Bastille, Bowie and ‘banter’: predicting the BRIT Awards 2014

brit-awards-2014-1389093508-large-article-0AH YES, HERE we are again. The BRIT Awards. Once again, the biggest names in British music will gather for the yearly popularity contest, hosted by James Corden. What can we expect from this year’s ceremony? Well, as always there will be some controversy; perhaps Harry Styles’ speech will be interrupted by Win Butler. Maybe Nick Grimshaw will drunkenly wander on stage halfway through the presentation of Best British Group with his trousers down. There will of course be a smattering of Radio One DJs, the obligatory nomination no one in the charts will have heard of, and, of course plenty of Corden’s ‘banter’. Katy Perry and Arctic Monkeys will both be performing at the ceremony, as well as Disclosure and Lorde teaming up for a song (which actually might be pretty good). But what of the nominations? I had a gander at who has been nominated, who should win, and who will probably be selected.

British Breakthrough Act

Who should win: Disclosure

Who will probably win: Bastille

Dance duo Disclosure’s debut Settle had a massive impact on both sides of the Atlantic, and featured some excellent beats from the brothers, as well as appearances from the likes of London Grammar and Sam Smith. While it is entirely possible that the duo may win, I have a feeling this will go to Indie group Bastille. There songs have been ever prominent on mainstream radio, and ‘Pompeii’ has become one of their most recognisable songs. The success prompted them to release their debut Bad Blood with a second disc, entitled All This Bad Blood, now with even more triangles in the title. While these two are probably the main contenders, don’t rule out Tom Odell, who managed to (somehow) win the Critics Choice award last year.

International Female Solo Artist

Who should win: Lorde

Who will probably win: Lorde

I am almost certain Lorde will win this award. Having swept the Grammy awards, she is sure to continue this domination at the BRITS. She is loved by both mainstream DJs and Indie kids alike, and Pure Heroine was one of the best albums of 2013. With Lady Gaga and Katy Perry having a somewhat underwhelming year, and it seeming very unlikely Janelle Monae will actually win, Lorde is the prime contender for this award. Did Pink actually do anything?

British Female Solo Artist

Who should win: Laura Marling

Who will probably win: Ellie Goulding

British Female Solo Artist is kind of a no-brainer. Laura Marling’s Once I Was An Eagle is a beautiful record, and received universal acclaim upon its release. Alas, however, the BRIT awards may be cruel and award it to Ellie Goulding, how had a pretty good 2013, dominating the charts with ‘Burn’. However this is a tricky one; Marling has won the award before, causing upset for beating Cheryl Cole, so, who knows?

International Group

Who should win: Haim

Who will probably win: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis OR Daft Punk

This will probably cause uproar. Yes, Daft Punk are nominated. Yes, I love Daft Punk, but I still feel Haim should win this one. Days Are Gone is a damn good Pop album, and after all the work Haim put into it, and with relentless touring, they’ve gone from relatively unknown to one of the biggest bands in the world at the moment. However, them winning is about as likely as you accepting a ride from Justin Bieber. Daft Punk won every award they were nominated for at the Grammys, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also obliterated their opponents. Against these two, Haim don’t seem to stand much of a chance.

British Group

Who should win: Arctic Monkeys

Who will probably win: Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkey’s fifth album, AM, caused a storm in the UK and even chipped away at the US music scene. I’m putting my faith in the system and saying Arctic Monkeys will win this one. The band arguably haven’t had this much influence since the release of their debut, which helped win them three BRIT awards. It’s important to remember that they’re up against Bastille, Rudimental and Disclosure, so their win isn’t secured. If One Direction win, well… we’re all screwed then aren’t we?

International Male Solo Artist

Who should win: John Grant

Who will probably win: Justin Timberlake

Much like Haim, John Grant is up against some giants in his category. Pale Green Ghosts was a fantastic, moving, emotional second solo effort from the singer, but when Eminem returned with The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Justin Timberlake released two albums, that might not cut it. JT returned in 2013 with hits like ‘Suit and Tie’ and ‘Take Back the Night’, and with his massive stage persona, seems the most likely to snatch up the award, along with the BRIT’s view that ‘hey, everyone likes Justin!’

British Male Solo Artist

Who should win: James Blake

Who will probably win: David Bowie

After winning the Mercury Prize at the end of last year, the least James Blake deserves is a win at the BRITs. Overgrown pushed Blake properly in the spotlight, and showed perfectly how much talent he really has. Let’s not forget though, 2013 was the year Bowie emerged from wherever the hell he’s been hiding and gave us The Next Day. It’s highly likely Bowie will win, but if Blake can beat him in one awards ceremony, why not the BRITs?

Mastercard British Album of the Year

Who should win: Arctic Monkeys

Who will probably win: Arctic Monkeys

Similar reasons for why the Arctics should win best British Group. AM was a perfect mixture of Alt-Rock and Hip-Hop beats, something that stood out amongst the ocean of Indie and Psychedelic music. If the band wins Best British Group, it’s almost assured that they will also win British Album of the Year. The band are up against some stiff competition though, with Disclosure, Bowie, Rudimental and Bastille all also nominated, however in my mind, only Bowie poses as the real threat to the band.

British Single

Who should win: Disclosure

Who will probably win: Calvin Harris

I won’t lie, this one is tricky. There are ten songs nominated, and anyone of them could win it. Of course, I believe Disclosure should win; not only have they made some fantastic songs, it’s greatness stands out more in comparison to the throwaway Pop which is also nominated, such as Olly Murs, John Newman and One Direction. You do, of course, have Dance giant Calvin Harris in the running, who has managed to squeeze eight tracks off his last album into singles, and his immense popularity could quite possibly lead to his win.