Predicting the BRIT Awards
YES, IT’S THAT time of year again friends, everyone’s favourite awards, the BRITs! Once again (Sh)ITV will be hosting the star studded ceremony which will this year be hosted Ant and Dec. At least that’s a change from James bloody Corden. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I detest the BRIT Awards. I find it most predictable and boring of all award ceremonies, even more so than the Grammys. Which is why I try to channel that hatred into a bit of fun, and attempt to predict the awards.
Last year I managed to predict all but 2 of the awards correctly (curse you International Male!) and while this year seems a bit harder, I shall attempt it nevertheless. Just a note to say that I won’t be predicting the British Video category purely because I have not seen all the videos. So sit back, relax, and enjoy my total destruction of the McDonalds saver menu of award ceremonies.
To Read the full list of BRIT Nominations, click here.
Mastercard British Album
Who will probably win: Ed Sheeran – X
Who deserves to win: Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Like many awards this year, 3 prominent acts are featured in this category: Sam Smith, George Ezra and Ed Sheeran. While all are formidable competitors, Ed Sheeran’s X will most likely take the crown. Why? Numbers mostly. Combine that with high profile sets at Glastonbury and V and you’ve got yourself a winner. However, I feel like Alt-J deserve this crown. This Is All Yours was a legitimately good album, and the band managed to prove that they could defeat the dreaded Mercury curse. It also pains me to say that not a single female has been nominated in this category.
British Female Solo Artist
Who will probably win: Ella Henderson
Who deserves to win: FKA Twigs
Easily the most interesting out of this year’s entries, FKA Twigs stands head and shoulders above the rest of the nominees for ‘British Female Solo Artist’. LP1 was a fantastic debut; a different kind of Pop, unlike the rest of the tripe nominated. Admittedly, Paloma Faith’s latest effort wasn’t the worst thing known to man, but I feel this year belongs to Ella Henderson. Already tipped as the next big thing in Pop, the BRITs are more than likely to pounce on that like Simon Cowell on a sob story.
British Male Solo Artist
Who will probably win: Sam Smith
Who deserves to win: Paolo Nutini
Again, this category is dominated by the big three of Sheeran, Smith and Ezra. While all have dominated the charts, none have particularly note worthy albums. I’ve guessed Smith will win, but to be honest, it could be any of the three. I was also underwhelmed by Damon Albarn’s solo debut; it felt very tame in comparison to his work with Gorillaz and Blur. No, this year I feel Paolo Nutini deserves the award. Why? Caustic Love might not have been the best album of the year, but Nutini constantly takes the right steps to make his music as good as it can be.
Who will probably win: Royal Blood
Who deserves to win: Royal Blood
With Kasabian crying over the fact they weren’t nominated, ‘British Group’ is a rather dull affair. Royal Blood and Alt-J are by far the best bands nominated, and I feel Royal Blood will take this one. I tip my hat to a band that made the country stop and listen using only bass and drums. They’ve garnered the respect from both the mainstream and underground, and should be rewarded for that. Even if that reward is a BRIT.
International Male Solo Artist
Who will probably win: Hozier
Who deserves to win: Jack White
Jack White’s Lazaretto was a solid release, and probably one of 2014’s best ‘Rock’ releases. Alas, White will no doubt be undermined by Irish crooner Hozier, who’s struck a chord with the critical and commercial world, most notably with his song ‘Take Me To Church’. John Legend and Pharrell are also contenders, especially with the latter doing well in the, eurgh, ‘BBC Awards’. Beck’s Morning Phase was also an enjoyable album, though I feel he lacks the BRIT appeal the others hold.
International Female Solo Artist
Who will probably win: Taylor Swift
Who deserves to win: St. Vincent
Finally, five nominations that are actually deserving! Although I am a tad confused why Beyoncé has been nominated (presumably for 2013’s Beyoncé), all five women’s latest releases have been varying levels of enjoyment. Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear had some bangers, Beyoncé’s Beyoncé was legitimately excellent Pop album and Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence was a dark brooding piece of art. Though I’m picking St. Vincent as this year’s winner (read my review of the year to see why), I would actually be ok if Taylor Swift’s game changing 1989 won.
Who will probably win: Foo Fighters
Who deserves to win: The War on Drugs
The War On Drug’s Lost in the Dream was unquestionably one of 2014’s finest albums. Unfortunately, a buzz is still present around Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters. Sonic Highways was an incredibly underwhelming album, but the hype around one of the world’s biggest bands remains, and it’s this that will no doubt influence who will win. The Black Keys and First Aid Kid stand a chance, but I wouldn’t count of Five Seconds of Summer; boy bands don’t usually win in this category.
Who will probably win: Paul Epworth
Who deserves to win: Flood
Flood gave us some stellar production on Warpaint’s self titled album last year, but with four album production credits and three single production credits alone from 2014, there’s no doubt in my mind that Paul Epworth will sweep this category. He is Pop production royalty, and does a damn good job of it, but Songs of Innocence and Ghost Stories were hardly the best albums of the year.
Who will probably win: George Ezra – Budapest
Who deserves to win: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
This one is nearly impossible to predict, however it’s never stopped me before. Although having only been out for a short while, ‘Uptown Funk’ is the catchiest song to hit the charts since ‘Get Lucky’. Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson make a formidable duo. Although I will say ‘Uptown Funk’ could well be a winner, George Ezra has left his mark on music with ‘Budapest’ and it wouldn’t be surprising if he won this category.
British Breakthrough Act
Who will probably win: Sam Smith
Who deserves to win: Chvrches
Chvrches produced one of the most notable debut albums of 2013 with The Bones of What You Believe, and are now weirdly getting nominated for the breakthrough award. Still, the band have made a suitable impression on the world of music, and while FKA Twigs and Royal Blood are just as deserving, I stand by my selection that Chvrches are most deserving. Don’t get me wrong, Sam Smith has done a grand job in breaking America, but his work doesn’t hold a candle to the others.
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