All you need to know about The BRITS 2014
Fed up of not being in the know when your children – or grandchildren – are chatting about the latest hits, albums or downloads? Fear not, we’ve come to the rescue with our helpful guide just in time for this week’s music award ceremony that celebrates the best artists of the last year.
Let’s start with the basics: The BRITs (the UK equivalent of the Grammys) is a pop music award ceremony held every year. This year’s ceremony takes place 19 February at London’s 02 Arena.
The 2014 nominations are in and we have selected who we’d most like to see go home with a gong and who you – if only to satisfy teenage children – should know about:
British Group: Arctic Monkeys. Lead singer Alex Turner and the band had a stellar year with the release of their fifth chart-topping album AM. 2013 was also the year that the Sheffield band became global superstars.
British Female Solo Artist: Laura Marling is a folk musician from Eversley, Hampshire. Her Mercury-Prize nominated fourth album Once I Was An Eagle is simply exquisite.
British Male Solo Artist: Following his Critics Choice win last year, Tom Odell is nominated for both Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Male Solo Artist. His second oh-so-stunning studio album, Long Way Down, is out now.
British Breakthrough Act: Laura Mvula is one of the most talented and exciting artists to come out of the UK. The Birmingham Conservatoire graduate has been in high demand since the release of her critically acclaimed EP, She, in 2012.
Other need-to-know acts nominated include Ellie Goulding (hard to categorise Indie folk/electronica pop-style singer/songwriter), Jake Bugg (guitar playing singer/songwriter of gentle country-tinged ballads), Arcade Fire (Indie-rock band from Montreal), Jessie J (feisty pop songstress with strong vocals), One Direction (manufactured boy band, Teen girls absolutely love) and the legendary David Bowie.
Catch The BRIT Awards 2014 with MasterCard live on ITV on Wednesday 19 February – the kids will be dumfounded by your new-found pop knowledge.