One Direction, David Bowie, Ellie Goulding snag Brit Award nominations
From left, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne of the musical group One Direction perform on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 9, 2014 2:10PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 9, 2014 4:33PM EST
LONDON -- Musical chameleon David Bowie is starting the year with two nominations for Britain's leading music awards, the Brits.
Bowie, who turned 67 on Wednesday, is up for male British artist of the year and album of the year, for his first release in a decade, "The Next Day."
Electronic duo Disclosure and rock band Bastille have four nominations apiece for the prizes, while drum 'n' bass quartet Rudimental and singer Ellie Goulding each have three. World-conquering boy band One Direction has two nominations, for British single and British group.
Nominees in the international categories, announced Thursday, include Drake, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Arcade Fire.
The awards, Britain's equivalent of the Grammys, will be handed out in a concert-style ceremony at London's O2 Arena on Feb. 19 featuring performances by Arctic Monkeys, Bastille and Perry.
Most winners are decided by a ballot of some 1,000 music-industry members, and several are decided by public vote.