The Brit Awards are back tonight for their 39th annual awards ceremony! With plenty of huge names nominated, we’re taking a look at the nominees, and who we think will be taking home the trophies!
Best British Album:
It has been a particularly strong year for British albums, making this one quite a tough choice! Jorja Smith is rightfully up there, after her debut album Lost & Found made significant waves in the charts, however in time she will probably produce better records, so we think winning might be a stretch too far this time! An amazing achievement all the same though!
Florence was back with her best album yet, which will do her no harm in the race, whilst the 1975’s wonderfully eclectic third album, which includes last years ‘Best Single’ winner, Love it If We Made It, is also well in the running.
Ultimately however, we think the winner is going to be a toss up between George Ezra’s smash hit album, Staying at Tamara’s, and Anne-Marie’s, Speak Your Mind. Of the two we much prefer, Ezra’s and think it is very difficult to see past him winning, but who knows? Anything could happen!
Best British Single:
In a year filled with catchy bangers, the Best Single category is particularly tough this time around!
George Ezra is probably the favourite with his summer hit, Shotgun, which ruled the nation alongside England’s magnificent world cup campaign, whilst Sigala and Paloma Faith’s ‘Lullaby’ would be a deserved winner, as would Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’, which would not be a huge surprise considering Lipa cleaned up at last years awards. Jess Glynne is also in contention with ‘I’ll Be There. It will be a close one, but we think it will be Ezra that comes out on top of this one.
Best British Male:
This one seems like a no brainer for us. With the second biggest selling album of the year, coming behind only ‘The Greatest Showman’, it would be nonsensical to look past George Ezra for this award. Sam Smith produced a great album but it feels like so long since that was released, whereas Ezra and his music have been EVERYWHERE.
Giggs has also had a great year, establishing himself as one of the UKs best rappers, and is deserving of the award, but we think it will go to Ezra.
Best Female Artist:
This one could go anywhere we think! There’s some real female power artists up for this award this year and it could honestly go to anyone! Our gut instinct tells us it will go to one of the more experienced artists such as Florence, Jess Glynne or Lily Allen, but with the breakthrough that Jorja Smith has had and Anne –Maries success, it really could go anywhere!
It’s hard to looke past Jorja Smith winning this one. The only thing reason that I don’t see Smith winning, is if she wins one of the bigger awards. Tom Walker has a great voice, but seems somewhat forgettable, whereas Idles may have a chance at edging out Smith, but the Bristol band may be a bit too noisy for the British public.
Arctic Monkey’s made arguably the most significant album of the year, but may miss out with the organisers not wanting to risk another broken microphone! Gorillaz and the 1975 have won before, and we can’t see them doing it this year. Little Mix have never won the this category, and with an onus being on the equality of Womens nominations, they could be seen as the favourites, following the release of their 5th studio album, LM5.
Of all the contenders, Little Mix certainly the biggest fanbase and pulled out an excellent video for ‘Women Like me’ which was certainly stronger than most of their rivals. The other main contender is Clean Bandit, who produced some incredible special effects on their ‘Solo’ video!
In terms of the International Awards, Chic and Nile Rodgers are our favourites for Best Group, Shawn Mendes and Drake are the frontrunners for best Male, and Ariana Grande is surely a shoe in for Best Female!