This BRIT Awards article was written by Jamie Muir, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.
Coming back round for another year, the BRIT Awards today has announced its full 2016 Nominations, with Adele, Years & Years and James Bay leading the way with four nominations each.
Fresh from smashing every record under the sun, Adele is tipped to scoop the prize in all four categories, including nods for British Female, British Video, British Single and the coveted Mastercard Album Of The Year.
In the latter, she’ll go up against Florence + The Machine, Coldplay, Jamie XX and the aforementioned JamesBay for the prestigious title.
Stamping their presence down amidst the sea of pop, notable nods go to Blur and Foals in the British Group category, where they’ll do battle with heavyweights One Direction, Coldplay and the multi-nominated Years & Years. The electro-pop trio also find themselves in the running for British Single, nominated alongside Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding and Little Mix amongst others.
There’s further recognition for the late Amy Winehouse in the British Female category, whilst Father John Misty and Courtney Barnett celebrate a critically acclaimed year with nominations for International Male and Female respectively.
In a year where new music thrived, the British Breakthrough Category reads like a who’s who of the Radio 1 playlist, with Bay, Years & Years and Jess Glynne in the running alongside the explosive velocity of Catfish & The Bottlemen and the universally adored Wolf Alice.
Additional nods of interest must go to Tame Impala and Eagles Of Death Metal, both up for the International Group award, Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber both up for International Male with Aphex Twin, slipping into the running for British Male alongside Mark Ronson and others.
All will be revealed on February 24th, when the Brit Awards take over London’s O2 Arena with a blockbuster ceremony boasting performances from Adele, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, The Weeknd, James Bay, Little Mix and Jess Glynne alongside an extremely emotional tribute to the legendary David Bowie. Get set for another night of celebrations and history-makers, as another year of Music is toasted at The O2 Arena.
The BRIT Awards 2016 will be shown LIVE on ITV on Wednesday February 24th.