Monday, February 16, 2009

Trying to work up enthusiasm for this week's Brit Awards.

The annual British music awards ceremony takes place this Wednesday, I'll videotape it and watch it on Thursday night.

I suppose it's one of the worst years in a long time, and any British music I did get excited about got lost and would never ever make it to an awards ceremony like this....not when you've got absolute dross like Scouting For Girls around anyway :O

Here are the nominees, and some of my foolish predictions.

British Male Solo Artist: Ian Brown, James Morrison, Paul Weller, Will Young, The Streets.

Prediction: Will Young. He may not be topping the charts anymore but you can't deny that he's a quality performer.
Own choice: Will Young.

British Female Solo Artist: Adele, Beth Rowley, Duffy, Estelle, M.I.A.

Prediction: Duffy. She sold lots of records, and "the industry" likes that too.
Own choice: I'm not really keen on any of them, but if I was pushed then probably Estelle, if only for "American Boy".

British Group: Coldplay, Take That, Elbow, Girls Aloud, Radiohead.

Prediction: Take That. A loyal fanbase both old and new should do it for them.
Own choice: OK I love Take That, I really do, but it's Coldplay for me.

British Breakthrough Act: Adele, Duffy, The Last Shadow Puppets, Scouting For Girls, The Ting Tings. Otherwise known as the 'everything that was wrong with new British music last year' category - Shadow Puppets excepted.

Prediction: Duffy.
Own choice: The Last Shadow Puppets

British Album: Coldplay - Viva La Vida / Duffy - Rockferry / Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid / Radiohead - In Rainbows / Ting Tings - We Started Nothing

Prediction: Viva La Vida.
Own choice: Viva La Vida.

British Live Act: Coldplay, Elbow, Iron Maiden, Scouting For Girls, The Verve.

Prediction: Coldplay.
Own choice: Coldplay.

International Male Solo Artist: Beck, Neil Diamond, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Seasick Steve. Yes it's diverse, but was that the best they could do?

Prediction: Kanye West.
Own choice: Kanye West.

International Female Solo Artist: Beyoncé / Gabriella Cilmi / Katy Perry / Pink / Santogold

Prediction: Katy Perry
Own choice: Gabriella Cilmi

International Group: AC/DC, Fleet Foxes, The Killers, Kings of Leon, MGMT

Prediction: Kings of Leon
Own choice: The Killers

International Album: All the albums by all the International Group nominees.

Prediction: Kings of Leon
Own Choice: The Killers

Best British Single: Adele - Chasing Pavements / Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah / Coldplay - Viva La Vida / Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome - Dance Wiv Me / Duffy - Mercy / Estelle ft Kanye West - American Boy / Girls Aloud - The Promise / Leona Lewis - Better in Time / Scouting for Girls - Heartbeat / The X Factor Finalists - Hero

Prediction: "Mercy"

Own choice: How cool would it be if "Dance Wiv Me" won!!!

At least we'll get something decent on the night: The Pet Shop Boys will get that long-overdue Lifetime Achievement award and if the rumours are true, they promise a very special live performance. Well we will need something to liven it up.

Sorry I'm so full of apathy about this, but compare this with the likes of the Swedish Grammys or the Rockbjornen, and you will realise where my musical heart truly lies (if you didn't know already of course!!) :)))


Keira said...

Neil Diamond all the way! haha. You know how most people have an introduction to 'retro' music through their parents. Well, my mum introduced me to Neil Diamond at a young age, over and over and over. Wasn't I lucky?

EuropeCrazy said...

I think that's some kind of childhood ritual, being introduced to Sir Neil of Diamond at an early age, cause that happened to me too. I take it you're still going through trauma :))) my experiences were a bit more positive, can't go wrong with a bit of "Cracklin Rosie" or "Sweet Caroline" although you probably need a few small refreshments first.

Nothing wrong with ol' Neil of course but things are pretty bad if he makes it to the Brits shortlist. I've got about another 57 international male solo singers that I could nominate, but outwith blog-land no-one's probably heard of them :)))))