FORMER Torquay schoolboy Ben Howard is among the nominees for the most prestigious awards in British music.
Teignmouth supergroup Muse are also on the star-studded list of nominees announced for the 2013 Brit Awards.
Howard, who lived in Totnes and attended KEVICC as well as Torquay Boys' Grammar school, is up for best British Male Solo Artist, as well as British Breakthrough.
In the former category he is up against Calvin Harris, Olly Murs, Richard Hawley and Plan B.
In the latter he faces opposition from Jessie Ware, Jake Bugg, Rita Ora and Alt-J.
Muse are among the nominees for Best Live Act.
They are up against Coldplay, the Rolling Stones, the Vaccines and Mumford and Sons, who recently thrilled a sell-out crowd at Torquay's Princess Theatre.
In the Best British Group section they are up against One Direction, Alt-J and Mumford and Sons.