The 2014 Brit Awards Nominations: It’s Bastille Day!

The new Brit Awards logo, as designed by Philip Treacy

The new Brit Awards logo, as designed by Philip Treacy

Now that we’re firmly into the awards season, it’s time to turn our faces away from the televisual and movieational arts, pack our eyes away, unbox those ears, and have a think about music.  The nominations for this year’s Brit Awards have been announced, and it looks like it’ll be a pretty good year for Bastille, with Ellie Goulding, RudimentalDisclosure and Arctic Monkeys having just cause to crack open a bottle too.

Bastille lead the field with four nominations:  best group, British breakthrough act, British single (“Pompeii”) and British album (“Bad Blood”), prompting main man Dan Smith to tell the press: ”We’re completely blown away by the four nominations ! When we started the band we never thought we’d be recognised in such a way so the whole thing is an awesome surprise.”

And Ellie managed to not only score a nomination in British female solo artist, she has TWO nominations in the British single category. One for “Burn,” and one for “I Need Your Love,” her dance collaboration with Calvin Harris.  

And it sort of puts the tin hat on a fairly eventful few months for the lesser-spotted throat-warbler.

She said: “To be nominated at the BRIT awards is a huge honour. I will always remember how important the BRITs were to me every year as a child and how exciting they were. I’m so happy and grateful to be a part of it again this year- it really has been the craziest six months of my career.”

East London’s Rudimental have matched Ellie’s tally, with nominations in the British group, British single (“Waiting All Night”) and Album of the Year (“Home”) categories.

Elsewhere, there are two nominations for David Bowie, some 30 years after he won his first ever Brit. You do have to ask yourself what he would gain by attending the ceremony that he doesn’t already have in spades, especially as he’s cultivating his enigma at present. There again, these plaudits are always nice, especially the trophies, which have been given a radical overhaul by the artist Philip Treacy.

Where guest artists of the past have wrapped their Britannia figurines in different colors and patterns, Philip’s approach has been to give her a great big hat, one that could cause some serious damage if a fight breaks out.

The BRIT Awards ceremony will take place on February 19, at London’s O2 Arena, with live performances from Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Rudimental, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Ellie Goulding.

TreacyBRITTrophyHiDThe nominations are as follows:

British Male Solo Artist
David Bowie
Jake Bugg
James Blake
John Newman
Tom Odell

British Female Solo Artist
Birdy
Ellie Goulding
Jessie J
Laura Marling
Laura Mvula

British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Bastille
Disclosure
One Direction
Rudimental

British Breakthrough Act
Bastille
Disclosure
Laura Mvula
London Grammar
Tom Odell

Critic’s Choice (Shortlist)
Winner: Sam Smith
Chlöe Howl
Ella Eyre

British Single
Bastille – “Pompeii”
Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”
Disclosure Ft AlunaGeorge – “White Noise”
Ellie Goulding – “Burn”
John Newman – “Love Me Again”
Naughty Boy Ft Sam Smith – “La La La”
Olly Murs – “Dear Darlin’”
One Direction – “One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)”
Passenger – “Let Her Go”
Rudimental Ft Ella Eyre – “Waiting All Night”

British Album of the Year
Arctic Monkeys – “AM”
Bastille – “Bad Blood”
David Bowie – “The Next Day”
Disclosure – “Settle”
Rudimental – “Home”

British Producer of the Year
Ethan Johns
Flood (Mark Ellis) & Alan Moulder
Paul Epworth

International Male Solo Artist
Bruno Mars
Drake
Eminem
John Grant
Justin Timberlake

International Female Solo Artist
Janelle Monae
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Lorde
Pink

International Group
Arcade Fire
Daft Punk
Haim
Kings of Leon
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

See more:
James Blake Wins The 2013 Mercury Prize
20 Greatest British Songs of 2013
15 Great British Tribute Band Names, And One We Made Up
Who’s the Next James Blake? 8 British Musicians Who Are Bubbling Up

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 13 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Music.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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