There’s only six days before the UK’s biggest music awards show come back around for its 37th consecutive year! The BRIT Awards will air on 20th February, filmed live at O2 Arena, and will reveal the champions of the UK music scene. The public are able to vote for British Artist Video of The Year and British Breakthrough Act (with the poll only open for another day), while the remaining awards are selected by an anonymous Voting Academy, made up of professionals from every area of the industry.
Jess Gylnne and Anne-Marie top the list with four nominations each. Both R&B singers are up for British Artist Video of the Year, British Female Solo Artist, and British Single (which Jess has two songs put forward for). Two of Jess’ nominations are for Rudimental’s soulful single ‘These Days’ which she features on with Macklemore Dan Caplen. Multi MTV Award-winner Anne-Marie is also going for the Mastercard British Album of the Year for her debut Speak Your Mind, and is up against Neighbourhood Weekender headliner George Ezra and his number one album Staying At Tamara’s.
George follows closely behind on the nomination hierarchy as he is also after British Male Solo Artist and British Single for ‘Shotgun’. Also with three nominations is Little Mix for British Artist Video of the Year for ‘Woman Like Me’ feat. Nicki Minaj, and British Group.
In the running for British Breakthrough Act are Idles and Tom Walker, both of which have had an explosive 12 months. Idles released their highly successful second album Joy As An Act of Resistance, while Tom’s hit single ‘Leave A Light On’ was certified Gold and Platinum in multiple countries. The track has also been put forward for the British Single award.
Rita Ora also has two nomintions in British Artist Video of the Year; one for her track ‘For You’ with Liam Payne taken from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack, and another for her Platinum certified electropop ballad ‘Let Me Love You’.
The International awards include Drake and Janelle Monae; both of whom released widely successful albums in 2018. Drake’s Scorpion hit the top of the over 15 album charts, while Janelle’s Dirty Computer was named Album of The Year by 3 publications including The New York Times.
British singer-songwriters Mahalia and Sam Fender were also put forward for the Critics’ Choice Award. Sam was crowned the winner in November and this is the only award that is made public prior to the ceremony.
The BRITS will air on ITV from 8pm and will be hosted by Jack Whitehall. Tune in to also see performances from Little Mix and George Ezra to name a few. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite British Artist Video of The Year and British Breakthrough Act here while tickets to see all of the above on tour are available here!