Long has it been a source of debate & confusion as to what role The Brit Awards play in British music.
It’s all a bit misleading to be honest because the name itself makes you think of the golden years of Brit Pop when Oasis and Blur ruled the radio waves – along with Elastica who everyone sort of forgot about – and the rest of that ilk. You imagine two fingers being shown to the nation, you imagine The Spice Girls in their prime riding their wave of slightly askew feminism, you imagine Jarvis Cocker malingering around looking like he might have nicked something. That miniature statue of Britannia is suddenly a symbol of all things that Great British music stands for.
But, in reality – is it?
What does a Brit Award endow an artist with? What kudos does the award now hold? Does anyone start out their career to get one? And when they do get one – what happens as a result? Are we just all hanging onto what a Brit Award used to stand for? Did it even stand for anything in the first place? Why don’t they nominate anyone who isn’t a massive success story?
This year’s nominees are as you’d expect from the Brits – no HUGE surprises and ultimately looks a bit like a well known London radio station’s Wednesday morning’s playlist but heck, we’ll still end up watching it whatever happens because in reality they put on an alright show every year and it’s nice to see the bloopers coming through.
And it’d be interesting to see whether whoever presents it this year will be as funny as the year Samantha Fox presented it with Mick Fleetwood.
Flood & Alan Moulder
British Female Solo Artist
Critics’ Choice Award
Kings Of Leon
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis