It’s that time of year again, when the red carpet is rolled out and stars of music (and probably The Only Way Is Essex) descend on London’s O2 Arena. Last year’s big winner was Adele, although her awards were somewhat overshadowed by her middle finger. You probably thinking ‘that’s all well and good, but who will win tonight’, so here’s my predictions, as well as who I would like to see win and who was missed in the nominations.
British Male Solo Artist
Nominees: Ben Howard, Calvin Harris, Olly Murs, Plan B, Richard Hawley
My Money’s On: Ben Howard
Not only is Ben Howard the bookies favourite to win this evening, he is also the only one out of these five performing during the ceremony. His success took off on the back of single Only Love, and subsequently, his album was the seventh most illegally downloaded album in the first half of 2012. The Brits do like a shocker, but I think that will come in later category.
I’d Give The Award To: Calvin Harris
2012’s one man Stock Aitken Waterman has produced so many hits in the last eighteen months (if you pardon the pun). Ok, so he doesn’t sing on them, but he has a near perfect hit record so I would definitely like him to take the award.
Who They Missed: Bright Light Bright Light
If The Brits were solely about celebrating the best music, then Bright Light Bright Light should have been given a nomination. However, it’s not unfortunately, but his brand of effortlessly cool pop music still deserves credit.
British Female Solo Artist
Nominees: Amy Winehouse, Bat For Lashes, Emeli Sande, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith
My Money’s On: Emeli Sande
Emeli Sande has had an incredible year, including performances at both the opening and closing ceremonies of The London Olympics, so seems like a good but predictable winner tonight. Much like Ben Howard, she is (by quite some distance) the bookies favourite, so seems almost certain to win tonight.
I’d Give The Award To: Jessie Ware
She’s one of the outsiders with the bookies, but Devotion is an incredible album, so is more than deserving of the award. Who knows, she may cause an upset tonight in the same way that Laura Marling did two years ago. Realistically, I doubt it somewhat (she does have to beat ‘The Sande), but I’d like her to.
Who They Missed: Lianne La Havas
Her debut Is Your Love Big Enough? was one of 2012’s hidden gems, and is more than deserving of an award. Her album is definitely one of the most beautiful I’ve heard in recent times, so I think should have definitely received a nomination at least. However, much like Bright Light Bright Light, I suspect bigger things are to come.
British Breakthrough Act
Nominees: Alt-J, Ben Howard, Jake Bugg, Jessie Ware, Rita Ora
My Money’s On: Rita Ora
This is the only category voted for by the public this year, through the medium of a ‘web vote’. Applying science to this shows that Rita Ora has the most Twitter followers (over 1.5 million more than Ben Howard – who has the second most), so should easily walk this.
I’d Give The Award To: Jessie Ware/Rita Ora
Again, in terms of music, Ware’s is probably my favourite. However, Rita Ora has ‘broken through’ perhaps most successfully this year, so is arguably most deserving. I’d imagine she will get quite drunk too so may have a great acceptance speech.
Who They Missed: Lianne La Havas
Perhaps she hasn’t properly ‘broken through’ yet, but for any artist (let alone a new one) her album is amazing so would’ve fitted into this category nicely.
Nominees: Alt-J, Mumford & Sons, Muse, One Direction, The xx
My Money’s On: Mumford & Sons
Despite winning the Best British Album award two years ago, they were beaten by Take That to this award. However, their second album Babel was a huge success late last year and with a performance tonight, I expect they will win this award.
I’d Give The Award To: One Direction
Just for the sanity of their fans.
Who They Missed: The Wanted
Ok, so in a perfect pop world of cupcakes and candy floss, The Saturdays and Girls Aloud would have both been nominated. But realistically, The Wanted have had success in America in the last year so could have received a nomination.
British Single of the Year
Nominees: Adele – Skyfall, Alex Clare – Too Close, Coldplay & Rihanna – Princess Of China, DJ Fresh feat. Rita Ora – Hot Right Now, Emeli Sande – Next To Me, Florence + The Machine – Spectrum, James Arthur – Impossible, Jessie J – Domino, Labrinth & Emeli Sande – Beneath Your Beautiful, Olly Murs – Troublemaker, Rita Ora – RIP, Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump, Robbie Williams – Candy, Rudimental – Feel The Love, Stooshe – Black Heart
My Money’s On: Adele – Skyfall
This has already won a Golden Globe and will probably receive an Oscar very shortly, so Adele could get the hat-trick tonight with a Brit award. Paul Epworth (the producer) has already won the Best Producer award this year too, which may foreshadow what is coming tonight. At the end of the day, they owe it to her after last year.
I’d Give The Award To: Stooshe – Black Heart
One of the bookies’ outsiders, it seems unlikely that this will occur. Despite the fact it wasn’t included in my Top 40 songs of last year, it dawned on me recently that this is a very good song. If they win, it would also guarantee an album release in the next ten years, which would be nice.
Who They Missed: Cheryl – Call My Name
This category is based on sales from last year, so the song that just missed out is Call My Name by Cheryl. What a song.
British Album of the Year
Nominees: Alt-J – An Awesome Wave, Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events, Mumford & Sons – Babel, Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace, Plan B – Ill Manors
My Money’s On: Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events
It was the biggest selling album of last year and has been in the Top 10 for over a year. Although Mumford & Sons could create an upset, it’s difficult to see anyone else walking a way with the one ‘everyone wants’.
I’d Give The Award To: Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace
In terms of music, Emeli Sande should definitely win. However, with this being the last award, Paloma Faith may be ‘quite drunk’, and she has admitted herself that she ‘won’t win’, so I spontaneous drunken speech could be fun.
Who They Missed: Jessie Ware – Devotion
This was unanimously praised by critics, so it was somewhat a shock for it not to receive a nomination. It did get a Mercury nomination though, so should have received on here.
International Male Solo Artist
Nominees: Bruce Springsteen, Frank Ocean, Gotye, Jack White, Michael Buble
My Money’s On: Frank Ocean
Despite Gotye having the most impact in the charts, Frank Ocean should walk this. Not only has was his album well received critically and commercially, but he also arguably changed hip-hop due to him being openly homosexual.
I’d Give The Award To: Frank Ocean
He stood up to Chris Brown and therefore deserves all the prizes he can get.
Who They Missed: Justin Bieber
The Biebs grew up musically this year and in doing so, made some amazing pop songs. Having said that, his lack of nomination can be punishment for ‘going acoustic’.
International Female Solo Artist
Nominees: Alicia Keys, Cat Power, Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, Taylor Swift
My Money’s On: Taylor Swift
Realistically, it’s a two horse race between Taylor Swift and Rihanna, and although Rihanna has won it the past two years, I expect Taylor Swift will win this evening. Plus, she’s the only one performing. However, the bookies favourite is Lana Del Rey, so this one really is wide open.
I’d Give The Award To: Rihanna
Mainly because it’s her birthday today. However, she has sold the most songs/albums out of any nominee this year, and has had two album campaigns. As the hardest worker in pop, she definitely deserves it.
Who They Missed: Kelly Clarkson
Obvious omissions include P!nk, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, but Kelly Clarkson did release Stronger this year. That grouped with her photo-bombing at the Grammy’s and her reply to Clive Davis equates to one amazing popstar, and one which deserves a nomination.
Nominees: Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, fun., The Killers, The Script
My Money’s On: fun.
They’ve already triumphed at the Grammy’s, and had the most success out of the five last year. Not only was We Are Young a huge success, but their album was also critically acclaimed. The bookies have The Black Keys as favourites, but I expect to see fun. snatch it.
I’d Give The Award To: fun.
As above really. They normally look good on the red carpet too, and one of them is going out with Lena Dunham, and I really like Girls.
Who They Missed: N/A
The only one I can really think of is Icona Pop, and I think that’ll be one for next year (along with Haim). Equally, I didn’t think Destiny’s Child at the Super-bowl really counted so I couldn’t include that.