The annual Brit Awards’ shortlists have been announced and 2016 looks to be as tasty as ever. In this post I will list the category hopeful and who I expect (want) to win the awards.
BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Catfish And The Bottlemen, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Wolf Alice, Years & Years
MY PREDICTION: CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN
WHY: Selling out two tours in 2015 off the back of one album is impressive, but the way Catfish and the Bottlemen perform is incredible. Undoubtedly one of the most exciting British bands of the past few years – 2016 will see a new album and a sold out Castlefield Bowl performance.
BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
Aphex Twin, Calvin Harris, James Bay, Jamie xx, Mark Ronson
MY PREDICTION: JAMIE XX
WHY: Jamie xx’s album In Colour was so critically acclaimed that it would be ridiculous if he didn’t win the award.
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Adele, Amy Winehouse, Florence + the Machine, Jess Glynne, Laura Marling
MY PREDICTION: FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE
WHY: Florence Welch and co. nailed the headline slot at 2015’s Glastonbury as well as showcasing latest album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful on a UK arena tour.
Blur, Coldplay, Foals, One Direction, Years & Years
MY PREDICTION: FOALS
WHY: Ripped apart surprise sets at Reading and Leeds Festival, sold out the UK, brought out What Went Down which will rip arenas apart next month.
BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Charlie Andrew, Mark Ronson, Mike Crossey, Tom Dalgety
MY PREDICTION: TOM DALGETY
WHY: Working with the likes of Royal Blood and The Family Rain, Dalgety is a great producer and in 2015 won ‘Breakthrough Producer of the Year’ at the Music Producers Guild Awards.
Adele – ‘Hello’ / Calvin Harris & Disciples – ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ / Ed Sheeran & Rudimental – ‘Bloodstream’ / Ellie Goulding – ‘Love Me Like You Do’ / James Bay – ‘Hold Back The River’ / Jess Glynne – ‘Hold My Hand’ / Little Mix – ‘Black Magic’ / Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato – ‘Up’ / Philip George – ‘Wish You Were Mine’ / Years & Years – ‘King’
MY PREDICTION: ED SHEERAN & RUDIMENTAL – BLOODSTREAM
WHY: There is no denying that Ed Sheeran is brilliant. Bloodstream with Rudimental shows Sheeran at a new angle and he delivers with ease. Great track from a great album.
MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Adele – ’25’ / Coldplay – ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ / Florence + the Machine – ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ / James Bay – ‘Chaos and the Calm’ / Jamie xx – ‘In Colour’
MY PREDICTION: JAMIE XX
WHY: As explained earlier, In Colour was so hyped in 2015 that it is surely impossible to overlook it. It was included in my album of the year post highly.
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Drake, Father John Misty, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd
MY PREDICTION: JUSTIN BIEBER
WHY: 2015 was the year everyone turned into a Belieber. Bringing hits out like Sorry and What Do You Mean will surely clinch the award for the Canadian.
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Ariana Grande, Björk, Courtney Barnett, Lana Del Rey, Meghan Trainor
MY PREDICTION: COURTNEY BARNETT
WHY: Her album demonstrated wonderfully just how talented she is. The Australian’s witty lyrics makes Sometimes I Sit And Think… a delightful listen.
Alabama Shakes, Eagles of Death Metal, Major Lazer, Tame Impala, U2
MY PREDICTION: TAME IMPALA
WHY: One of my favourite bands to ever release music. Currents was my album of the year and seeing them live was such a dream. Australia may nab two of the three international awards at the Brits this year.
Do you predict someone else to win the awards above? Leave a comment below with who you would like to take a Brit home.
The Brit Awards take place on 24 February.