Monday, January 18, 2010

Brits nominations: If you're planning to act surprised when it's on ITV2, look away now

ITV2 will be showing the Brit Award nominations shortlist unveiling later, but it's already happened and so you can skip, if you wish.

Someone, somewhere, is putting together a news report under the heading 'here comes the girls', as the Telegraph points out:

Lily Allen has three nominations, as do Pixie Lott, Lady Gaga and Florence & the Machine

Lily Allen has three nominations? Pixie Lott has three nominations?

Pixie Lott?

Those nominations in full:
British Male Solo Artist

Calvin Harris

Dizzee Rascal


Paolo Nutini

Robbie Williams

British Female Solo Artist

Bat for Lashes

Florence & the Machine

Leona Lewis

Lily Allen

Pixie Lott

British Breakthrough Act

(Top 5 selected by Voting Academy; winner chosen by Radio 1 listeners)

Florence & the Machine

Friendly Fires


La Roux

Pixie Lott

British Group


Friendly Fires




MasterCard British Album

Dizzee Rascal Tongue n’Cheek

Florence & the Machine Lungs

Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You

Paolo Nutini Sunny Side Up

British Single

(Winner selected by UK Commercial Radio listeners)

Alesha Dixon Breathe Slow

Alexandra Burke Ft Flo Rida Bad Boys

Cheryl Cole Fight For This Love

Joe McElderry The Climb

JLS Beat Again

La Roux In For The Kill

Lily Allen The Fear

Pixie Lott Mama Do

Taio Cruz Break Your Heart

Tinchy Stryder Ft N-Dubz Number 1

International Male Solo Artist

Bruce Springsteen



Michael Bublé

Seasick Steve

International Female Solo Artist

Lady Gaga


Norah Jones



International Breakthrough Act
(Top 5 selected by Voting Academy; winner chosen by MTV viewers)

Animal Collective

Daniel Merriweather

Empire of the Sun

Lady Gaga

Taylor Swift

International Album

Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion

Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.

Empire of the Sun Walking on a Dream

Jay-Z The Blueprint

Lady Gaga The Fame

Robbie Williams on the best British male shortlist? Does that mean he's agreed to turn up and do one of his tunes? I can't think of any other reason why he'd be there.

The rememberances for Animal Collective and Empire Of The Sun are pleasing, and it's nice to see La Roux in with a chance. The worry there is a dependence on votes from commercial radio listeners - a bit like a food awards asking Burger King customers for their input.

There's a special category, designed to remind people of just how badly misfiring the Brit machine is. It's for the best performance from the Brits of the last 30 years:
Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive/How Deep is Your Love (1997)

Bros I Owe you Nothing (1989)

Coldplay Clocks (2003)

Eurythmics & Stevie Wonder Angel (1999)

Girls Aloud The Promise (2009)

Kanye West Gold Digger (2006)

Kylie Minogue Can’t Get You Out of my Head (2002)

Michael Jackson Earth Song (1996)

Paul McCartney Live & Let Die (2008)

Pet Shop Boys Go West (1994)

Robbie Williams & Tom Jones The Full Monty Medley (1998)

Scissor Sisters Take Your Mama (2005)

Spice Girls Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are (1997)

Take That Beatles Medley - I Wanna Hold Your Hand/Hard Day’s Night/ She Loves Me (1994)

The Who Who Are You (1988)

Bros? Really?

So, no Suede - perhaps unsurprisingly, but surely they're more memorable than Bros? No KLF. Michael Jackson's there, despite it being such a vomitty horror someone ended up in the cells as a result. And maybe it's time for the Brits to let go of the Scissor Sisters - that's a horse that has run its last furlong, surely?


roverinexile said...

How on earth do Doves count as a breakthrough act? I saw them in 2002 and they were hardly new then. Brits are just music awards for idiots.

Anonymous said...

Doves and Muse are breakthrough artists?!?! They were both releasing singles when the average Radio 1 listener was still in nursery!! Hell, Sub Sub were on Top of the Pops before half of them were born!

No but seriously, Simon just hasn't bolded "British Group" unless that's some strange band I've never heard of who somehow merit a breakthrough nomination!

Still, my initial mistake did make me look for Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use). Not heard it in years. The band looks so young!


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