Five matters we’ve learnt from the BRIT Awards 2021 nominations


he Brit Awards in February 2020 ended up most likely music’s final massive evening out, a chance to see chart-toppers placing on overblown performances in entrance of a huge crowd at a time when we didn’t realise we would have to do without for so lengthy.

As the organisers announce the nominations for a ceremony delayed right up until May well 11, it feels peculiar to be a celebrating a yr that was lacking every significant spectacle from Glastonbury down, but the shortlists are as starry as at any time. Listed here are 5 issues we have acquired.

Girls lead the way at previous at the Brit Awards 2021

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Soon after 14 of the 15 nominees in past year’s combined categories had been male, this time feminine artists get a much superior displaying. Four of the five names in the British Album category, traditionally the greatest prize of the night, are women of all ages, and rapper J Hus appears to be like unlikely to need to have a speech in his pocket when up from Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Celeste and Jessie Ware. Parks and Celeste, with 3 nods just about every pursuing debut albums that arrived on the similar working day in January, should to be major information for several years to appear. In fact the nominations as a complete are a youthful, numerous distinction with the summer festival line-ups that have been introduced so much, where heritage rockers however dominate.

British rap is in great shape

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The performances from British Male winner Stormzy and British Album winner Dave ended up the most unforgettable of the 2020 ceremony. Even with out that pair, this time homegrown rappers are a lot more prevalent than ever. A few of the five British Male nominees, typically a prize for Ed Sheeran or Robbie Williams, are rappers. The 10-powerful Music of the 12 months record, also, is 50 % rapped. About the earlier year AJ Tracey, at the poppier conclude of the spectrum, and Headie 1, growing from the murky sub-style drill, have joined J Hus on the A-record. Meanwhile, Nottingham’s triple nominees Young T & Bugsey have proved that you don’t have to be Londoners to be part of the gold rush.

It will not be like the Grammys

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By delaying right up until May well and opting to return to the O2 Arena, the BRITs will hope to be in a placement to stay away from the understated truly feel of March’s Grammys ceremony in Los Angeles. As it stands, the Brits is prepared to be a “test event”, permitted by the Division for Digital, Society, Media and Sport to have a more substantial audience to evaluate whether or not additional these gatherings can choose location. Fingers crossed. The BRITs will also give a warm glow to disgruntled R&B star The Weeknd, who was inexplicably disregarded at the Grammys even with his album Following Several hours being one particular of the year’s most important successes. He’s up for Worldwide Male listed here.

It’ll surely be Dua Lipa’s night time

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Three nominations, now announced together with Mounting Star winner Griff as the initially stay performance of the evening – Dua Lipa appears to be like set to be the large winner of the night. Her second album, Future Nostalgia, took the daring move of aiming squarely at the dancefloor despite the simple fact that there was nowhere to dance, a danger that compensated off when it grew to become the only album unveiled in 2020 to arrive at platinum position in the British isles. Compared with the artier Mercury Prize, the BRITs is there to celebrate commercial good results. They’ll be selected to deliver some statues her way at a time when it is been tougher than at any time to be a big seller.

But Sam Smith must hold out until finally an additional yr

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The debate in the operate-up to the nominations was dominated by the problem of exactly where to set Sam Smith, a two-time British Male nominee who came out as non-binary and started working with they/them pronouns in 2019. Their energetic release Really like Goes skipped out in the British Album class and they ended up ineligible somewhere else. “The Brits are fully commited to evolving the show and the gendered categories are extremely considerably beneath evaluate,” mentioned the organisers. Perhaps subsequent time.