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The BRIT Awards 2014: nominations announced

Posted at 6:00 pm, January 9, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

Brit Awards nominations 2014

As the nominations for this year’s MasterCard-sponsored The BRIT Awards are announced, Jonny Ensall and James Manning look at the acts who are shaking up the shortlists.

The ‘sure thing’ rock legends

Arctic Monkeys

The Sheffield sleazebags represent the closest thing to a shoo-in for a 2014 BRIT Award. Last year’s album ‘AM’ showed frontman Alex Turner on louche and sultry form. It was also among their best ever records – a multi-platinum juggernaut that has carried them into a different league of behemoth rock bands. The formula is clear: mass appeal + musical innovation + sex = BRITs glory.

Nominated for British Group; Album of the Year.

See them live in Finsbury Park in May.

The ‘sound of 2013’ dance act

Disclosure

They produced ‘Settle’, Time Out’s album of the year. They dominated the charts. They made house and garage sound fresh again. And now they’ve picked up a whopping four nominations at the BRITs. It’s fair to say that brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence – aka prodigal dance act Disclosure – are far from slacking as they head into twenty-something life. That said, perhaps they’ll just kick back with some Jeremy Kyle in 2014?

Nominated for British Group; British Breakthrough Act; British Single (‘White Noise’); Album of the Year.

See them live at Alexandra Palace in March.

The ‘just-getting-started’ pop star

Ella Eyre

…or, as we like to call her, Ella’s Hair. This 19 year-old Londoner and her massive barnet missed out on the Critics’ Choice award (that went to soul hopeful Sam Smith). But, she’s set to dominate 2014 anyway, thanks to her smoky voice, captivating stage presence and a solid foundation as a featured artist: she’s already had a Number One single with Rudimental. Definitely not a case of Eyre today…

Nominated for Critic’s Choice; British Single (‘Waiting All Night’ with Rudimental).

See her live at XOYO in March.

The ‘didn’t-see-that-coming’ synth-pop band

Bastille

Not many people were tipping Bastille for chart dominance at the beginning 2013. It took some singular songwriting by spiky-haired David Lynch obsessive Dan Smith to power his band to success – most notably ‘Pompeii’, which was last year’s best track about a first-century natural disaster. Smith told Time Out the band were ‘quite happily unaware’ of Bastille’s explosive rise: essentially the same mistake the Pompeians made.

Nominated for British Group; British Breakthrough Act; British Single (‘Pompeii’); Album of the Year.

See them live at Alexandra Palace in March.

The ‘surprise choice’ indie icon

John Grant

Probably the last place that leftfield pop crooner John Grant expected to find himself was nestled between Bruno Mars and Eminem on the International Male nominees list. Grant’s 2013 album, ‘Pale Green Ghosts’, dealt with some of the American’s many demons, including depression, alcoholism and living with HIV. It’s not a classic club jam. However, Grant’s honesty is captivating. Forget Marshall Mathers – this is hard knocks songwriting at its best.

Nominated for Best International Male Solo Act.

See him live at the Roundhouse in March.

The winners of the The BRIT Awards 2014 will be announced at The O2 on Wed Feb 19. Buy tickets here to the award show, which includes live performances by Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Rudimental, Bastille, Tinie Tempah, Pixie Lott and Sam Smith (and maybe Beyoncé, if the rumours are true).

Here’s the full list of nominees:

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST

David Bowie
Jake Bugg
James Blake
John Newman
Tom Odell

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Birdy
Ellie Goulding
Jessie J
Laura Marling
Laura Mvula

BRITISH GROUP

Arctic Monkeys
Bastille
Disclosure
One Direction
Rudimental

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Bastille
Disclosure
Laura Mvula
London Grammar
Tom Odell

CRITICS’ CHOICE

Sam Smith (Winner)
Chlöe Howl
Ella Eyre

BRITISH SINGLE

Bastille – ‘Pompeii’
Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding – ‘I Need Your Love’
Disclosure (feat. AlunaGeorge) – ‘White Noise’
Ellie Goulding – ‘Burn’
John Newman – ‘Love Me Again’
Naughty Boy (feat. Sam Smith) – ‘La La La’
Olly Murs – ‘Dear Darlin’’
One Direction – ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’
Passenger – ‘Let Her Go’
Rudimental (feat. Ella Eyre) – ‘Waiting All Night’

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
Bastille – ‘Bad Blood’
David Bowie – ‘The Next Day’
Disclosure – ‘Settle’
Rudimental – ‘Home’

BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Ethan Johns
Flood (Mark Ellis) & Alan Moulder
Paul Epworth

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

Bruno Mars
Drake
Eminem
John Grant
Justin Timberlake

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Janelle Monáe
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Lorde
Pink

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Arcade Fire
Daft Punk
Haim
Kings Of Leon
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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