BRIT Awards 2019

Well, after a particularly dull set of nominees, the 2019 BRITs turned out to be somewhat interesting after all. The 39th edition of the ceremony took place last week on 20th February at the O2 Arena in London, where they were hosted again by Jack Whitehall.

Mastercard British Album of the Year

  • Anne-Marie – Speak Your Mind
  • George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s
  • Florence + The Machine – High as Hope
  • The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
  • Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

Winner: The 1975

Famously, UKTV Play accidentally played an advert for “double award winners” The 1975 before the event had actually started, replacing it later with the correct “nominees” advert – as BBC News said:

It’s not clear whether the band had been made aware of what their marketing department knew – but it shone an awkward spotlight on every tearful “this is so unexpected” speech we’ve seen this awards season.

BBC News

Which is about as exciting as things got, so, as is sometimes the case, the biggest drama of the night didn’t actually take place on stage.

Oh, and let’s all agree to overlook the fact that the same article also rather stupidly takes the opportunity to wonder why so little overseas talent made it to this event which is supposed to celebrate the strength of British music (err… what are the awards called, again?)

British Single of the Year

  • Anne-Marie – 2002
  • Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato – Solo
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • George Ezra – Shotgun
  • Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
  • Ramz – Barking
  • Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen – These Days
  • Sigala and Paloma Faith – Lullaby
  • Tom Walker – Leave a Light On

Winner: Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa

British Video of the Year

  • Anne-Marie – 2002
  • Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato – Solo
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Jax Jones feat. Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
  • Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack – Rise
  • Liam Payne and Rita Ora – For You
  • Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
  • Rita Ora – Let You Love Me
  • Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen – These Days

Winner: Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj

British Male Solo Artist in association with YouTube Music

  • Aphex Twin
  • Craig David
  • George Ezra
  • Giggs
  • Sam Smith

Winner: George Ezra

British Female Solo Artist in association with YouTube Music

  • Lily Allen
  • Anne-Marie
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Jess Glynne
  • Jorja Smith

Winner: Jorja Smith

British Group

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Gorillaz
  • Little Mix
  • The 1975
  • Years and Years

Winner: The 1975

British Breakthrough Act

  • Idles
  • Mabel
  • Ella Mai
  • Jorja Smith
  • Tom Walker

Winner: Tom Walker

International Male Solo Artist

  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Travis Scott
  • Kamasi Washington

Winner: Drake

International Female Solo Artist

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Ariana Grande
  • Janelle Monáe

Winner: Ariana Grande

International Group

  • Brockhampton
  • The Carters
  • Chic
  • First Aid Kit
  • Twenty One Pilots

Winner: The Carters

Critics’ Choice Award

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Sam Fender
  • Mahalia

Winner: Sam Fender

British Producer of the Year

Winner: Calvin Harris

Global Success Award

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Winner: Pink

Great to see this award back at last, but Pink, of all people? Really?

Performances

This year’s performances were as follows:

  • Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Show
  • George Ezra & Hot 8 Brass Band – Shotgun
  • Little Mix & Ms Banks – Woman Like Me
  • Jorja Smith – Don’t Watch Me Cry
  • Calvin Harris, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Sam Smith & Dua Lipa – Giant, Promises & One Kiss
  • Jess Glynne & H.E.R. – Thursday
  • The 1975 – Sincerity is Scary
  • Pink & Dan Smith – Walk Me Home, Just Like Fire, Just Give Me a Reason, Try, and What About Us

Further Reading

BRIT Awards 2019 – Nominations

Here are the not-remotely-dull nominees for the 2019 BRITs:

Mastercard British Album of the Year

  • Anne-Marie – Speak Your Mind
  • George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s
  • Florence + The Machine – High as Hope
  • The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
  • Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

British Single of the Year

  • Anne-Marie – 2002
  • Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato – Solo
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • George Ezra – Shotgun
  • Jess Glynne – I’ll Be There
  • Ramz – Barking
  • Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen – These Days
  • Sigala and Paloma Faith – Lullaby
  • Tom Walker – Leave a Light On

British Video of the Year

  • Anne-Marie – 2002
  • Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  • Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato – Solo
  • Dua Lipa – IDGAF
  • Jax Jones feat. Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
  • Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack – Rise
  • Liam Payne and Rita Ora – For You
  • Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
  • Rita Ora – Let You Love Me
  • Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen – These Days

British Male Solo Artist in association with YouTube Music

  • Aphex Twin
  • Craig David
  • George Ezra
  • Giggs
  • Sam Smith

Nice to see Aphex Twin on that list. Craig David is, as always, completely inexplicable.

British Female Solo Artist in association with YouTube Music

  • Lily Allen
  • Anne-Marie
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Jess Glynne
  • Jorja Smith

British Group

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Gorillaz
  • Little Mix
  • The 1975
  • Years and Years

British Breakthrough Act

  • Idles
  • Mabel
  • Ella Mai
  • Jorja Smith
  • Tom Walker

International Male Solo Artist

  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Travis Scott
  • Kamasi Washington

International Female Solo Artist

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Ariana Grande
  • Janelle Monáe

International Group

  • Brockhampton
  • The Carters
  • Chic
  • First Aid Kit
  • Twenty One Pilots

Critics’ Choice Award

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Sam Fender
  • Mahalia

Thanks to the BRIT Awards’ completely inexplicable policy of announcing that award a couple of months early every year, we already know that Sam Fender will be the winner of that category.

The rest of the winners will be announced on 20th February.

Mercury Prize 2018

We found out a few weeks ago who was in the running for this year’s Mercury Prize – in case you weren’t fully paying attention, here’s that list again:

  • Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  • Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
  • Everything is Recorded – Everything is Recorded
  • Florence + The Machine – High as Hope
  • Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
  • King Krule – The Ooz
  • Lily Allen – No Shame
  • Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?
  • Novelist – Novelist Guy
  • Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile
  • Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

Well, on 20th September, the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith hosted this year’s ceremony, where the winner was revealed to be Wolf Alice.

While I don’t think the Mercury Prize is technically ever particularly bad for anybody’s career, it seems to be a little variable in terms of the success it provides (although I’m sure the £25,000 comes in handy). The Official Charts website had an interesting analysis of past winners, which reveals just how commercially unsuccessful some of the winners have been, particularly in recent years (last year’s winner Sampha peaked high, but is one of the worst selling of the lot). The Guardian article includes some nice analysis of the sales patterns for this year’s ceremony.

It’s also worth taking a moment to browse the previous nominees in one big list, which for some reason is an analysis I’ve never got around to doing. Turns out the panel adore Radiohead, but they have never quite got around to letting them win. PJ Harvey, of course, is somewhat surprisingly their favourite artist, having won twice and with two more nominations to her name. Impressive, given that only just over 300 albums have ever been nominated – maybe white rock is just a lot more accomplished than other forms.

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.

Mercury Prize 2018 – Nominees

Am I going crazy, or is the shortlist for the Mercury Prize a lot less imaginative than usual this year? Here it is:

  • Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
  • Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
  • Everything is Recorded – Everything is Recorded
  • Florence + The Machine – High as Hope
  • Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
  • King Krule – The Ooz
  • Lily Allen – No Shame
  • Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?
  • Novelist – Novelist Guy
  • Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile
  • Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

The awards will be on 20th September in Hammersmith, and there’s more here.

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!