Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Brits 2012: who won, who lost, who should have won and who was awesome

Tuesday 21st February saw the 32nd Brit Awards for all the biggest UK pop hits. There were some brilliant performances but where the actual awards were concerned (MUSIC SNOB ALERT) I predicted them all correctly. I'll go through performances and what not in a minute but here's a nice concise guide of the UK winners (in bold) and who I reckon should have won (in italics).

Best Male Solo Artist:
Ed Sheeran
James Blake
James Morrison
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Professor Green

Best Femal Solo Artist:
Florence + The Machine
Jessie J
Kate Bush
Laura Marling

Best British Breakthrough Act:
Ed Sheeran
Anna Calvi
Emeli Sande
Jessie J
The Vaccines

Best British Group:
Arctic Monkeys
Chase & Status

Best British Single:
One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
Adele - Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran - The A Team
Example - Changed The Way You Kiss Me
Jessie J feat. B.o.B - Price Tag
JLS feat. Dev - She Makes Me Wanna
Military Wives / Gareth Malone - Wherever You Are
Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks - Heart Skips A Beat
Pixie Lott - All About Tonight
The Wanted - Glad You Came

Mastercard British Album of the Year:
Adele - 21
Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Ed Sheeran - +
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

Critics Choice:
Emeli Sande

Outstanding Contribution to Music:

And Blur gave the best show of the night. Performing Girls & Boys, Song 2 and Parklife they stormed that stage and the only problem I could see was that they hadn't been given the award earlier.

Coldplay opened brilliantly, Florence was as amazingly theatrical as ever, Olly Murs is still my guilty pleasure, Ed Sheeran could have chosen a better song but was still an icon for music fans in pop culture, Noel Gallagher teamed up with Chris Martin and that was great and Adele is still as mindblowing as ever thoroughly deserving all her gongs (I just prefer to support the underdog).

But the person who gave me the biggest surprise was Bruno Mars' backing band. I appreciate Bruno for what he does in that line of music however the swing on this is something else that I did not expect from Mr Mars. Good on you, mate.

And as The Brits always do, that's the lid on 2011 pop music and the level set for 2012. Last year saw some wonders: Adele single-handedly saved the music industry, the teenage world fell in love with Ed Sheeran, Example blew up, we were graced by the superb likes of Emeli Sande, Maverick Sabre, The Vaccines and Anna Calvi to name but a few and even One Direction / The Wanted's fanbases are considerably more vast than the average boy band. But 2012's living up to that already and I'm very excited about this year to . . . oh I'm so sorry we've got to cut you off there!

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