It’s mid-January and once again the cream of the musical crop are frozen with anticipation as to who will be bagging one of the world’s most coveted music awards. Last night they were put out of some of their misery as this year’s award nominees were announced ahead of the 2013 BRIT Awards on February 20.
Those slugging it out for the polka-dot prize (Damien Hirst had the honour of designing this year’s trophy, hence the spots) include Emeli Sandé, who is up for a whopping four gongs, including Best Album. However, she faces tough opposition for Best British Female, as acts include Paloma Faith, Bat For Lashes, and notably the late Amy Winehouse.
Also aiming to ascend the winners’ staircase will be Mumford & Sons, who are up against The XX, Muse and One Direction for Best British Group, and dance producer Calvin Harris, who will have to beat Plan B and Olly Murs to claim the Best British Male title.
Of all the acts shortlisted this year, we’re especially stoked to hear that both Alt-J and Jessie Ware (who both made Time Out’s Top 10 Albums of 2012) have been very deservedly recognised and rack up a total of five nominations between them. We’re pleased to see that the ears behind the BRIT Awards have been open to the wealth of inspired and imaginative music this country has produced in the past year. Luke Holloway
Read our listing for more details about the BRIT Awards 2013.