Well, I guess the night belonged to James Blunt and Kaiser Chiefs, and I guess that came as no surprise. How well they’ll do at the actual Brit Awards on 15 Feb remains to be seen, but as far as the nominations are concerned it is the two relative newcomers who score highest, each appearing on no less than five shortlists.
Mr Blunt is up for Best British Male, Best Pop Act, Best Single and Best
Album. Kaiser Chiefs are up for Best Group, Best Rock Act, Best Live Act and
also Best Album. Meanwhile, reminding us just how much both of the top
nominees are indeed newcomers, both are also up for Best Breakthrough
Chief Kaiser Ricky Wilson was suitably honest about their achievement,
telling the BBC: “I’m not saying that we’re not shocked, but do not think
people out there will be”, adding “I don’t see James Blunt as our main rival
– we’re like chalk and cheese”.
Other multiple nominees announced at the Brits launch in London last night
include Coldplay, up for four awards, Madonna and Arcade Fire, up for three
gongs each, and Oasis, U2, Gorillaz and Ms Kate Bush who each get two
nominations each. Mr Robbie Williams is also up for an award – Best Male –
which, if he got it, would be his fifteenth Brit – and unprecedented
achievement – so well done him.
Pleasant surprise of the night was possibly the fact that the rather good
Hard-Fi are shortlisted not for Best Breakthrough Act, but for Best Group,
which suitably recognises their achievements in 2005, albeit putting them up
against some stiff competition. The band’s Richard Archer told the Beeb:
“Coldplay are the Manchester United, maybe Chelsea, and we are Brentford. We
have a tricky fourth round draw against Premiership opposition – but we are
on our way up, and they are on their way down”. Too right.
The full list of nominations appears at the bottom of this post. If
you’re really keen why not check out the Brits’ new look website over their
Elsewhere in Brits news, and the gossip ahead of last night’s launch was
that Oasis were considering boycotting the event this year because despite
their two nominations they hadn’t been shortlisted in any of the flagship
categories – in particular Best Album or Best Group. Whether or not this is
true I’ve no idea, but given other rumours that Oasis will take part in the
tribute to Paul Weller due to take place on the night, it may well be
rubbish. Nevertheless, a source told the Sun: “Noel and Liam have no
intention of turning up on the night. They see it as a real snub to be
overlooked for the category. It was a real kick in the teeth for Noel
because he wanted to see Paul Weller pick up his Lifetime Achievement
BRITS NOMINATIONS IN FULL
British Male Solo Artist: Anthony and the Johnsons, Ian Brown, James Blunt,
Robbie Williams, Will Young.
British Female Solo Artist: Charlotte Church, Kate Bush, Katie Melua, KT
Tunstall, Natasha Bedingfield.
British Album: Coldplay – X&Y, Gorillaz – Demon Days, James Blunt – Back To
Bedlam, Kaiser Chiefs – Employment, Kate Bush – Aerial.
British Single: Coldplay – Speed of Sound, James Blunt – You’re Beautiful,
Shayne Ward – That’s My Goal, Sugababes – Push The Button, Tony Christie –
(Is This The Way To) Amarillo.
British Group: Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay, Hard-Fi, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz.
British Rock Act: Franz Ferdinand, Hard-Fi, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, Oasis.
British Urban Act: Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Kano, Lemar, Ms Dynamite.
Pop Act: James Blunt, Katie Melua, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Westlife.
British Breakthrough Act: Arctic Monkeys, James Blunt, Kaiser Chiefs, KT
Tunstall, Magic Numbers.
British live act: Oasis, KT Tunstall, Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay, Franz
International male solo artist: Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Johnson, John
Legend, Kanye West.
International female solo artist: Bjork, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Mariah
Carey, Missy Elliott.
International group: Arcade Fire, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, U2, White
International breakthrough act: Arcade Fire, Daniel Powter, Jack Johnson,
John Legend, Pussycat Dolls.
International album: Arcade Fire – Funeral, Green Day – American Idiot,
Kanye – Late Registration, Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor, U2 – How
To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.
Oustanding contribution to music: Paul Weller