Duffy and Coldplay, a.k.a. ‘Eh’ and ‘Bleh’, Lead BRIT Nominations

I’ve been away at the Future of TV Conference this week, so I missed posting the BRIT nominations on Tuesday. I guess I didn’t miss much. The Duffy/Coldplay lovefest is predictable and snooze-worthy; the British Male Solo Artist category is just embarrassing (and, pray tell, what did Ian Brown release in ’08?). AC/DC? Iron Maiden? Really now? Was the state of music really that crappy in 2008?

The bright spots were few: MGMT and Fleet Foxes are welcome surprises in the International categories. Girls Aloud‘s two nominations are marvelous, but will the BRITs finally be smart enough to reward one of Britain’s most successful and consistent girl groups?

However, with the Pet Shop Boys winning a well-deserved lifetime achievement award, the show can’t really totally suck, right? Can’t wait to see what kind of brilliant theatrics they’ll come up with for their crowning performance. I also hope they include some of their wonderful post-Very material in their medley.

Here’s the full list, along with my predictions:

British Male Solo Artist:

Ian Brown
James Morrison
Paul Weller (Will win)
The Streets
Will Young (Should win)

British Female Solo Artist:

Adele
Beth Rowley
Duffy (Will win)
Estelle (Should win)
MIA

British Breakthrough Act:

Adele
Duffy (Will win)
Last Shadow Puppets (Should win)
Scouting For Girls
The Ting Tings

British Group:

Coldplay (Will win)
Elbow
Girls Aloud (Should win)
Radiohead
Take That

British Live Act:

Coldplay (Will win)
Elbow (Should win)
Iron Maiden
Scouting For Girls
The Verve

British Single:

Adele – Chasing Pavements
Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah
Coldplay – Viva La Vida (Will win)
Dizzee Rascal / Harris / Chrome – Dance Wiv Me
Duffy – Mercy
Estelle Ft Kanye West – American Boy (Should win)
Girls Aloud – The Promise
Leona Lewis – Better in Time
Scouting for Girls – Heartbeat
X Factor Finalists – Hero

Mastercard British Album
Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (Will win)
Duffy – Rockferry
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Radiohead – In Rainbows
The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing (Should win)

International Album
AC/DC – Black Ice
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Killers – Day & Age (Should win)
Kings of Leon – Only By The Night (Will win)
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

International Male Solo Artist

Beck
Neil Diamond
Jay-Z
Kanye West (Will and should win)
Seasick Steve

International Female Solo Artist

Beyonce (Should win)
Gabriella Cilmi
Katy Perry (Will win)
Pink
Santogold

International Group

AC/DC
Fleet Foxes
Killers (Should win)
Kings of Leon (Will win)
MGMT

Critics’ Choice

Florence and The Machine

Outstanding Contribution To Music

Pet Shop Boys

In other news:

  • Did Kate Winslet‘s emotional Golden Globes speech cost her an Oscar nomination for Revolutionary Road? She was nominated for what many consider her lesser role in The Reader instead. (New York Magazine)
  • Slumdog Millionaire received 10 nominations, but no Dev Patel. (Gold Derby)
  • Alex James, Joe Strummer, and Damien Hirst all passed on signing Coldplay to their record label in the ’90s. ‘”We all thought they were ordinary and passed on them,” James wrote in the Spectator Magazine. “I think everybody did, except Parlophone, just like [what] happened with The Beatles – and Blur. Then again, I still think Coldplay are a fairly ordinary band, although the singer is good.” Mr. James, you are half-right, sir.(BBC)
  • Rod Stewart says there are “no plans” for Faces to get back together.(BBC)
  • If I can be blunt, I believe Lily Allen needs to shut the hell up: “I’ve grown up around gay people, black people, adulterers, drug addicts, and I don’t treat anyone differently.” (Telegraph)
  • Michelle Ryan as a companion in a Doctor Who special = Bank.(BBC)
  • Amber Le Bon shows off her…Le Bon Bons?(Daily Mail)
  • Cheryl Cole threatens to bring her Geordie vowels stateside.(Daily Mail)
  • Sharon Osbourne has revealed that her daughter Kelly’s in rehab for the second time.(Daily Mail)
  • Jordan fulfills her promise to become a blow-up doll for sexual predators with school-girl fetishes.(Daily Mail)
  • Newsflash: Pete Doherty is boring, just like most drug addicts are.(Guardian)
  • Natasha Khan will unveil her alter ego “Pearl” on the new Bat For Lashes album. Either she’s channeling Janis Joplin, or she’s secretly an elderly busybody doling out wisecracks from her inner-city stoop. Mary Jenkins!(Guardian)
  • Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway once wanted to be British. Thank God she got over that before she became famous. “if you’re like that in America, people just think you’ve got abysmally low self-esteem.”(Google)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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