The Brit Awards 2011

So the Brit nominations have been announced and, despite the glaringly obvious omission of Hurts and Marina & The Diamonds from any category, there aren’t any major surprises this year. 

Take a look below at who has been nominated, for what – and who I think should win, and who I think will win…

British Male Solo Artist

  • Mark Ronson
  • Paul Weller
  • Plan B
  • Robert Plant
  • Tinie Tempah

I think this is going to be a walk in the park for Tinie, and deservedly so, after his massive success in 2010. His closest competition will come from Plan B, who had one of the biggest selling albums of the year. 

British Female Solo Artist

  • Cheryl Cole
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Laura Marling
  • Paloma Faith
  • Rumer

A closer contest, although Cheryl sticks out like a sore thumb alongside the likes of her contemporaries. That’s not to say she’s an outsider to win. Despite ropey music and an inability to mime, Cheryl has some huge sales figures behind her. 

My money would be on Ellie Goulding, who’s Bright Lights album was one of the biggest pleasant surprises in 2010.

British Breakthrough Act

  • Ellie Goulding
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Rumer
  • Tinie Tempah
  • The xx

He came out of nowhere and didn’t disappear. I’d be surprised if Tinie Tempah didn’t walk away with this one too. The xx would be a surprise, despite their Mercury Prize Award earlier in the year, and Rumer and Mumford & Sons still have some work to do. Biggest competition? Ellie Goulding. 

British Group

  • Biffy Clyro
  • Gorillaz
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Take That
  • The xx

With record-breaking sales of Progress, it would be wrong for Take That to be ignored this year. 

British Single

  • Alexandra Burke – All Night Long
  • Cheryl Cole – Parachute
  • Florence & The Machine – You Got The Love
  • Matt Cardle – When We Collide
  • Olly Murs – Please Don’t Let Me Go
  • Plan B -She Said
  • Scouting For Girls – This Aint A Love Song
  • Taio Cruz – Dynamite
  • Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
  • The Wanted – All Time Low

I think you can safely rule out any X Factor related win here due to ‘credibility’, and this award shouldn’t be given to a cover version. So goodbye, Alexandra, Florence, Matt and Olly. I don’t know how Cheryl got in here with THAT track, whilst Wonderful Life by Hurts is ignored…Hmmm.

Pass Out will probably win,although Burkey’s All Night Long is fantastic in my humble pop-biased opinion!

Mastercard British Album of the Year

  • Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
  • Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks
  • Take That – Progress
  • Tinie Tempah – Disc-overy
  • The xx – XX

Plan B had a fantastic year and I think he’ll be rewarded with a Brit award in this category. 

International Male Solo Artist

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Cee Lo Green
  • David Guetta
  • Eminem
  • Kanye West

The smart money should surely be on Eminem who staged a massive comeback in 2010. Biggest selling single in the UK with Love The Way You Lie, biggest selling album in the US, second biggest selling album worldwide…

International Female Solo Artist

  • Alicia Keys
  • Katy Perry
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Rihanna
  • Robyn

Nice to see pop reigning supreme in this category! Alicia Keys’ The Element of Freedom is my favourite album of her career to date. Following the mixed reviews of X, Kylie collaborated with Stuart Price and released Aphrodite to a more positive critical reception.

Robyn’s inclusion is massively deserved. Her Body Talk album campaign provided two of my top five singles in Dancing On My Own and Indestructible. I saw her at V and she really is one of the most underrated pop stars around at the moment – an expert in heartbreak-electropop. She is who I would love to win.

But that’s unlikely with the charge being led by Katy Perry’s much improved sophmore album, which under normal circumstances, would have seen her land this award. Had it not been for Rihanna’s continued triumph in just about everything she turned her hand to. She’ll be performing at the Brits and I am sure she won’t be walking away empty handed either. 

International Breakthrough Act

  • Bruno Mars
  • Glee Cast
  • Justin Bieber
  • National
  • Temper Trap

Bruno Mars should win but it’ll be a closely fought battle thanks to the army of Beliebers purchasing Justin’s R&B-lite/pop music.

International Group

  • Arcade Fire
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Kings of Leon
  • The Script
  • Vampire Weekend

I’d like The Script to win this one – they have their critics but they tend to be the same people who wet themselves over Jessie J. But not sure they’ll triumph over Black Eyed Peas who have managed to release one of the worst samples I have ever heard, and get it to #1. 

International Album

  • Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  • Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
  • Eminem – Recovery
  • Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  • Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown

How KoL made the shortlist, I’ll never know. For me, I’d like to see Arcade Fire win this award as The Suburbs is a blinding return to form and We Used To Wait was my second favourite single of the year (after Robyn’s DOMO of course!). 

My money though would go on Eminem.

Critics’ Choice

The less said about this the better. But how Jessie J can find herself with a Brit Award to her name already, whilst some truly fantastic and original artists don’t even get a mention, is beyond me. 

British Producer

  • Ethan Johns (Laura Marling/Tom Jones)
  • John Leckie (The Coral)
  • Markus Dravs (Mumford & Sons/Arcade Fire)
  • Mike Pela (Sade)
  • Stuart Price (Take That/Kylie Minogue)

Stuart Price to win this one, without a doubt. 

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