Old stagers and young hope­fuls line up for the Brits

Now in their 32nd year, the BRIT Awards are still revered. Chris Ar­den looks to­wards this year’s cer­e­mony, and those in the run­ning for prizes.

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC -

THE Brits are the ul­ti­mate tem­per­a­ture gauge of the state of pop­u­lar mu­sic.

This year’s cer­e­mony, to be held on Fe­bru­ary 21, will host per­for­mances by Ri­hanna, Cold­play, Florence + The Ma­chine and Bruno Mars.

New to the scene, Ed Sheeran and Adele are tipped to be the night’s big win­ners with four and three nom­i­na­tions each, but some fa­mil­iar faces will be there, in­clud­ing Noel Gal­lagher as nom­i­nee for Bri­tish Solo Artist and Blur, set to re­ceive the award for Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Mu­sic, 17 years af­ter the brit-pop icons hogged the tro­phies as mere new­com­ers.

Best Bri­tish Male Solo Artist: Con­tend­ing with Noel Gal­lagher’s tried and tested Man­cu­nian swag­ger and James Blake’s dub­step in­fused melodies, it seems dif­fi­cult for Ed Sheeran, this past year’s song-writ­ing sen­sa­tion, to bag the award. The gui­tar wield­ing 20 year-old came out of nowhere in June 2011 and can now be found just about ev­ery­where. He blew away the au­di­ence at the BRITS nom­i­na­tions cer­e­mony and has re­ceived great crit­i­cal ac­claim. Even if he fails to be crowned Male Solo Artist, he still has a fair chance for three other awards. Other nom­i­nees in­clude James Mor­ri­son and east London rapper Pro­fes­sor Green.

Best Bri­tish Fe­male Solo Artist: Adele earned the Crit­ics’ Choice award in 2008 off the back of her de­but al­bum, 19, how­ever it was her heart­break­ing sec­ond al­bum 21 that made the crit­ics swoon, both at home and State­side. Adele broke both Amer­ica and The Bea­tles’ record of chart suc­cess, by grip­ping onto the top spot of the Amer­i­can Bill­board al­bum chart for 16 weeks. An­other strong fe­male songstress rev­el­ling in the suc­cess of her sec­ond al­bum is Florence Welch. Af­ter charm­ing the public with ra­dio hits, Dog Days and the Candi Staton cover You’ve Got The Love, Florence + The Ma­chine re­leased Cer­e­mo­ni­als last year.

Best Bri­tish Break­through Act: Jessie J was 18 when she suf­fered a stroke. Since then, she has been spot­ted by Chris Brown’s man­ager, sup­ported the rapper on tour, penned Mi­ley Cyrus’ hit, Party in the USA and re­leased a string of chart-top­pers her­self, in­clud­ing Price Tag,

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