This year it appears that the Brits have turned indie! The 2013 nominations were announced last week at a London event including artists ranging from Lana Del Rey to The Killers.
This past year has seen a wave of new music crashing onto the alternative/rock shore including newbies Alt J, Jake Bugg and Ben Howard. All artists have had a very successful year, so these nominations will be the cherry on top of their musical cake. The unique sounding Alt J have bagged a trio of nominations for Best British Group, Album and Breakthrough Act. Their debut album An Awesome Wave won the Mercury Prize last year and has sold over 100,000 in the UK. The band claimed they didn’t think the Brits were for bands like them and described the news as ‘incredible’. Jake Bugg, and Ben Howard have both been nominated for Best Breakthrough act alongside Alt J.
Folksy Mumford and Sons have also scored two nominations on the release of their second album Babel and recent UK tour. They have been put alongside the likes of The XX, Muse and One Direction in the running for Best British Group and competing against acts such as Coldplay, The Rolling Stones and The Vaccines for Best Live Act.
As always, that hint of teen pop glimmers through in this year’s nominations with One Direction being nominated for Best British Group, Taylor Swift and Rihanna for Best International Female and cheeky chap Olly Murs for Best British Male.
Looking back on last years nominations and comparing the two years of British music, it seems that The Brits play a huge part in artists Careers. Acts such as Emeli Sande and The Vaccines were put against eachother last year to win British Breakthrough but are now proudly in the running to win awards such as Best British Album
The awards ceremony is hosted at London’s O2 Arena, taking place on February 20th with many nominated acts such as Ben Howard and Emeli Sande confirmed to perform.
The Brits – 20th February