Predicting Brit Awards: 2016

The prestigious Brit Awards nominations are announced in 48 hours. This year the glitzy event may not be able to promise an outrageously sweary performance by Kayne West or Madonna being dragged from a stage however we already have confirmed performances by Adele AND Coldplay, I can hear the cheers of joy from here. Regardless of your opinion of the event, a Brit award nomination let alone a win can seriously affect an artist’s career. We look ahead at the musicians likely to receive nominations on the left and those we feel would be more deserved on the right with a prediction to the winner in bold.

Best British Male

You would be forgiven for believing all British males’ recorded in 2015 was ‘Hold Back the River’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ as radio stations continuously played the two mega-hits on a loop for all eternity. In reality rock royalty Gallagher and Weller both released huge LPs while Jamie xx stormed the UK charts and festival lineups with his debut album, a tribute to UK garage and dance.

James Bay                                                  Noel Gallagher

Mark Ronson                                                  Paul Weller

Tinie Tempah                                                 Jamie xx

Noel Gallagher                                               Jamie Woon

Olly Murs                                                         Ghostpoet


Best British Female

It would appear for the 2016 ceremony the other female nominees may as well stay home with their feet up and allow the seat fillers to do their job as colossus Adele returns to collect every known award for the stunningly safe ’25’. Regardless of this media bias, 2015 was a marvellous year for British females as Laura Marling released her fifth perfectly crafted LP and Florence + the Machine returned to conquer after four years away. Lianne La Havas, SOAK and Rae Morris all took conventions of folk and melded them with soul, grunge and pop in their own individual manner.

Jess Glynne                                                               Laura Marling

Florence + the Machine                                         Rae Morris

Adele                                                                         Florence + the Machine

Ellie Goulding                                                           Lianne La Havas

Ella Eyre                                                                     SOAK


Best British Breakthrough

2015 was an exemplary year for self-made British artists racing to the top of the single charts as Jess Glynne and Years & Years hit #1. Elsewhere, these tiny isles prove once again to nurture an exceptionally wide variety of talent as Wolf Alice revive the 90s, Jamie xx takes us back to the hedonistic field raves and Oh Wonder meld influences of All Saints and Tears for Fears into momentous emotive pop.

Years & Years                                            Rae Morris

James Bay                                                      Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice                                                       Rhodes

Jess Glynne                                                    Oh Wonder

Krept & Konan                                               Jamie xx


Best British Group

The year that saw Zayn Malik leave Simon Cowell’s personal cash cow saw a surprisingly severe difference in the exceptional and exceptionally terrible releases from British bands. Mumford & Sons, Coldplay and Muse all released lacklustre LPs with very little originality while the likes of Foals, The Chemical Brothers and Belle & Sebastian demonstrated startling creativity in their respective career chronology highlighting the demand for self evaluation and development in the current musical climate.

Disclosure                                                     Blur

Blur                                                                 Foals

Coldplay                                                      The Chemical Brothers

Muse                                                               The Maccabees

One Direction                                               Belle & Sebastian


Best British Album

‘6 billion sold a second, Jesus awards 11.4 stars on Metacritic, proven to cure long term illness’. Although these weren’t the taglines for ’25’ they may as well have been with the speed the album shifted copies. It would seem impossible for the Brits to award this gong to any other artist despite ‘The Magic Whip’ proudly welcoming back Blur or ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ fuelling one of Glastonbury’s most awe inspiring success stories.

Adele – ’25’                                                                                                             Foals – ‘What Went Down’

James Bay – ‘The Chaos & the Calm’                                                                   Jamie xx – ‘In Colour’

Florence + the Machine – ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’                   Wolf Alice – ‘My Love is Cool’

Jess Glynne – ‘I Cry When I Laugh’                        Florence + the Machine – ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

Coldplay – ‘A Head Full of Dreams’                                                                      Blur – ‘The Magic Whip’


Best International Male

Contrary to popular belief, the bangers released by a blonde haired Bieber in the final part of the year were not the only major releases from the international men. Although Drake and The Weeknd released a handful of hit singles in 2015, indie reigned supreme from the States last year as Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, John Grant, Beirut and Brandon Flowers all released immaculate solo albums worthy of the illustrious award.

Drake                                                             Kurt Vile

Justin Bieber                                           John Grant

The Weeknd                                                 Father John Misty

Dr Dre                                                           Brandon Flowers

Kendrick Lamar                                           Beirut


Best International Female

Although this category was one of the strongest in last year’s ceremony, the reality of this year’s likely nominees reads incredibly depressing as Disney stars and the menacing Trainor build the majority. Realistically the sultry siren Lana Del Rey or the creativity of Björk would make worthy winners of the gong while Julia Holter or Grimes could be surprise recipients after both releasing critical masterpieces in 2015.

Björk                                                               Lana Del Rey

Meghan Trainor                                       Björk

Demi Lovato                                                  Julia Holter

Lana Del Rey                                                 Carly Rae Jepsen

Selena Gomez                                                Grimes


Best International Group

Another lacklustre list of likely nominees as the international artists for 2016 as we notice the absence of Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire, Haim and others. Tame Impala did however release an incredibly vivid and individual album which would see them as worthy winners of the accolade. Obscure and unlikely choices come from Iceland, Canada and Ireland for the releases of Of Monsters & Men, Purity Ring and Villagers.

Imagine Dragons                                             Tame Impala

Maroon 5                                                        Purity Ring

Fifth Harmony                                                 Of Monsters & Men

Walk the Moon                                                 Villagers

5S0S                                                                    Alabama Shakes



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