2019 BRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 201

The nominees for the 2019 BRIT Awards have been revealed.

UK pop sensations Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa lead the charge this year with an incredible four nominations each. Anne-Marie is up for British Female, British Single, British Artist Video of the Year, and the prestigious Mastercard British Album of the Year for debut album Speak Your Mind, which went to No. 3 in the UK charts on release last spring. Following her two BRIT wins in 2018, Dua Lipa also receives four nominations, with two in both British Single and British Artist Video categories, for her own track ‘IDGAF’ and the No. 1 Calvin Harris collaboration ‘One Kiss’.

George Ezra, whose second UK No.1 album ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ was the best-selling artist album of 2018, is up for three nominations: British Male, Mastercard British Album of the Year and British Single – bringing his total BRIT nominations tally to seven. One of the UK’s biggest breakthroughs of last year Jorja Smith, is also up for three nominations, British Female, British Breakthrough, and Mastercard British Album of the Year, following her 2018 Critics’ Choice win.

Up for two awards are: Calvin Harris, The 1975, Little Mix, Tom Walker, Jess Glynne, Rita Ora, Clean Bandit, Florence + The Machine and Rudimental.

Gorillaz are back fighting for British Group once again, having won in 2018, and Giggs receives his first ever BRIT nomination for British Male, but has stiff competition from
George Ezra, Sam Smith, Aphex Twin and Craig David.

This year’s nominations lists also include many previous BRITs Critics’ Choice nominees and winners: Jorja Smith (winner 2018), Mabel (nominated 2018), Anne-Marie (nominated 2017), Dua Lipa (nominated 2017), Years & Years (nominated 2015), Sam Smith (winner 2014) and Florence + The Machine (winner 2009).

A host of brand new names feature in this year’s international categories: Kamasi Washington, Travis Scott and Shawn Mendes are all up for International Male against 2017 winner Drake and four time BRIT winner Eminem, whilst International Female sees Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Christine & The Queens and 2014 nominee Janelle Monae all shortlisted.

Beyoncé has been nominated eight times (and won once), and JAY Z has received four nominations (and one win); 2019 sees their debut nomination for The Carters off the back of their Top Five album Everything is Love, and disco legends Nile Rodgers & Chic are at last nominated for their first BRIT award for International Group.

Jason Iley, BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland said: “These nominations illustrate what an incredible year it has been for British talent and remind us what a great time it is to be a music fan, both in the UK and beyond. I’m delighted to see the nominations representing talent across a wide variety of genres – from returning artists to some incredibly exciting new talent, who are set to become the stars of the future. With such a strong list of nominees, we are certain of a fiercely contested and exciting night at the awards show in February.”

The BRIT Awards 2019 take place Wednesday 20 February at The O2 Arena, London, broadcast exclusively on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall. Clara Amfo and Alice Levine will be back to host this year’s Red Carpet show on ITV2 on the night of the awards for the third year running.

CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD – WON BY SAM FENDER

We are thrilled to announce that Sam Fender is the winner of the 2019 Critics’ Choice Award. Sam will be the first recipient of a 2019 BRIT Award, designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE.

The award arrives at an important moment in Sam’s musical career, one that has seen a very rapid ascent over the past few months. Having toured the UK and Europe relentlessly, building himself a loyal army of fans, this young Newcastle based musician writes honestly and candidly about subjects of social and generational significance, drawn from his experiences growing up in the North East. Sam wraps his pertinent words in rousing, propulsive, arena-sized anthems. The recently released debut EP ‘Dead Boys’ is a mighty statement of intent, recorded in his warehouse studio just a stone’s throw from the River Tyne.

Sam Fender said: “I am truly humbled to win The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. Being nominated was crazy enough, never mind winning it. I’m so grateful to everyone back home for believing, and to my band and team for all their hard work. We’ve played literally hundreds of shows this year, and we’re going to go even harder in 2019. Most importantly, a big shout to my fans. I’ve met a lot of you over the last few years and it’s truly an honour to get up and play night after night to such a wonderful bunch of people. To everyone who’s taken a punt on me so far, thank you. Here’s to next year!”

BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Many congratulations to Sam Fender on winning The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. He is an exceptional young artist, with a bright future ahead of him. This award has shone a spotlight on some of the most successful new acts for more than a decade, who between them have sold more than 90 million records, from Adele to Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine to Rag’n’Bone Man. I wish Sam the very best and that he enjoys the same success as many of the previous winners have before him.”

Lewis Capaldi and Mahalia are this year’s runners-up to overall winner Sam Fender. Since its inception in 2008, The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award has successfully identified the future stars of British music, with previous winners including Adele, Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Rag‘n’Bone Man, and last year’s winner Jorja Smith, who have all gone on to achieve phenomenal chart success both in the UK and globally. Collectively, The BRITs Critics’ Choice winners have sold over 90 million albums worldwide.

BRITISH MALE SOLO NOMINEES

Three-time BRIT Award winner Sam Smith will be competing for the title of British Male Solo Artist with Aphex Twin, Craig David and George Ezra, all of whom have been nominated in this category in previous years, alongside BRITs newcomer Giggs.

Five years after he took home the coveted BRITs Critics’ Choice Award in 2014, Sam Smith is up for British Male Solo Artist for a second time.

Three-time BRIT nominee Aphex Twin was first nominated way back in 2000 for British Video with ‘Windowlicker’. His most recent BRIT nomination was in 2016 for the same category he now finds himself nominated for in 2019.

Craig David, who has been nominated an impressive 13 times for a BRIT Award but is yet to take home a win, is also up for British Male Solo Artist this year.

This marks George Ezra’s first BRITs nomination in four years, when he found himself up for four awards in one year.

Our final nominee Giggs is rewarded with his first ever BRITs nomination following a highly successful year.

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Following her first ever BRITs nomination last year for British Artist Video Of The Year, Anne-Marie finds herself as one of our most nominated artists of 2019 and is now in line to potentially take home British Female Solo Artist.

Florence + The Machine, who last won a BRIT Award back in 2010, has been nominated in this category three times prior but is yet to walk away with the title.

Being nominated for British Female Solo Artist this year marks Jess Glynne’s fifth BRITs nomination, but she too is yet to take home an Award.

Our 2018 Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith has also been nominated this year for British Female Solo Artist.

Lily Allen has seven nominations to her name and one win in 2010 for the category she now finds herself nominated for again, nine years later.

BRITISH SINGLE

This year’s British Single nominees are a brilliant mix of previously recognised talent alongside fresh new acts.

Anne-Marie, one of our most nominated artists this year, has been put up for Best Single previously; in 2017 for ‘Rockabye’. She finds herself once again nominated, this time for ‘2002’.

For the second consecutive year, Dua Lipa is a frontrunner in sheer amount of nominations racked up, with four to her name in 2019. She has managed to bag two nominations within the same category with her hit ‘IDGAF’ as well as her Calvin Harris collaboration ‘One Kiss’.

Clean Bandit has also been nominated for British Single for the second consecutive year, this time with ‘Solo’.

Drum and bass four-piece Rudimental, who have previously won British Single in 2014 for ‘Waiting All Night’, have also earned themselves an Award nod for their hit ‘These Days’.

George Ezra was also previously nominated in this category in 2015 for ‘Budapest’ and comes back this year swinging with his offering to the charts ‘Shotgun’.

Rapper Ramz is one of our newcomers to the British Single lineup with his song ‘Barking’. Another freshman inducted into the BRITs nominee list this year is Indie artist Tom Walker, who has also secured his way onto the roll call with commercial hit ‘Leave A Light On’. Rising star Walker also finds himself up for British Breakthrough Act this year.

English DJ Sigala claims his place on this year’s nominee list alongside winner of British Female Solo artist in 2015 Paloma Faith, with their dance-pop offering ‘Lullaby’.

BRITISH GROUP

Collectively, the nominees for British Group have 20 nominations and 10 wins between them.

Winners of British Group in 2017, The 1975 are once more in the running to take home the Award, but they face stiff competition in this category.

Arctic Monkeys, who have won an impressive seven BRIT Awards over the years, including four in this category, have only lost out on a win twice, for British Group and British Live Act in 2012 and 2008 respectively. This year marks their fifth nomination for British Group.

Winner of last year’s British Group Award, Gorillaz, have been nominated again this year. They are no strangers to the BRIT Awards, with seven additional past nominations under their belt.

Little Mix, who treated the BRITs audience to two spectacular performances in 2016 and 2017, are this year nominated for British Group. They have won one Award previously for British Single with ‘Shout Out to My Ex’ and have racked up a further six nominations in the last three years.

After narrowly missing out on the Critics’ Choice Award back in 2015, followed by four nominations in quick succession in 2016, Years & Years have now been nominated for British Group for the second time in 2019.

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

This year’s British Breakthrough Act nominees include last year’s Critics’ Choice winner, and Mercury Prize 2018 nominee, Jorja Smith, Ella Mai, IDLES, last year’s Critics’ Choice runner up Mabel and Tom Walker.

Jorja Smith wowed at Critics’ Choice in 2018 with her performance of ‘Teenage Fantasy’, and now finds herself in the enviable position of potentially taking home three BRIT Awards at the 2019 ceremony. Fellow nominee Mabel narrowly missed out on the Critics’ Choice Award to Jorja last year.

BRITs newcomers Ella Mai and IDLES also both have the chance to scoop British Breakthrough, making welcome additions to this year’s list of nominees.

Finally, Tom Walker, who is also nominated for British Single for his hit ‘Leave A Light On’, completes the roll call of talent in line for British Breakthrough 2019.

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The winner of the British Artist Video award is decided by you!

The vote opens on 4 February and will close on 15 February, with the winner being announced during The BRITs ITV broadcast on 20 February.

This year the list of nominees for British Artist Video Of The Year features plenty of familiar faces, all of whom have been nominated for a BRIT Award in previous years. There are also a number of artists in this category who have been nominated for British Single too.

The year 2019 appears to be a stellar one for ‘2002’, as not only has this track bagged Anne-Marie a nomination for British Single, but it has also earned one of our most nominated artists a spot in line for British Video.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s ‘One Kiss’, Rudimental’s ‘These Days’, Dua Lipa’s ‘IDGAF’ and Clean Bandit’s ‘Solo’ were all also deemed full packages and have been nominated for both British Single and British Video.

Rita Ora finds herself honoured twice in this category, once for ‘Let You Love Me’ and once for her ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ collaboration with Liam Payne,For You’. Liam and Rita are no strangers to a BRITs team-up, having performed this very track last year.

Little Mix have previously been nominated for British Video three times in as many consecutive years. Their video ‘Woman Like Me’ marks their fourth shot at taking home the BRIT Award. They previously won British Single for ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ in 2017.

Jax Jones finds himself nominated for a BRIT for the second year running, having previously been put forward for Best Single for his RAYE collaboration ‘You Don’t Know Me’ in 2018. He now finds himself nominated for British Video for ‘Breathe’.

Jonas Blue has earned himself a hat-trick, with 2019 marking the third consecutive year he has been nominated for British Video. His video for ‘Rise’ is now in line to potentially nab him his first win at the Awards.

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

This year’s International Male Solo Artist nominees cover multiple genres and include Canadian rapper Drake, fellow rapper Eminem, American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and multi-talented record producer Travis Scott.

Drake won the coveted International Male Solo Artist title in 2017 following two nominations in the same category in 2014 and 2016. He was also nominated last year but lost out to Kendrick Lamar.

Another nominee who knows The BRITs well is Eminem, who also features in this category. Along with Beck and Kanye West, Eminem has won this title the most times with three previous wins. If he wins again this year it takes him to four wins, making him the recipient of the most BRIT Awards for International Male in history.

Conversely, these are Kamasi Washington, Shawn Mendes and Travis Scott’s first ever BRITs nominations.

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

All of our International Female Solo nominees are fresh on The BRITs scene. Ariana Grande has only been nominated for an Award once previously, in 2016.

BRITs newcomers Cardi B and Camila Cabello find themselves nominated for a BRIT Award for the very first time in this highly competitive category.

They are in great company alongside fellow nominees Christine and the Queens and Janelle Monáe who have both only been nominated for one Award respectively prior to this year.

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Our International Group nominees this year comprise an eclectic mix of newcomers, including Beyonce and Jay-Z’s musical enterprise The Carters, Texan musical collective Brockhampton, Nile Rodgers and his band Chic, female folk duo First Aid Kit and American duo Twenty One Pilots.

For married musicians The Carters, Brockhampton and Nile Rodgers & Chic, this is their first BRIT nomination.

Folk duo First Aid Kit have been nominated once before in 2015 and Twenty One Pilots were recognised in 2017, both for the same category in which they find themselves this year.

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Our Mastercard British Album Of The Year nominees comprise Manchester’s The 1975, singer-songwriter and top collaborator Anne-Marie, Florence + The Machine, George Ezra and 2018 Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith.

For The 1975, this is their second nomination for Mastercard British Album Of The Year, this time for their album ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships’. They have also previously won British Group back in 2017.

Multi-talented singer-songwriter Anne-Marie is up for a total of four nominations across the board this year, one of which is for her debut studio album ‘Speak Your Mind’.

No stranger to being both nominated and triumphant at the BRIT Awards over the last decade, Florence + The Machine has bagged herself another nomination with her album ‘High As Hope’.

George Ezra has been nominated for the first time in four years for his album ‘Staying At Tamara’s’. Previously, Ezra stormed into the BRITs consciousness back in 2015 when he was nominated four times as well as affording the audience a stirring performance of his hit ‘Budapest’ on the night.

Rounding up the esteemed list of nominees for Mastercard British Album Of The Year is the much-nominated Jorja Smith with her debut studio album ‘Lost & Found’.

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BAILEY TOMKINSON CHATS “7 MINUTES IN HEAVEN”, TAYLOR SWIFT & SUPPORTING HER FELLOW FEMALE ARTISTS 0 84

Heavily influenced and inspired by Taylor Swift but with music tastes so varied she loves Sam Cooke, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper to name just three, Bailey Tomkinson has an undeniable passion for music. After releasing her EP Hey Ace last year, she’s recently dropped her new single “7 Minutes In Heaven” and with plans to head back in the studio soon to work on new material, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with her to talk favourite songs, upcoming performance plans and proudly supporting other female artists.

TITL: Who exactly is Bailey Tomkinson?

Bailey Tomkinson: Hi there! I’m Bailey, I’m a 19 year old singer/songwriter from sunny St Ives in Cornwall. I like to write country melodies that hopefully even people that don’t normally like Country Music will want to sing along to! I’m signed to German Indie Label FBP Music and when I’m not performing you can usually find me in the surf!

TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to make music a career and what did those closest to you think of said realisation?

BT: I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue a career in music, I watched the movie ‘Selena’, based on the life of the singer Selena Quintanilla, when I was about 4 and from then on all I wanted to do was perform.

The first time I played one of my songs in public was in front of about 300 people in an auditorium, it was a school rock concert in Brussels where we were living at the time, I was about 13. You could have heard a pin drop when I started to play and I just got the bug. I’ve never wanted to do anything else.  I think there is a video of it on YouTube somewhere actually! My family have never been anything other than massively supportive.Their attitude is that we all only get so many trips round the sun, why not spend them doing something you love?

TITL: Which artists and bands are you most inspired and influenced by, and what is it about the music they make that you like so much?

BT: I’ve grown up listening to Taylor Swift so she’s a big influence, obviously very relatable to a teenage girl. But I also admire her for willingness to experiment and innovate across genres; that she wanted to expand the ‘box’. I really admire Kacey Musgraves for the same reason. I listen to Sinatra. I love John Denver because he’s my Grandad’s favourite. Also Sam Cooke, Madonna, Abba, Cyndi Lauper, Jewel – honestly, I just love music.

TITL: Is there a story behind your latest single “7 Minutes In Heaven”?

BT: It was a combination of things really. I love movies like ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ for the sense they have where in one, crazy night anything can happen. I thought it would be interesting to try to capture that feeling in a song. I’m 19 years old, so you know, I love a good party and we have some GREAT parties down here in St Ives, we’ve got the beach, bonfires, surfers and guitars so I thought why not write about some of them!

TITL: Who or what is your biggest inspiration when it comes to music and song-writing? With that in mind, could you choose what you feel is the greatest song ever written?

BT: That’s such a difficult question and if you asked me that 100 times, I’d probably give you a 100 different answers. Today, I’d go with “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. The song structure is a work of genius; it somehow manages to link multiple songs into one. Freddie Mercury is a GOD!

I think at the end of the day, I wouldn’t say I have a biggest inspiration as I’m quite fickle with the music I listen to, one minute it’s Sam Cooke and the next it’s Guns N’ Roses. However, that said, I’m pretty sure that if you ask people that know me, they’d tell you it’s Taylor Swift. Hell, at school I was nicknamed ‘Baylor’ Swift.

TITL: As a fairly new artist who made their mark on the industry last year, following the release of your EP, do you ever worry about how you compare to so many of your artistic counterparts?

BT: No, success isn’t cake. Just because someone has some doesn’t mean there’s none for me. There’s plenty for everybody. I have nothing but admiration for people who say, I’m going to follow my passion for making music and if they manage to carve out their own niche then more power to them. It’s hard enough for women in music, we’re all seeking to get equal airtime, festival slots etc, without turning on each other. We all experience the same thing…radio stations happy to put our faces on their posters or Facebook pages but then not spinning our records…I make a point of supporting other female country singers out there, we all want the same thing, a bigger industry and an opportunity to thrive within it.  

TITL: Do you have any performances/tour plans in the works?

BT: There’s lots going on. I’m making my London debut at Luna Lounge in April and in August, I’ve been lucky enough to get a slot at Boardmasters Festival which is one of my favourite festivals. I really want to play the length and breadth of the country, so if any one reading this has slots available, hit me up!

TITL: Given that we live in such a technology obsessed/dependent society, what are your thoughts on social media? How have the likes of Facebook and Twitter impacted your ability to reach an audience, and do you believe that artists can become successful without it?

BT: I don’t know that I have any new startling insight on the subject to be honest. It’s a mixed bag. Social media can be horrible, it amplifies hate and lies, it can make people insecure and antisocial I certainly think it’s important to remember that like television, a lot of it isn’t real. But the flip side is that it can connect people across oceans, across continents in ways we’ve never been able to before. 

In terms of the music, so far my experiences on social media have been incredibly positive, I’ve had other artists reach out with encouragement and advice, I’ve had folks contact me saying how much they’ve enjoyed a certain song and share my stuff with their friends etc. everybody has been really welcoming. Can an artist become successful without it? It depends on how you define success…for some it’s filling stadiums, which I don’t think you can do without a strong social media presence; for others it’s being happy, doing something you love on a local stage. If we were all the same, life would be boring wouldn’t it?

TITL: What does the rest of the year have in store for you? Will you be working on some new material at some point?

BT: Yes, I’ve been in the studio recently to record another single. Then after Boardmasters and festival season, I’ll probably do another EP. I’m writing constantly and definitely want to capture those songs properly. Later in the year, I’d like to do a bigger tour.

TITL: Finally then, what advice would you give to anyone looking to make their mark on the music world as you have? Is there anything you’ve learnt in your short time in the business you’d pass on?

BT: I’d say, make the music you want to make and then surround yourself with as many good people as you can. It really does take a village.

Check out “7 Minutes In Heaven” below and for more information on Bailey, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

LIVE: BLUE PLANET II IN CONCERT – MANCHESTER ARENA 27/03/19 0 91

While Blue Planet and its follow up series continue to delight and astound viewers around the world with the depth and scope to which the team behind it delve into the many wonders of our oceans, the experience of seeing the music that accompanies the programme, scored by Hans Zimmer, Jasha Klebe, and David Fleming, performed live with a full orchestra is something else entirely – but just as breathtaking.

The performance began with the orchestra, led by conductor Matthew Freeman, diving straight into the opening music, the skill and precision of the performance itself causing both smiles and goosebumps to appear on a vast majority of the audience (or certainly those I could see).

Host for the evening Anita Rani was both efficient and enthusiastic as she introduced each section of the show, herself and Freeman working almost fluidly in their partnership, while the visuals which accompanied each segment were as stunning as the music performed during it – the wonders of the oceans around us displayed in captivating detail on a giant 200 square metre screen.

It was not at all hard to feel as if, while the show progressed, that you’d been transported to another world of sorts – the younger members of the audience in particular seemed utterly awed by the sights and sounds they were being introduced to.

Highlights of the evening, in terms of the footage shown to the mesmerized audience, were the hundreds of dolphins surfing on waves and puffins feeding their young, but every scene and every sound brought home the most important sight and message of all – that we need to and must protect our oceans.

A night of awe inspiring sights and sounds left the audience within the Arena spellbound from start to finish and as the show reached its climax, the orchestra falling silent for the final time, the applause directed to Freeman, his musicians and host Rani echoed throughout the venue with many present standing to applaud what had been a truly spectacular night.