Just Ho­ran and The Script to fly Ir­ish flag at the Brits


WITH the Me­teor Awards now just a me­mory, Ire­land's pop fra­ter­nity must look abroad for the prospect of some sil­ver­ware for the man­tel­piece. But the pick­ings are slim. Niall Ho­ran, the Ir­ish fifth of One Di­rec­tion, could claim a Best Bri­tish Group ac­co­lade at the Brit Awards with his band­mates. One Di­rec­tion are nom­i­nated in that cat­e­gory along­side Mum­ford and Sons, Alt-J, The xx and Muse.

The only other Ir­ish in­ter­est in the Brits is Danny O'Donoghue and his mates in The Script who are nom­i­nated in the In­ter­na­tional Group cat­e­gory, along with Fun, The Killers, The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes.

The Ir­ish fare even worse in the Grammy 2013 nominations list. De­spite the long, long list of cat­e­gories, Ir­ish artists are no­tice­ably ab­sent, with the ex­cep­tion of U2 whose ‘From The Sky Down' - David Guggen­heim's doc­u­men­tary about the mak­ing of Achtung Baby - gets a nod in the Long Form Mu­sic Video cat­e­gory.

Af­ter a year when fe­male artists dom­i­nated mu­sic charts, it is maybe a lit­tle sur­pris­ing that males dom­i­nate the Grammy nominations. Frank Ocean, Mum­ford & Sons, JayZ, Kanye West, Black Keys mem­ber Dan Auer­bach and Fun all score six nominations each, with Fun in the run­ning in no fewer than four ma­jor cat­e­gories: Al­bum of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Adele, who had a rel­a­tively quiet 2012 af­ter the birth of her son, still man­aged to grab a Grammy nom­i­na­tion, with a live per­for­mance of ‘ Set Fire To The Rain’ up for an award in the Best Pop Solo Per­for­mance cat­e­gory.

She’ll have to find more room in an al­ready bulging tro­phy cab­i­net this year af­ter Sky­fall claimed a Golden Globe on Sun­day night. The Bond theme is also up for an Os­car in the Best Orig­i­nal Song cat­e­gory at the Academy Awards on Fe­bru­ary 24.

Fe­male artists are more prom­i­nent in the Brit nominations an­nounced late last week.

Af­ter her stel­lar year, it comes as no sur- prise that Emeli Sande tops the list of those with most nods. The Scot­tish hit maker who had the best sell­ing al­bum in the UK in 2012, has four nominations, in­clud­ing two tracks in the best sin­gle cat­e­gory (‘Next To Me' and ‘Be­neath Your Beau­ti­ful', with Labrinth).

Mum­ford and Sons, Mer­cury Prize win­ners Alt-J and Rita Ora have three nominations each.

Poignantly, Amy Wine­house has re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion for best Bri­tish fe­male af­ter the post­hu­mous re­lease of the 'Lioness: Hid­den Trea­sures' al­bum.

The 55th An­nual Grammy Awards will be staged in the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les on Fe­bru­ary 10.

The Brit Awards will be handed out at Lon­don's O2 arena on Fe­bru­ary 20.

The Script: hop­ing for a Best In­ter­na­tional Group win at the Brits next month.

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