Opinion - Brit Awards Predictions


Susan Omand gazes into her crystal ball shaped radiogram and says who will (or at least should) win this year's Brit Awards...

So the Brit Award nominations were announced on Saturday, apparently. I don't know, I was working then watched Match of the Day, as all good music enthusiasts should. Anyway, I caught up with the list on Sunday morning and, horror of horrors, I recognised a few names. I put this down to the fact that I fast forwarded through the Christmas Top of the Pops, and its New Year clone that was all the same songs by all the same people dressed in all the same (snarked about) outfits, and my short term memory isn't that bad yet.... where was I going with this?

So, yeah, Brit Awards. Dua Lipa (Christmas TotP outfit - weird chiffon tartan pyjama things) got the most nominations with five, beating Ed Sheeran's four (Christmas TotP outfit - he and the backing band actually had quite cool geeky Christmas jumpers with Star Wars and Marvel characters so snark was minimal.) Rag n Bone Man (just a video clip on TotP but whose album I actually listened to last year, so there, nyah) gets three nominations, as does J Hus (nope, no idea - not a TotP usual suspect). There's also three for Liam, however that was one for Gallagher and two for Payne. Talking of pain, the other two soloists from One D (are we still calling them that? Even "on hiatus"?) also got a look in with Harry and Zayn going head to head in the Video of the Year. Because of politics and weirdness (it's like Eurovision, honestly) Bjork and Beck get their usual nominations - it's like there's nobody else in the International categories that anyone can agree on!

Two awards that the powers that be have agreed on already though are the Critics Choice award, which has been given to Jorja Smith (may recognise something if I heard it) and the Producer's Award goes to Steve Mac (who I thought was a 6 Music radio presenter until I remembered that was Steve Lamacq).

The other winners will be announced in a big lavish ceremony (will it be live on TV? Will it hell) on 21st February when you can see how many of my predictions below will actually pan out. I've chosen who SHOULD win each award and who WILL win because they are undoubtedly very different.



BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Anne-Marie - 'Ciao Adios'
Calvin Harris Ft Pharrell Williams/ Katy Perry/ Big Sean - 'Feels'
Clean Bandit Ft Zara Larsson - 'Symphony'
Dua Lipa - 'New Rules'
Ed Sheeran - 'Shape Of You' - WILL WIN
Harry Styles - 'Sign Of The Times' - SHOULD WIN (oh bite me)
Jonas Blue Ft William Singe - 'Mama'
Liam Payne Ft Quavo - 'Strip That Down'
Little Mix - 'Touch'
Zayn And Taylor Swift - 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever'

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Dave
Dua Lipa - WILL WIN
J Hus
Loyle Carner - SHOULD WIN
Sampha

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST

Ed Sheeran - WILL WIN
Liam Gallagher
Loyle Carner
Rag'N'Bone Man - SHOULD WIN
Stormzy

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
Haim - WILL WIN
The Killers - SHOULD WIN
LCD Soundsystem

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Alicia Keys
Björk
Lorde WILL WIN
P!nk SHOULD WIN
Taylor Swift

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

Beck
Childish Gambino SHOULD WIN (apparently)
DJ Khaled
Drake
Kendrick Lamar WILL WIN

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Dua Lipa - 'Dua Lipa'
Ed Sheeran - '÷' WILL WIN
J Hus - 'Common Sense'
Rag'n'Bone Man - 'Human' SHOULD WIN
Stormzy - 'Gang Signs & Prayer'

BRITISH SINGLE

Calvin Harris Ft Pharrell Williams/ Katy Perry/Big Sean - 'Feels'
Clean Bandit Ft Zara Larsson - 'Symphony'
Dua Lipa - 'New Rules' - WILL WIN
Ed Sheeran - 'Shape Of You'
J Hus - 'Did You See'
Jax Jones Ft Raye - 'You Don't Know Me' SHOULD WIN (yes really, it's a cover of a 1960's song)
Jonas Blue Ft William Singe - 'Mama'
Liam Payne Ft Quavo - 'Strip That Down'
Little Mix - 'Touch'
Rag'n'Bone Man - 'Human'

BRITISH GROUP

Gorillaz - SHOULD WIN
London Grammar
Royal Blood
Wolf Alice
The xx  - WILL WIN

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Dua Lipa - WILL WIN
Jessie Ware
Kate Tempest
Laura Marling
Paloma Faith - SHOULD WIN


images - Brit Awards, BPI