With the BRITs being just around the corner, we give you all the deets you need to know before it hits our screens on the 20th February. Hold tight as we take you through this year’s nominees which, rightfully, include many female singing sensations…
It would be wrong not to start off with the most coveted award of the night: The MasterCard British Album of the Year. Whilst many artists are capable of producing a couple of catchy hits it creates a special talent to create a whole album of bangers. This year the category is rather strong with Jorja Smith, Florence and the Machine, George Ezra Anne Marie and The 1975 all being very worthy contenders.
The Artists up for this year’s British Album of the year
Florence and the Machine are no stranger to The Brits. The band have received a total of 11 nominations over the course of 10 years including this year’s nominations of British Female Solo artist as well as British Album of the year. After winning the trophy for this very award back in 2010, with the debut album ‘Lungs’ we’ll have to see if this year’s nominated album ‘High as Hope’ has the same amount of luck.
George Ezra has been nominated for three awards at this year’s BRITs
George Ezra’s nomination in this category for ‘Staying at Tamara’s ’ is just one of the awards he’s up for along with British Male Solo Artist and British single for ‘Shotgun’. It’s looking pretty likely that the 25-year-old crooner is going to bag some trophies on the night seeing as ‘Staying at Tamara’s was one of the fastest selling albums of 2018 and ‘Shotgun’ was one of the massive hits of last summer. Up against Craig David, Aphex Twin, Giggs and Sam Smith he may also be leaving the BRITs being crowned the British Male Solo Artist.
The 1975 are also up for British Album of the Year after the release of their third album ‘A Brief enquiry into Online Relationships’ was a huge success. It will also be interesting to see whether the indie band will win the award for British Group, which they won back in 2017. Up against The Arctic Monkeys, The Gorillaz, Little Mix and Years and Years this is a competitive category with all of the acts either being nominated or winning before. The Arctic Monkeys have taken home the award a whopping three times and last year the Gorillaz walked away with the prize.
Jorja Smith’s nomination is for her debut studio album ‘Lost and Found’. After winning the Critics’ Choice award at last year’s event she is a beacon of fresh female talent with a total of three nominations this year. She stands a good chance of repeated success as she’s also nominated for British Female Solo Artist, and British Breakthrough. Whilst Smith will be up against the likes of Lily Allen in the race to win The British Female Solo Artist award she’s among Tom Walker, Mabel, Idels and Ella Mai in the British Breakthrough Act category.
Last years Critic’s choice winner Jorja Smith is also up for three awards this year
‘Speak your mind’ makes up just one of the four nominations that Anne Marie has received making her one of the most nominated acts this year. With a tour with Ed Sheeran under her belt, an upcoming tour of her own and a number of top ten singles there’s no reason why the songstress won’t be able to bring at least one award home with her. Also nominated for British Female Solo artist, and British Video and British song for ‘2002’ the Essex born singer is a great representation of women’s talent in the music industry.
In fact, the only other acts to match Anne Marie’s nominations are both females with Jess Glynne and Dua Lipa also up for four awards each.
Dua Lipa absolutely wiped the floor at last year’s awards winning two of the four awards she was nominated for and walking away with the British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. This year IDGAF and One Kiss, where she collaborated with Calvin Harris, have both been nominated for British Single and British Video. With the same amount of nominations as last year we’ll have to see if she can beat the two wins she earned at the 2018 awards.
Jess Glynne has been nominated for British Solo Artist and British Single for ‘I’ll be there’. Similarly to Dua Lipa, Jess has also earned two nominations for her work with other artists. The track ‘These days’ which Jess featured on with Rudimental, Macklemore and Dan Caplen is up for British Single and British Video.
Dua Lipa, Anne Marie and Jess Glynne are showing that women lead the way as they each have four nominations this year.
Moving on to the awards for international artists there are some big names in store. The International Male Artist category is made up of Drake, Eminem, Kamasi Washington, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott. Up for International Group are Brockhampton, The Carters, First Aid Kit, Niall Rogers and Chic and Twenty-One Pilots.
In the International Female Solo Artist category, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello, Christine and the Queens, Ariana Grande and Janelle Monae are all up for the prize. Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U next’ has been an absolute phenomenon for the singer breaking Spotify records, becoming multi-platinum and being the biggest ever premiere on Youtube using the company’s Premiere feature. Whilst she may seem like the most obvious pick for the top spot we’ll just have to wait and see.
Sam Fender has already been announced as the winner of the Critics Choice Award
Who do you think deserves the awards? Has anyone been snubbed from the nominations in your opinion? All we definitely know for now is that Sam Fender has already won the Critic’s Choice award and Jack Whitehall will be presenting the awards again this year (get ready for some laughs). The rest will all be revealed on 20th February…
Text: Chaz Pond
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