Last night the nominations for the annual Brit awards was announced with acts such as Emeli Sande and Alt-J receiving multiple nominations. On this blog I’m going to look through the nominations giving my opinions on who I think should win but also who I think will win. Here is a list of the nominations of the 2013 awards:
Best British Group: Mumford and Sons, Alt-J, The xx, Muse, One Direction
Who I want to win: Muse, although I’d also be happy if Alt-J won.
Who I think will win: One Direction.
Best British Album: Emeli Sande, Plan B, Alt-J, Paloma Faith, Mumford & Sons
Who I want to win: Alt-J.
Who I think will win: Emeli Sande.
Best British Female (solo): Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith, Bat For Lashes, Jessie Ware, Emeli Sande
Who I want to win: Jessie Ware.
Who I think will win: Amy Winehouse.
British British Male (solo): Calvin Harris, Plan B, Richard Hawley, Ben Howard, Olly Murs
Who I want to win: Olly Murs.
Who I think will win: Plan B.
British Breakthrough: Jake Bugg, Jessie Ware, Alt-J, Ben Howard, Rita Ora
Who I want to win: Alt-J or Jake Bugg.
Who I think will win: Rita Ora.
Best British Live Act: Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, Muse, The Vaccines, The Rolling Stones
Who I want to win: Muse.
Who I think will win: Coldplay.
Best International Group: The Black Keys, The Script, Alabama Shakes, Fun., The Killers
Who I want to win: The Black Keys.
Who I think will win: The Killers.
Best International Male (solo): Jack White, Gotye, Michael Buble, Frank Ocean, Bruce Springsteen
Who I want to win: Jack White.
Who I think will win: Michael Buble.
Best International Female (solo): Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Cat Power, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift
Who I want to win: Rihanna.
Who I think will win: Taylor Swift.
Best British Single: Adele (Skyfall), Alex Clare (Too Close), Emeli Sande (Next To Me), Coldplay (Princess Of China w/Rihanna), James Arthur (Impossible), Labrinth (Beneath Your Beautiful, w/Emeli Sande), Olly Murs (Troublemaker), Rita Ora (RIP, Hot Right Now), Florence + The Machine (Spectrum), Robbie Williams (Candy), Jessie J (Domino), Rizzle Kicks (Mama Do The Hump), Rudimental (Feel The Love), Stooshe (Black Heart)
Who I want to win: Olly Murs or Adele.
Who I think will win: James Arthur or Robbie Williams.
Producer of the Year: Paul Epworth, Damon Albarn, Jake Gosling.
Who I want to win: Paul Epworth.
Who I think will win: Paul Epworth.
So there are my opinions, let’s see if I’m right and it sways more towards who I want to win or who I think will win or if I’m completely wrong. I think this year’s nominations are a little better than previous years with them taking more notice of some other genres bar just pop and a bit of indie and a bit of dance/rnb.
I do still have a couple of issues with it for example the indie and other genres on offer are the more commercial areas of the genres for example Alt-J winning the Mercury Prize and Mumford and Sons being the more household name indie than the other stuff that may be less well known to the masses but are artists that bloggers and journalists love and have a huge following and are making ground-breaking new sounds. I also think that a couple of the albums nominated are not really as deserving of a nomination as some brilliant albums from last year have been ignored. I’m not just saying this because I love the band but The Maccabees should have been nominated somewhere in these categories, their album is brilliant showcasing the best of British music at the moment and they are a brilliant live band so I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t even get a mention.
I guess this is a step in the right direction though, let’s hope that they keep including more acts and more genres and giving them the recognition that they deserve.
– Brit nominations list from here.