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

Ivor Novello Awards 2018

This year’s Ivor Novello Awards happened on Thursday 31st May at Grosvenor House in London, presented by Paul Gambaccini.

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

  • Everything Everything – Can’t Do
  • Elbow – Magnificent (She Says)
  • Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano

Winner: Elbow

Best Contemporary Song

  • CamelPhat and Elderbrook – Cola
  • Stormzy ft. Raleigh Ritchie – Don’t Cry For Me
  • Dave – Question Time

Winner: Dave

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

  • Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Album Award

  • Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  • This is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze

Winner: Stormzy

Best Original Film Score

  • Benjamin Wallfisch – IT
  • Mica Levi – Jackie
  • Dario Marianelli – Paddington 2

Winner: Mica Levi

Best Television Soundtrack

  • Rob Lane – Babs
  • Dan Jones – SS-GB
  • Dan Jones – The Miniaturist

Winner: The Miniaturist

Best Original Video Game Score

  • David Garcia Diaz and Andy LaPlegua – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Joris de Man, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith – Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Igor Haefeli and Elena Tonra – Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Winner: Horizon Zero Dawn

International Achievement

Winner: Billy Ocean

Outstanding Song Collection

Winner: Cathy Dennis

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music

Winner: Billy Bragg

PRS for Music Special International Award

Winner: Lionel Richie

Songwriter of the Year

Winner: Ed Sheeran

The Ivors Classical Music Award

Winner: Thea Musgrave

The Ivors Inspiration Award

Winner: Shane MacGowan

Join us in the autumn, when – assuming everything goes to plan – we’ll roll all the way back to the original awards ceremonies in the 1950s.

Ivor Novello Awards 2018 – Nominations

So, as promised, this year we’ll be taking an interest in the Ivor Novello Awards – or, as they appear to have now rebranded themselves, the Ivors. Here are this year’s nominees!

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

  • Everything Everything – Can’t Do
  • Elbow – Magnificent (She Says)
  • Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano

Best Contemporary Song

  • CamelPhat and Elderbrook – Cola
  • Stormzy ft. Raleigh Ritchie – Don’t Cry For Me
  • Dave – Question Time

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

  • Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

Album Award

  • Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  • This is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze

Best Original Film Score

  • Benjamin Wallfisch – IT
  • Mica Levi – Jackie
  • Dario Marianelli – Paddington 2

Best Television Soundtrack

  • Rob Lane – Babs
  • Dan Jones – SS-GB
  • Dan Jones – The Miniaturist

Best Original Video Game Score

  • David Garcia Diaz and Andy LaPlegua – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Joris de Man, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith – Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Igor Haefeli and Elena Tonra – Life is Strange: Before the Storm

The winners of these, as well as several other awards, will be revealed by Paul Gambaccini at the ceremony at Grosvenor House in London, on Thursday 31st May 2018.

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!

Q Awards 2017

The 2017 Q Awards in association with Absolute Radio (for that was the ceremony’s now drearily over-commercial name) took place at the Roundhouse in London on 18th October, hosted by Christian O’Connell. Let’s take a quick look at who won, and probably also a quick chuckle at the ridiculously long commercialised award names while we’re at it.

Of course, on the plus side, the sponsorship of individual awards does help you tell all the almost-identically-named ones apart…

Q Best Breakthrough Act, presented by Red Stripe

Nominees:

  • The Big Moon
  • Formation
  • Girl Ray
  • HMLTD
  • The Moonlandingz
  • Pumarosa
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
  • Sampha
  • Shame
  • Stefflon Don

Winner: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Q Best Live Act, presented by Cavern Club

Nominees:

  • Liam Gallagher
  • The Killers
  • Lorde
  • Radiohead
  • Stormzy

Winner: Liam Gallagher

Q Maverick, presented by Roundhouse

Winner: Viv Albertine

Q Innovation In Sound

Winner: Wiley

Q Best Video, presented by Pretty Green

Nominees:

  • Eagles of Death Metal – Nos Amis (Our Friends)
  • Iggy Pop & Josh Homme – American Valhalla
  • The Rolling Stones – Havana Moon
  • Sleaford Mods – Bunch of Kunst
  • The The – The Inertia Variations

Winner: Sleaford Mods

Q Best Track, presented by Flare Audio

Nominees:

  • Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass
  • Kasabian – You’re in Love with a Psycho
  • Kendrick Lamar – Humble
  • Lorde – Green Light
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

Winner: Kasabian

Q Best Album, presented by The Box Plus Network

Nominees:

  • Gorillaz – Humanz
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN
  • Sleaford Mods – English Tapes
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  • The xx – I See You

Winner: Gorillaz

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Help Musicians UK

Nominees:

  • Liam Gallagher
  • Lana del Rey
  • Ed Sheeran
  • St. Vincent
  • Stormzy

Winner: Stormzy

Q Best Act In The World Today, presented Buster & Punch

Nominees:

  • The 1975
  • Adele
  • Depeche Mode
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Ed Sheeran

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Q Icon, presented by BMW

Winner: Liam Gallagher

Q Gibson Les Paul Award

Winner: Kelley Deal

Q Inspiration, presented by Three

Winner: Manic Street Preachers

You can read our coverage of previous years, starting with the 2016 awards here.

BRIT Awards 2017

This is one of those all-too-common posts where you probably know more about the subject than I do, but I still feel as though we should pay some lip service to the fortieth anniversary BRIT Awards!

This year’s ceremony was the 37th altogether, and celebrated many late geniuses, with statuette designed by Zaha Hadid, a tribute to George Michael, and several wins for David Bowie. It took place at The O2 in London on 22nd February, and was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis, who stepped in for Michael Bublé at the last minute.

Performances at the show came from Little MixBruno MarsEmeli SandéThe 1975Chris MartinKaty Perry and Skip MarleyThe Chainsmokers and Coldplay, Ed Sheeran feat. Stormzy, and Robbie Williams.

British Artist Video

Presented by Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger. The nominees:

  • Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
  • James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  • Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye
  • Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
  • Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
  • Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – Fast Car
  • Little Mix feat. Sean Paul – Hair
  • One Direction – History
  • Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson – Girls Like
  • Zayn – Pillowtalk

Winner: One Direction

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. The nominees:

  • Anne-Marie
  • Blossoms
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
  • Skepta
  • Stormzy

The winner: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Critics’ Choice Award

Presented by Emeli Sandé. The nominees:

  • Anne-Marie
  • Dua Lipa
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

The winner: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, which surely must be cheating?

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by Noel Gallagher. The nominees:

  • Davie Bowie – Blackstar
  • Kano – Made in the Manor
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  • The 1975 – i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
  • Skepta – Konnichiwa

The winner: David Bowie

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by David Tennant. The nominees:

  • Anohni
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Nao
  • Emeli Sandé

The winner: Emeli Sandé

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Zane Lowe. The nominees:

  • David Bowie
  • Craig David
  • Kano
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Skepta

The winner: David Bowie

British Group

Presented by Maisie Williams and Romesh Ranganathan. The nominees:

  • Bastille
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Little Mix
  • The 1975
  • Radiohead

The winner: The 1975

British Single

Presented by Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby. The nominees:

  • James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  • Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
  • Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye
  • Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
  • Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
  • Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – Fast Car
  • Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
  • Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson – Girls Like
  • Alan Walker – Faded
  • Zayn – Pillowtalk

Winner: Little Mix

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Alice Levine, Clara Amfo, and Laura Jackson. The nominees:

  • Beyoncé
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Rihanna
  • Sia
  • Solange

The winner: Beyoncé

International Male Solo Artist

Also, presented by Alice Levine, Clara Amfo, and Laura Jackson. The nominees:

  • Bon Iver
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Drake
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Weeknd

The winner: Drake

International Group

Since they were still around, this was also presented by Alice Levine, Clara Amfo, and Laura Jackson. The nominees:

  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  • Drake & Future
  • Kings of Leon
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Twenty One Pilots

The winner: A Tribe Called Quest

BRITs Global Success

Presented by Naomi Campbell and Jonathan Ross

The winner: Adele

BRITs Icon Award

Because this is getting like the Q Awards with its multitude of identically-named awards. Presented by Take That.

Winner: Robbie Williams. Which I can’t help but feel reflects his success at the BRITs more than it does his performance generally, but well done to him anyway!