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Jay-Z, Michael Bublé and Seasick Steve and the nominees for Best International Female Solo Artist are Lady GaGa, Ladyhawke, Norah Jones, Rihanna and Shakira.