BRIT Awards 2014 Predictions
Yes, tomorrow night marks the 34th rendition of the British Phonographic Industry’s awards show, or BRITs for short. This annual celebration of pop music and culture has featured some of the biggest names, bands and characters to have been involved in the mainstream level of British music for the last three and a half decades and shows no signs of letting up this year.
With nominees ranging from David Bowie to Disclosure, Justin Timberlake to John Newman and Laura Marling to Lorde, there is certainly a range of genres spanning an array of awards. It’s always pointless to do a projected winners list, but I feel like doing one anyway so here’s who I think will win in each category, just for the hell of it.
British Male Solo Artist
Nominees: David Bowie, Jake Bugg, James Blake John Newman, Tom Odell
After winning the Mercury Prize last year for his second album, ‘Overgrown’, James Blake is my favourite to win the BRIT. That album had everything to it that a BRIT winner needs; passion, musicianship and intelligence. If Tom Odell walks away with the prize, mark my words, there will be blood in the streets.
British Female Solo Artist
Nominees: Birdy, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Laura Marling, Laura Mvula
This might be the obvious choice and the BRIT judges could throw a ‘curveball’, but the obvious choices tend to be the correct ones. While I personally can’t stand her music, ‘Burn’ is just shite, you can’t argue that she has been everywhere this year and has totally redefined her sound, image and on-stage persona. She’s a totally different Ellie Goulding while still being completely the same.
Nominees: Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Disclosure, One Direction, RudimentalAfter releasing arguably their best album to date last year, Arctic Monkeys are on a roll right now. It seems insane to think that Alex Turner is now 28 years old but it really has been eight years since they released “I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor” and they just haven’t let up since. They really ‘broke’ America this year so hopefully they’ll win the statuette. One Direction still have no idea about anything.
Nominees: Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Haim, Kings of Leon, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
While my heart is screaming for Haim, my head’s telling me this one will be heading back to Seattle with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. If you really want to listen to these guys, check out the “V.S. EP”. By contrast, it makes “The Heist” look like the watered down nonsense it is. Alas, that marriage at the Grammys was either incredibly tacky or a huge step forward, depending on how you see it, but that could be the deciding vote on this one.
British Breakthrough Act
Nominees: Bastille, Disclosure, Laura Mvula, London Grammar, Tom Odell
Another Heart vs. Head debate; this time it was London Grammar vs. Disclosure. While “If You Wait” was an incredibly strong debut record from London Grammar, Disclosure have been everywhere in the last year and “White Noise” is still an absolute banger. I’ve got a lot of hope for these Surrey brothers.
Nominees: Chloe Howl, Ella Eyre, Sam Smith
Fairly straightforward as he’s already won this. He might have a shit haircut but “La, La, La” was one of last year’s biggest songs; it was everywhere and still is yet to get truly old. I’d like to think the video inspired a whole generation of people to want a Chow Chow, too.
Mastercard British Album of the Year
Nominees: Arctic Monkeys – AM, Bastille – Bad Blood, David Bowie – The Next Day, Disclosure – Settle, Rudimental – Home
Well I couldn’t use the same picture twice, could I? Yes, I’m rooting for the Sheffield band to take this gong as well. They deserve it, the album is shit hot.
British Single of the Year
Nominees: Bastille – “Pompeii”, Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”, Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge – “White Noise”, Ellie Goulding – “Burn”, John Newman – “Love Me Again”, Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – “La, La, La”, Olly Murs – “Dear Darlin'”, One Direction – “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)”, Passenger – “Let Her Go”, Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre – “Waiting All Night”
There are so many here that could take it. I think it could be any one from Disclosure, Bastille, Calvin Harris and Naughty Boy. There’s a lot of possibilities here but I think it’ll be these two that come first. That song was like a bad rash, you just woke up one morning and it was EVERYWHERE.
International Male Solo Artist
Nominees: Bruno Mars, Drake, Eminem, John Grant, Justin Timberlake
Is it really going to be anyone else? Really!?
International Female Solo Artist
Nominees: Janelle Monáe, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Pink
Probably the most boring list out of all of them. While it should definitely be Monáe who walks away with this, Lorde has had an incredible years after the release of ‘Royals’. She’s got it in the bag.
British Producer of the Year
Nominees: Ethan Johns, Flood and Alan Moulder, Paul Epworth
Already sewn up for Flood and Alan Moulder. NEXT!
Nominees: Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”, Ellie Goulding – “Burn”, John Newman – “Love Me Again”, Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – “La, La, La”, One Direction – “Best Song Ever”
Not only is it a shit title for a song, but they’re contractually obliged to win something, aren’t they? They just need to go away, man, So quickly.