Tinie Tempah, Plan B up for Brit music awards

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LONDON (AP) - Rapper Tinie Tempah, soul singer Plan B and folk-rockers Mumford and Sons were leading homegrown talent Tuesday in the race for the Brit Awards, Britain’s equivalent of the Grammys.

The 22-year-old Londoner Tempah, who released his first album, “Disc-Overy,” last year, won early prizes for British breakthrough act and British single, for “Pass Out,” and had two other nominations: British male solo artist and British album of the year.

Plan B _ a former rapper who hit the charts with the soul album “The Defamation of Strickland Banks” _ was named British male solo artist of the year. Both he and retro hipsters Mumford and Sons had three nominations each.

Canadian indie band Arcade Fire continued its recent run of awards success with prizes for international group and international album of the year, for “The Suburbs.”

Singer Win Butler alluded to the cries of “Who?” from some quarters that greeted the band’s album of the year victory at the Grammys on Sunday, by advising people unfamiliar with the group to “check it out on Google.”

Other British contenders include former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, grown-up boy band Take That and London rockers The XX.

Eminem, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Kings of Leon and Kanye West are among the nominees in separate international categories.

Long criticized as dull and predictable, the Brits have had a revamp this year, with a new Union Jack-striped award statuette designed by Vivienne Westwood and _ organizers promise _ a tighter show with more live performances.

Adele, Mumford and Sons, Rihanna and Cee Lo Green _ fresh from a psychedelic Grammys appearance with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Muppets _ were among the acts performing in front of thousands of music fans during the ceremony at London’s O2 Arena.

Most of the awards are chosen by 1,000 music critics and record industry figures, with several decided by public vote.

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