LITTLE MIX, GEORGE EZRA & JORJA SMITH CONFIRMED FOR BRITS 2019 0 138

The first live acts for The BRITs 2019 have been confirmed, with eight nominations between them, we are so excited to share the huge line-up of British talent with you.

We have an all star British line up of 2019 BRIT nominees to start us off, with No. 1 selling British artist George Ezra confirmed, the UK’s biggest pop group and BRIT winners Little Mix will be back on the BRITs stage and 2018 Critics’ Choice winner Jorja Smith returns for her first solo performance.

As we announced on Saturday 12 January, George Ezra is nominated for three BRIT Awards this year – British Male, Mastercard British Album of the Year and British Single. Little Mix are nominated twice for British Group and British Artist Video, whilst Jorja Smith receives three nominations for British Female, British Breakthrough Act and Mastercard British Album of the Year.

Jason Iley, BRITs Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland said: “I’m delighted to welcome George back to the BRITs to cap off what has been such an exceptional year for him, particularly with the success of his second UK No. 1 album as well as having two of the biggest-selling singles of the year. It is an absolute pleasure to have Little Mix return to the stage following their spectacular and explosive opening performance at the 2017 BRIT Awards. Finally, welcoming the hugely talented Jorja Smith back to perform is particularly special after she won the 2018 Critics’ Choice Award and performed an unforgettable duet with Rag’n’Bone Man. It has been another fantastic year for British music and we are very proud to kick off the first announcement with such a wealth of homegrown talent.”

George Ezra has had a phenomenal year; scoring his first chart-topping single in the UK, Ireland and Australia with ‘Shotgun’, taken from his second studio album ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ which went to No. 1 in the UK Album Charts, becoming the best selling artist album of 2018. His 2014 debut album ‘Wanted On Voyage‘ is certified 4x platinum, and his recent tour, including a night at London’s Wembley SSE Arena, garnered rave reviews from critics across the board. This will be the second time George has performed at The BRITs, following his performance of ‘Budapest’ in 2015, the first year he was nominated. George is nominated this year for British Male Solo Artist, Mastercard British Album of the Year and British Single for ‘Shotgun’, bringing his total BRIT nomination tally to seven.

They’re bold and they’re beautiful and they’re back at The BRITs – British pop superstars Little Mix are set for yet another incredible TV moment, following what was described in the press as a ‘stunning’ and ‘spectacular’ opening performance on the 2017 show, the same year that they won their first BRIT for British Single. One of the UK’s most formidable girl groups, Little Mix have five UK Top Ten albums and 13 Top Ten singles, making them one of the UK’s biggest selling girl bands of all time. Little Mix are nominated for British Group and British Artist Video of the Year for ‘Woman Like Me’ feat. Nicki Minaj.

After winning the 2018 Critics’ Choice Award, British R&B singer Jorja Smith is capping off an incredibly successful year with the announcement of her debut solo performance at this year’s BRITs, after joining Rag‘n’Bone Man on the 2018 show. Her debut album ‘Lost & Found’ went to No. 3 in the UK Album Charts on release, and was also nominated for a Mercury Prize. A track on the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack has seen her gain fans across the world, with a GRAMMY nomination for New Artist this year too. Jorja Smith is nominated for British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and Mastercard British Album of the Year.

The BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard is taking place on Wednesday 20 February at The O2, London, broadcast on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall.

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TAYLOR SWIFT, LANA DEL REY & LEWIS CAPALDI CONFIRMED FOR RADIO 1’S LIVE LOUNGE MONTH 0 21

Radio 1’s Live Lounge month will return for September 2019, with Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Sam Fender being the first acts to be named on the bill.

Throughout September on Clara Amfo’s show (Monday – Thursday, 10am-1pm), a different artist will take to the Live Lounge each day to perform a mix of their own songs and surprise covers.

Among them will be 10-time Grammy Award-winner and global pop superstar Taylor Swift, as she returns to grace the Live Lounge for the first time in five years. Since her last Live Lounge session in 2014, Swift has seen her sixth studio album Reputation reach No 1 in 13 countries, including the US and the UK. With her seventh album Lover set to drop 23 August, listeners can expect a stellar performance that will include new songs from the singer-songwriter along with some of her biggest and best tracks.

Also returning to the Live Lounge in September will be American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, who will be bringing her soulful vocals live to Radio 1’s airwaves ahead of embarking on her next world tour; and North Shields’ Sam Fender, who is set to release his debut studio album this year after being named on Radio 1’s Brit List in 2018. Fender, who won the Critic’s Choice Award at the Brits earlier this year, is sure to bring plenty of Hypersonic energy to Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month.

The Lewis Capaldi Symphony will bring Live Lounge Month 2019 to a close, with Capaldi’s spectacular live performance with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra at Croxteth Park in Liverpool being broadcast for the first time.  

Kicking off on Monday 2 September and running throughout the month every Monday to Thursday until 26 September, audiences can expect to hear from some of most exciting names in music. The full line up will be announced in the coming weeks.

Radio 1’s Live Lounge attracts some of the biggest names across the globe and in the UK with alumni including Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Jay Z. Past Live Lounge tracks from Miley Cyrus, 30 Seconds To Mars and Dua Lipa have attracted over 50 million views each on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.

Sam Fender says: “Can’t wait to be part of Live Lounge Month at Radio 1. Me and the boys had such a blast when we did our last one.”

Chris Price, Head of Music, Radio 1 & 1Xtra, says: “The Radio 1 Live Lounge continues to set the global standard for live studio performance. Intimate and exposing, it’s still the best way to get close to your favourite artists, as well as discover new ones. As every year, Live Lounge Month runs the gamut from internationally renowned superstars like Taylor Swift to emerging UK talent like Brit List alumnus Sam Fender. September is my favourite month of the year!”

Clara Amfo says: “From NYC, London to Liverpool, Live Lounge Month is back for another year and I couldn’t be happier about what the listeners have to look forward to in September!”

All performances from Live Lounge Month can be heard live on Radio 1 and BBC Sounds, and will be available to watch on demand on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer and YouTube channels.

CURTIS PRITCHARD JOINS THE GREATEST DANCER 0 19

Ballroom and Latin dance champion and Love Island 2019 finalist Curtis Pritchard will be joining The Greatest Dancer as the dance talent show returns to BBC One in early 2020.

The news was exclusively revealed on The Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1, Curtis confirmed that he will be welcoming hopefuls to The Greatest Dancer studio as they prepare for the biggest audition of their lives.

Curtis says: “To have left the Love Island villa just 10 days ago and to be so quickly given an opportunity to be a part of a show as amazing as The Greatest Dancer is a dream come true. When I got the call I was so honoured to even be considered for this so the fact it’s happening I can’t quite believe! Dance is my passion and I can’t wait to meet all the contestants in the new revamped reception area.”

Curtis is an award-winning professional dancer, who most recently appeared in Ireland’s version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing with The Stars, for three series. As well as his experience on TV, Curtis has danced in a number of critically and commercially successful stage productions including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Burn The Floor and Rip It Up.

Curtis, alongside professional dancer brother AJ Pritchard, has also been confirmed as Choreographer on the upcoming series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on BBC Three.