The BRIT Awards is one of the most highly anticipated award shows of the year. Since it was launched in 1977, every year has been a parade of the hottest artists from the British and International music community. With major artists flooding in from all around the world to grace the red carpet at The O2 Arena, there really isn’t a bigger British music awards ceremony around.
The 2019 nominees won’t be announced until closer to the event. The Voting Academy is made up of 1,000 music industry enthusiasts, professionals, artists, previous winners, and experts. When you consider the calibre of previous performers and winners we’re sure 2019 will be another stunning event. Here is a brief flashback of previous performers/winners, what we predict to come next year, and a look at the heart of the British music industry.
Jack Whitehall hosted the 2018 BRIT awards. The packed O2 Arena was treated to a performance of ‘Live Forever’ by Liam Gallagher, which he sung as a tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing. Other performers included Ed Sheeran and the Foo Fighters. Stormzy took home the best British Album and British Male Solo Artist awards, while Dua Lipa took the accolade for British Female Solo Artist.
The BRIT Awards paid tribute to David Bowie as he won the British solo male artist and the Mastercard British Album awards. As part of a tribute to George Michael, Chris Martin of Coldplay gave a stunning performance of ‘A Different Corner’. The Grime Music genre was also memorably represented with performances from Skepta and an iconic debut collaboration between Ed Sheeran and Stormzy which ensured shape of you went straight back to number 1.
This was the year that Justin Bieber melted girls’ hearts everywhere with his acoustic song ‘Love Yourself’. It was also the year that saw Adele produce a huge comeback with her album ‘25’ and swoon the audience with her outstanding performance of ‘When we were young’, while Coldplay blasted confetti over the crowd with a visually stunning version of ‘Hymn for the weekend’.
Taylor Swift opened the 2015 show with a spectacular performance of her number one song ‘Blank Space’. Ed Sheeran was a standout at the awards as he swept up both British Male Solo Artist and Mastercard British Album of the Year. Also with celebrities, such as Orlando Bloom presenting awards, the glamour and A-list attendance on the red carpet topped all.
Beyoncé returned to British soil to perform her song ‘XO’ along with her fellow American, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. This was also the year that saw Sam Smith shoot to fame by winning the Critics’ Choice Award long before the release of his debut album ‘In the Lonely Hour’. Another winner was Bruno Mars who won the coveted award for Best International Male Solo Artist Award.
OUR GUESSES FOR THE BRITs 2019
Best British Album – Geroge Ezra’s album, Staying at Tamera’s, is creating a lot of buzz. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Arctic Monkeys, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, or Florence and the Machine on the list of nominees.
Best British Male Solo Artist – As with the album category, we expect to see George Ezra on this list too. Sam Smith is also coming off the back of a good year, but so is MNEK, James Bay, Calvin Harris, and Bugzy Malone. Will any of these take home the trophy?
Best British Female Solo Artist – Has Dua Lipa done enough within the required timeframe to earn another nomination, or will last years winner be beaten to the 2019 honours by Lily Allen, Jorja Smith, or Jess Glynne?
Best British Group – The success of Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Bass Hotel & Casino album will make them strong contenders this year, but could Gorillaz, Little Mix, or The 1975 pip them to the post?
Best International Awards – Could Drake be set to repeat his success of 2017, or will Eminem or Post Malone be triumphant? We expect to see an equally strong female category, with Bjork, Cardi B, and Ariana Grande all having a successful year. The award for International Group could be hotly contested this year with the likes of Twenty One Pilots, BTS, and The Carters being just a few strong contenders.
THE BRIT TRUST
The BRIT Awards are more than just the biggest annual music showcase in the UK, it’s also a major fundraising event for music charities. The BRIT Awards and other music events have raised more than £20 million for The BRIT Trust. The money helps to support a selected group of charities that promote education and wellbeing through music. These include The BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, Music Support, and Key4Life.
The Chief Executive of BPI & BRIT Awards, Geoff Taylor, said, ‘When fans tune into The BRITs, they are not only supporting great artists, they are also supporting great causes. It’s a source of great pride for the BPI and record labels that The BRITs has helped to raise more than £20 million to support a free creative education for talented young people at the BRIT School, and music therapy for people affected by serious disabilities.’
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