BRIT Awards 2021

The 2020 BRIT Awards snuck in just before that pandemic thing, and so it was only a fifteen month wait between awards. Famed as the first indoor music event in the UK in over a year, Jack Whitehall presented the ceremony at the O2 Arena in London on 11 May.

Male Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • AJ Tracey
  • Headie One
  • J Hus
  • Joel Corry
  • Yungblud

Winner: J Hus

Female Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Arlo Parks
  • Celeste
  • Dua Lipa
  • Jessie Ware
  • Lianne La Havas

Winner: Dua Lipa

British Group

Nominees:

  • Bicep
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Little Mix
  • The 1975
  • Young T & Bugsey

Winner: Little Mix

British Single with Mastercard

Nominees:

  • 220 Kid & GRACEY – Don’t Need Love
  • Aitch & AJ Tracey feat. Tay Keith – Rain
  • Dua Lipa – Physical
  • Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
  • Headie One feat. AJ Tracey and Stormzy – Ain’t It Different
  • Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head & Heart
  • Nathan Dawe feat. KSI – Lighter
  • Regard & RAYE – Secrets
  • S1MBA feat. DTG – Rover
  • Young T & Bugsey feat. Headie One – Don’t Rush

Winner: Harry Styles

Breakthrough Artist

Winner:

  • Arlo Parks
  • Bicep
  • Celeste
  • Joel Corry
  • Young T & Bugsey

Winner: Arlo Parks

International Female Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Ariana Grande
  • Billie Eilish
  • Cardi B
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Taylor Swift

Winner: Billie Eilish

International Male Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Burna Boy
  • Childish Gambino
  • Tame Impala
  • The Weeknd

Winner: The Weeknd

International Group

Nominees:

  • BTS
  • Fontaines D.C.
  • Foo Fighters
  • Haim
  • Run The Jewels

Winner: Haim

Global Icon

Winner: Taylor Swift

Mastercard Album

Nominees:

  • Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
  • Celeste – Not Your Muse
  • Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
  • J Hus – Big Conspiracy
  • Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

Winner: Dua Lipa

BRITs Rising Star

Nominees:

  • Griff
  • Pa Salieu
  • Rina Sawayama

Winner: Griff

Performances included Coldplay, Olivia Rodrigo, Elton John with Years & Years (performing It’s a Sin, which was apparently also supposed to include Pet Shop Boys but they turned out to be unable to join for rights reasons), Pink, and many others.

There was also some rumbling controversy this year due to Sam Smith identifying as non-binary, and so not fitting any of the common “male”, “female”, or “group” categories. It will be interesting to see how this comes to be addressed in future years, as the categories are as old as the ceremony itself.

You can see the official list of winners here.

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BRIT Awards 2021 – Nominations

The 2021 BRITs were delayed by three months, thanks to some kind of global pandemic thingy, but they’re coming soon, presented again by Jack Whitehall. Here’s the full list of nominees for this year’s awards.

Mastercard Album

  • Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
  • Celeste – Not Your Muse
  • Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
  • J Hus – Big Conspiracy
  • Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

Female Solo Artist

  • Arlo Parks
  • Celeste
  • Dua Lipa
  • Jessie Ware
  • Lianne La Havas

Male Solo Artist

  • AJ Tracey
  • Headie One
  • J Hus
  • Joel Corry
  • Yungblud

British Group

  • Bicep
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Little Mix
  • The 1975
  • Young T & Bugsey

Breakthrough Artist

  • Arlo Parks
  • Bicep
  • Celeste
  • Joel Corry
  • Young T & Bugsey

British Single with Mastercard

  • 220 Kid & GRACEY – Don’t Need Love
  • Aitch & AJ Tracey feat. Tay Keith – Rain
  • Dua Lipa – Physical
  • Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
  • Headie One feat. AJ Tracey and Stormzy – Ain’t It Different
  • Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head & Heart
  • Nathan Dawe feat. KSI – Lighter
  • Regard & RAYE – Secrets
  • S1MBA feat. DTG – Rover
  • Young T & Bugsey feat. Headie One – Don’t Rush

International Female Solo Artist

  • Ariana Grande
  • Billie Eilish
  • Cardi B
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Taylor Swift

International Male Solo Artist

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Burna Boy
  • Childish Gambino
  • Tame Impala
  • The Weeknd

International Group

  • BTS
  • Fontaines D.C.
  • Foo Fighters
  • HAIM
  • Run The Jewels

BRITs Rising Star

  • Griff
  • Pa Salieu
  • Rina Sawayama

The winner in this category is already confirmed to be Griff.

Rule changes this year mean that for the first time, you no longer need to have released an album in the preceding year in order to be nominated. The downside to this is a lot of Joel Corry, whose face (which looked as though it had to be either very airbrushed or the result of a lot of cosmetic surgery) turned up on a lot of social media advertising last year, but whose music I think I have yet to hear.

You can see the full list of nominees here.

Finally, it’s worth pausing for a moment to mention diversity (or the lack thereof) at the BRIT Awards. As you may or may not have noticed, this blog’s coverage of recent ceremonies has been limited in the extreme, and so the drama of the actual awards has entirely passed me by. That means I missed The 1975‘s raising of a very valid point about the male bias of 2019‘s ceremony, which, to their credit, the BRIT Awards’ twitter account made no attempt to whitewash. Even way back in 2016, I missed the criticism of the nominees and winners being skewed towards white artists. I sincerely apologise for missing both of these – however limited the coverage is on this blog, I should have known about them and have given them coverage here. The Guardian, at least, makes the point that this year’s event looks a little more promising in terms of diversity, so hopefully the tide is turning now.

Q Awards 2018 – Nominations

Time now to look at the decidedly mundane list of nominees for this year’s Q Awards, which will take place on 17th October.

Q Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe

  • Amyl & The Sniffers
  • Goat Girl
  • Tom Grennan
  • The Magic Gang
  • IDLES
  • Bugzy Malone
  • Nakhane
  • Novelist
  • Nadine Shah
  • Jorja Smith
  • Rejjie Snow

Q Best Track presented by Firestone

  • Love It If We Made It – The 1975
  • This Is America – Childish Gambino
  • Girlfriend – Christine & The Queens
  • The Man – Goat Girl
  • Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae
  • Bells & Circles – Underworld & Iggy Pop

Q Best Album

  • Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – Arctic Monkeys
  • Hunter – Anna Calvi
  • Who Built The Moon? – Noel Gallagher
  • Joy As An Act Of Resistance – IDLES
  • Marauder – Interpol
  • I’m All Ears – Let’s Eat Grandma

Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club

  • David Byrne
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Stefflon Don
  • Taylor Swift
  • Wolf Alice

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Absolute Radio

  • Christine & The Queens
  • Drake
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Janelle Monae
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Sophie

Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Rocksteady Music School

  • The 1975
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Florence & The Machine
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • St Vincent
  • Paul Weller

Q Best Festival/Event presented by Pretty Green Clothing

  • All Points East
  • British Summertime
  • Isle Of Wight Festival
  • Latitude Festival
  • RIZE Festival
  • Spotify Presents: Who We Be

You can vote for your favourites here, until October 5th.

BRIT Awards 2018

Time for a slightly belated look at the winners of the BRIT Awards 2018. They took place a couple of weeks ago, and for some reason appear to have been encased in amber this year. Anyway…

British Artist Video of the Year

The nominees were:

  • Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
  • Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams / Katy Perry / Big Sean – Feels
  • Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson – Symphony
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
  • Jonas Blue feat. William Singe – Mama
  • Liam Payne feat. Quavo – Strip That Down
  • Little Mix – Touch
  • ZAYN and Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack)

The winner was Harry Styles, although apparently that was controversial because Little Mix nearly won.

British Breakthrough Act

Nominees:

  • Dave
  • Dua Lipa
  • J Hus
  • Loyle Carner
  • Sampha

Winner: Dua Lipa.

Critics’ Choice Award

Nominees:

  • Jorja Smith
  • Mabel
  • Stefflon Don

The winner is Jorja Smith.

British Male Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Loyle Carner
  • Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
  • Stormzy

Winner: Stormzy.

International Group

Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Foo Fighters
  • Haim
  • The Killers
  • LCD Soundsystem

Winner: Foo Fighters.

International Female Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Björk
  • Lorde
  • Pink
  • Taylor Swift

Winner: Lorde.

International Male Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Childish Gambino
  • DJ Khaled
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar

Winner: Kendrick Lamar.

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Nominees:

  • Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • J Hus – Common Sense
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

Winner: Stormzy.

British Single

Nominees:

  • Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams / Katy Perry / Big Sean – Feels
  • Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson – Symphony
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • J Hus – Did You See
  • Jax Jones feat. Raye – You Don’t Know Me
  • Jonas Blue feat. William Singe – Mama
  • Liam Payne feat. Quavo – Strip That Down
  • Little Mix – Touch
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human

Winner: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

British Group

Nominees:

  • Gorillaz
  • London Grammar
  • Royal Blood
  • Wolf Alice
  • The xx

Winner: Gorillaz.

British Female Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Dua Lipa
  • Jessie Ware
  • Kate Tempest
  • Laura Marling
  • Paloma Faith

Winner: Dua Lipa.

British Producer of the Year

Winner: Steve Mac.

Global Success Award

Or the “oh, we forgot to give Ed Sheeran anything,” award. Winner: Ed Sheeran.

You can also read the BBC’s coverage of the “real” winners and losers here.

BRIT Awards 2018 – Nominations

Revealed a week or so, here are the nominees for the 2018 BRIT Awards!

British Artist Video of the Year

  • Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
  • Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams / Katy Perry / Big Sean – Feels
  • Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson – Symphony
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
  • Jonas Blue feat. William Singe – Mama
  • Liam Payne feat. Quavo – Strip That Down
  • Little Mix – Touch
  • ZAYN and Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack)

British Breakthrough Act

  • Dave
  • Dua Lipa
  • J Hus
  • Loyle Carner
  • Sampha

Critics’ Choice Award

For reasons that have never been entirely obvious to me, we already know the winner, and which will be presented by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

  • Jorja Smith
  • Mabel
  • Stefflon Don

The winner is Jorja Smith.

British Male Solo Artist

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Loyle Carner
  • Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
  • Stormzy

International Group

Or the “we’re short on ideas so let’s just nominate Foo Fighters again” award.

  • Arcade Fire
  • Foo Fighters
  • Haim
  • The Killers
  • LCD Soundsystem

International Female Solo Artist

Or the “we’re short on ideas so let’s just nominate Björk again” award.

  • Alicia Keys
  • Björk
  • Lorde
  • Pink
  • Taylor Swift

International Male Solo Artist

  • Beck
  • Childish Gambino
  • DJ Khaled
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar

MasterCard British Album of the Year

I wonder why Visa have never taken over sponsorship of this one.

  • Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • J Hus – Common Sense
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

British Single

  • Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams / Katy Perry / Big Sean – Feels
  • Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson – Symphony
  • Dua Lipa – New Rules
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • J Hus – Did You See
  • Jax Jones feat. Raye – You Don’t Know Me
  • Jonas Blue feat. William Singe – Mama
  • Liam Payne feat. Quavo – Strip That Down
  • Little Mix – Touch
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human

British Group

  • Gorillaz
  • London Grammar
  • Royal Blood
  • Wolf Alice
  • The xx

British Female Solo Artist

  • Dua Lipa
  • Jessie Ware
  • Kate Tempest
  • Laura Marling
  • Paloma Faith

British Producer of the Year

Another award that normally goes under the radar, because it’s not as glitzy or exciting as any of the others – the British Producer of the Year for 2018 will be Steve Mac.

The awards ceremony is on 21st February – join us a little after to find out who won!