The BRIT Awards 2015

Closing Awards Week for this year (apart from a brief chart tomorrow) is our round-up of this year’s BRIT Award ceremony. The event took place on Wednesday night (the 25th) at the O2 Arena in London, and the hosts were Ant & Dec, for the first time since 2001.

Of course, the most exciting thing that happened was when Madonna fell down three stairs, but she bravely soldiered on, through a pretty lacklustre song. And Kanye West was the victim of a bit of censorship, while some of his naughty words escaped the censors, but I’m not entirely clear why we should care about either of these facts.

Anyway, here are the winners of the 2015 BRIT Awards. The first two awards were announced before the actual ceremony…

Critics’ Choice Award

Always an influential award, handed out a couple of months before the big night. Nominees:

  • James Bay
  • George The Poet
  • Years & Years

Winner: James Bay

British Producer

In association with The MPG Awards. Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood
  • Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory
  • Jake Gosling

Winner: Paul Epworth

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Rita Ora and Orlando Bloom. The nominees:

  • Damon Albarn
  • George Ezra
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Sam Smith

Winner: Ed Sheeran.

British Group

Presented by Jimmy Page. The nominees:

  • Alt-J
  • Clean Bandit
  • Coldplay
  • One Direction
  • Royal Blood

Winner: Royal Blood

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Lewis Hamilton and Ellie Goulding. Nominees:

  • Beyoncé
  • Lana del Rey
  • Sia
  • St. Vincent
  • Taylor Swift

Winner: Taylor Swift

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Mark Ronson. Nominees:

  • Lily Allen
  • Paloma Faith
  • FKA twigs
  • Ella Henderson
  • Jessie Ware

Winner: Paloma Faith, who went on forever about floors for some reason

Global Success Award

The British artist whose global releases sold the most outside the UK. Presented by Kim Kardashian-West. What’s up, London?

Winner: Sam Smith

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Cara Delevigne. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Hozier
  • John Legend
  • Jack White
  • Pharrell Williams

Winner: Pharrell Williams

British Single

Presented by Lisa Snowden and Lionel Richie. Nominees:

  • Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • George Ezra – Budapest
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • Ella Henderson – Ghost
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

Winner: Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

International Group

Presented by John Bishop. Nominees:

  • The Black Keys
  • First Aid Kit
  • Foo Fighters
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • The War on Drugs

Winner: Foo Fighters

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Fearne Cotton and Charli XCX. Nominees:

  • Chvrches
  • FKA twigs
  • George Ezra
  • Royal Blood
  • Sam Smith

Winner: Sam Smith

British Artist Video of the Year

Yes, that’s the confusing name for the Best Video award now. Voted for using tweets, which is novel. They started with the ten most viewed videos on YouTube, apparently:

  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • One Direction – You and I
  • Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me
  • Charli XCX – Boom Clap

The final shortlist of five, presented by the tiny Jimmy Carr and the enormous

  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • One Direction – You and I
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

Winner: One Direction, accepted by Simon Cowell

MasterCard British Album

The award that, in the absence of an Outstanding Contribution award, is considered the biggie. Supported by The Sun’s Bizarre column. Presented by Russell Crowe from off of Neighbours.

  • Alt-J – This is All Yours
  • George Ezra – Wanted on Voyage
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Ed Sheeran – X
  • Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Performances

  • Taylor Swift – Blank Space
  • Sam Smith – Lay Me Down
  • Royal Blood – Figure it Out
  • Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
  • Kanye West – All Day
  • Take That – Let in the Sun
  • George Ezra – Budapest
  • Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
  • Madonna – Living for Love
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The BRIT Awards 2015 – Nominations

Finally, the nominees have been announced for the 2015 BRIT Awards.

MasterCard British Album

  • Alt-J – This is All Yours
  • George Ezra – Wanted on Voyage
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Ed Sheeran – X
  • Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

British Female Solo Artist

  • Lily Allen
  • Paloma Faith
  • FKA Twigs
  • Ella Henderson
  • Jessie Ware

British Male Solo Artist

  • Damon Albarn
  • George Ezra
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Sam Smith

British Group

  • Alt-J
  • Clean Bandit
  • Coldplay
  • One Direction
  • Royal Blood

International Male Solo Artist

  • Beck
  • Hozier
  • John Legend
  • Jack White
  • Pharrell Williams

International Female Solo Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Lana del Rey
  • Sia
  • St. Vincent
  • Taylor Swift

International Group

  • The Black Keys
  • First Aid Kit
  • Foo Fighters
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • The War on Drugs

Critics’ Choice Award

This is the one that’s already been announced. The nominees were:

  • James Bay
  • George The Poet
  • Years & Years

And the winner: James Bay

British Producer

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood
  • Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory
  • Jake Gosling

Yes, the one award that’s really worth caring about includes a nomination for Goldfrapp this year! Could be interesting…

British Single

  • Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • George Ezra – Budapest
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • Ella Henderson – Ghost
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

British Video

  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • One Direction – You and I
  • Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me
  • Charli XCX – Boom Clap

British Breakthrough Act

  • Chvrches
  • FKA Twigs
  • George Ezra
  • Royal Blood
  • Sam Smith

No Outstanding Contribution again unfortunately – we’ll have to just pick an aging rock act for ourselves. Anyway, the ceremony takes place on February 25th, and we’ll walk through the results here on this very blog shortly afterwards.

The Grammy Awards 2014

American pop and rock (OK, mainly country and hip hop) snorefest The Grammys took place a couple of weeks ago, but the list of awards is so long that it normally takes me a while to put together a response. So here, in the middle of Awards Week 2014, is my post about the Grammy Awards.

The ceremony took place in Los Angeles on January 26th, and it was definitely a night to remember. If you were crazy French robots Daft Punk, anyway, who carried away the Album of the Year and Best Dance / Electronica Album for Random Access Memories and the Record of the Year and the tenuous Best Pop Duo / Group Performance for Get Lucky with Pharrell Williams, as well as Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

In the vaguely interesting dance categories, Best Dance / Electronica Album boasted four other disappointed nominees: Disclosure, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and Pretty Lights. The Best Dance Recording award left Calvin Harris and Kaskade equally disappointed, as well as Duke Dumont and Armin van Buuren, while Zedd featuring Foxes went away happy (well, I assume they were happy with having won it).

The Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical (remember there are always so many great classical remixes that they get their own category) featured nominations for Delerium and Michael Logen‘s lovely Days Turn into Nights, remixed by Andy Caldwell, as well as remixes by Alesso, Sultan and Ned Shepard and Photek for OneRepublic, Bruno Mars, and Bob Marley and the Wailers respectively. The winner was Cedric Gervais‘s remix of Summertime Sadness by Lana del Rey.

In the Best New Age Album category, Brian Eno‘s Lux was fighting Peter Kater‘s Illumination, Kitaro‘s Final Call, and R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman‘s Awakening the Fire, but the final winner was Laura Sullivan, with Love’s River.

David Bowie was nominated for Best Rock Performance for The Stars (Are Out Tonight) and Best Rock Album for The Next Day but failed to win anything (that’s technically known as a “snub,” I believe).

Which is about all I can think of to say. In other news, the remaining half of The Beatles reunited because it’s fifty years since something relating to them and America happened, enabling them to receive one of seven Lifetime Achievement Awards. The others were nabbed by someone called Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell. It would be a lot easier to get excited for Kraftwerk if they were in better company.

Thomas Newman‘s Skyfall soundtrack won the concisely named Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media and Best Song Written for Visual Media (for Adele‘s Skyfall). The ever-contemporary Herb Alpert grabbed the Best Pop Instrumental Album for Steppin’ Out, and Ziggy Marley beat Sly & Robbie to take the Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley in Concert.

The full list of nominees and winners is kindly provided by The Telegraph here.