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If you’ve read any interview with Katy Perry lately (or even had a look at her Twitter bio) then you’ll know that she has become very socially conscious lately. Taking to the BRIT Awards stage tonight (February 22), Katy Perry performed her new track ‘Chained to the Rhythm’, which is all about how people are burying their hands in the sand when they should be paying attention to all the upheaval in the world. For her performance, Katy brought on Skip Marley (who features on the track) and two, ermmm, ‘special’ guests: Donald Trump and Theresa May. Of course they aren’t the real Trump and May – first of all they are skeletons and secondly, Trump’s hands are WAY too big here.
POSTED: 22/02/17 – Source:

Following Lorde’s stunning David Bowie tribute at last year’s Brits ceremony – it’s not massively surprising that the award’s organisers carved out some time in the lightning fast ceremony to take time and pay a touching tribute to iconic British popstar George Michael, who died on Christmas Day 2016. Following emotional speeches help from his former Wham bandmates, Andrew Ridgely introduced one of “the finest singer-songwriters of his generation”, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, for a stripped back performance of Michael’s ‘A Different Corner’, accompanied by a string orchestra – and even featured a duet with the singer’s original vocals.
POSTED: 22/02/17 – Source:

Brit Awards viewers were left baffled during 1975’s performance at the ceremony. While the band took to the stage, messages appeared on the screens behind them that left those watching at home questioning if the show had been “hacked”. Messages including insults such as “out of tune” and “bland monotone beats” were displayed on screens behind the band as they belted out one of their hits. Some viewers even rushed to social media to question why producers had let the “mishap” happen. However, fans of the British band rushed to social media to reveal that the performance was basically ripped straight from the group’s music video. “PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘THE SOUND’ BY THE 1975. IT WAS PART OF THE PERFORMANCE. STOP BEING BASIC,” wrote one angry fan. Another added: “It is literally from their music video, as if people think they have been hacked smh I cannot”
POSTED: 22/02/17 – Source:

Katy Perry is about to give her first UK TV performance in three years, as she’s performing at next week’s Brit Awards. On joining Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, Bruno Mars, Skepta, The 1975, Little Mix and Emeli Sandé at The O2, Katy said: “I’m excited to come back to one of my favourite countries, where most of my favourite musical influences come from. “After three years, I’m excited to return to the Brits stage to kick off a new era of purposeful pop.” Brits Chairman Jason Iley added: “Katy Perry, one of the biggest artists in the world, is the perfect artist to complete our incredible 2017 line-up. “She’s a global superstar who will bring even more glamour, fun and excitement with her exclusive UK Brits performance next week.”
POSTED: 14/02/17 – Source:

It’s been announced that Ed Sheeran is going to perform at the Brit Awards this year. The 25-year-old will join Little Mix, Emeli Sandé, The 1975, Bruno Mars and Skepta on stage on 22 February. Ed’s no stranger to a Brit Award either, having won four himself including British Breakthrough Act in 2012. BRIT Awards Chairman Jason Iley said: “Ed continues to be one of the most exciting, innovative artists in the world, constantly pushing boundaries with everything he does.” This year’s awards – which will be the 37th – will be at The O2 with Skepta and Little Mix leading the nominations with three each.
POSTED: 06/02/17 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis will host next month’s Brit Awards after Michael Buble pulled out. The singer’s focussing on cancer treatment for his three-year-old son Noah. The show’s new presenters say they’re delighted but that their thoughts are with Michael. “Michael is an effortless show man, so those patent shoes will not be easy to fill, but it’s an honour to be asked to step in with Emma,” says Dermot. He calls the awards “a holy grail for a broadcaster”. Emma says getting to present the ceremony alongside Dermot, one of her “absolute favourites” was “just bonkers”. “I’m a huge fan of Michael’s and I would have relished watching him present the Brits,” she says. “I hope we do him proud.” Brits chairman Jason Iley says: “They are currently the most in demand presenters in the UK, with a huge passion for music, and to get the both of them is very exciting for us. “Our thoughts go out to Michael and his family. We would love to see him on our stage in the future.”
POSTED: 31/01/17 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

Dermot O’Leary has reportedly been asked to replace Michael Buble as host of the Brit Awards 2017 . The X Factor presenter is said to have talked to show producers and is thinking the offer over before making a decision. “Dermot is exactly what ITV want to host the Brits, a safe pair of hands,” a source told The Sun . “He has that wealth of experience, especially with live TV. He has been at the helm of The X Factor for a decade and has a solid awards background too, thanks to the NTAs. “He is talking to producers but hasn’t made a decision yet.” Another name reportedly in the running is Big Brother host Emma Willis , who also has a wealth of experience when it comes to live shows.
POSTED: 24/01/17 – Source:

Calum Scott has thanked Robyn for “completely changing” his life after being nominated for his first Brit award. The 28-year-old’s cover of her 2010 track Dancing On My Own has been nominated for best British single. “For my rendition of the song to go crazy just speaks volumes about the track,” he explains to Newsbeat. He says it feels “incredible” to be up against the likes of Little Mix, Zayn and Calvin Harris. It’s the first time a former Britain’s Got Talent contestant has been nominated for a Brit. Calum finished sixth in the ninth series of the show in 2015.
POSTED: 20/01/17 – Source: BBC Newsbeat

With only five weeks to go, it looks like the Brit Awards have no host. Canadian crooner Michael Buble was due to present – but that’s been in doubt since his three-year-old son Noah was diagnosed with cancer last year. At the time, the distraught singer cancelled all future engagements, saying he was determined to focus on caring for his eldest child. It was hoped he’d be able to return for the Brit Awards, but media reports are suggesting he’s pulled out for good – and understandably so.
POSTED: 18/01/17 – Source: BBC News Online

David Bowie, Skepta and Craig David are up for some of the biggest prizes at the 2017 Brit Awards. Bowie received posthumous nominations for best British male and best album, for his haunting swansong Blackstar. After a row over diversity at last year’s ceremony, the rest of the best male category comprises artists from BAME backgrounds. Craig David, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka and Skepta, who beat Bowie at the Mercury Prize, are all up for the title. Skepta has three nominations in total, with additional nods in the best breakthrough and best album categories. Girl band Little Mix also have three – including best group and best single, for their song Shout Out To My Ex. Meanwhile, Beyonce and her younger sister Solange Knowles are both up for best international female, after releasing albums about race and politics last year. There were calls for a boycott of last year’s Brits, after BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) artists were absent from all but the international categories. Organisers later overhauled the voting system, improving the representation of both women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds. The best female category sees competition between Ellie Goulding, Lianne La Havas, Emeli Sande, NAO and Anohni – who formerly performed under the name Antony and the Johnsons. For the first time, the nominations were revealed in a live programme on ITV1. Blues singer Rag ‘N’ Bone Man performed, after being presented with the Brits Critics’ Choice Award, singling him out as one to watch in 2017. The other – the Brits Icon award – will be given to Robbie Williams. It is the 18th Brit he has won, either as a solo artist or as a member of Take That. Little Mix, Emeli Sande and The 1975 will all perform at the event, at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday, 22 February, with more acts to be announced soon. Singer Michael Buble is due to host – but it is unclear whether he will be able to fulfil the role after his son was diagnosed with cancer last year. 
POSTED: 14/01/17 – Source: BBC News Online

It looks like this weekend’s Brit Awards launch will be missing a pop star in the shape of Olly Murs. The singer, 32, was due to perform, but following a last minute snub has reportedly pulled out. Disappointed Olly hasn’t been nominated in any category this year. A source told The Sun “Olly is gutted. One of his main ambitions is to win a Brit and he really thought he had done enough to be nominated. “As soon as Olly and his team found out he had no nominations they made the decision to pull out.” Despite a successful year, a music inisder added to the newspaper “Changes in the Brits voting academy this year means the panel is much younger than normal. That has counted against him.” The star recently said he had always dreamt of picking up a gong at the ceremony. He shared “I’d love to win a BRIT Award. That would be an amazing achievement and it’s what I work towards every year. I’ll keep working hard and one day hopefully I will win one.” This year’s show takes place on 22nd February and the nomations will be revealed this Saturday.
POSTED: 12/01/17 – Source:

Blues singer Rag N Bone Man has won the Brits Critics’ Choice Award, singling him out as one to watch in 2017. The musician, real name Rory Graham, beat two other newcomers, Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa, to the prize. His victory comes a week after he entered the charts for the first time with his touching soul ballad Human. “I thought they had made a mistake,” said the singer. “I was up against two pop giants. I’m crazy happy. Proper massive grin.” One of the surest indicators of success in the music industry, the Critics’ Choice award has previously been won by Adele, Sam Smith and Emeli Sande. Since it was established in 2008, all but one winner has scored a platinum disc for their debut album. The exception is last year’s winner, Jack Garratt, whose first record Phase is currently certified silver, representing 60,000 albums sold.
POSTED: 08/12/16 – Source: BBC News Online

Before they were famous, Adele, Sam Smith, James Bay and Florence + The Machine were earmarked for success by the Brits Critics’ Choice award. Now three new acts are vying for the title as the prize marks its 10th anniversary. Pop diva Dua Lipa, blues singer Rag N Bone Man and dance vocalist Anne-Marie all make the shortlist, which is voted for by music industry experts. The winner is announced on 8 December, ahead of next year’s Brit Awards. Unusually, all of this year’s nominees have already tasted chart success in the last 12 months. The nominees were chosen by a panel of music industry experts – from critics and record label employees to heads of the UK’s biggest radio stations. The winner will receive a statue designed by late architect Zaha Hadid, and will get to perform on the Brit Awards launch show live on ITV on 14 January.
POSTED: 02/12/16 – Source: BBC News Online


Next year’s Brit Awards statuette, which was designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, has been unveiled. The British-Iraqi architect started work on the project three months before she died in March. Five different statues have been revealed, but only one – a depiction of Britannia with her hips to one side – will be handed out to winners at the February ceremony. Dame Zaha died aged 65 following a heart attack. She designed buildings including the London Olympic Aquatics Centre, which was used in the 2012 Olympics. Brit Awards chairman Jason Iley said: “We are delighted with the finished statues. “Like Zaha, they are innovative and original and have gone well beyond our expectations to create something special that will progress the award into the future.” He said Dame Zaha had told him she had a “vision” for the creation. A statement from Dame Zaha’s studio said: “Zaha had an initial meeting with her team and gave them very clear instructions on her concept. Her concept was fully respected and carried out in the final product but unfortunately she didn’t see the final design.”
POSTED: 01/12/16 – Source: BBC News Online

The nominations for the 2017 Brit Awards will be revealed in a live Saturday night show on ITV, organisers have announced. The broadcast will feature performances from Olly Murs, Craig David and Christine and the Queens, all of whom are likely to be up for awards. Nominations have previously been pre-recorded and broadcast later on ITV2. The revamp comes after the Brits overhauled their voting system in an attempt to improve diversity. More than 700 new pundits were invited to take part in the selection process, with big increases in the number of minority and female voters. The nomination launch show will be hosted by Emma Willis, with more guest performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
POSTED: 25/11/16 – Source: BBC News Online

The Brit Awards have announced an overhaul of their voting system in an attempt to promote diversity. This year’s awards were criticised after BAME artists were excluded from all but the international categories. Laura Mvula threatened to boycott the ceremony, while Stormzy branded the Brits “embarrassing” in his song One Take Freestyle. Now organisers have invited 718 potential new pundits to “refresh” the voting system following a major review. Voters from BAME backgrounds will make up 17% of the panel, up from 15% last year. The gender balance has also been reviewed, after a review discovered that 70% of the voting academy was male. Next year’s winners will be chosen by a panel that is 52% male and 48% female. Hundreds of former voters will find they have been culled from the list, which includes about 1,200 artists, journalists and music industry insiders every year. Ged Doherty, chairman of the Brits, said the changes meant the awards were now “better equipped to reflect the diverse nature of Britain and British music”.
POSTED: 07/11/16 – Source: BBC News Online

Michael Buble has confirmed he is going to be the new host of the Brit Awards, starting with the 2017 ceremony. “I belong to the UK. They made me,” he told BBC News. “So to be honoured by being asked to do something like the Brits, it’s a privilege, it really is.” Although Buble has been nominated for a Brit three times, he has yet to pick up one of the prizes himself – although he has won numerous Grammy and Juno awards. “It’s a huge honour for me to host such a big night in music,” the Canadian singer said in a statement. “Even though I didn’t grow up as a Brit I’ve always been well aware of the Brit Awards and their impact globally. “As a fan of music this is the perfect gig. I’m very much looking forward to February and celebrating the success stories of a great year in music.” Brits boss and Sony Music chairman Jason Iley said: “This is a huge coup for the Brit Awards and we are delighted to announce Michael as our host for 2017. “He is an extremely talented and charismatic world-class entertainer, much loved by the British public. “Michael will add an exciting element to our show in 2017.” For the past couple of years the awards have been presented by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.
POSTED: 07/10/16 – Source: BBC News Online

Robbie Williams is following in the footsteps of Sir Elton John and David Bowie by becoming the next BRITs Icon Award recipient. Ahead of the 2017 BRIT Awards, the most awarded musician in the awards’ history will pick up his 18th gong next month, the BRITs Icon trophy. David Bowie was bestowed the award posthumously at this year’s BRIT Awards. Robbie said “The BRIT Awards are very special to me, and I’m humbled to be receiving the 18th of my career next month.”
POSTED: 04/10/16 – Source:

Next year’s Brit Awards will represent a more diverse range of music, Brits chairman Ged Doherty has said. Last week’s ceremony was criticised for failing to recognise urban music, particularly grime, with the hashtag #BritsSoWhite trending on social media. “There was an elephant in the room last Wednesday,” wrote Doherty in an open letter to the Guardian. He promised to review the 1,100-strong voting academy who decide nominees, so it “can be more truly representative”. Doherty said he “suspected” the current members of the voting academy were “largely white and with a bias towards older men”. “This does not mean that there is an underlying prejudice at play, but the unintended consequence is that emerging genres of music may not be properly recognised.” His aim, he continued, was to achieve at least 15% BAME [black and minority ethnic] participation in the the voting academy, in line with national population figures, “as well as being more diverse with regard to age and regionality, so that it can be more truly representative of modern British music.”
POSTED: 05/03/16 – Source: BBC News Online


2017 Brit Award Winners In Full

Winners shown in bold

British Male Solo Artist
David Bowie
Craig David
Michael Kiwanuka

British Female Solo Artist
Ellie Goulding
Lianne La Havas
Emeli Sande

British Group
The 1975
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix

British Breakthrough Act
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man

Critics’ Choice
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
Dua Lipa

British Single
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Clean Bandit – Rockabye
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Jonas Blue ft Dakota – Fast Car
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
Callum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like
Alan Walker – Faded
Zayn – Pillowtalk

Global Success Award

British Album Of The Year
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep…
David Bowie – Blackstar
Kano – Made In The Manor
Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate
Skepta – Konnichiwa

British Artist Video Of The Year
Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Clean Bandit – Rockabye
Jonas Blue ft Dakota – Fast Car
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Little Mix – Hair
One Direction – History
Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like
Zayn – Pillowtalk

International Male Solo Artist
Bon Iver
Leonard Cohen
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist
Christine and the Queens

International Group
A Tribe Called Quest
Drake and Future
Kings of Leon
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Twenty-One Pilots