Plugged In’s Brit Nominees.

THE BRIT awards are one of the biggest awards for British music, yet so often bands and indie music can be overlooked when the nomination list is released.

I have comprised a list of who I believe should have made the cut.

British Solo Male.

What the Brits say:

  • Aphex Twin
  • Calvin Harris
  • Jamie XX
  • James Bay
  • Mark Ronson

What Plugged In says: Out of the five nominees, four of these are DJ’s which immediately restricts the variety of music that these best British male solo artists represents.

Why not look at awarding someone like Newton Faulkner with a nomination. He released his album “Human Love” last year and just like every Faulkner album it had the right balance of pop tracks mixed with his fantastic guitar playing.

Newton Faulkner
Newton Faulkner: Keeping guitar music raw.

British Solo Female. 

What the Brits say:

  • Adele
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Florence & The Machine
  • Jess Glynne
  • Laura Marling.

What Plugged In says: Of course Adele had to make it into best British solo female, with her album 25 breaking record sales all over the globe. Amy Winehouse is a strong choice too, after the film “Amy” gave an insight into her private life and melted the hearts of our nation.

But…

What about Marika Hackman? An underrated female multi-instrumentalist signed to Dirty Hit records. She produced a fantastic album back in 2014 and used 2015 to tour round promoting it. Surely she should get some recognition? Not only that but it would boost the popularity of female indie musicians across the UK. Something that needs to happen!

British Group.

  • Blur
  • Coldplay
  • Foals
  • One Direction
  • Years & Years.

What Plugged In says: OK this is one to be moderatley pleased about, Blur released “Magic Whip” last year and it was a pretty decent comeback album. Foals is a big winner for indie music because of how successful this small indie rock band are becoming. We’re seeing them break into the mainstream and if they happen to win this, it will be great.

Foals-2015
Foals: The next band to break into mainstream?

However what about replacing Coldplay (who have had plenty of nominations) with a band like Slaves, a duo who have rocketed into the spotlight because of their popular catchy songs. Or One Direction with Wolf Alice. Not only are they a band fronted by a female artist (Ellie Rowsell) but they’re also releasing songs that would fit perfectly into the charts.

Ellie Rowsell
Ellie Roswell: Front-women for Wolf Alice.

British Album of the Year.

What the Brits say:

  • Adele – 25
  • Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
  • Florence & The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  • James Bay – Chaos and the Calm
  • Jamie XX – In Colour

What Plugged In says: This one could be swapped around pretty easily. Of course Jamie XX did produce a high class album last year but it’s not exactly helping with the indie resurgence.

How about adding Peace’s second album “Happy People” or working class heroes Drenge, with their release “Undertow”. Either of these albums would be much better choices than those nominated for by the Brits.

Drenge-Undertow-art.jpgPeace happy people

If you want to see the full Brit nominations you can here: http://www.brits.co.uk/nominees

Feel free to leave your Brit nomination choices in the comments below. It’s time to get indie music recognised once more.

 

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