Female artists dominate Brit Award nominations but Susan Boyle is left out

hellomagazine.com She is Britain's most successful recording artist and has sold around eight million copies of her debut album in under two months.

But Susan Boyle is nowhere to be found on this year's Brit Awards' shortlist.

The Scottish songstress has not been nominated in any of the categories, and joins the likes of Beyonce, U2 and the Arctic Monkeys who are also without any nods.

Instead the ceremony – taking place in London on February 16 – is set to be dominated by other female artists, including Lady Gaga and Lily Allen.

US singer Lady Gaga, 23, who sold more singles in the UK in 2009 than anyone else, and London-born Lily have each been put forward in three categories.

And there are three other artists up for a hat trick of awards on the night; Florence and the Machine, X Factor runners-up JLS and Pixie Lott.

JLS, Lily and Pixie will face competition from Cheryl Cole and her protégé Joe McElderry in the British single category, which also features Alexandra Burke and Alesha Dixon.

Lily, 24, is also nominated for best British female solo artist and best British album for It's Not Me, It's You.

Lady Gaga – one of the acts to perform on the night - will face Rihanna and Shakira in the international female solo artist group and Taylor Swift in the international breakthrough round.

She will also be hoping her record The Fame will be named best international album.

Robbie Williams – nominated as best male solo artist, an honour he has won four times before – will also receive the outstanding contribution to music award.

Click here to see a full list of this year's nominations

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