Ahead of the year’s biggest British music event, Muzo take a look and tip which artists we think will take home the top prizes
The BRIT Awards 2014 is almost upon us and the best musical talent right now will be competing to take home a winning gong.
It’s been another fantastic year for British music, and with the likes of Bastille, One Direction, John Newman and Disclosure all up for multiple awards, it’s set to be a spectacular pop music battle at London’s O2 Arena.
Before this year’s crop of winners are revealed, on Wednesday 19th February, check out Muzo’s predictions for who will walk away from the BRIT Awards 2014 a winner:
British Male Solo Artist:
• John Newman
• Jake Bugg
• Tom Odell
• David Bowie
• James Blake
This has to be one of the toughest categories to call, mainly because the legend David Bowie is on the list and his comeback year was amazing. Likewise, Jake Bugg, which Spotify streams suggest will be the winner, has wowed with his second album Shangri La. But we’ve gone with last year’s Critics Choice Tom Odell, who’s debut album has wowed fellow musicians and fans – surely that’s a winning formula.
British Female Solo Artist:
• Ellie Goulding
• Jessie J
• Laura Marling
• Laura Mvula
It’s been a golden year for Ellie Goulding – from her collab with the DJ, who can’t do a thing wrong, Calvin Harris to her brilliant Children in Need Single. Ellie’s been almost unstoppable this year and we reckon she has to come out on top in this category.
• One Direction
• Arctic Monkeys
Nobody can argue that One Direction are the biggest band on the planet, like ever, and everyone fancies them – although we say that regrettably. But in a category filled with other TRUE British group heavyweights Rudimental, Disclosure, Artic Monkeys and Bastille we think they’ll be out for the count. And for that reason, we’ve gone with Artic Monkeys, who smashed the US this year, narrowly beating Bastille.
British Breakthrough Act:
• Laura Mvula
• London Grammar
• Tom Odell
This category proves how fierce the competition is for a BRIT Award this year, anyone of these five acts could take this on home. London Grammar’s hauntingly beautiful tunes have been huge this year, while Bastille have gone from strength to strength with Pompeii and one of the most inspired covers of the year, Of the Night – but for us, it’s all about Disclosure, who have dominated the airwaves over the past twelve months, and released tune after tune.
• Bastille – ‘Pompeii’
• Calvin Harris Feat. Ellie Goulding – ‘I Need Your Love’
• Disclosure Feat. AlunaGeorge – ‘White Noise’
• Ellie Goulding – ‘Burn’
• John Newman – ‘Love Me Again’
• Naughty Boy Feat. Sam Smith – ‘La La La’
• Olly Murs – ‘Dear Darlin’
• One Direction – ‘One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)’
• Passenger – ‘Let Her Go’
• Rudimental Feat. Ella Eyre – ‘Waiting All Night’
What a year it’s been for British music…again! And this category shows it, with any one of the ten nominated capable of swooping this award. Although John Newman’s Love Me Again was an instant smash, selling over 400,000 copies, and Burn and La La La were huge hits, we can’t see past two of the newcomers Bastille and Disclosure. But we’re going with Bastille just, as their hit Pompeii has had over 100 percent more streams on Spotify than their nearest rival, British Breakthrough Act Disclosure.
Mastercard British Album Of The Year:
• Rudimental – ‘Home’
• Disclosure – ‘Settle’
• Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
• Bastille – ‘Bad Blood’
• David Bowie – ‘The Next Day’
Possibly the toughest category at the BRIT Awards 2014. Despite Rudimental’s hit-filled album Home and Disclosure’s ground-breaking debut Settle, we’re going for, and think the judges will sway towards Bastille – and deservedly so, Bad Blood is a beaut from start to finish.
International Male Solo Artist:
• Justin Timberlake
• Bruno Mars
• John Grant
Seven long years after bringing sexy back, Justin Timberlake well and truly gets our vote – a truly masterful return to the top! Just try listening to Mirrors without imagining yourself busting moves like JT, only to realise you’re most likely just swaying from side to side in your bedroom, the office or on the train or bus, it’s impossible, right?
International Female Solo Artist:
• Katy Perry
• Lady Gaga
• Janelle Monae
Let the diva-off commence! While newcomer Lorde debut single Royals has been everywhere and aerial superstar Pink has had everyone in a spin (see what we did there!), we’ve gone for the Princess of pop Katy Perry, purely because her single Roar is the best song to sing in the shower…ever!
• Daft Punk
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• Kings Of Leon
• Arcade Fire
Look out for the coolest girl band to hit the scene in years – the brilliant Haim and one of the most talked about groups of the year, Macklemore in this category. But don’t be surprised if Daft Punk, who let’s face it, made 2013 their year bringing disco back to the top of the charts with the infectious Get Luck – and that’s why we couldn’t see past the French duo.
There you have it Muzo’s BRIT Award 2014 winner’s predictions – we’ll see how we did on Thursday after the ceremony. Do you agree with our predictions? Or do you predict some other winners? If so, head over to our Twitter and Facebook pages and let us know…we’d love to hear your thoughts!