Jack Garratt wins the Brits Critics’ Choice Award

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So this is a big deal; previous winners have included…

  • 2008       Adele
  • 2009       Florence & The Machine
  • 2010       Ellie Goulding
  • 2011       Jessie J
  • 2012       Emeli Sandé
  • 2013       Tom Odell
  • 2014       Sam Smith
  • 2015       James Bay

It’s no surprise though… Jack Garratt looks set to be 2016’s breakout star.

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BRIT Awards 2013 nominations announced

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The BRIT Award nominations have been announced for 2013, and are as follows. I usually highlight who I think will win every year but I really couldn’t guess this year, so here’s the list- you decide! The winners are announced at the O2 Arena in London on February 20th.

Mastercard British Album Of The Year

  • Emeli Sande – ‘Our Version Of Events’
  • Mumford & Sons – ‘Babel’
  • Alt-J – ‘An Awesome Wave’
  • Plan B – ‘iLL Manors’
  • Paloma Faith – ‘Fall To Grace’

Best British Single with Capital FM

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

Best Live Act

  • Coldplay
  • Muse
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Vaccines
  • Mumford & Sons

British Male Solo Artist

  • Calvin Harris
  • Olly Murs
  • Ben Howard
  • Richard Hawley
  • Plan B

British Female Solo Artist

  • Bat For Lashes
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Emeli Sande
  • Paloma Faith
  • Jessie Ware

British Group

  • One Direction
  • Alt-J
  • Muse
  • Mumford & Sons

British Breakthrough

  • Jessie Ware
  • Jake Bugg
  • Rita Ora
  • Ben Howard
  • Alt-J

International Group

  • Alabama Shakes
  • Fun.
  • The Script
  • The Killers
  • The Black Keys

International Male Solo Artist

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Michael Buble
  • Frank Ocean
  • Gotye
  • Jack White

International Female Solo Artist

  • Taylor Swift
  • Rihanna
  • Alicia Keys
  • Cat Power
  • Lana Del Rey

British Producer Of The Year

Critics Choice

  • Tom Odell

Special Recognition Award

  • War Child

Brits 2012 award statue revealed!

And it’s pretty cool! Designed by the genius that is Sir Peter Blake as part of the new Brits (last year the same statue was designed by Vivienne Westwood), it does look very pop-arty and very British. Sir Peter Blake is known for designing The Beatle’s Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover.

Flashback: Plan B and Example (London 2006)

I saw Plan B at London’s Mean Fiddler in July 2006, with Example supporting. The place was packed but at the time neither of these guys were well known- Plan B didn’t release his multi-platinum selling ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’ and Example didn’t release ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ til 2010.

At the time, both were promoting their debut records, which sounded completely different to the stuff that made them big in the end, but which I preferred. I know they look like foetuses in these pics – I had a camera which looked amazing but sadly did anything other than take decent pics. But anyway, a couple more pics on my Flickr if you want.

Brit Awards 2011 nominations announced

The Brit Awards are the UK’s biggest music awards. Below are awards and their nominations. My picks are in red- these won’t all win but in an Alfie world they would! And about bloody time they changed that Brits logo, although I’m not sure this one is any better…

British Male Solo Artist
Mark Ronson
Paul Weller
Plan B
Robert Plant
Tinie Tempah

British Female Solo Artist
Cheryl Cole
Ellie Goulding
Laura Marling
Paloma Faith
Rumer

British Breakthrough Act
Ellie Goulding
Mumford & Sons
Rumer
Tinie Tempah
The xx

British Group
Biffy Clyro
Gorillaz
Mumford & Sons
Take That
The xx

British Single
Alexandra Burke ft. Pitbull: ‘All Night Long’
Cheryl Cole: ‘Parachute’
Florence & The Machine: ‘You’ve Got The Love’
Matt Cardle: ‘When We Collide’
Olly Murs: ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’
Plan B: ‘She Said’
Scouting For Girls: ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’
Taio Cruz: ‘Dynamite’
Tinie Tempah: ‘Pass Out’
The Wanted: ‘All Time Low’

Mastercard British Album Of The Year
Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More
Plan B: The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
Take That: Progress
Tinie Tempah: Disc-Overy
The xx: xx

International Male Solo Artist
Bruce Springsteen
Cee Lo Green
David Guetta
Eminem
Kanye West

International Female Solo Artist
Alicia Keys
Katy Perry
Kylie Minogue
Rihanna
Robyn

International Group
Arcade Fire
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
The Script
Vampire Weekend

International Album
Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
Cee Lo Green: The Lady Killer
Eminem: Recovery
Katy Perry: Teenage Dream
Kings of Leon: Come Around Sundown

Critics’ Choice
Jessie J

British Producer
Ethan Johns
John Leckie
Markus Dravs
Mike Pela
Stuart Price