We are kicking off the 2019 MTV EMA performer announcements and so far the lineup high key SLAYS! We’ll be hearing from multi-platinum artist Halsey, Spanish sensation Rosalía, internationally renowned singer/actress and EMA show host Becky G, global superstar Akon, pop phenomenon Ava Max, as well as “Best New” and “Best Push” nominee Mabel along with the already announced Green Day at this year’s show. We cannot believe we are going to see these six amazing artists in the same room!
We saw Halsey perform “Without Me” at the 2018 EMA, and we already know her 2019 performance will no doubt be once again iconic. You may have already heard Halsey’s new single “Graveyard,” a sneak peek from her upcoming album Manic which will be released on January 17, 2020 on Capitol Records. She has three EMA nods this year: “Best Collaboration,” “Best Pop” and “Best Look.”
Rosalía will also return to the stage this year, this time with four nominations: “Best Video,” “Best Collaboration,” “Best Look” and “Best Push.” Rosalía’s EMA appearance affirms her quick ascent to global stardom, following her first two MTV VMA Awards and the releases of her recent single “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi” with Ozuna and frequent “Song of the Summer” pick “Con Altura” with J Balvin and featuring El Guincho.
Akon will be joining our fabulous host Becky G on stage as they perform “Como No” from Akon’s first Spanish-Language album El Negreeto which debuted as the No. 1 album on the Latin charts. Along with hosting AND performing, Becky G has a nod for “Best Pop” at this year’s show. We cannot wait to hear the tracks on her highly anticipated first album Mala Santa!
The 2019 MTV EMA marks Becky G, Ava Max and Mabel‘s EMA stage debuts. Eek! The nerves must be real, but we know these three artists are going to rock it on stage! Ava Max‘s EMA performance comes at the heels of MTV’s premiere of the epic music video for “Torn,” her latest dance-pop single. British pop sensation Mabel will be performing her global smash “Don’t Call Me Up“, from her debut studio album High Expectations. These two “Best Push” and “Best New” nominees are comin’ in HOT to the EMA celebration!
Believe it or not, we’re not done yet. Stay on your toes because more performers are being announced soon!
The 2020 BRITs will be the landmark 40th show in the ceremony’s history, promising more music than ever before. The artists will be in control next year too – the BRIT Awards organisers are handing creative control over to the performers, “without imposing any creative limitations on their performances”.
Hailing from London’s O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 broadcast live on ITV, the 2020 BRITs will see a “streamlined” nine trophies given out. Viewer vote category British Artist Video of the Year has been scrapped, British Breakthrough Act is now known as Best New Artist, and British Single has been renamed Song of the Year and will now be chosen by the 2020 Official Voting Academy instead of the public.
The BRITs Critics’ Choice has been re-branded as the Rising Star Award with the winner taking to the stage on the night, while International Group has been removed entirely.
The classic Lady Britannia BRIT statuette will also return after nearly a decade away, with famous designers re-imagining the trophy in recent years.
Awards Show 2020 Category List
Male Solo Artist
Female Solo Artist
Best New Artist (previously British Breakthrough Act)
Rising Star (previously the Critics’ Choice Award)
Song Of The Year (previously British Single)
Mastercard Album Of The Year
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
Since 2008 the Critics’ Choice Award has helped launch some of our fave British artists of the last decade including Sam Fender, Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man. This year, we’re evolving the award and renaming it the Rising Star Award. We’re also expanding the panel to include those that work with new rising talent on a regular basis in order to make sure we’re leaving no stone unturned in finding the best British talent out there. Also, in a BRITs first and providing a major platform to new British talent, our 2020 Rising Star Award winner will perform at the main show on the 18th February!
Speaking about the 2020 changes Chairman of The BRITs Committee for 2020 and Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK David Joseph said: “We have had a fresh look at the BRIT Awards this year. Most importantly we will be putting creativity, British culture and exceptional performances at the heart of the show to make BRITs night a world class celebration. The awards should be a global platform for the artists of the year to create moments that live beyond the night itself. We are looking at everything to put on the best possible show.”
Chief Executive, BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd Geoff Taylor said: “It’s always exciting to launch the next BRITs campaign, but it’s extra special to be announcing the 40th edition of the awards show. The BRITs Committee will endeavour to make the 2020 BRITs a truly landmark event, highlighting not only another remarkable 12 months in the British music year to a growing global audience, but also paying tribute to many unforgettable BRITs moments that are now part of a rich and much loved heritage.”
That’s it for now, we’ll be announcing more exciting news in the run-up to The BRIT Awards 2020 with Mastercard, which will, as always, be a fantastic celebration of the very best of British music of the last twelve months!
With wide ranging musical influences that include London Grammar and Ludovico Einaudi, a passion for performing has long since been instilled in London based singer-songwriter Bianca Bazin. Having spent several years writing and performing in various venues, winning over audiences and critics alike, the world is starting to take note of this talented young woman and she’s already earned herself support from BBC Introducing and Clash Magazine.
Bianca’s previous single “Heartbroken Fool” won her an army of fans who connected with her honest and personal lyrics, and now she’s showcasing her talents even further with the release of an acoustic version of her track “Perishing Heart.”
Asked about the meaning and story behind the track, Bianca says:
“‘Perishing Heart’ is a story of my healing journey – of looking for the light at the end of the tunnel and finding it. The concept of a ‘perishing heart’ was my attempt to understand what happens to us after we are gone and what happens to all those experiences, memories and feelings. At the start of the song I am pleading for the answers to my questions, for change and to make sense of a chaotic world with ‘light up the dark’. However, by the end I have come to accept whatever comes next, ‘Valhalla hell here I come’. For me, rising above my physical existence and looking into my own soul helped me through a very difficult time as it transformed my experience of the world and I hope to share that with others.”