Just six EGGIES to go, and today it's the turn of an award which in previous years has always been split into British and International categories. In 2009, however, there simply weren't enough candidates who fulfilled the criteria for separate gongs; in fact, there weren't the usual 10 names even when combined.
BEST NEWCOMER: FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
Despite the paucity of contenders, this was still quite a strong line-up to choose from. White Lies and Passion Pit had particularly good claims to take this award, but the frequent brilliance of the Lungs album, and the huge success on my charts of its main clutch of singles, tipped the scales in Florence + The Machine's favour.
Empire Of The Sun