A PREVIEW OF…THE BRIT AWARDS

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

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CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN // image from BBC

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

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JAMIE XX: Is he the best British male of the year? // image from Jamie-James Medina // Medina’s work: JAMIE-JAMES MEDINA

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

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FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE: British Female Solo Artist? Hopefully. image from: http://tickets.florenceandthemachine.net/gallery/Promotional%20Photos/0/4/0-12

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.

BRITISH GROUP

Blur, Coldplay, Foals, One Direction, Years & Years

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FOALS – Best British Group hopefuls

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

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TOM DALGETY: Produced The Maccabees’ Given To The Wild – could win a Brit Award. Image from: http://www.therapyquestionmark.co.uk/category/diary/

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.

BRITISH SINGLE

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’

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BLOODSTREAM: Potential single of the year at the 2016 Brits.

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’

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JAMIE XX’S IN COLUR: Without a doubt one of the biggest albums of the decade.

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

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JUSTIN BIEBER: An increase of Beliebers will possible win Bieber a Brit Award.

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

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Can witty Aussie Courtney Barnett win an international Brit Award?

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.

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Alabama Shakes, Eagles of Death Metal, Major Lazer, Tame Impala, U2

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AUSSIE RULES: Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett could take Brits to the other side of the world.

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.

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