2013 BRIT Awards: 5 Things You Need To Know About This Year's Nominations

11 January 2013 by

Emeli Sande presents Tom Odell with Critic's Choice Award

It’s THE week for nominations. We’ve had the BAFTAs. We’ve had the Oscars and now it’s the turn of the BRIT Awards. We’ve noticed a bit of a shift in this year’s nominees with a distinct lack of X Factor alumni (One Direction aside, obvs) and the usual pop princesses (sorry, Kylie). Here’s what you need to know about this year’s nominees…

1. Emeli Sande is up for 3 awards

Emeli, aka the face of the Olympics and anything vaguely sports related last year, has been honoured for her contribution to the world with three (kind of four) nominations including Best Female Solo Artist, Mastercard British Album of the Year and twice in the British Single category with Next To Me and on her collaboration with Labrinth, Beneath Your Beautiful.

2. Amy Winehouse has been posthumously nominated

After the success of her album Lioness: Hidden Treasures released in December 2011, Amy Winehouse has been nominated for Best Female Solo Artist, 18 months after her death. It shows just how much of a mark the singer left on the industry that she’s being recognised in this way.

3. The Rolling Stones get a nod for British Live Act

The Rolling Stones are the only band to be nominated in both the first ever BRIT Awards (in 1977) and in the 2013 list in the reinstated category British Live Act, following their 50-year anniversary comeback last year. They face competition from Coldplay, Muse, Mumford & Sons and The Vaccines.

4. This year’s statue has been designed by Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst is the third British creative to put his stamp on the iconic award following Vivienne Westwood and Sir Peter Blake who designed the award in 2011 and 2012. This year, winners will be walking away with a white statue covered in multi-coloured spots. We wouldn’t mind one for our mantelpiece Damien!

5. There’ll be no interruptions for Adele…hopefully

Following her Academy Award nomination for the Skyfall theme song, Adele has also scooped a Brit nod for British Single. Remember last year and James Corden’s totes excruciating interruption to her acceptance speech – and the outrage that followed? We predict people will be keeping a very safe distance this time round.

The BRIT Awards 2013 with Mastercard will be held at the O2 on 21st February, presented by James Corden and broadcast live on ITV1. See below for the full list of nominees…

British Breakthrough Act Nominees:
Top 5 selected by Voting Academy. Winner identified by public vote promoted by brits.co.uk and BBC Radio 1
• Alt-J (Infectious Music)
• Ben Howard (Island / Universal Music)
• Jake Bugg (Mercury / Universal Music)
• Jessie Ware (Island / PMR / Universal Music)
• Rita Ora (Columbia / Roc Nation / Sony Music)

British Female Solo Artist Nominees:
• Amy Winehouse (Island / Universal Music)
• Bat for Lashes (Parlophone / EMI Music)
• Emeli Sandé (Virgin / EMI Music)
• Jessie Ware (Island / PMR / Universal Music)
• Paloma Faith (RCA / Sony Music)

British Group Nominees:
• Alt-J (Infectious Music)
• Mumford & Sons (Gentlemen of The Road / Island / Universal Music)
• Muse (Helium 3 / Warner Bros / Warner Music)
• One Direction (Syco / Sony Music)
• The xx (Young Turks / XL / Beggars)

British Live Act Nominees:
• Coldplay (Parlophone / EMI Music)
• Mumford & Sons (Gentlemen of The Road / Island / Universal Music)
• Muse (Helium 3 / Warner Bros / Warner Music)
• The Rolling Stones (Polydor / Universal Music)
• The Vaccines (Columbia / Sony Music)

British Male Solo Artist Nominees:
• Ben Howard (Island / Universal Music)
• Calvin Harris (Columbia / Sony Music)
• Olly Murs (Epic / Sony Music)
• Richard Hawley (Parlophone / EMI Music)
• Plan B (679 / Atlantic / Warner Music)

BRITs Global Success Award
The winner of this Award will be announced at the Show on Wednesday 20th February.

British Producer of the Year Nominees:
In association with The MPG Awards Identified by a panel overseen by MPG.
• Damon Albarn
• Jake Gosling
• Paul Epworth

Special Recognition Award Winner:
War Child UK

Critics’ Choice Award :
In association with War Child Identified by a panel made up of media music critics
• Tom Odell (Columbia / Sony Music) - Winner
• AlunaGeorge (Island / Universal Music)
• Laura Mvula (RCA / Sony Music)

International Group Nominees:
• Alabama Shakes (Rough Trade / XL / Beggars)
• The Black Keys (Nonesuch / Warner Music)
• Fun (Atlantic / Fuelled By Ramen / Warner Music)
• The Killers (Vertigo / Universal Music)
• The Script (Epic / Phonogenic / Sony Music)

International Female Solo Artist Nominees:
• Alicia Keys (RCA / Sony Music)
• Cat Power (Matador / XL / Beggars)
• Lana Del Rey (Polydor / Universal Music)
• Rihanna (Def Jam / Universal Music)

International Male Solo Artist Nominees:
• Bruce Springsteen (Columbia / Sony Music)
• Frank Ocean (Def Jam / Universal Music)
• Gotye (Island / Universal Music)
• Jack White (XL Recordings / XL / Beggars)
• Michael Buble (Reprise / Warner Music)

British Single:
Top fifteen British singles based on the biggest sales success in 2012 - With Capital FM and iTunes
• Adele ‘Skyfall’ (XL Recordings / XL / Beggars)
• Alex Clare ‘Too Close’ (Island / Universal Music)
• Coldplay & Rihanna ‘Princess of China’ (Parlophone / EMI Music)
• DJ Fresh Ft Rita Ora ‘Hot Right Now’ (Ministry of Sound / Ministry of Sound Group)
• Emeli Sandé ‘Next To Me’ (Virgin / EMI Music)
• Florence & The Machine ‘Spectrum’ (Island / Universal Music)
• James Arthur ‘Impossible’ (Syco Music / Sony Music)
• Jessie J ‘Domino’ (Island / Lava / Universal Music)
• Labrinth Ft Emeli Sandé ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ (Syco Music / Sony Music)
• Olly Murs Ft Flo Rida ‘Troublemaker’ (Epic / Sony Music)
• Rita Ora Ft Tinie Tempah ‘R.I.P.’ (Columbia / Roc Nation / Sony Music)
• Rizzle Kicks ‘Mama Do The Hump’ (Island / Universal Music)
• Robbie Williams ‘Candy’ (Island / Universal Music)
• Rudimental Ft John Newman ‘Feel The Love’ (Asylum / Black Butter / Warner Music)

Mastercard British Album of the Year Nominees:
Supported by The Sun Bizarre Column
• Alt-J ‘An Awesome Wave’ (Infectious Music)
• Emeli Sandé ‘Our Version Of Events’ (Virgin / EMI Music)
• Mumford & Sons ‘Babel’ (Gentlemen of The Road / Island / Universal Music)
• Paloma Faith ‘Fall To Grace’ (RCA / Sony Music)
• Plan B ‘Ill Manors’ (679 / Atlantic / Warner Music


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