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.
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,