Who will win the Brit Awards?
In short, I think Alt-J will sweep the board, pipping bookies-favourite Emeli Sandé to the coveted Best Album gong. That said, Jessie Ware might beat them to Best Breakthrough. The Mumford’s latest LP Babel bored me to tears, but I’d never bet against them in a live setting, and while I’m loath to overlook The Boss, I think Gotye might beat both him and Jack White for International Male.
We’ll find out if I’m anywhere near the mark when the winners are announced on the 20th February’s ceremony at the O2, hosted by James Corden and featuring live performances by Muse, Robbie Williams, Emeli Sandé, Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard and One Direction (oh, the unbridled joy!). It’s usually a train-wreck of broadcast, so well worth watching just for the sheer schadenfreude of it all.
Best British Group
My guess = Alt-J. Other nominees = Mumford and Sons, The xx, Muse, One Direction
Best British Album
My guess = Alt-J. Other nominees = Emeli Sandé, Plan B, Paloma Faith, Mumford & Sons
Best British Female (solo)
My guess = Paloma Faith. Other nominees = Amy Winehouse, Bat For Lashes, Jessie Ware, Emeli Sandé
Best British Male (solo)
My guess = Ben Howard. Other nominees = Calvin Harris, Plan B, Richard Hawley, Olly Murs
My guess = Alt-J. Other nominees = Jake Bugg, Jessie Ware, Ben Howard, Rita Ora
Best British Live Act
My guess = Mumford and Sons. Other nominees = Coldplay, Muse, The Vaccines, The Rolling Stones
Best International Group
My guess = The Black Keys. Other nominees = The Script, Alabama Shakes, Fun., The Killers
Best International Male (solo)
My guess = Gotye. Other nominees = Jack White, Michael Bubl_é, Frank Ocean, Bruce Springsteen_
Best International Female (solo)
My guess = Lana Del Ray. Other nominees = Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Cat Power, Taylor Swift
Best British Single
My guess = Adele for (Skyfall). Other nominees = Alex Clare (Too Close), Emeli Sandé (Next To Me), Coldplay (Princess Of China w/Rihanna), James Arthur (Impossible), Labrinth (Beneath Your Beautiful, w/Emeli Sande), Olly Murs (Troublemaker), Rita Ora (RIP, Hot Right Now), Florence + The Machine (Spectrum), Robbie Williams (Candy), Jessie J (Domino), Rizzle Kicks (Mama Do The Hump), Rudimental (Feel The Love), Stooshe (Black Heart)
British Producer (in association with the MPG Awards)
My guess = Paul Epworth. Other nominees = Damon Albarn, Jake Gosling