The BRIT Awards 2014

On February 19th at the O2 Arena in London it was time for this year’s BRIT Awards, presented once again by James Corden. Here’s a round-up…

Best Producer

Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood & Alan Moulder
  • Ethan Johns

Winner: Flood & Alan Moulder.

Critics’ Choice Award

Nominees:

  • Ella Eyre
  • Chlöe Howl
  • Sam Smith

Winner: Sam Smith.

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Tinie Tempah and Fearne Cotton. Nominees:

  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • Laura Mvula
  • London Grammar
  • Tom Odell

Winner: Bastille.

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Nick Grimshaw. Nominees:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Lorde
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Katy Perry
  • Pink

Winner: Lorde.

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Prince. Nominees:

  • Birdy
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Jessie J
  • Laura Marling
  • Laura Mvula

Winner: Ellie Goulding.

International Group

Presented by footballer Cesc Fàbregas and Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Daft Punk
  • Haim
  • Kings of Leon
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Winner: Daft Punk, collected by Nile Rodgers.

British Group

Presented by Lily Allen. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • One Direction
  • Rudimental

Winner: Arctic Monkeys.

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Pharrell Williams and Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • John Grant
  • Justin Timberlake

Winner: Bruno Mars.

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Noel Gallagher. Nominees:

  • James Blake
  • David Bowie
  • Jake Bugg
  • John Newman
  • Tom Odell

Winner: David Bowie, although he looked suspiciously like Kate Moss. That’s Bowie’s third win at the BRITs – he also won this award in 1984 and the coveted Outstanding Contribution award in 1996.

British Video

This didn’t seem to have any nominees at the time of my previous post, which is how it got forgotten. It’s particularly special, though, since this is the first time this has been awarded since 2002! Voted for via YouTube, and presented by Jimmy Carr. Nominees:

  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
  • Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith – La La La
  • John Newman – Love Me Again
  • One Direction – Best Song Ever

Winner: One Direction.

British Single of the Year

Awarded based on sales, and presented by Katy Perry. Nominees:

  • Bastille – Pompei
  • Disclosure – White Noise
  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
  • Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
  • Naughty Boy – La, La, La
  • John Newman – Love Me Again
  • One Direction – One Way or Another
  • Passenger – Let Her Go
  • Rudimental – Waiting All Night

Winner: Rudimental.

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by Emeli Sandé. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – AM
  • Bastille – Bad Blood
  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Rudimental – Home

Winner: Arctic Monkeys.

Global Success

Presented by model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Winner: One Direction.

So that’s it for another year! More in 2015!

Performances

  • Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  • Katy Perry – Dark Horse
  • Bruno Mars – Treasure
  • Beyoncé – XO
  • Disclosure / Lorde / AlunaGeorge – Royals / White Noise
  • Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love / Burn
  • Bastille / Rudimental / Ella Eyre – Pompeii / Waiting All Night
  • Pharrell Williams / Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky / Good Times / Happy

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2014 – Nominations

Here’s the full list of nominees for this year’s BRITs…

Best Producer

Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood & Alan Moulder
  • Ethan Johns

Flood has been nominated three times – in 1994, 1995, and 2012. Paul Epworth was also previously nominated in 2012, losing out to Ethan Johns. In addition to the 2012 win, he was also nominated in 2011.

Critics’ Choice Award

Nominees:

  • Ella Eyre
  • Chlöe Howl
  • Sam Smith

The winner – already announced – will be Sam Smith. Not the beer.

British Breakthrough Act

Nominees:

  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • Laura Mvula
  • London Grammar
  • Tom Odell

Tom Odell was last year’s Critics’ Choice winner, with Laura Mvula one of the runners up. Which must have saved them a bit of time when trying to come up with the British Breakthrough Act nominees.

International Female Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Lorde
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Katy Perry
  • Pink

Lady Gaga won this award in 2010, as well as the International Album and International Breakthrough Artist, with a further nomination in this category in 2012. Pink won in 2003, with further nominations in 2001, 2007, 2009, and also in other categories for International Newcomer in 2001, and International Album and Pop Act in 2003. Katy Perry has yet to win a BRIT, but was nominated for International Album in 2011, and International Female in both 2009 and 2011.

British Female Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Birdy
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Jessie J
  • Laura Marling
  • Laura Mvula

Ellie Goulding won the Critics’ Choice award in 2010, and received nominees for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist the following year. Laura Marling won the British Female Solo Artist award in 2011, and was nominated again in 2012. Jessie J was another favourite from the Critics’ Choice category, with a 2011 win, followed by nominations in 2012 for British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, and British Single.

International Group

Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Daft Punk
  • Haim
  • Kings of Leon
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Arcade Fire were only ever nominated at the BRITs until their two 2011 wins for International Group and International Album. Daft Punk have still never managed a win, despite nominations in 1998 and 2002 for International Group (twice), International Newcomer, and International Album. Kings of Leon have six nominations to their name, plus two wins in 2009 for International Album and International Group.

British Group

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • One Direction
  • Rudimental

Arctic Monkeys had a good track record at the BRITs between 2006 and 2008, managing five wins, but recent years have just seen one nomination (British Group in 2012).

International Male Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • John Grant
  • Justin Timberlake

Bruno Mars won this award in 2012, while Eminem won in 2001, 2003, and 2005, with further nominations in 2000, 2010, and 2011. Justin Timberlake has taken it twice previously, in 2004 and 2007.

British Male Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • James Blake
  • David Bowie
  • Jake Bugg
  • John Newman
  • Tom Odell

James Blake was previously nominated for the Critics’ Choice award in 2011, and the British Male Solo Artist in 2012, but has yet to manage a win. David Bowie just has two previous wins to his name – British Male Solo Artist in 1984 and the Outstanding Contribution award in 1996. He was also nominated in this category in 1985, 2000, and 2004.

British Single

Nominees:

  • Bastille – Pompei
  • Disclosure – White Noise
  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
  • Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
  • Naughty Boy – La, La, La
  • John Newman – Love Me Again
  • One Direction – One Way or Another
  • Passenger – Let Her Go
  • Rudimental – Waiting All Night

Olly Murs has been nominated for this award (in 2011 and 2012) but has yet to manage a win. One Direction managed their only BRITs win two years ago in this category with What Makes You Beautiful. Last year’s award was won by Adele‘s Bond theme Skyfall.

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – AM
  • Bastille – Bad Blood
  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Rudimental – Home

Arctic Monkeys have won this award twice before – in 2007 for Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, and again in 2008 for Favourite Worst Nightmare. This is the first time David Bowie has ever been nominated in the British Album category.

The final ceremony takes place in just under a month on February 19th at the O2 Arena in London.

Q Awards 2013

Hopefully you enjoyed our countdown to this year’s Q Awards, and perhaps also the ceremony itself, with its nods to… well, let’s not reveal that quite yet. The ceremony took place last night, and as always held a few surprises.

Al Murray was on hand to present this year’s winners at Grosvenor House:

Q Best New Act presented by Mahiki

Nominees:

  • Jake Bugg
  • Disclosure
  • Valerie June
  • Jaguar Ma
  • Laura Mvula
  • Tom Odell
  • TOY
  • Palma Violets

Winner: Jake Bugg

Q Best Track

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
  • David Bowie – Where Are We Now?
  • Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Robin Thicke feat. TI and Pharrell – Blurred Lines

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

Q Poet Laureate

Winner: John Cooper Clarke

Q Spirit of Independence

Winner: Belle and Sebastian

Q Best Event

Nominees:

  • David Bowie (V&A)
  • The Killers (Wembley Stadium / The Garage)
  • Kraftwerk (Tate Modern)
  • The Rolling Stones (Hyde Park)
  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Latitude Festival

Winner: Glastonbury Festival

Q Best Video powered by Alcatel

  • Beady Eye – Shine a Light
  • David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
  • Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
  • Manic Street Preachers – Show Me the Wonder
  • Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

Winner: Manic Street Preachers

Q Classic Album

Winner: Happy Mondays – Bummed

Q Idol

Winner: Robbie Williams

Q Best Live Act

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Foals
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Muse
  • The Stone Roses

Winner: Foals

Q Best Album presented by Bose

Nominees:

  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Biffy Clyro – Opposites
  • Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  • Foals – Holy Fire
  • Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Winner: Biffy Clyro

Q Icon

Winner: Suede

Q Best Solo presented by Citroen

Presented by Tinie Tempah. Nominees:

  • David Bowie
  • Jake Bugg
  • Ellie Goulding
  • John Grant
  • Laura Marling

Winner: Ellie Goulding

Q Best Act in the World Today presented by Planet Rock

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • David Bowie
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Foals
  • Vampire Weekend

Winner: Vampire Weekend

Q Classic Songwriter

Winner: Chrissie Hynde

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Winner: Pet Shop Boys

Vevo’s coverage has lots of bad jokes about “queuing.”

That’s right! Another enormous win for PSB at the Q Awards, just ten years after winning the Q Inspiration award. David Bowie made the headlines for apparently being “snubbed,” (BBC News and some rather obsessed coverage from Buzzfeed) just because everyone else thinks he should win stuff this year (he won Q Inspiration in 1995).

Q’s own coverage, with audio snippets, is here.

Q Awards 2013 – Shortlist

The Q Awards always make for a fun, slightly irreverent – if somewhat indie-flavoured – look at the year of music, and 2013 is no exception. This year’s awards take place on October 21st, and so a day or two after that this blog will summarise everything which has taken place, but in the meantime we’ll spend the next five Tuesdays counting down to the ceremony by looking into the history of the awards.

Here are this year’s nominations:

Best New Act

  • Jake Bugg
  • Disclosure
  • Valerie June
  • Jaguar Ma
  • Laura Mvula
  • Tom Odell
  • TOY
  • Palma Violets

Best Track

  • Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
  • David Bowie – Where Are We Now?
  • Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Robin Thicke feat. TI and Pharrell – Blurred Lines

Best Video

  • Beady Eye – Shine a Light
  • David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
  • Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
  • Manic Street Preachers – Show Me the Wonder
  • Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

Best Album

  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Biffy Clyro – Opposites
  • Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  • Foals – Holy Fire
  • Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Best Live Act

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Foals
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Muse
  • The Stone Roses

Best Solo Artist

  • David Bowie
  • Jake Bugg
  • Ellie Goulding
  • John Grant
  • Laura Marling

Best Act in the World Today

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • David Bowie
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Foals
  • Vampire Weekend

Best Event

  • David Bowie (V&A)
  • The Killers (Wembley Stadium / The Garage)
  • Kraftwerk (Tate Modern)
  • The Rolling Stones (Hyde Park)
  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Latitude Festival