(taken from SparkSunderland.com, my very late predictions for the Brit Awards, I like to think I was pretty successful!)
So awards season is here on us again in the music industry, so here at Spark we’re going to wade through the rubbish so you don’t have to. First up are this years Brit Awards nominations, along with who we predict will triumph.
Best British Male
Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Mark Ronson
This is a very competitive category, with a mix of old and new artists alike. While he may not win, I urge everyone to listen to the last Robert Plant album, its fantastic. There is one clear winner though, Mr Tinie Tempah, having had a fantastic year last year, with competition possible only from Plan B.
Best British Female
Cheryl Cole, Ellie Goulding, Laura Marling, Paloma Faith, Rumer
As much as I love Laura Marling and Paloma Faith, this category belongs to one person alone. The Nations Sweetheart Cheryl overcame everything last year to put out a decent album and win everyone back all over again.
British Breakthrough Act
Ellie Goulding, Mumford and Sons, Rumer, Tinie Tempah, The XX
Here is where we get to see whether the judges will follow hype or support the real good artists. Winner of the Critics Choice award last year Ellie Goulding may be up for a shout but my money is on The XX.
Mumford and Sons, Biffy Clyro, Take That, Gorrillaz, The XX
This category belongs to Take That by right. Kings of Pop and still producing amazing material years don the line, and their recent reunion with Robbie has upped their game even more.
Florence & The Machine – You’ve Got The Love, Alexandra Burke ft Pitbull – All Night Long, Cheryl Cole – Parachute, Matt Cardle – When We Collide, Olly Murs – Please Don’t Let Me Go, Plan B – She Said, Scouting For Girls – This Ain’t A Love Song, Taio Cruz – Dynamite, Tinie Tempah – Pass Out, The Wanted – All Time Low
This is another very difficult category, but it is the one where you have the power. That could very easily lead to a win for X Factor winner Matt Cardle or even Cheryl Cole, but I’m going to stake a claim on Plan B to win, with his contempory soul classic.
Album Of The Year
The XX – XX, Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More, Take That – Progress, Plan B – The Deformation Of Strickland Banks, Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy
Whilst Take That may be the best bet for British band but in the Album of the Year category it’s a different story. While Plan B’s concept album was a triumph, this category belongs to Mumford and Sons, with their twee masterpiece that took the festivals by storm.
International Male Artist
Bruce Springsteen, Cee Lo Green, David Guetta, Eminem, Kanye West
Kanye West’s album may have courted controversy this year, but the content well and truly matched the interest. But his main rival is Cee Lo Green, who’s bringing a bit more fun into the pop world.
International Female Artist
Rihanna, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Robyn, Kylie Minogue
This category is a two horse race between Rihanna and Katy Perry but in my eyes this is Katy’s for the taking. While Rihanna’s was a more mature offering, Katy’s fun-packed, kitsch album has provided everyone with an incredible amount of entertainment.
International Breakthrough Act
Bruno Mars, Glee Cast, Justin Bieber, The National, The Temper Trap
While every tween and the best mate loves Justin Bieber, this year the Glee Cast are on everyone’s minds. The success of the show and the albums are a testament to the talent of the team, and it would be great for them to top their year off with yet another award.
Black Eyed Peas, Kings Of Leon, The Script, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire
After triumphing at the festivals this summer and really breaking through with their massive album The Suburbs, Arcade Fire deserve this award, with their own real competition coming from Cheryl’s bestie Will.I.Am and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas.
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs, Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer, Eminem – Recovery, Katy Perry – Teenage Dream, Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
Yet another nod that I think the new Mrs Brand will secure, as her quirky album had so many strong tunes which some of the other nominees lacked (I’m looking at you Kings Of Leon), and Eminem also has a strong chance here with his long-awaited album Recovery.