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, Rudimental, Disclosure 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.
The nominations are as follows:
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
Critic’s Choice (Shortlist)
Winner: Sam Smith
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
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International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
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