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.

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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!

Mercury Prize 2017

Well, the interesting thing about the Mercury Prize really tends to be the nominees, so finding out who actually won is often a bit anticlimactic. So here’s where we were a couple of months ago…

  • Alt-J – Relaxer
  • The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension
  • Blossoms – Blossoms
  • Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
  • Dinosaur – Together, As One
  • Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being
  • J Hus – Common Sense
  • Sampha – Process
  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  • Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
  • The xx – I See You

This year’s winner is: Sampha. Congratulations to him!

Mercury Prize 2017 – Nominations

The timing of the Mercury Prize seems to be very unpredictable these days, but they’re slowly edging themselves back to the summer time. This year’s nominees appeared last week, and look a lot like this:

  • Alt-J – Relaxer
  • The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension
  • Blossoms – Blossoms
  • Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
  • Dinosaur – Together, As One
  • Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being
  • J Hus – Common Sense
  • Sampha – Process
  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  • Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
  • The xx – I See You

Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2014

For the final post in what I accidentally seem to have christened Awards Autumn, let’s find out who won the 2014 Mercury Music Prize. The ceremony took place just a few days ago at The Roundhouse in the north of London.

Let’s begin by looking back at the shortlist:

  • Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
  • Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
  • Anna Calvi – One Breath
  • East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
  • FKA twigs – LP1
  • GoGo Penguin – v2.0
  • Jungle – Jungle
  • Nick Mulvey – First Mind
  • Polar Bear – In Each and Every One
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
  • Young Fathers – Dead

The prize was presented by Nick Grimshaw to Young Fathers, which had apparently only sold a couple of thousand copies prior to its nomination. It will no doubt do a bit better now…

Here’s some of the coverage:

See also: Mercury Prize Winners 1992-2013Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2013, Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2012.

Mercury Prize 2014 – Nominations

For all its failings, the Mercury Prize remains one of my favourite music awards. It’s always stuck to its guns by only ever having one single prize, and the only real change that’s ever occurred was the increase from ten to twelve nominations.

There are those who have argued in recent years that it has become too commercial, and if anything, this year’s nominations should put paid to any of that nonsense. Here are the twelve choices for 2014:

  • Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
  • Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
  • Anna Calvi – One Breath
  • East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
  • FKA twigs – LP1
  • GoGo Penguin – v2.0
  • Jungle – Jungle
  • Nick Mulvey – First Mind
  • Polar Bear – In Each and Every One
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
  • Young Fathers – Dead

If, like me, you’ve never heard of the vast majority of them, you should head over to the Barclaycard Mercury Prize website and give them a listen. Some are actually quite good.

See also: Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2013, Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2012.