So yesterday, the shortlist for the Brits was announced. A chance to show the world how Britain is leading in the music industry; our steely glint staring into the future.
And how do we show this? By, erm, nominating The Rolling Stones for best live band.
Amy Winehouse is also in the running for a prize - best female solo artist. Yes, you don't need to go and check on Wikipedia; she'd died before the qualifying period for the 2013 awards. And although she had a couple of posthumous albums released in the qualifying year, neither was considered good enough to make the album shortlist. This has the feel of the way Annie Lennox always seemed to be automatically nominated regardless of if she'd done anything much, but with a ghoulish tint to it.
Ironically, Adele, who has been working through the period, and released a record considered good enough to be nominated, isn't considered good enough to go on the shortlist.
Here's the nominations in full:
British breakthrough act
Alt-J; Ben Howard; Jake Bugg; Jessie Ware; Rita Ora
British female solo
Amy Winehouse; Bat for Lashes; Emeli Sandé; Jessie Ware; Paloma Faith
One Direction; Alt-J; Mumford and Sons; Muse; The xx
British live act
Coldplay; Mumford and Sons; Muse; The Rolling Stones; The Vaccines
British male solo
Ben Howard; Calvin Harris; Olly Murs; Richard Hawley; Plan B
Damon Albarn; Jake Gosling; Paul Epworth
Adele – Skyfall; Alex Clare – Too Close; Coldplay ft. Rihanna – Princess of China; DJ Fresh ft. Rita Ora – Hot Right Now; Emeli Sandé – Next to Me; Florence and the Machine – Spectrum; James Arthur – Impossible; Jessie J – Domino; Labrinth ft. Emeli Sandé – Beneath You're Beautiful; Olly Murs ft. Flo Rida – Troublemaker; Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah – R.I.P; Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump; Robbie Williams – Candy; Rudimental ft. John Newman – Feel the Love; Stooshe – Black Heart
Special recognition award
Alicia Keys; Cat Power; Lana Del Rey; Rihanna; Taylor Swift
Alabama Shakes; The Black Keys; Fun; The Killers; The Script
Bruce Springsteen; Frank Ocean; Gotye; Jack White; Michael Bublé
Mastercard British Album Alt-J – An Awesome Wave; Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events; Mumford and Sons – Babel; Paloma Faith – Fall to Grace; Plan B – Ill Manors