Coldplay, Radiohead and Duffy Amongst the Brit Awards 2009 Nominees
The sheer depth and diversity of British music talent, on the national and international stage, is showcased in the nominations for The BRIT Awards 2009, announced yesterday.
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The nominations list features an awesome range of artists who have enjoyed UK and global success over the past year. 2008 saw British acts dominate domestic and worldwide markets, achieving both huge critical success and multi-platinum sales, and their achievements are further recognised in The BRITs announcement . The showpiece of the British music calendar will take place at London’s Earls Court on Wednesday February 18, screened live by ITV1 with two hours of surrounding programming on ITV2.
Leading the way with four nominations apiece are Coldplay and Duffy. In a year in which British artists claimed an amazing 13 out of 20 nominations in the four main categories at next month’s American Grammy Awards, Coldplay led a 2008 British invasion of the States. Their quartet of appearances on The BRITs shortlist includes both British Group and the big trophy – the MasterCard British Album for the multi-million-selling “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.” Coldplay have also been the subject of a recent Coldplay Gear Guide article here at Dolphin! Read it!
Duffy’s recognition follows an incredible launch year, which saw her debut album “Rockferry” become not just the UK’s bestselling album of 2008, but achieve sales around the world now approaching 4.5 million copies. The album is also in The BRITs big one to win, the blue ribbon category -The MasterCard British Album. The lead single “Mercy” is up for British Single, to be chosen from an eventual list of five via a live vote on the awards night. The Welsh vocalist is also nominated as British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. The winner of the latter category will be voted by Radio 1 listeners.
Adele, another of the acts that emerged in a brilliant year for female talent in the UK, is one of three artists with three nominations apiece – alongside Scouting for Girls and Elbow. Still only 20, and up for Grammy’s, the north London-born singer-songwriter is up alongside Duffy, Estelle, Beth Rowley and M.I.A for British Female, British Breakthrough Act and British Single for “Chasing Pavements.”
Adele was a BRIT Award winner last year as a debut artist, when she won the inaugural Critics’ Choice title, voted by a panel of media experts. Her successor, who will receive the title at next month’s ceremony, is much-heralded new act Florence and the Machine, the recording name of Florence Welch. She takes the award ahead of two more highly promising British acts, Little Boots and White Lies.
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2008 was an extraordinary culmination of more than a decade and a half of underdog creativity by Elbow, as underlined by their three nominations. The word-of-mouth success of their album “The Seldom Seen Kid,” is recognised with nods for MasterCard British Album and British Group, and they’re also listed for the British Live Act award, to be selected by listeners of Radio 2.
British Live Act is one of three categories to feature another great British success story of last year, Scouting For Girls. Their self-titled debut was released in September 2007, but hit the top of the UK charts four months later and has sold more than 700,000 copies in the UK alone. They go into battle for the coveted Live Act award with Iron Maiden, Elbow, Coldplay and The Verve. They’re also up for British Breakthrough Act and their top ten hit “Heartbeat” is on the shortlist of ten for British Single.
Four other eclectic British acts – Ting Tings, Radiohead, Girls Aloud, and Estelle land two nominations apiece in this year’s BRITs list, again reflecting home- grown excellence in a variety of genres.
In the international categories, the roll of honour produces the highly unusual scenario of the same five artists competing for International Group and International Artist: AC/DC, Fleet Foxes, the Killers, Kings of Leon and MGMT.
Ged Doherty, Chairman of The BRITs Committee said, “The BRITs Academy has chosen a very wide ranging list of nominations this year. The list highlights the continued investment in British talent across the UK record industry and I wish all the nominees the best of luck.”
The BRIT Awards 2009 with MasterCard will also welcome a trophy back into the fold, with the Producer Award returning for the first time since 1998. The nominees, Bernard Butler, Brian Eno and Steve Mac, have been shortlisted by members of the Music Producers Guild, and the presentation will be made in advance of the BRITS ceremony at the MPG Awards at London’s Café de Paris on February 12.
As previously announced, the culmination of The BRIT Awards 2009 with MasterCard ceremony will see the Pet Shop Boys presented with the highly coveted Outstanding Contribution to Music title.
The BRIT Awards 2009 with MasterCard take place on 18th February at London’s Earls Court Arena and will be televised live on ITV1.
Hosted by Kylie Minogue, James Corden and Mathew Horne.
Performers announced so far are Pet Shop Boys, U2, Kings of Leon, Duffy and Girls Aloud.
BRIT AWARDS 2009 NOMINATIONS:
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
Last Shadow Puppets
Scouting For Girls
The Ting Tings
British Live Act
Scouting For Girls
Adele - Chasing Pavements
Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Dizzee Rascal / Harris / Chrome - Dance Wiv Me
Duffy - Mercy
Mastercard British Album
Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends
Duffy - Rockferry
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
AC/DC - Black Ice
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Killers - Day & Age
Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
Kings of Leon
Critics' Choice – Florence and The Machine
Outstanding Contribution To Music - Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys - Outstanding!
Pioneering British Dance duo, Pet Shop Boys, will be awarded with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
A packed audience at Earls Court plus millions of viewers watching live on ITV1 will witness an iconic performance from the Pet Shop Boys when they take to The BRITs stage.
Ged Doherty, Chairman of The BRITs Committee said, “Since their first BRIT Award over 20 years ago, Neil and Chris have produced a fantastic body of work with songs that truly were the soundtrack to a whole generation’s lives. The Pet Shop Boys have since become one of the most influential groups of the modern era and are deserving recipients of the award.”
Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have sold 50 million records since they signed to Parlophone in 1985 with four No 1 singles, 22 top 10 hits and a staggering 39 top 30 singles making them one of the most successful pop duos ever.
In 1986 their first hit single, the anthemic “West End Girls”, topped the charts all over the world and the following year their single “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” relaunched the career of Dusty Springfield.
Pet Shop Boys have also worked as producers or remixers with artists including Robbie Williams, Liza Minnelli, David Bowie, Madonna, Kylie, Yoko Ono, The Killers and, as part of the group Electronic with Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner.
This is a welcome return to The BRITs for the Pet Shop Boys who were awarded their first BRIT in 1987 winning Best British Single for ‘West End Girls’. The duo went on to pick up the coveted Best British Group Award in 1988 and performed their hit single Go West with the accompaniment of a 200 piece Welsh male choir in 1994 while being lowered onto the stage by two huge cranes.
Pet Shop Boys will receive the prestigious award, a gift from the council of the BPI, and perform live at The BRITs 2009 with MasterCard. Previous recipients of the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award include Paul McCartney, Oasis, U2, Paul Weller, Tom Jones, Sting. David Bowie, Eurythmics, The Beatles and The Who.
More about the Brits: http://www.brits.co.uk