- It’s that time of year again, when the great and the good of the music industry gather together, examine the facts, and produce a list of nominations for the Brit Awards, supposedly a true reflection of who has released and sold records, and essentially made an impact on the music scene in the past year.
My early experiences of the Brit Awards came in my teenage years, when I excitedly sat down to watch, and see if my favourite bands won an award. The collaborations on the awards show were interesting, the nominations well chosen, and yes Take That picked up a fair few awards. All good times! Admittedly The Brits has lost favour with me in recent years though! I have found the presenting below par, and the performances/nominees predictable, and to my mind, not always a true representation of what the country is listening to! Music is many things in this country, so I was hoping when the nominations were announced for the 2010 awards, that they reflected that! Rant over, it’s time to have a look at said nominations list, my thoughts (for what they’re worth) on each category, and who I’d like to win!
British Male Solo Artist: Calvin Harris, Mika, Paolo Nutini, Robbie Williams.
For some reason Mika just annoys me, and his music isn’t my thing at all, so I’m going for a tough three way fight between Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini, and Robbie Williams for this award. Despite criticism over his come back performances, Robbie has released a stunning album, while the quirky Paolo Nutini, and floor filler Calvin Harris both continue to impress. Three deserving winners but…..
I Say: Calvin Harris for the win!
British Female Solo Artist: Bat For Lashes, Florence and the Machine, Leona Lewis, Lily Allen, Pixie Lott.
This is one of the more predictable line-ups, so I am not surprised to see Leona Lewis or Lily Allen on the list, although Pixie Lott is a welcome addition to the line-up. Her singles ‘Mama Do’, and ‘Cry Me Out’ should put her in strong contention here, against the less varied material that has come from Lily Allen, and Leona Lewis. I think this one will be a two-way fight between Pixie Lott, and the epic yet not entirely inspiring vocal talents of Florence and The Machine.
I Say: Pixie Lott for the win!
British Breakthrough Act: Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, JLS, La Roux, and Pixie Lott.
This is another interesting category, with Pixie Lott, and Florence and the Machine both picking up their second nominations. There’s a surprisingly wide range of music on offer this year, and with the additions of X-Factor finalists JLS, and La Roux to the list, it could be a close one to call.
I Say: My heart says JLS, my head says it could be Florence and The Machine who take this one.
British Group: Doves, Friendly Fires, JLS, Kasabian, Muse.
British Group is an out and out fight between indie and R&B this year, with JLS standing out in amongst the indie crowd. I’d like to see Muse garner some support in this award, as to me they are one of the most interesting indie bands out there at the moment, and yes I am also a big JLS fan!
I Say: JLS have produced a great debut album, let’s see them win!
Mastercard British Album: Dizzee Rascal: Tongue ‘n’ Cheek, Florence and The Machine: Lungs, Kasabian: West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Lily Allen: It’s Not Me, It’s You, Paolo Nutini: Sunny Side Up.
I have only one word to say about the Best British Album nominees, BORING! Sorry but it’s true, the selection doesn’t inspire me at all, and why a band would want to name their album like Kasabian have done is beyond me. The number of great CD’s out there, and none of them make the shortlist! This has got me annoyed. To my mind there can only be one winner.
I Say: Paolo Nutini for the win!
British Single: Alesha Dixon: Breathe Slow, Alexandra Burke Ft Flo Fida: Bad Boys, Cheryl Cole: Fight For This Love, Joe McElderry: The Climb, JLS: Beat Again, La Roux: In For The Kill, Lily Allen: The Fear, Pixie Lott: Mama Do, Taio Cruz: Break Your Heart, Tinchy Stryder Feat N-Dubz: Number 1.
Wow, I’m excited. The Best British Single, to me is one of the best categories in the Brit Awards, and one where sometimes anything can happen. I also think it’s one of the best reflections of the music scene, and this is emphasised by this years nominees. I do have issues with Cheryl Cole making the list, as her song was one of the weakest out in 2009, and to be honest, the others are head and shoulders above her singing wise. I also think it’s a wee bit too soon, as much as I love him, for Joe McElderry to be nominated. How can you judge an act on only one single! That said, I like quite a few of these songs, from Alexandra Burke, to JLS, La Roux, Pixie Lott, Taio Cruz, and Tinchy Stryder. All of them have produced infectious hit songs, with quite a broad appeal, and I’d find it quite hard to pick a winner out of that worthy bunch, but pick I must so…
I Say: ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ Joe, but Taio Cruz for the win!
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