Brit Awards 2017 ‘need-to-know’ guide


The Grammys have been and gone and it’s now time for the UK’s equivalent, The Brit Awards. The annual award ceremony aims to celebrate and showcase popular music in Britain and across the pond. One things for sure, you can expect lots of champagne to be popped as mainstream acts pat each other on the back after another successful year.

This years hosts are Dermot O’leary (X factor) and Emma Willis (Big Brother), who have taken over from last years hosts Ant and Dec. The night is sure to contain some amazing performances including Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Skepta among others on the night. So to prepare you all Nerve has listed all the need-to-know information about whose been nominated for the awards:

The icon award – Robbie Williams 

The former Take That member and solo superstar is expected to pick up his 18th Brit award. Robbie recently spoke to digital spy saying ” it’s kind of a big achievement, it’s hard to work out why I’ve got 18 Brits and no one else has, it’s f****** odd.”

He continued to say “Why hasn’t Paul McCartney got 18? Why hasn’t Elton John? Why has a half decent singer who can’t dance from Stoke got 18? It feels like a glitch in the matrix”

Very modest of Robbie, but we can agree he more than deserves this achievement. Go back and listen to the Escapeology album and tell me it’s not great.

Best British single with Capital 

Alan Walker – ‘Faded’
Calum Scott – ‘Dancing On My Own’
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – ‘Rockabye’
James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’
Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – ‘Fast Car’
Little Mix – ‘Shout Out To My Ex’
Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’
ZAYN – ‘Pillowtalk’

A mix of songs for best British singles stand outs include Callum Scotts cover of the Robyn original tune ‘Dancing on my own’ and the Jonas Blue sample of the Tracy Chapman classic ‘fast car’ among feel good hits like little mix’s ‘Shout out to my ex’ and Clean Bandits ‘Rockabye.’

Our tip: Callum Scott

Mastercard British Album Of The Year

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’
David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’
Kano – ‘Made In The Manor’
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’
Skepta – ‘Konnichiwa’

There’s a right old mix of genres involved in this year’s best british album where for us there is only one winner the late David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar,’ Grime gets a nod too with Skepta making the top 5 with ‘konichiwa’.

Our tip: David Bowie

British Female Solo Artist

Ellie Goulding
Emeli Sandé
Lianne La Havas

This year’s best  British female solo artist category  features household names in Ellie Goulding and Emeli Sandé who will provide stiff competition. Great to see some new artists getting recognition making the top 5 as well.

Our tip: Emeli Sandé
British Male Solo Artist
Craig David
David Bowie
Michael Kiwanuka
Best British male includes soul musician Michael Kiwanuka who has a date at Royal Albert Hall this year in May and would love to show off an award. But he’ll find it tough to up root Skepta, Bowie or David who all are up for British Male Solo whether its by breaking through into the mainstream with such defiance, a legacy of inspirational work or a comeback year that could not have been predicted 5 years ago.

Our tip: Craig David

British Artist Video Of The Year

Adele – ‘Send My Love To Your New Lover’
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’
Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – ‘Rockabye’
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend’
James Arthur – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’
Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – ‘Fast Car’
Little Mix feat. Sean Paul – ‘Hair’
One Direction – ‘History’
Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’
ZAYN – ‘Pillowtalk’

Video of the year is a public voted award so who has the biggest following? Is it Adele, ZAYN, 1D or maybe Calvin Harris?

Our tip (guess): One Direction
British breakthrough Anne-Marie
Rag’n’Bone Man
An impressive top 5 that would have been hard to compile in the past year and is also a public vote so get to to pick your favourite.

Our vote: Blossoms

Best British Group

The 1975
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix

The Best British group this year is dominated by rock bands and pop/rock, Scottish Giants Biffy Clyro have had a great year headlining Reading Festival for the second time and a UK number 1 album under there belt. Radiohead are also back with force already booked to headline Glastonbury 2017.  Bastille and the 1975 represent the pop side of rock but also have had great years playing some huge venues and wowing crowds over a summer of festivals with new songs from there respective albums.
Our tip: Biffy Clyro
Best International Male Solo Artist 
Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
Leonard Cohen
The Weeknd
A host of superstars in this category descending on the O2 with Bruno Mars due to perform on the night! Will he take home a prize for his efforts? We shall see.
Our tip: Drake
International Female Solo Artist 
Christine and the Queens
There’s only one winner here in a lot of people’s eyes…
My tip: Beyoncé
International Group 
A tribe called quest
Drake and Future
Kings of Leon
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Twenty One Pilots
5 acts that would entertain crowds around the world crossing over into many genres. Kings of Leon were back on form with the album Walls reaching number 1. Twenty one pilots burst onto the scene with Blurryface in 2015 and have continued to flourish since. Drake is joined by future for a second nomination too.
Our tip: Kings of Leon
Critics choice – Rag’n’bone man 
The final award of the night already decided, is due to be given to Rag’n’Bone man who reached number one in the albums chart with his debut ‘Human’. To bolster that it was the fastest selling male album of the decade and only three acts have sold more in 1 week since 2010 being One Direction, Rebecca Ferguson and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. So all in all very well deserved.

It’s all happening at the O2 in London this Wednesday (22/2/17). Be sure to tune into our LiveBlog which will be starting from 7pm on the night.