BRITS 2020 NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 49

The nominations for the 2020 BRIT Awards have been announced, with Lewis Capaldi and Dave leading the way as the most nominated artists.

London rapper Dave and Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis will compete for prizes in the same four categories – Album of the Year, British male, Best New Artist and Song of the Year.

While Dave won last year’s Merucry Prize for his Number 1 debut album Psychodrama, Lewis scored the year’s best-selling album with his chart-topping collection Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. Lewis also topped the Official Singles Chart with Someone You Loved and scored a string of Top 10 hits including Bruises, Grace and Before You Go. View Lewis’s Official Chart history in full.

The both face strong comeptition on the Album of the Year category, where they will go up against Stormzy, Harry Styles and Michael Kiwanuka. Stormzy is shortlisted for three awards in total, including Song of the Year with Vossi Bop, where he will compete against tracks by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber, Sam Smith & Normani, Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus, Calvin Harris & Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Tom Walker, Dave ft Burna Boy, Mabel, Lewis Capaldi and AJ Tracey.

2018 Critics’ Choice nominee Mabel is also up for three awards – Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Female Solo Artist, which also includes nods for Freya Ridings, FKA Twigs, Charli XCX and Mahalia. This year’s Critics’ Choice winner – renamed Rising Star – is 25-year-old R&B/soul/blues singer Celeste.

Several acts pick up their first ever BRIT nomination this year, including Lizzo and Billie Eilish, who are up for the International Female Solo Artist award alongside Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey and Camilla Cabello.

Meanwhile, Dermot Kennedy, Tyler The Creator, Bring Me The Horizon, Freya Ridings, Aitch, AJ Tracey and D-Block Europe all receive debut nominations.

The BRIT Awards 2020 with Mastercard take place Tuesday February 18 at The O2 Arena in London, broadcast exclusively on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall.

The 2020 Brit award nominees in full

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Coldplay
Foals
Bring Me the Horizon
D-Block Europe
Bastille

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Mabel
Freya Ridings
FKA twigs
Charli XCX
Mahalia

MALE SOLO ARTIST
Harry Styles
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Michael Kiwanuka
Stormzy

BEST NEW ARTIST
Aitch
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Mabel
Sam Fender

SONG OF THE YEAR
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant
Dave ft Burna Boy – Location
Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Tom Walker – Just You and I
Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing With a Stranger
Stormzy – Vossi Bop

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Camila Cabello
Lana Del Rey
Lizzo

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Tyler, the Creator
Dermot Kennedy
Post Malone

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
Dave – Psychodrama
Harry Styles – Fine Line

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LIZZO & DAVE TO PERFORM AT THE BRIT AWARDS 2020 0 11

We’re so excited to share that the amazing Lizzo and Dave will join the previously announced Billie Eilish, Celeste, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel and Stormzy to perform at The BRIT Awards 2020!

Three-time Grammy Award winner Lizzo will bring her electrifying stage presence to the UK, in what will be her biggest UK TV audience yet! She released her third album ‘Cus I Love You’ last Spring, which included ‘Truth Hurts’, the viral hit she performed at her Glastonbury debut in the summer. Lizzo is nominated for International Female Solo Artist.

Dave’s debut album ‘Psychodrama’ was released last March and went straight to number one in the UK album chart, while also becoming the most-streamed first-week album in the UK. Critical acclaim followed the album which featured a slew of hits including ‘Black’, ‘Streatham’ and ‘Location’ feat. Burna Boy, the latter of which has been nominated for Song of the Year. Dave has also been nominated for three more BRIT Awards: Male Solo Artist, Best New Artist, and the Mastercard Album of the Year.

On his upcoming performance, Dave said:

“I’m very grateful and looking forward to the opportunity, I’m going to give everything I can to give you my best performance.”

The BRIT Awards 2020 will air on Tuesday 18th February and will be a huge celebration of the past year of British music and success stories. There will be more updates to come in the lead up to what will be an incredible night!

JP SAXE TALKS “ITWWE”, UPCOMING PERFORMANCE PLANS & ARTISTIC INFLUENCES 0 21

2019 was a big year for JP Saxe, which saw him become somewhat of a staple on the lips – and social media accounts – of numerous celebs and music fans thanks to the release of “If The World Was Ending”, featuring Julia Michaels. Now, he’s kicking off 2020 with the release of his debut EP and has a run of UK shows taking place later this month. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with him to chat favourite artists, song-writing inspiration and his ambitions for the year ahead.

TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to make music a career and was there a particular band or artist/song or album that impacted that decision? 

JP Saxe: Around 19, when I moved to LA. At that time, I was listening to a lot of Justin Nozuka.

TITL: Which bands and artists would you say most inspire you when it comes to the music you make?

JP: Gershwin, Yesika Salgado, Julia Michaels. 

TITL: If you had to describe yourself and your music in four words what would you say? 

JP: Over-intellectualized but generally sincere. 

TITL: What would you say your unique selling point as an artist is?

JP: Asymmetrical jaw line. 

TITL: From who or what do you most often find inspiration for your song-writing?

JP: The feelings I don’t quite understand yet. 

TITL: There are many brilliant songs around, spanning the decades, but if you had to choose, which, in your opinion, is the greatest ever written and why?

JP: Itsy bitsy spider. It’s timeless. It will always go up the water spout.

TITL: Your latest single, “If The World Was Ending”, which features Julia Michaels, has proven to be a HUGE hit with several celebs posting and tweeting about the track. Did you ever expect or could you ever have anticipated the reaction it’s received? 

JP: Nope. It’s really fucking cool. 

TITL: How exactly did Julia come to be involved on the track? 

JP: She posted my song “25 In Barcelona” on IG. I messaged her, she said we should write, and we wrote ifwwe the day we met! 

TITL: The track was produced by Finneas, Billie Eilish’s brother who is also making quite a name for himself. What was the creative/productive process like between the two of you?

JP: So easy. He’s brilliant. All his instinct were spot on. 

TITL: Are there plans for an EP or album in the works? 

JP: My EP Hold It Together was released on Friday!

TITL: What about tour and performance plans? Any chance fans can see you in a town or city near them soon?

JP: Yup!! Europe with Lennon Stella and then at least another tour this year but likely and probably more.

TITL: As well as praise, artists often face a lot of criticism from critics but do you pay much attention to or care much about what such people think? Do you ever find negative comments hurtful and how do you overcome how they make you feel?

JP: I get compared only to other sexy gingers. I’m happy about it.

TITL: Taking into account all the praise you’ve received from users of social media, how do you feel about the industry’s – and society’s – apparent reliance on it?  Do you believe it’s at all possible for bands and artists to achieve success without being socially interactive these days and do you think there are any downsides to the industry in particular being so technology/connectivity driven?

JP: It’s just a tool. It can be a beautiful connector or a delimitating distractor. The differentiation is entirely in our own hands.

TITL: Finally then, what are your plans for 2020? After the success you’ve achieved so far, what’s the next goal for you to reach for and achieve? 

JP: Keep being myself and stay happy for the right reasons.

JP Saxe’s EP Hold It Together is available now and for more information on JP, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.