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The Brit Awards logo, as designed by Damien Hurst
The Brit Awards logo, as designed by Damien Hurst

I know, it seems like AGES since we did a post about some awards, doesn’t it?

So, the nominees for the 2013 Brit Awards have been announced, ready for the ceremony on February 20, and reflecting a truly global year for British music. As you’d expect, there are nods towards our more successful exports like Mumford and Sons and One Direction, and we can’t really have a Brits at the moment without mentioning Adele. But the big surprise is that Alt-J, the artrocking indie troupe with the Mercury Prize-winning album, are up for the same amount of awards as the Mumfords.

The J (as absolutely no one is calling them) are up for breakthrough act (as voted for by the public), best album and British group, whereas Marcus and co are up for two of the same trophies (album and group) and best live act.

Speaking of the trophies, this year’s crop have been designed by Damien Hurst, who is still very much into his polka dots at present.

British breakthrough act
Ben Howard
Jake Bugg
Jessie Ware
Rita Ora

British female solo artist
Amy Winehouse
Bat for Lashes
Emeli Sandé
Jessie Ware
Paloma Faith

British male solo artist
Ben Howard
Calvin Harris
Olly Murs
Richard Hawley
Plan B

British group
Mumford & Sons
One Direction
The xx

Brits global success award
To be announced on the night.

British producer of the year
Damon Albarn
Jake Gosling
Paul Epworth

British single
Adele – “Skyfall”
Alex Clare – “Too Close”
Coldplay & Rihanna – “Princess of China”
DJ Fresh Ft Rita Ora – “Hot Right Now”
Emeli Sandé – “Next To Me”
Florence & The Machine – “Spectrum”
James Arthur – “Impossible”
Jessie J – “Domino”
Labrinth Ft Emeli Sandé – “Beneath Your Beautiful”
Olly Murs Ft Flo Rida – “Troublemaker”
Rita Ora Ft Tinie Tempah – “R.I.P.”
Rizzle Kicks – “Mama Do The Hump”
Robbie Williams – “Candy”
Rudimental Ft John Newman – “Feel The Love”
Stooshe – “Black Heart”

Special recognition award
War Child

Critics’ choice
Winner: Tom Odell
Shortlisted: AlunaGeorge , Laura Mvula

International Female solo artist
Alicia Keys
Cat Power
Lana Del Rey
Taylor Swift

International group
Alabama Shakes
The Black Keys
The Killers
The Script

International male solo artist
Bruce Springsteen
Frank Ocean
Jack White
Michael Buble

British album of the year
Alt-J – “An Awesome Wave”
Emeli Sandé – “Our Version Of Events”
Mumford & Sons – “Babel”
Paloma Faith – “Fall To Grace”
Plan B – “Ill Manors”

British live act
Mumford & Sons
The Rolling Stones
The Vaccines

Don’t worry if some of this looks like I suffered a feverish dream while asleep on my keypad, that’s actually what’s been going on in pop music over here. I saw it all!

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By Fraser McAlpine