The BRIT Awards 2013

We looked at the nominations in detail a few weeks ago, and now the winners are in!

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Ed Sheeran. Nominees:

  • Ben Howard
  • Calvin Harris
  • Olly Murs
  • Richard Hawley
  • Plan B

Winner: Ben Howard. Whoever he is.

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Nick Grimshaw.

  • Alt-J
  • Ben Howard
  • Jake Bugg
  • Jessie Ware
  • Rita Ora

Winner: Ben Howard. Whoever he is.

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Taylor Swift. Nominees:

  • Amy Winehouse
  • Bat for Lashes
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Jessie Ware
  • Paloma Faith

Winner: Emeli Sandé

British Group

Presented by Simon Pegg and someone called Bérénice Mariohe. Nominees:

  • Alt-J
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Muse
  • One Direction
  • The XX

Winner: Mumford and Sons

British Live Act

It’s back! Presented by Louis Smith and Jack Whitehall. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Vaccines
  • Muse

Winner: Coldplay

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Dermot O’Leary and Sharon Osbourne. Nominees:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Cat Power
  • Lana del Rey
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift

Winner: Lana del Rey

International Group

Presented by Dave Grohl. Nominees:

  • Alabama Shakes
  • The Black Keys
  • Fun.
  • The Killers
  • The Script

Winner: The Black Keys

British Producer of the Year

A secret award, because producers shouldn’t be allowed out in front of the general public. Nominees:

  • Damon Albarn
  • Paul Epworth
  • Jake Gosling

Winner: Paul Epworth

BRITs Global Success

Presented by Robbie Williams. Nominees:

  • Mumford and Sons
  • Adele
  • One Direction

Winner: One Direction

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by Bryan Ferry. Nominees:

  • Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  • Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
  • Mumford and Sons – Babel
  • Paloma Faith – Fall from Grace
  • Plan B – Ill Manors

Winner: Emeli Sandé

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Jourdan Dunn and Rafe Spall. Nominees:

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Gotye
  • Jack White
  • Frank Ocean
  • Michael Bublé

Winner: Frank Ocean

British Single of the Year

Presented by Tom Daley and Jonathan Ross. Nominees:

  • Adele – Skyfall
  • Alex Clare – Too Close
  • Coldplay and Rihanna – Princess of China
  • Rita Ora / DJ Fresh – Hot Right Now
  • Emeli Sandé – Next to Me
  • Florence + The Machine – Spectrum
  • Jessie J – Domino
  • Labirinth feat. Emeli Sandé – Beneath Your Beautiful
  • Olly Murs – Troublemaker
  • Rita Ora – RIP
  • Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump
  • Robbie Williams – Candy
  • Rudimental – Feel the Love
  • Stooshe – Black Heart
  • James Arthur – Impossible

Winner: Adele

Critics’ Choice

Nominees:

  • Tom Odell
  • AlunaGeorge
  • Laura Mvula

Winner: Tom Odell

Special Recognition Award

Winner: War Child

Performers

  • Muse – “Supremacy”
  • Robbie Williams – Candy
  • Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
  • One Direction – One Way of Another (Teenage Kicks)
  • Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
  • Ben Howard – Only Love
  • Emeli Sandé – Clown / Next to Me
  • Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait

Being out of the country I haven’t had a chance to actually watch it yet, but I hope you enjoyed it!

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The Grammys 2013

It happened last week and we’re in the middle of Awards Week, but now seems as good a time as any to have a quick shuffle through one of the longest award ceremonies on the planet, the Grammys.

To be honest with you, I started listing all the categories out like what I normally do, but I was bored out of my skull within a few minutes, as will you be if you go to this page and read it in full. But instead, here are some highlights from my point of view…

With 81 different awards altogether you have to wonder slightly why they nominated the same people for every award.

Kelly Clarkson was clearly the darling of the awards this year, having been nominated for every award going, but didn’t do too well, while someone called Fun. (with the dot) got nominated for a whole pile of stuff including Record of the YearAlbum of the YearBest New ArtistBest Pop Duo / Group Performance, and Some Other Award for Turning Up.

Carly Rae Jepsen impressively pulled in a whole pile of nominations despite being pretty rubbish all round. The Black Keys were nominated for Album of the Year and some other bits but failed all round. The Chemical Brothers got a nomination for Best Dance / Electronica Album but lost out to Skrillex.

M83 and Björk managed nominations for Best Alternative Music Album but lost out to Gotye, who also won Record of the YearBest Pop Duo / Group Performance,

John Williams got a nomination for The Adventures of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media category, but lost out to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (rubbish American remake).

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical (because of course those classical remixes need their own category) was noteworthy as Eric Prydz‘s Private Remix of Midnight City by M83 battled against Lie Down in Darkness by Moby remixed by Photek, but neither won.

Bla bla country music, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Best Improvised Jazz SoloMost Tenuous Award Category, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, and finally it was over. And I pity the fool who sat through the whole ceremony. Fortunately, that’s it for another year.

The BRIT Awards 2013 – Nominations

The nominations are finally in for this year’s BRIT awards! Here they are…

British Male Solo Artist

Always a rather odd list, and this year is no exception.

  • Ben Howard
  • Calvin Harris
  • Olly Murs
  • Richard Hawley
  • Plan B

British Breakthrough Act

Whatever…

  • Alt-J
  • Ben Howard
  • Jake Bugg
  • Jessie Ware
  • Rita Ora

British Female Solo Artist

An award for which the judges seem to have always struggled to find nominees. No Alison Moyet or Annie Lennox this year though.

  • Amy Winehouse
  • Bat for Lashes
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Jessie Ware
  • Paloma Faith

British Group

An unusually creative list of groups. Should be an interesting category.

  • Alt-J
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Muse
  • One Direction
  • The XX

British Live Act

Pick between dull and outdated…

  • Coldplay
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Vaccines
  • Muse

International Female Solo Artist

Some foreign ladies.

  • Alicia Keys
  • Cat Power
  • Lana del Rey
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift

International Group

A typically boring selection…

  • Alabama Shakes
  • The Black Keys
  • FUN.
  • The Killers
  • The Script

British Producer of the Year

Good to see this award solidly back as a regular fixture…

  • Damon Albarn
  • Paul Epworth
  • Jake Gosling

Global Success

A new award with a typically meaningless name. I wonder if One Direction will win?

  • Mumford and Sons
  • Adele
  • One Direction

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Erm…

  • Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  • Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
  • Mumford and Sons – Babel
  • Paloma Faith – Fall from Grace
  • Plan B – Ill Manors

International Male Solo Artist

A well deserved nomination for Gotye.

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Gotye
  • Jack White
  • Frank Ocean
  • Michael Bublé

British Single

A huge list of nominations for this once forgotten award, including an inexplicable return for BRITs luvvie Robbie Williams.

  • Adele – Skyfall
  • Alex Clare – Too Close
  • Coldplay and Rihanna – Princess of China
  • Rita Ora / DJ Fresh – Hot Right Now
  • Emeli Sandé – Next to Me
  • Florence + the Machine – Spectrum
  • Jessie J – Domino
  • Labirinth feat. Emili Sandé – Beneath Your Beautiful
  • Olly Murs – Troublemaker
  • Rita Ora – RIP
  • Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump
  • Robbie Williams – Candy
  • Rudimental – Feel the Love
  • Stooshe – Black Heart
  • James Arthur – Impossible

Critics’ Choice

The winner, Tom Odell was already announced in December.

  • Tom Odell
  • AlunaGeorge
  • Laura Mvula

Special Prize

Replacing the Outstanding Contribution award for this year only.

  • War Child

Performers

Robbie who?

  • Ben Howard
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Muse
  • One Direction
  • Robbie Williams

On the run-up to the award ceremony on February 20th, starting tomorrow I’m going to run through a selection of ten of my favourite BRITs ceremonies from previous years. Prior to 1994, the internet doesn’t do a great job of documenting exactly what happened, so I’ve donned my researching shoes and we’ll have a fun wander through the history of the BRITs!

Q Awards 2012

In a world of disappearing music magazines, it’s perhaps surprising that Q is still running. Not having read it for about a decade, I’ve no idea, but it used to be pretty good – they always had a wonderfully flippant attitude and open-minded review section. I wonder if that’s still true…

Anyway, their award ceremony is still going, and happened last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, hosted by pub landlord Al Murray, with lots of awards with almost identical names. The full list of nominations and winners follow.

Q Best New Act presented by Merc

Actually presented by Nick Grimshaw. Nominees:

  • Alabama Shakes
  • Alt-J
  • Django Django
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Frank Ocean

Winner: Django Django.

Q Best Track presented by Q Radio

Presented by Chas Smash out of Madness and his daughter. Nominees:

  • Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
  • Fun – We Are Young
  • Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
  • Plan B – Ill Manors
  • Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump

Winner: Plan B.

Q Best Album presented by Red Stag by Jim Beam

Actually presented by Example. Nominees:

  • The Black Keys – El Camino
  • Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
  • The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
  • Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
  • Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe

Winner: Bobby Womack.

Q Best Live Act presented by Zeo

Presented by The Horrors. Nominees:

  • Blur
  • The Cribs
  • Radiohead
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • The Stone Roses

Winner: Blur.

Q Best Video presented by Café de Paris

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Everybody’s On The Run
  • Keane – Disconnected
  • The Killers – Runaways
  • Nicki Minaj – Starships

Winner: Keane.

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroen

Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Florence Welch

Winner: Emeli Sandé.

Q Best Act In The World Today

Presented by Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • Blur
  • Coldplay
  • Lady Gaga
  • Muse
  • The Stone Roses

Winner: Muse.

Q Classic Song

Presented by Tim Burgess.

Winner: Dionne Warwick – Walk on By.

Q Idol

Presented by the original Sugababes, although that may not be what they’re called at the moment.

Winner: Brandon Flowers out of The Killers.

Q Spirit of Independence

Presented by Matt Berry and Rachel Riley.

Winner: The Cribs.

Q Innovation in Sound presented by Beats By Dr Dre

Presented by Danny Boyle.

Winner: Underworld.

Q Inspiration Award

Presented by Mrs. John Peel Sheila Ravenscroft and Richard Herring off of the 1990s.

Winner: Pulp.

Q Icon Award

Presented by Geno Washington.

Winner: Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Fascinating beard.

Q Classic Album

Presented by Alice Cooper.

Winner: Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists.

Q Hero

Winner: Johnny Marr.

Further Reading / Viewing