Last night saw The BRIT Awards 2014 nominations announced on ITV on ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ , hosted by Nick Grimshaw and featuring performances from Rudimental, Tinie Tempah, Pixie Lott and 2014 Critics’ Choice winner, Sam Smith.
With just over a month to go until The BRIT Awards 2014 with MasterCard at The O2 in London, the nominations have been announced, revealing that 2014 sees new British music largely dominate the categories with Disclosure and Bastille leading the way with four nominations each.
The nominees were announced by Nick Grimshaw at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ broadcast on ITV on Thursday night. It was also announced that Ellie Goulding will perform live on the night as her star continues to rise since winning the BRITs Critics’ Choice award in 2010, having been nominated twice this year for British Single for ‘Burn’ and ‘I Need Your Love’ with Calvin Harris, and additionally for British Female Solo Artist. Ellie joins the already stellar line up of Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Rudimental, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry with further acts to be announced.
Topping the list of nominations this year are electronic music duo Disclosure and four piece rock band Bastille, who appear in four different categories. Flying the flag for new British music, each have enjoyed incredible success in 2013 with both of their respective debut albums reaching #1 in the UK chart as well as receiving critical acclaim across the pond in America. Both acts will be in direct competition with each other with their four nominations coming in identical categories. They will be vying for the coveted statues (this year designed by legendary hat maker Philip Treacy) for British Group, British Breakthrough Act, British Single (Bastille for ‘Pompeii’ and Disclosure for ‘White Noise’ ft AlunaGeorge) as well as the prestigious MasterCard British Album of the Year. Following hot on their tails with three nominations are Hackney drum and bass outfit Rudimentalwho are also up for British Album, British Single and British Group.
In contrast to the new acts at this year’s awards, David Bowie is nominated for British Male Solo Artist 30 years since winning his first BRIT Award. A winner on two previous occasions, in 1984 for British Male and given the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1996, Bowie is up against Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman and Tom Odell who are all more than 40 years younger than the legendary singer.
David Bowie is also nominated for the biggest award of the evening, the MasterCard British Album of the Year alongside Bastille, Disclosure, Rudimental and Arctic Monkeys. On the night itself we’ll learn more about the creation of these five nominated albums as they are showcased via short films screened throughout the Awards, building the anticipation towards the evening’s big reveal. Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys, who will open this year’s BRIT Awards, have achieved two nominations for British Album and British Group. At the 2007 and 2008 ceremonies they did the double and won both of these awards; a feat managed only by themselves and the Manic Street Preachers. Were they to match this in 2014 they would be the first artists to do the double for a record third time.
BRITs to launch first ever social vote
Reflecting the growing popularity of social media a brand new Award category has also been added – British Video. This will give viewers of the BRITs the chance to vote for the Award, live on the night. A shortlist of 5 videos based on YouTube views will be announced prior to the night itself. Exact details of how this vote will work will be announced in the coming weeks.
The BRIT Awards 2014 will be held at The O2 in London on Wednesday 19th February and will be broadcast live on ITV.
See the full list of nominees below.
BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge, “White Noise”
Ellie Goulding, “Burn”
John Newman, “Love Me Again”
Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith, “La La La”
Olly Murs, “Dear Darlin’”
One Direction, “One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)”
Passenger, “Let Her Go”
Rudimental feat. Ella Eyre, “Waiting All Night”
MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Arctic Monkeys, AM
Bastille, Bad Blood
David Bowie, The Next Day
BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Flood & Alan Moulder
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Kings of Leon
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Check out the gallery from last nights nomination party below, Pictures courtesy of JM International: