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Brit Awards 2016: Who will win?

Brit Awards 2016: Who will win?by Ian Wade

24/02/2016Music

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It's The BRITs time again, and as the great and the good and, sadly, Keith Lemon make final arrangements as regards outfits and cab-shares, we have a look at the runners in this year's awards, and suggest who would be a good winner should it all go horribly wrong on Wednesday evening (24 February).

British Male Solo Artist

NOMINEES Aphex Twin, Calvin Harris, James Bay, Jamie xx, Mark Ronson

WILL WIN James Bay

There are probably people whose careers are reliant on this happening, but you can't deny the hat-wearing troubadour has had the biggest success saleswise in the UK in 2015.

SHOULD WIN Jamie xx

Mark Ronson was awarded for Uptown Funk last year, Calvin hasn't been as omnipotent as he was with the last album but has sold millions of singles, and while we'd love Aphex Twin to win it, we're slightly confused why he's there in the first place when Noel 'rent-a-quote' Gallagher didn't manage it, so, for daring to sound the most like 2015, Jamie xx would be a good outside bet.

Can anyone beat Adele?

Can anyone beat Adele?

British Female Solo Artist

NOMINEES Adele, Amy Winehouse, Florence + The Machine, Jess Glynne, Laura Marling

WILL WIN Adele

For services to saving the music industry, and coming back just at the right time to provide a bumper Christmas all round.

SHOULD WIN Florence + The Machine

You have to admit Ms Welch has put the hours in this year, and her sudden promotion to the headline slot at Glastonbury was overdue. Jess Glynne would also be a decent shout, but one has to feel for the likes of Ellie Goulding who, despite having a number one single and releasing a new album, is still not deemed as good as Amy Winehouse, whose last official album celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, and has been unable to attend award shows for the last five owing to being dead.

 

British Group

NOMINEES Blur, Coldplay, Foals, One Direction, Years & Years

WILL WIN One Direction

If this is based on sales alone, then 1D would walk it. It might be seen as a nice type of 'carriage clock' award to thank them for their efforts before they split up and go mad.

SHOULD WIN Foals

Depending on what hour it is, there may or may not be a Blur currently existing, so we say Foals. They've spent 10 years gradually edging themselves towards arena tours and headlines. A win for them and their What Went Down album would inject a bit of freshness.

Jess Glynne has broken through in chart-topping style

Jess Glynne has broken through in chart-topping style

British Breakthrough Act

NOMINEES Catfish And The Bottlemen, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Wolf Alice, Years & Years

WILL WIN James Bay

Because wearing a hat and being authentic are things the BRITs like to continually reward.

SHOULD WIN Jess Glynne

We're wondering how much someone has to 'breakthrough' when they've been involved in five number one singles in the last two years, but Jess deserves at least one gong this evening, and this is her best bet. Plus she's sold more singles in the last year than Adele.

Years & Years were inescapable in 2015

Years & Years were inescapable in 2015

British Single

NOMINEES Adele – Hello, Calvin Harris & Disciples– How Deep Is Your Love, Ed Sheeran & Rudimental – Bloodstream, Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do, James Bay – Hold Back The River, Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand, Little Mix – Black Magic, Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato – Up, Philip George – Wish You Were Mine, Years & Years – King

WILL WIN Adele – Hello

No-brainer really. Biggest-selling tune of that lot. Plus she's in the building and they'll be desperate to please her after the debacle last time when her acceptance speech was rather rudely cut short.

SHOULD WIN Years & Years – King / Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand

Either of these two. Chart-toppers and big radio hits throughout 2015. Two of the more distinctive numbers in this category too, as speeding up some Stevie Wonder as Philip George did is hardly innovation.

 

Mastercard British Album Of The Year

NOMINEES Adele – 25, Coldplay – Head Full Of Dreams, Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, James Bay – Chaos And The Calm, Jamie xx – In Colour

WILL WIN Adele – 25

Just to give this perspective, did any of the other albums in this category shift seven million in their first month of release in the States? No. No, they did not.

SHOULD WIN Jamie xx – In Colour

In a slim pickings list, this fared the best with the critics' end-of-year polls, although Florence did score number one in America too, so it could be her.

Kendrick Lamar deserves recognition for the awesome To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar deserves recognition for the awesome To Pimp A Butterfly

International Male Solo Artist

NOMINEES Drake, Father John Misty, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd

WILL WIN Justin Bieber

It's one of the strongest categories, but... He's in the building, he's spent the last six months in the top 10 with three chart-toppers, and every track on his album entered the top 100 upon release. So still 'quite popular', but also starting to infect the minds of people over the age of nine.

SHOULD WIN Kendrick Lamar

In the absence of a Best International Album award, Lamar would be a good choice.

 

International Female Solo Artist

NOMINEES Ariana Grande, Björk, Courtney Barnett, Lana Del Rey, Meghan Trainor

WILL WIN Meghan Trainor

We keep staring at these names and are still not seeing the words 'Julia Holter' on the form, which is criminal. So, well, Trainor it is. She's sold more than all the others, and even if her career writing novelty pop runs out of steam shortly, she can look back at her gong and the lunacy of the record-buying public.

SHOULD WIN Courtney Barnett

Lana, Ariana and Björk all did sterling work, but the genuinely new and interesting Courtney Barnett would be a refreshing selection.

Can Kevin Parker's Tame Impala see off U2?

Can Kevin Parker's Tame Impala see off U2?

International Group

NOMINEES Alabama Shakes, Eagles Of Death Metal, Major Lazer, Tame Impala, U2

WILL WIN U2

They're like a peace force roaming the planet, taking over vast venues for up to a week at a time. You may not be able to hum many tunes off the last album, but they're still quite a big deal.

SHOULD WIN Tame Impala

The Impala's last album Currents was a critical favourite all round, and also sold handsomely. However, Alabama Shakes got a fistful of Grammys last week for making their debut album again, and the largely insulting presence of Eagles Of Death Metal suggests that making music that sells is an afterthought, and whoever has been in the news recently 'will do'. So it could be anyone's really.