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The BRIT Awards Official Show Programme is the ultimate companion to the unique 2021 event. Available online for the first time ever, it’s easy to access and includes stacks of exclusive interviews, nominations news, industry insight plus revelations on what really happens behind the scenes. Discover why Jack Whitehall is feeling more mischievous than ever, get to know the wonderful Griff, and find out the secrets of 2021’s unique BRITs trophy with designers Es Devlin and Yinka Ilori. Don’t miss it!

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The BRIT Awards 2020

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CONTENTS 05 CO-CHAIR’S WELCOME 07 MASTERCARD ARE DOING MORE

08 EXCLUSIVE! GIVE IT UP FOR OUR TROPHY DESIGNERS ES DEVLIN & YINKA

ILORI! 11 GET SOCIAL-ISING! 12 EXCLUSIVE! HOST JACK WHITEHALL’S BIG

CHAT’S BACK! 15 NOMINATIONS: THE BIG REVEAL TONIGHT’S PERFORMERS

& MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINEES 18-32 ARLO PARKS,

CELESTE, DUA LIPA, J HUS & JESSIE WARE 35-39 COLDPLAY, HEADIE ONE &

OLIVIA RODRIGO 40 EXCLUSIVE! RISING STAR WINNER GRIFF IS BUBBLING

UP! THE 2021 NOMINEES 45 BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST 46 BRITISH

MALE SOLO ARTIST 47 BRITISH GROUP 49 BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

50 BRITISH SINGLE 52 INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST 53 INTERNATIONAL

MALE SOLO ARTIST 55 INTERNATIONAL GROUP MORE… 56 MONEY AND THE

MUSIC BIZ 58 LAST (PARTY) NIGHT ON EARTH 62 LEARNING TO LIVE WITH

IT AT BRIT 64 MUSIC’S RISKY BUSINESS - FUTURE CHALLENGES REVEALED

66 CRISIS IN CLUBLAND. CAN WE GET BACK ON TRACK? 69 THE BRIT AWARDS

VOTING ACADEMY 73 GOING GREEN IS THE BRITS DREAM… 74 AGAINST ALL

ODDS THE SHOW MUST GO ON - HERE’S HOW 75 THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT!

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WELCOME TO

THE BRIT AWARDS 2O21

WITH MASTERCARD

Just a few weeks after Sir Rod Stewart

closed the 2020 BRITs – which had

also seen performances from Stormzy,

Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi, Lizzo and,

so memorably, Dave – we were all in a

very different and much darker place.

It was a place where who won or lost

at an awards show suddenly seemed

terribly unimportant. And, of course,

set against the tragedy and heroism

of the last year, it is. But one thing this

past year has also made abundantly

clear is that music, what The BRITs

celebrates, is anything but unimportant.

People have been turning to music

like never before – music that has

provided comfort and escapism

in equal measure, by artists who

responded to unique circumstances

and almost overwhelming events by

staying truly connected to their fans

here in the UK and across the globe.

Even as the world in general and we

as people became more separated, it

was the power of community and the

strength of sharing cultures that bound

us together and pulled us through – with

music a huge part of that process.

So, when we were asked to co-chair

The BRITs 2021, the first thing we

agreed was that this year’s event should

be a recognition not just of individual

achievement, but of the power of music.

And that, where last year’s event

was one of the last examples of the

old normal, this year’s might be one

of the first chances for us to start

celebrating again, start dressing up and

dancing again, whilst not ignoring the

momentousness of the suffering and

struggle which so many are still facing.

It’s going to be a very different BRITs.

It’s certainly been a very different

show to plan. In fact, the concept

of ‘planning’ has been stretched

to the limit, with templates being

torn up, parameters and guidelines

changing almost weekly – and the

spectre of no show at all looming

large on more than one occasion.

Thankfully, against that backdrop,

we worked alongside a group of

individuals and organisations that

made the impossible possible and

the improbable almost routine.

We’d like to especially thank the BPI

BRITs team, led by CEO Geoff Taylor

and Director of Events Maggie Crowe,

and this year’s creative team of TV

Exec Producer Sally Wood alongside

two of Britain’s most in-demand visual

artists Es Devlin and Yinka Ilori who

have been setting a benchmark

for the whole show’s aesthetic.

We’re delighted to continue working

with ITV, who will broadcast The

BRITs on primetime television,

with Jack Whitehall once again

on presenting duties.

We’re grateful for another very long-term

partner, Mastercard, who have been a

valuable supporter of the event for over

20 years now. And we welcome back

Amazon Music, who joined The BRITs

team last year as our digital partner.

We can also, of course, already

congratulate one winner – the

incredible Griff, who was recently

revealed as our 2021 Rising Star.

Thanks to the deliberations of our

1400-strong Voting Academy, the

winners of the other categories will be

revealed on the night. We congratulate

all the nominees and wish them and

their teams the very best of luck.

Most of all, we hope that all of you

watching the show, enjoy what is

bound to be a BRITs like no other.

Rebecca Allen & Selina Webb

The BRIT Awards Co-Chairs

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Congratulations to

all the nominees

Dave, with Billie Eilish and brother,

Finneas O’Connell: The BRIT Awards 2020

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a truly unique BRIT Awards

Now more than ever, music has shown

its universal ability to connect people

every day through priceless moments

big and small. Even though we’ve

spent the past year separated from

our loved ones, we’ve been able to

enjoy, share and experience the music

created by the talented musicians who

have been nominated this evening.

We are not only incredibly proud

to continue our sponsorship of The

BRIT Awards for a 23rd year, but to

be back presenting the award for

Mastercard Album, and for the first time,

British Single with Mastercard. The

outstanding creativity and dedication

of music talent in the UK and around

the globe has resulted in the most

diverse group of nominees in BRIT

Awards history. We would like to thank

and congratulate everyone involved

in creating so much incredible music

through these challenging times.

Wherever you find yourself watching the

show this year, please sit back and enjoy

a unique night of stunning performances

and much deserved awards.

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Helen Lamont

No, you’re not seeing double - The

BRIT Awards is back with TWO

trophies per winner and TWO

amazing designers who collaborated

to bring them into fruition.

Es Devlin is a London-based artist and

stage designer who has worked her

magic at The BRITs many times previously,

both for the main show and artists she

creates for. Creative partners include

Pet Shop Boys, U2, Kanye West, The

Weeknd, Stormzy and Beyonce among

them. Es also designed the London

Olympics 2012 closing ceremony, and

the opening of the Rio Olympics 2016.

Artist-designer and music lover Yinka Ilori

is a North Londoner who uses a signature

colour palette reminiscent of his Nigerian

heritage to bring a happy and instantly

identifiable vibe to all that he touches.

The pair worked together to create

the first-ever joint trophy design at The

BRITs, ensuring that after a tricky and

isolating year, they’ve brought forth a

stunning prize that is all about saying

thank you, and paying kindness forward.

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Exclusive! The famous BRIT Trophy has bagged

the only ‘Plus One’ at the event this year…

How did your collaboration come about?

Es: Yinka and I entered into cocreative

direction of the BRIT Awards

in the spirit of seeking common

denominators between our practices.

Yinka: Es has done The BRITs for a

few years now, and she said, ‘Yinka

would be great to have on board,’ so

The BRITs reached out to me, and said

‘Es is designing The BRITs, but could

you work along side her?’ I said ‘Yes!’

straight away. I’m a huge fan of The

BRITs and I’ve always respected Es

Devlin who is such an incredible artist

and designer, to see how she thinks and

how she creates. It’s super inspirational!

This is the first year trophies have

been presented in pairs. Can

you explain the concept?

Es: Yinka and I thought that the best

award that one could receive would be

agency to award another. We both believe

in circular design principles and like the

idea that the giving of an award does not

end with the initial recipient, but can be

passed on to others who are perhaps

less visible to the awarding panels.

Yinka: I would describe it as two artists

from different disciplines, different

inspirations, coming together to design

a trophy based around the idea of giving

something back - acts of kindness.

So each winner gets two trophies…?

Yinka: Yes! My trophy is an explosion

of colour, a nod to my aesthetic, based

around my storytelling theme, of trying

to create new memories. The Es

Devlin trophy is half the size of mine. It

celebrates the design concepts she’s

been exploring for a few years now.

Es: The second award is engraved

with the maze pattern that celebrates

the paths many of those working

within the creative industries have

had to tread in order to progress

through this challenging year:

sometimes feeling lost en route.

Why does the idea of ‘giving’

work so well today?

Es: Humans are at their most distinctly

human when engaged in compassion.

What do you hope our acts do

with the trophy on the night,

and then moving forward…

Es: Each recipient is invited to award

the second trophy to someone

they consider worthy - they might

be due recognition - or it might

be someone that does something

entirely unrelated to music.

You are part of a long string

of design talents who have

taken on the BRIT trophy,

and each has come up with

something uniquely different.

Es: The overall spirit of The BRITs

this year is characterised in Yinka’s

stunning use of colour - which for

me embodies hope - combined

with my use of architecture.

Yinka: It’s incredible. Couple of years

back Sir David Adjaye told me I’d get

a call from The BRITs one day, I think

he has manifested this to happen!

It’s a huge honour. The people who

have done it before, Dame Zaha

Hadid, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst,

are all so different, and they have all

given the trophy their own personal

touch. I am honoured that music

artists will have a trophy I designed in

their house, and hopefully, because

it is a BRIT, they will cherish it.

It’s a wonderful celebration

of both art and music…

Es: The BRITs has always celebrated

more than pop music - it has always

been a meeting point between

various aspects of pop culture:

art, fashion, film and architecture

as well as music. In our practices

Yinka and I both blur the boundaries

between art and design and we

want to bring this sense of a

borderless approach by fusing our

work on the trophy and the overall

creative direction of The BRITs.

And Yinka have you enjoyed

being more immersed in

the music world…?

Yes, music is huge part of how I

work. I am listening to Burna Boy,

and Dave. Headie One has had a

good album this year; its so nice

to see people who I listen to get

nominated. I would love to do more

crossover work. I would love to get

the opportunity to do more stage

design - I am buzzing with ideas!

What was it like working on

the project together?

Es: A lot of fun - we both feel we

have much to learn from one another.

Was it tricky to collaborate,

with the pandemic?

Yinka: Of course it all started on

Zoom and then one day Es cycled

all the way from Dulwich to my

studio in North Acton to brainstorm

some ideas. It was a lovely and

organic start! Afterwards, I sent

some sketches, and I was really

obsessed with this idea of kindness,

of paying something back. The

idea came from the experience of

lockdown, where your neighbour

you’ve lived beside for six years

and never say hello to suddenly

gave you flowers, foods, acts of

kindness. I wanted to capture that.

But once the trophies are in the

winners’ hands you move on to

the next project. What is it?

Es: For me, its Forest of Us - a

large scale Maze installation

at the new Superblue Arts

Centre in Miami along with

new works by James

Turrell and TeamLab -

opening 24 April. I’m

also working on the

Artistic Direction of

the London Design

Biennale and creation

of the Forest for

Change - a temporary

reforestation of

the courtyard at

Somerset House -

opening 1st June.

Yinka: In July this year

I’m doing my first ever

permanent playground, in

Dagenham and Barking,

it will be very fancy, to

celebrate the 100th

year of the Becontree

Estate. I’m also doing

a Somerset House

project, in the

summer. This year

we are having

dodgem cars in the

courtyard - it’s the

Yinka Ilori dodgem

truck extravaganza.

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“CORONAVIRUS? NO,

POP STARS NEED TO

SHIELD FROM MY MUM!”

It’s four-in-a-row for Jack Whitehall, but will

mum Hilary wangle her way into the top

secret, socially distanced, 41st BRITs?

There are lots of labels you can

throw at gangly, cheeky, posh

boy wag Jack Whitehall. Perhaps

psychic isn’t obvious, but in 2020

he made a presentient statement.

Stuck in Australia at the tail-end of his

stand-up tour, at the mercy of bush

fires and plane cancellations, he’d

pondered his upcoming BRITs role with

trepidation: “Who knows… maybe I’ll

have to stay in Australia and Skype it in!”

Although Jack made a dash back

for one last BRITs night of luxurious

living, many were stranded in farflung

places. Most International plane

trips stopped soon after.. And they

- like life - are still to take back off.

But - whisper it - The BRITs is

returning. The cogs of normal

life are starting to turn.

Approaching The BRITs 2021 ceremony,

there is palpable excitement.

Helen Lamont asks

Jack Whitehall what’s in store…

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“I am very excited,” says our host, as he

prepares to return to his biggest arena.

“It’ll be a significant moment - back

in a room with music and songs’”

“We’re putting on a show with

key workers in the audience,

people who most deserve a

night to let their hair down.

“It will be very special - we will

have heroes in the room.”

That these are the things Jack aims for

is very telling. What a year its been for

the 32 year-old - and everyone else.

We can expect music,

awards, entertainment - but

what will be different?

“Obviously I won’t be chatting at

tables,” says Whitehall. “But given

the questions I put to people,

honestly, not a bad thing in itself.”

Hmm, imagine opening the 2020

programme with the phrase “I’ll

be popping up and annoying you

now and then, like Chris Martin at

Glastonbury,” then having Coldplay

announced as performers next outing.

He’s mischievious. “No, I can’t wait -

four years I’ve waited to have them

on at The BRITs. Plus …” he guffaws,

“I’m not worried, he can’t reach me”.

“I have a whole new level of opportunity

for me to throw shade. I’m safe!”

“Social distancing gives me a

head start to do a runner. Get

out of that situation, quick!”

But surely our affable host hasn’t

really been threatened by disgruntled

celebrities… has he? “Nope - the

real danger is on social media, and

you hear what’s being said!”

We’re not talking about gentle

teasing in the aftermath either. As

a host and an everyday human,

the dangers of being cancelled

abound. Comedy is a minefield.

Says Whitehall, “I probably play it safer

now than I did five or ten years ago”.

“It can be difficult. You don’t necessarily

know what you might say, that’ll offend.

You don’t know if your sensibilities

are out of tune with current trends,

what you can and can’t say.

“Whatever the joke is you worry

might get you into trouble - it’s

always something else!”

When Covid kicked off Jack had

completed a global standup tour:

“I’d got that itch out of my system.”

The last item on the news

was was this little thing called

Coronavirus in Wuhan, China.

“We thought it was a flash-in-the-pan,

it’d blow over. Little did we know…”

Then in March 2020, Jack

contracted Covid himself.

“Yeah I had it very early doors, just

before Tom Hanks. He beat me to

it. Then I didn’t want to come out

with it publicly, kept schtum. Who

wants to follow Tom Hanks?”

“Luckily I didn’t have it very

badly… dunno if I still have any

antibodies. Strategically, maybe

I should’ve got it later on!”

It was a peculiar period for a workaholic.

“I realised I like taking my foot off the

accelerator more than I’d imagined.

Having a little circuit break, a rest with

some headspace, is no bad thing.”

“I did a lot of decadent cooking

- things you marinade for days.”

As well a co-launching as ‘bacon

with everything!’ blog entitled Food

Slut, Jack & Co. opened a pop-up

diner last September. So are there

any future endeavours? “Maybe in

20 years’ time I’ll come back to it”.

“I’ll open a disastrous pub that

gets shut down again a year later.

That’s what celebrities do!

“I’ve always been a foodie, but I

really threw myself into that.” He

laughs. Once we are back to normal,

It’ll be ready meals every night!”

However, after complaining he

was “coming out of lockdown

looking like a melted candle,” there

may be the other alterations.

“Yes its back on the Hollywood diet for

me in the run up to The BRITs, having

let myself go during lockdown.”

“I’m going full Bloom - Orlando Bloom

- in preparation of being back on

stage. It’ll have to be grain oil and

new oats, whatever it is you need

to get that Hollywood physique.

There will be training sessions and

Peloton rides to be camera ready.”

“Certainly when I tried on the suits

the other week, they had a snugger

fit than when I got them fitted.”

But he reassures cheerily, “By the

time the big show happens, I’ll be

back looking like a streak of piss”!

In work, he says, “I’m lucky,

nothing got cancelled, just

changed or moved around”.

There have been fewer opportunities in

acting, so I’m waiting for that to open up

again, I hope to have that as my focus.“

However there was time to write

a family travel memoir, due in

October, alongside his long-suffering

parents Hilary and Michael.

“It kept my mind occupied while

making sure my mother didn’t

murder my father. A distraction, to

think about something else.”

“It caused a fair bit of family strife

and misremembering but at

least we got to edit each others

work… it will be a funny read.”

Jack reveals there is also family tension

over that most important now-annual

marker - who’ll make his BRITs guest list.

“My mother will try to wangle an

invite to The BRITs. Only being

allowed a limited entourage this year

might be a blessing in disguise.”

And thinking back to her namecheck

last year from a living rock legend,

he reveals, “She was very excited,

getting a shout out from Rod Stewart”.

“She was practically throwing herself

at him during the afterparty.”

Of course, Sir Rod and the rest of The

Faces were seen less during 2020

thanks to the government mandate

for elderly supergroups to stay

indoors and shield from the virus.

Although shielding has paused, Jack

says it would be unwise to consider

themselves completely protected.

“Oh no”, he laughs. “I still think the

popstars need to shield from my mum!”

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All The BRITs 2021 Nominations Revealed…

The transformation of The BRIT

Awards continues, and the 2021

nominations are revealed to be the

most diverse BRITs shortlists ever.

This year, there is a very limited

edition of just ten statuettes to be

awarded. So whoever takes home

a stunning Es Devlin/ Yinka Ilori

trophy will be in a VIP club indeed.

Last year’s shake-up of voting

saw a streamlining of process.

The BRIT Academy now takes the

strain of picking winners, after we

said goodbye to public voting.

At the same time the Academy has

welcomed large numbers of new

voting members, ensuring the panel is

diverse and open to those who felt they

were previously underrepresented.

The chosen shortlists reflect back a

music world which is changing. For

starters, in 2021, women celebrate

their strongest ever year, overall.

We already know that 2021’s BRITs

Rising Star Award winner is a woman.

it was won by Celeste in 2020 after a

stellar run under the previous guise of

Critics’ Choice. Well done to a delighted

Griff, who also announced the BRIT

nominations live on air alongside

Nick Grimshaw on March 31st.

Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks and Celeste share

the accolade of ‘most nominated’ with

one talented male, Joel Corry, and

one male duo (Young T & Bugsey).

All have three nominations apiece.

Indeed Dua Lipa has quite a track

record, receiving the highest

number of shortlist nominations

in 2018 and 2019 as well.

The ‘Up for two’ crew in 2021

include AJ Tracey, Bicep, Jessie

Ware, Headie One and J Hus.

In contrast to last year’s Mastercard

British Album, where Dave topped an

Hosts: Nick Grimshaw and Griff

all-male shortlist, eighty percent of the

acts up for Mastercard British Album in

2021 are female - a first in BRITs history.

In that shortlist, while J Hus does it for

the boys, are the triple threat trio of

Arlo Parks, Celeste, Due Lipa, as well

as ‘could be two’ contender Jessie

Ware. Jessie is the most established

artist on the British Album list, receiving

her first BRIT nomination in 2013.

Swap J Hus out for Lianne La Havas

and - hey presto - its transformed

into the Female Solo Artist line-up.

Moving on, one of 2020s most

marked trends continues, with the

increasing representation of artists

from diverse backgrounds.

While acts like poet Arlo Parks and

Celeste have found their own stylistic

niche we also see the genres of

grime, rap and drill dominate.

Half of the ten tracks up for British

Single are by rappers. And the Male

Solo Artist category sees black artists

Photo: Danny Howe

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take three of the five available slots

on the shortlist, as AJ Tracey, Headie

One and J Hus represent. Joel Corry

and Yungblud, both having a great

year, give a more alternative slant.

Black artists also prevail on the

Breakthrough shortlist - poet Arlo Parks,

Celeste and Young T & Bugsey appear,

with Joel Corry and Bicep alongside.

Bicep’s second nomination is of course

in British Group. They join fellow

Breakthrough band Young T & Bugsey

alongside Biffy Clyro (who have had

two previous noms), The 1975 (three

previous wins from four nominations)

and the now three-piece Little Mix

(two wins from nine nominations).

While artists in the UK categories can

vie for multiple wins, all of the artists in

the International categories place all of

their hopes on one trophy maximum.

The International categories

typically feature artists who have

been around somewhat longer

than the home-grown lists.

Up for International Female Artist are

Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Cardi B,

Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Even

at nineteen, Billie Eilish is a previous

Internatiional Female Solo Artist winner

in 2020. Ariana previously won in

2019, and Taylor scooped the prize

in 2015. Although Cardi B and Miley

Cyrus have yet to win, they’ve also

received previous nominations.

International Male mixes previous

champs Tame Impala (2016), with

previous nominees The Weeknd,

Childish Gambino (a.k.a actor Donald

Glover), and Nigerian Afrobeats

champion and grime collaborator du jour

Burna Boy. The category also features

our most senior nominee, the legend

that is Bruce Springsteen. Having

previously won 35 years ago in 1986,

at 71 he receives his tenth nomination.

Meanwhile the International Group

shortlist is as eclectic as they come with

BRITs stalwarts Foo Fighters at one end

and fresh-faced K-Pop megastars BTS at

the other. Haim, Fontaines D.C. and Run

The Jewels complete the gang. With

four previous titles, Foo Fighters will

keep their fingers crossed for a fifth win.

Harry Styles, meanwhile, is the

artist with the most wins (and most

previous nominations) to his name

in the shortlists. Harry won seven

trophies with One Direction as well

as one as a solo performer. Will the

British Single contender Watermelon

Sugar bring him his ninth win?

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NOMINATIONS LIST IN FULL

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMAZON MUSIC

ARLO PARKS TRANSGRESSIVE

CELESTE POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

DUA LIPA WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

JESSIE WARE EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

LIANNE LA HAVAS WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

MALE SOLO ARTIST

IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMAZON MUSIC

AJ TRACEY AJ TRACEY

HEADIE ONE RELENTLESS, SONY MUSIC

J HUS BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

JOEL CORRY

ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC

YUNGBLUD INTERSCOPE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

BRITISH GROUP

BICEP NINJA TUNE

BIFFY CLYRO WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

LITTLE MIX RCA, SONY MUSIC

THE 1975

DIRTY HIT/POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

BRITS RISING STAR

IDENTIFIED BY A PANEL OF CRITICS,

INFLUENCERS, WRITERS AND COMPOSERS,

SUPPORTED BY BBC RADIO 1

GRIFF WARNER, WARNER (WINNER)

PA SALIEU WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

RINA SAWAYAMA DIRTY HIT

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

ARLO PARKS TRANSGRESSIVE

BICEP NINJA TUNE

CELESTE POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

JOEL CORRY

ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

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ARLO PARKS

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“To be nominated for

three BRIT Awards at

20 years old as an

independent artist

is something that

exceeds my wildest

dreams. I genuinely

don’t have the words

to describe how

grateful I am. This

year has been difficult

to say the least but art

has been holding us

together in some way

and I’m excited to be

part of this celebration

of British music.”

ARLO PARKS

Alex Waespi

“Where there is this global sense

of confusion and uncertainty

and fear, I like to think my music

provides something soothing.”

Fans of Arlo Parks were not

disappointed by her January 2021

debut album, ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’.

The buzz around this 20 yearold

songwriter-poet has been

unprecedented, with the likes of Billie

Eilish, Phoebe Bridgers and Michelle

Obama professing themselves to be

fans. Arlo Parks names, Thom Yorke,

Portishead, Sylvia Plath and Frank

Ocean among her early inspirations.

Sonically there are certainly nods here

to Portishead and the light, trip-hop

loops of their style of production. Here

we have sparse, easy atmospherics and

dream-quality layers of emotion, plucked

strings so simple they leave space for

the heart of the song to be found.

It’s the perfect backdrop for the lyrical

themes of self care and empathy,

depression (Black Dog and Hope),

addiction (Hurt), sexuality (Eugene) and

love gone wrong or unrequited (the

Clairo-backed Green Eyes, Caroline

and Just Go). She confides her own

troubles and seemingly offers a

reciprocal listening ear back in return.

The result is soft, and comfortable,

sometimes R&B, sometimes reassuringly

folksy; a pillow of emotion to salve

souls so troubled by lockdown.

Taking its name from a Zadie

Smith short story, Collapsed in

Sunbeams came together in a

rented flat in Dalston, where Parks

felt “incubated in the world of the

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record,” recording alongside regular

writing partner Gianluca Buccellati.

“It was quite a free-flowing process,”

she reveals, “and most of the

songs were written in a few hours,

even an hour or so… it was very

much spikes of inspiration”.

Revisiting old heartaches proved to be

an exhilarating but tiring process: “After

I wrote this album I was exhausted… I

gave so much of myself to this story.”

“It’s weird to say, but it feels

almost as if the songs are writing

themselves. I’m just a vessel for

thoughts and for the words. It’s almost

like an emotional outpouring.”

“I wanted it to be a time capsule.

And for that to be authentic then

I guess you have to get back

into those shoes, as it were.”

And so those remembered vignette

moments have been captured,

narrated, and dissected for the listener;

a collection of lyrical Polaroids that

piece together the sum of a life.

It’s all about “making hyper-specific

moments feel universal,” says Arlo

Park of her art, “I want it to feel like

you’re looking down the lens of a

camera and watching a scene unfold.”

And so the last track of the album,

the Paul Epworth-produced Porta

400, appears. It opens with the

nonchalant disclaimer, “I’m always

making rainbows out of something

painful,” and in doing so, Arlo Parks

offers the perfect review of her record,

as the end credits roll on the work.

It’s the perfect ending. She’s chased

away the dark clouds. And it looks

as though the sun is coming out.

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CELESTE

NOT YOUR MUSE

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“It’s never been in my nature

to try to fit in,” says 26

year-old Celeste, discussing her

No.1 debut album Not Your Muse.

And why would it be, when you have

an inimitable style, and a rich smoky

vocal that can silence a room.

Fresh from a whirl of early 2020

promo and with delivery of an allimportant

album on the slate, Celeste

found a positive side to lockdown.

In fact, “Everything slowing down

was quite helpful,” she says. “I

could take stock of what was really

important to me and focus on why

I was here in the first place.”

Instead of a gnawing feeling she’d lost

creative control, she knew the answer:

“Surrounding myself with my band and

people who were there only to make

good music, it brought me back in

touch with why I love making music.”

She took risks, wanted to trust her own

instinct while honing her smooth sound,

all vintage jazz/soul/r&b, a dreamy and

atmospheric cinematic surround style.

And she’d tasted success already,

taking note what worked in live shows.

The songs people had responded

to the most were the ones that I had

put the most genuine feeling into.”

Happily, the recording period was

also time of great excitement, due

to a new romance: “Something that I

experienced — properly — was falling

in love. So there is more warmth and

sincerity to my approach… before I was

a bit more sombre and guarded. Now

it’s big horns, and make it triumphant!”

“It was purely about making a

piece of music that I really liked

and could feel proud of.”

All of that meant “I felt more and more

confident with each leap I took”.

So she found the strength to lay out her

red lines in Ideal Woman, the courage

to embrace the woozy 50s feel of the

love song Beloved, and the optimism

to end the album with the ever hopeful

Same Goodbyes Come With Hellos.

There are the singles — the ethereal

sense of loss on Strange, written in the

aftermath of an LA bush fire, as well as

the horn laden romance, Love Is Back.

And there are cinematic tracks that

found an unexpected audience; Stop

This Flame found a home on the EA

Games FIFA franchise; Give A Little Love

became a John Lewis Christmas song.

The empowering message of the

album’s title, and indeed its titular single,

is that Celeste has an open heart but a

singular vision. Sure, she’ll collaborate.

But there’s a comfort line beyond which

she will not travel. This lady isn’t one to

follow the trends. She’s a trendsetter.

A niche artist who will embrace the

mainstream, as long as its on her

own terms. Otherwise, she believes,

sounds will never progress forward.

There has to be somebody

willing to take that risk. And

it’s within me to strive”.

“I feel like I’ll have more longevity

in what I’m doing if I do something

that I find fulfilling, I’m happy playing

songs l like, rather than playing

songs I hate to fifty million people.

“In this album I came back to a

place of knowing my true voice,

and knowing who I am again.”

“I genuinely thought

I wouldn’t be in with

a chance of receiving

any nominations, so

to be receiving this

recognition in just the

nominations is astounding

for me and I’m so

happy to be considered

worthy of winning any

of these prizes!”

CELESTE

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“This is really overwhelming.

I am so proud of my album

Future Nostalgia and single

Physical. Thanks so much to

everyone who has supported

me and enjoyed my music – it

means everything to me.

“I am so excited to be returning

to perform for you all at The

BRITs this year. It’s going to

be truly special to be back

on stage in the UK.”

DUA LIPA

“No ballads, only bangers” was Dua

Lipa’s mantra as she approached

the making of her second album.

Settling on the title Future Nostalgia

while out walking, headphones on,

around Las Vegas; she knew her eureka

moment had hit upon a moniker that

would encapsulate her creative streak.

“I’d already started working on the

record and I knew I wanted it to

reflect my childhood influences,

but I hadn’t quite figured out what

direction I wanted to go.”

Leaning heavily on synth pop and disco

beats from the 80s and 90s, it harked

back to when Dua herself was younger.

“I want it to be the album that young

girls look back on, the way I look

back on Missundaztood by Pink or

The Dutchess by Fergie,” she says.

Her “soundtrack for young girls,”

then, is the sort of ‘I’ll show ‘em!’

self-help that comes in a glossy box,

where you dust off disappointment

and put on the lipgloss.

Hitting upon the recipe for early

track and otherworldly future

single Levitate turned her regular

studio session into a party.

It was the “first song that I could present

to my A&R and manager and be like,

‘This is the world I’m going into’”.

Dua, happily loved up in a relationship,

didn’t leave space for any slow songs.

She explains, “I wanted to write

songs that were more sad, more

about heartbreak, because I thought

that writing happy songs would

turn into cheesy songs. I had to

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fight that because I was like, ‘I am

happy. I deserve to be happy.’”

“I should be able to write about that

without the fear of feeling like I’m

compromising my authenticity.”

Her clutch of “dark pop” tracks includes

Hallucinate (the song she’ll play at

every festival), and Break My Heart,

with the Need You Tonight INXS

sample. As well as the vibe-y workout

wonder Physical, there’s a nod to

sisterhood on Boys Will Be Boys.

After two years of hard work, an

internet leak meant the record

was rushed out at the last minute,

a week ahead of schedule. As the

pandemic kicked in she worried the

move would seem in poor taste.

But no, she explained, “I made this

record as a form of escapism, to get

away from any pressures or words from

other people. It was the reason why this

album was created so, if there was any

time to put it out, it should be now.”

“I hope it brings you some happiness,

I hope it makes you smile and I

hope it makes you proud.”

So many of us ached for something

upbeat and Dua’s remedy was

the ultimate kitchen disco.

The success of the original eleven track

record, and subsequent deluxe edition,

prompted a thumping remix album,

Club Future Nostalgia (Aug 2020). The

arms aloft, jubilant, and sample-heavy

reprise had a guest list including Gwen

Stefani, Mark Ronson, and Madonna.

Now with one of the world’s certified

Top 10 biggest sellers of 2020, there’s

a sense of achievement. “I feel so

proud of Future Nostalgia,” reveals Dua,

already eyeing up her next project. “I

really feel like I’m finding my feet.”

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“Before the UK was trying

to imitate, before we was

trying to do what America

was doing - but now we

got our own thing innit,

now they are copying

us. We are owning it!”

J HUS

J HUS

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“You can’t cover me, I show my

defiance, look deep in your soul if

you’re looking for guidance,” warns

J Hus on the anti-establishment

opener to his second album,

Big Conspiracy which knocked

Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered

By off No.1 in February 2020.

The album’s urgent release came

after tracks were leaked online but

if anything the first glimpses of the

rapper’s new music only served

to whet the appetite of fans.

A mission statement if every there

was one, the 13 track collection -

launched around a year after he was

sentenced to an eight month stint in

jail, is chock-full of revolutionary intent,

introspection, cheeky word play, and

tales of questionable sexual adventure.

The album sees collaborations

from some of the hottest names in

global music in the exec producer

and long-time collaborator

JAE5, plus Levi Lennox, Skribz

Riley, Io and Nana Rogues.

TobiShyBoy (TSB) adds influence

with the multidimensional addition

of pianos, saxophones and violins.

The first two singles from the record

were Must Be (a first Top 5 for J Hus

in Nov 2019) and No Denying, noted

for the intensity of its drill beat.

Fight For Your Life is a requiem for lost

friends in his inner circle while Must

Be One sees smooth saxophone back

a narrative of life in the ends - is the

paranoia real or is it the betrayal?

Play Play meanwhile is a song meant for

the overheated days of city summers,

full of steel drums and sexual tension,

slick talk and and weapon envy.

Burna Boy features where Jamaican

influences and afropop meet.

The album catches J Hus in a period

of refection, where his raw Stratford

conduct codes clash with influences,

such as Sun Tsu’s The Art of War

found in prison library books.

You can almost hear the internal

struggle, as growth and ambition wrestle

in vibrant metaphors against the habits

of his proud hometown neighbourhood.

At home in his own creation, he mixes

rapped verse with sung choruses but

Repeat, featuring Koffee, is sung in

an afrobeat/drill hybrid throughout,

with choruses lilting in patois.

Female vocals lighten the mood,

provided by Ella Mae on One and Only

and Icee TGM, rumoured to be J Hus’s

sister, on Big Conspiracy and Helicopter.

The whole thing finishes with Deeper

than Rap, a four minute monologue

relentlessly spilling his truth over

relaxed piano and synth violins. It zaps

from from topic to topic: revenge and

wrongdoing, religion and astronomy,

colonialism, race. Its a lot to keep up

with, a stream of consciousness if you

will. This anxious clash of influences is

reality for the plate-spinning J Hus,

The album has been descri as vibrant

and thought provoking, violent and, at

times, childlike. Its creator has captured

the market in the music that defines

the zeitgeist UK scene at the moment.

“In the end it was all worth it,” says J

Hus, despite ”so much work, so much

effort, blood, sweat, and tears”.

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JESSIE WARE

WHAT’S YOUR

PLEASURE?

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“Women have always

made great music and

wonderful albums, but

this is the first time in the

entire BRITs history that

we have dominated the

best album category.

The time is now - albeit

long overdue - to

start respecting and

appreciating the vital

role women, and their

music, play in the British

music industry. I want to

thank everyone who has

acknowledged What’s

Your Pleasure?, I’m so

proud of the record we

made and am thrilled to

be up for Best Album. I

am also elated to have

my fourth ‘British Female

Solo Artist’ nomination

to go with my fourth, and

now BRIT nominated,

studio album.”

JESSIE WARE

Jessie Ware’s Save A Kiss strikes a

chord for all the couples torn apart

by lockdown. “Save A Kiss for me

tonight/Wait for me, no compromise,”

she trills, disco beats behind her.

Coming from her fourth album What’s

Your Pleasure? (2020), and showcasing

its disco Studio 54 vibe to the max,

the single spoke to the heart, says

Jessie, and “accidentally became

far more poignant… saying, ‘Wait

there, I’ll be there with that kiss.’”

“I’m so proud of this record, and I think

it’s going to connect with people,” she

explains, noting its themes of “Pleasure

and escapism and sex…” Sex? Yep -

“Where there’s a will there’s a way!”

When the world appears to be

going crazy sometimes it’s temping

to go wild with abandon.

Although she couldn’t guess Covid-19

was coming, she approached her

most commercially successful record

to date with a joy. “The word I find

myself using a lot is freeing.”

An introspective third album Glasshouse

(2017) had not been wholly fulfilling,

but it was overtaken by a career

sidestep, the hugely successful cookery

podcast Table Manners. She paused,

went back to her dance music roots

with less trepidation, perhaps come

full circle. She holed up in pal and

producer James Ford’s Clapton attic

hanging out with Kindness, Joseph

Mount, Dave Okomu and more. Being

comfortable set her creativity rising.

“We do a lot of back-and-forth, playing

groove tunes and disco tunes. I learned

a lot, and [James] introduced me to a

lot.” In absorbing it all she took lessons

from Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor,

and Debbie Harry. “There was a lot of

dancing, a lot of fun, turning it up and

imagining what our night out with this

record would be — it felt light and free.”

“With What’s Your Pleasure?, the

title track, when we were writing it,

I could imagine Kylie Minogue.”

So there’s the secret: Instead of

delving deep inside herself for

lyrical heartache, she’s creating a

persona with sequins and paint.

“That’s the beauty and the grandeur

of disco and dance music, you go

into the performance. And I feel like

this was a more confident Jessie

Ware performance in its entirety.”

And so the songs come rushing out.

There’s Ooh La La, a funky bassled

drama, and Soul Control, with its

Superbad-as-in-great vocal riffs. In

Spotlight, she’s alone, twirling in the

glitterball’s shimmer. Meanwhile “People

have told me ‘Remember Where You

Are’ is their lockdown anthem,” she

ventures, “its about observing the world

being on fire”. It closes the album. “I

was imagining it could be played at

the end of The Handmaiden’s Tale.”

Well. The world might be a “dystopian

nightmare” but at least Jessie Ware

is more sure of her place in it.

“I totally feel like an artist now,” she says.

“This album really cemented that for me.

I understand myself better than ever.”

“My confidence is there now. I’ve

always felt that I’ve never been able

to be defined by one genre and now

I can’t be defined by one job.”

“It feels limitless…”

And that’s not the only thing it

feels, says Jessie. “It feels like

everyone needs a bit of a party.”

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“We as a band want to thank

you for coming out, not just

tonight but for all the nights.”

CHRIS MARTIN

There is light at the end

of the tunnel… there will

be a lot of people dusting

off their instruments

now, thinking OK, let’s

get rehearsing. It’s

been a long time.”

WILL CHAMPION

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When 20 year-old Sarah Faith Griffiths,

a.k.a. popstar Griff won The BRITs 2021

Rising Star Award, she took herself into

a field with a picnic blanket and a bottle

of Prosecco to celebrate… because

Lockdown meant she couldn’t toast

her win with friends. Here, the Black

Hole hitmaker chats to Helen Lamont

about her bedroom-produced, (and

bedroom-promoted) rise to the top…

Congratulations on your Rising Star win!

Thank you! I’ve got major impostor

syndrome. It feels silly. How have I

managed to bag myself a spot on

this incredible long list of artists who

have gone before? I don’t think it

is going to feel real until I am in the

O2, with the adrenalin in the air.

Are you looking forward to

your big night?

I am! I’d like to bump into one

of the Directioners backstage.

I’m low-key a Directioner. So if I

saw Niall I’d be delighted!

How did you find out?

I’d just had a long day filming my Jools

Holland performance, waiting for my

cab. My manager called me, then

put Phil (Christie, President of Warner

Music) on, who said, ‘Congratulations,

you’ve won it’. I screamed on Hoxton

High Street. My Addison Lee driver

didn’t know what was going on!

Introduce yourself and your sound for us…

I’m a young songwriter and producer.

I just started making beats in my

room. I love pop music, and I try to

write honest emotional pop melodies

and lyrics, and interesting beats.

You began your musical

endeavours very early.

I grew up in church and music was a

huge part of my life, and I listened to

soul/R&B. At eight, I found Taylor Swift’s

Fearless album mind-blowing - all uplifting

melodies, major chords, and teenage

girl lyrics. From there I began writing

songs, and I was lucky that my dad sings,

and he’s always sung in church. He had

Logic [Pro, production software] lying

around. I realised I could go on Logic

and record, and harmonise with myself.

It opened up a whole new world.

And you were in your first recording

studio aged ten?

Yeah, I was in a girl band at ten, and

another band at fifteen. Every musician

has had an embarrassing past and mine

is no different! The heights of that was me

supporting Peter Andre on his UK tour,

with my blue TopShop jeans and my blue

snapback, without ever releasing music.

Bet you learned a lot though.

I learned that a lot of adults don’t know

what they’re doing, It made me a bit

cynical to be honest. But it was fun and

hopefully a stepping stone, because

the music industry can be this big

intimidating thing; you don’t know how

to access it. It definitely made me work

ten times harder to do things for myself.

And just before your A levels,

you went solo…

I was around 16, 17. I’d do lessons in the

morning and then travel in [to London]

and work with any producer that would

have me. I started to co-write and do more

studio sessions. My music got heard, and I

started to get publishing and label interest.

I signed when I was mid-way through sixth

form, just juggling A Levels with trying to

write, record songs and do photoshoots.

Gonna bet you did OK in those exams…

Yeah I got all A’s which feels like a miracle.

Economics, Geography and Textiles. There

was always a plan to go to university,

which is wild now. My friends are all at

Uni I’m here trying to understand taxes.

Lockdown’s been a strange

time to be a popstar…

It’s been hard to get a feel for who is

listening. Social media has been amazing

to keep in contact with existing followers,

but you’re never sure who is out there.

For example, I only did one headline

ticketed show, to about 250 people,

the November before Covid. So there

will be a big jump and it is exciting and

quite terrifying, and a bit overwhelming,

although I know I love to perform. It’ll be

crazy to see real bodies, real people’s

mouths singing along to the songs.

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You have a creative soul, and more than

a passing interest in fashion!

I make a lot of the clothes. It was a fun

side that accidentally developed into a

thing. I’d just bring a few bits to shoots,

and if I have time I’ll make a top for a

performance. I love an oversized frilly

dress, I’m addicted to vintage bridal

dresses. It’s a nice way to build my

visual world and stay in artistic control.

I can think of a few who mix

music with fashion…

I hope one day I can take the fashion

side more seriously, and release a

proper collection, that feels like I’ve

designed it all completely. But that’s

a quiet dream, for later on, I think.

What do you hope your career

trajectory will be?

If I can look back, in five years, and know

that I’ve been 100 percent honest and

authentic in what I put out, if I’m in creative

control, and I’ve written songs that have

impacted people, I will be happy.

Which artists inspire you?

There are so many! Lorde makes

me super-inspired, with how she’s

managed to do pop but also stay left

field. I love how Julia Michaels has

written such emotional songs. And

Imogen Heap, of course, is sick, and

a female producer since day one.

Meantime, what do you

hope 2021 holds for you?

Honestly, its hard to think ahead. I feel so

satisfied with what I’ve already achieved.

I just hope more people will be able

to discover my music and love it. [But]

I am definitely hoping to do some gigs

again, I’m very excited that we have

announced dates in October. That’s nuts!

Before that there will be new music…

Yes, a mixtape in June, called One Foot

In Front Of The Other, which is seven

of my best songs this year. I feel really

proud of it. It’s been hard to write and

stay inspired during lockdown, but it

speaks into what I want to say right now.

Of course your biggest

show will be The BRITs itself…

Oh I’m trying to think about it now!

We will go big on set design, I’ll be in

an outfit I’ve made myself, and there

will be a lot of dancing. So much

dancing! A high energy performance!

With so much to look forward to, it’s

gonna be hard to stay grounded.

No, I have good people around

me. Everyone is excited, but

proper grounded. My mum said,

“Congratulations, but can we move

on now”? My dad said, “Gosh, I’m

just as excited about this as I was

when you passed your driving test”!

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Pa Salieu

Slough-born rapper Pa Saleiu grew up

on his grandparents’ farm in The Gambia,

before returning to settle in Coventry.

After releasing an early track Never

Had in 2018, the 23 year-old ‘Hood

Representative’ used the city’s mean

streets as backdrop to his first mixtape,

Send Them To Coventry, featuring

Mahalia and M1llions collaborations. His

genre-busting mix of afrobeats, drill and

dancehall rumbles under inventive but

intense lyrics. After the buzz-worthy debut

Frontline, Salieu has already upped the

ante in 2021 with the breakout hit Energy.

Rina Sawayama

JM Enternational

Clashing wild-eyed punk with regimented

beats, and scooping R&B sounds into

the mix with Japanese opera, 30 yearold

Rina Sawayama makes exiting and

innovative future-pop. The confident

Cambridge graduate, who has called

London home since childhood, has been

through several musical incarnations,

including in a hip hop band as well

as the glossy pop of debut EP Rina.

However she settled on her avant-garde

solo work, as showcased in the highly

personal debut album Sawayama,

and catchy singles including STFU!,

Comme Des Garçons and XS.

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Who hasn’t let a tricky thing like

lockdown stand in their way?

One of three previous BRIT winners featured, 25 year‐old

Londoner Dua Lipa has turned many a bedroom into a

dance floor with uplifting music. She has ten previous

BRIT nominations and three wins to date, most recently

Song of The Year for One Kiss, a 2018 Calvin Harris duet.

It’s been a journey. After an eponymous 2017 debut

launched singles Be The One, IGDAF and the 2bn

views on YouTube New Rules on the world, she

renewed her chart-topping credentials with the disco

album Future Nostalgia (2020), which spent a month

at No.1. She’s kept us dancing throughout with Don’t

Start Now, Physical and Break My Heart, and even

collaborated with Kylie Minogue and Miley Cyrus.

Describing herself as ‘analogue, not digital’, the slow-down

of 2020 suited Not Your Muse maker Celeste. The jazz-R&B

singer was on the cusp of the busiest year after winning the

BRITs Rising Star Awards. Lockdown allowed her to finish

her No.1 debut album, promoting singles without the usual

promo whirlwind. However, her tracks sell themselves (and

other things besides); most notably on John Lewis’s Give

A Little Love campaign and Sky Sports (Stop The Flame).

Celeste duetted with Jon Batiste on It’s Alright,

from 2020’s Disney Soul soundtrack. She

received a 2021 Oscar nomination for Hear My

Voice, from The Trial Of The Chicago 7 OST.

One of the other upsides of more downtime was the

opportunity to discover Table Manners, the cookery

Podcast Jessie Ware hosts with her mum. Yes, when she’s

not releasing UK No.3 albums, like June 2020’s What’s

Your Pleasure?, the soon-to-be mum-of-three is cooking

up a storm in the kitchen as well as on the dance floor.

Ware celebrates a decade in music in 2021, as well as

her fifth and sixth BRITs nominations. She’s previously

released albums Devotion (2012), Tough Love (2014), and

Glasshouse (2017). A fifth collection is expected in 2022.

It’s been five years since the last Lianne La Havas album

and four years since the Londoners’ last British Female

BRIT nomination. The 31 year-old burst onto the scene in

2011 singing Paloma Faith backing vocals before a 2012

debut Is Your Love Big Enough?, was followed by the

2015 disc Blood. Her third came with a self-titled 10 track

break-up album (No.7 in July 2020). She’s been all over

the airwaves with minimalist singles Bittersweet and Paper

Thin as well as the lush collaboration with R&B singer

Nao on the female celebration, Woman (August 2020).

The album Collapsed in Sunbeams (January 21) by

newcomer Arlo Parks is sure to end 2021 on the best‐of

lists. Featuring singles including Eugene, Black Dog,

and Caroline, it announced her into a world of lockdown

listening where lo-fi zoom performances bend best to

simple sounds, and sonic adventures are to be savoured

alongside a lyrical talent warm with empathy and emotion.

Hammersmith’s songwriter-poet plays summer festivals

and her biggest headliners to date in Autumn 2021,

including a homecoming at Shepherds’ Bush Empire.

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Grime gets the edge with three shortlisted

artists but there’s much more to the story.

AJ Tracey, 27, raised around reggae, rap and drum

& bass, took the ten-year pirate radio route to

notoriety. Butterflies (2018), brought commercial

success before a 2019 self-titled album rose to

No.3, mixing afrobeat, dancehall and country.

AJ TRACEY

AJ TRACEY

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NINJA TUNE

Woah! We have some heavy hitters in

the British Group category.

This is The 1975’s fifth BRIT Nomination and they

have three wins (British Group in 2017 and Group

and Album in 2019), already to their name.

Matt Healy & Co. join an elite club with the release of their

fourth album, Notes On A Conditional Form; they’ve topped

the UK album chart with every collection released.

After that, he was never off the airwaves

alongside Dave on Thiago Silva, Aitch and Tay

Keith on Rain, or MoStack on Dinner Guest.

After Ladbroke Grove scored a BRIT nomination, he

went old skool on the Secure The Bag 2 EP (2020).

He’s released singles Bringing It Back and Anxious

already in 2021, both from the hot album Flu Game.

Headie One is drill rap to his core. He’s been releasing

mixtapes since 2010 onward, gaining reputation and

name. In 2019, 18Hunna ft. Dave, gained a No.6 chart

place, at the time it was the highest for a drill artist

ever. Cross pollination between grime and rap artists

brought collaborations with Stormzy, Krept and Konan

and Skepta - and in July 2020 he featured Drake on

single Only You Freestyle, which preceded his Oct 2020

No.1 album, Edna. Named after his mum it also featured

tracks Ain’t It Different (No.2) and Princess Cuts (No.11).

Named for the hustle, J Hus captures the moment.

Stratford-born of Gambian descent, the once-troubled

teen announced himself with the drill/afroswing

anthem Dem Boy Paignon around 2015, in a clutch

of freestyle online releases. Lean & Bop and Friendly

grew his reputation, before 2017’s debut album

Common Sense made No.6 and garnered his first BRIT

nomination. Several hot singles, plus Dave collaboration

Samantha followed. After a 2019 prison stint his second

album Big Conspiracy (No.1 in Feb 2020), included

preceding singles Must Be (No.5) and No Denying

plus features by Burna Boy, Ella Mae and Koffee.

Workaholic Joel Corry is not part of this particular trend,

but he’s making and breaking records. The former

Geordie Shore DJ-Producer knows what buttons to

push for maximum effect. After a string of 2018 singles

he released the No.6 Love Island banger, Sorry. It

broke the record for most Shazams in one day. After

Lonely (No.4 in Feb 20) came a July 20 team-up with

MNEK, Head & Heart, which spent six weeks at No.1

in the UK and was a global smash. Recently, Corry

teamed up with Raye and David Guetta for his fourth

Top 10 single in March 2021 - the euphoric No.6, Bed.

Finally, alt-rock-punk star Yungblud a.k.a. 23 year-old

Dominic Harrison aims for out-of-this-world success.

NASA chose the Doncasterian’s Life On Mars? cover

to accompany Mars Landing footage. The performer’s

multiple personalities showcase themselves on charttopping

album Weird! (Dec 2020). It featured the

No.3 KSI and Polo G collab Patience, Obey alongside

BMTH, and Cotton Candy. It all started for Yungblud

with single King Charles (2017), the No. 6 EP The

Underrated Youth (2019), plus work with Halsey and

Travis Barker, Marshmello and Machine Gun Kelly.

Check out also the LP 21st Century Liability (2018).

HEADIE ONE

RELENTLESS, SONY MUSIC

J HUS

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

JOEL CORRY

ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER

YUNGBLUD

INTERSCOPE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

BIFFY CLYRO

WARNER, WARNER MUSIC

LITTLE MIX

RCA, SONY MUSIC

THE 1975

DIRTY HIT/POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

Notes on A Conditional Form is seen by the band as the

end of their Music For Cars era, finishing a run begun by

The 1975 (2013), I Like It When You Sleep… (2016), and A

Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships (2018). This creative

period has also seem collabs with a No Rome/Charlie XCX

supergroup and the Healy side project Drive Like I Do.

Little Mix may have one fewer BRIT Statuettes on the shelf

(They won British Single in 2017 and British Video in 2019)

but they’ve notched up an amazing ten BRITs nominations.

The X Factor alumni formed in 2011 and to date they have

achieved sales of over 60 million records, and five No.1

singles, Cannonball, Wings, Black Magic, Shout Out To

My Ex, and Sweet Melody. In 2020 they followed albums

DNA (2012), Salute (2013), Get Weird (2015), Glory Days

(2016), LM5 (2019), with sixth album Confetti. When Jesy

Nelson left the band in December 2020, the remaining

trio vowed to continue releasing, including a No.1 single

Sweet Melody and teasing a project alongside MNEK.

One man who won’t have minded the barbers shutting in

lockdown is singer Simon Neil from anthemic alt-rockers

Biffy Clyro. The Kilmarnock band released a debut album

Blackened Sky in 2002, before breaking through with

fourth album Puzzle (No.2 in 2007) and going international

with Only Revolutions in 2009. All studio albums since

have made No.1 - Opposites (2013), Similarities (2014),

Ellipses (2016), and recently A Celebration Without Ending

(2020). A busy period of late also included the Balance Not

Symmetry OST (2019). Among other things, Biffy Clyro are

known for writing Matt Cardle’s hit single When We Collide,

and their fan favourite encouragement, ‘Mon The Biff’.

Fellow Celts Bicep are one of the hottest bands in Britain

right now but you may not know what they look like. The

Northern Irish, London-based producer duo, are claiming

so many streaming units they’ve put euphoric synth house

back on the map. The pair - Andrew Ferguson and Matthew

McBriar released their second album, the No.2 Isles in 2021

(it followed the 2017 debut Bicep). Soon they will be testing

their recent uplifting dance tracks - Atlas, Apricots, Saki

and Sundial out on clubbing crowds alongside perennial

favourites from the Vision of Love EP, Sacrifice and Just.

You spend years preparing for fame and then one viral video

changes everything. Young T & Bugsey have the aptlynamed

Headie One collab Don’t Rush and its 2020 TikTok

#Don’tRushChallenge to thank for exposure prompting

international fame. Anyhow, there was plenty for new fans

to savour, not least the Lizzy/Fredo banger Ay Carumba

(2018) and 2019’s No.9 single Strike A Pose featuring Aitch.

The duo - Ra’Chard Tucker and Doylin Julius - came

straight outta Nottingham punching, thanks to their

mixtape, Plead The 5th. Now they’re banging the hits out

- with Bully Beef and New Shape following, and a returnthe-favour

feature on Headie One’s Princess Cuts.

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2 BRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

BRITISH GROUP | BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

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YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

Each year, it seems, the artists in the

British Breakthrough category get

more and more accomplished.

Already a winner of The BRITs Rising Star Award, and

a performer on The BRITs stage last year, Celeste

Epiphany Waite has reached household name status

in the space of a year. Of course she has been

working a lot longer on her career. The now 26-year

old was born in LA and raised near Brighton, before

catching attention with the single Daydreaming in

2016, EP Lately, then Father’s Son and Coco Blood.

Celeste trailed her No.1 debut album Not Your Muse

with the single Strange (2019), a sparse, smokyvoiced

jazz vocal like nothing else you’ll hear.

Arlo Parks (born Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho)

is, at 20, the youngest act on the shortlist. She

grew up in Hammersmith of Nigerian, Chadian

and French heritage. A poet and songwriter, she

began uploading tracks to BBC Introducing. Her

breakthrough number, Cola, is a song of betrayal. It

was released in Nov 2018. The SuperSad Generation

EP followed in Jan 2019 before Romantic Garbage

in March that year. Parks played festivals aplenty in

summer 2019 ahead of the airy, poetic trip hop of

lockdown album Collapsed In Sunbeams (Jan 2021).

Nottingham duo Young T & Bugsey have learned that

overnight success can takes ages. After meeting in

2013 and signing their Black Butter deal five years

back, they paid their dues on the rap and grime

circuits before their breakthrough finally came

with the Aitch collaboration, Strike A Pose, which

featured on Love Island. Don’t Rush, featuring a

half-sung-rap verse plus Headie One and DaBaby,

became a TikTok craze, the #Don’tRushChallenge,

propelling them and their breakthrough March

2020 Mixtape, Plead The 5th to success.

Bicep, too, have paid their dues, this time on the DJ

circuit. The Northern Irish, London-based duo began

writing a dance music blog Feel My Bicep before

offers for them to DJ flooded in. By 2012 they’d made

their own house revival anthem, Visions Of Love. By

2015, they were plugging a new single, Just, and by

2017 they’d delivered their self-titled first album. Four

years down the road, Bicep released the 2021 trip hop

collection Isles, and singles Atlas, Apricot, Saku and

Sundial cementing their place as heroes of house.

It also feels like the Barnet DJ previously known as DJ

Jenga, Joel Corry, has been around a long time before

being featured in Breakthrough. But while we knew

his as a gym owner, bodybuilder and 2013-onwards

Geordie Shore love interest, his DJ work came to the

fore. In 2019 he was one of Britain’s most in-demand

DJs, remixing Zayn Malik, Aitch, Stormzy and Burna

Boy. But 2020 was the year Joel Corry tipped the

scale. As the go-to man for the A-list, he’s remixed

Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Megan Thee Stallion and

Mabel. But he also claimed the biggest single by a

British artist of the year, Head & Heart ft. MNEK.

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DON’T NEED LOVE

POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

HEAD & HEART

ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC

WATERMELON SUGAR

COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC

ROVER

PARLOPHONE, WARNER MUSIC

RAIN

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AIN’T IT

DIFFERENT

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DON’T RUSH

BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC

Should we just go ahead and pronounce

2020 to be the Year of the Kitchen Disco?

With work lives interrupted and stay-athome

orders in place, the best thing to

do to improve our mood was turn the

radio (or playlist, or streaming service) up

and get down to our favourite sounds.

Streaming now accounts for 80 percent

of all consumed music. As album tracks

mix with promo singles, it’s getting a bit

trickier to separate the two in our lists.

Dance and drill music remain the place to

find wonders on one track. Collaborations,

club bangers and killer beats all come

to the fore. Newly emerged artists shine

brightly on the singles chart, pushing their

musical calling card through the door.

Amazingly, there’s just one bona-fide chart

topper in contention for British Single with

Mastercard in what has been a global

industry year. Joel Corry x MNEK held No.1 for

six weeks and was the biggest-selling 2020

release by a British artist (Lewis Capaldi’s

ineligible Before You Go was released earlier,

but remained a massive-seller too). Head &

Heart had a feel-good vibe, with an evocative

Sliding Doors promo reminder that music

can always help you look on the bright side.

Dua Lipa and Harry Styles notched up two

of Spotify’s most streamed albums, and

hits from those albums also make the list.

Worth noting though, that big albums are

seeing their top tracks stream as part of a

new whole-album offering. They’re revisited

again with an official single release.

One of those songs, Harry Styles’

Watermelon Sugar (UK No.4) is a slice of

summery pure pop rock escapism. The

track, from his second album, Fine Line,

was released in May 2020, with a sexy

promo made pre-lockdown, evoking

much-missed hazy days at the beach.

Dua Lipa is riding a wave of success. Her

album, Future Nostalgia, is a polished, dance

pop-fest treat - and fans couldn’t get enough

of it, clearly. No wonder there was a week

in February 2020 when not one but three of

her singles charted - Don’t Start Now, Break

My Heart and the nominated No.3, Physical.

No British female has ruled the chart in this

manner since Dame Vera Lynn nabbed three

out the ten top spots, way back in 1952!

When our nightlife reawakens we can’t wait

to hear Secrets, by Regard & Raye, plus

220 Kid & Gracey’s Don’t Need Love on

the dance floor! Kosovan producer Regard

plus British chanteuse Raye made No.6 in

May with their collaboration. Meanwhile

220 Kid (named after the number of miles

the procurer ran in a marathon week) and

BRITs School alumnus Grace Barker had

a thumping good time taking Don’t Need

Love to No.9 in April last year. As per the

lyric, you might not talk when your sober

- but we hope you’re ready to sing!

Manchester rapper Aitch is 21. After being

nominated for Best Newcomer at The

BRITs 2020 he’s back in the British Single

with Mastercard category, looking like the

lad collaborators AJ Tracey and Tay Keith

have met on the way home from school.

The platinum-certified single Rain has

amassed bucketfuls of views on Youtube,

and 100 million streams, to be exact.

Our shortlist proves again that the singles

chart is the natural home for collaborations.

The biggest-selling rap track here is

Rover, by Simba ft. DTG (No.3) . Twentyone

year-olds Simba, (a fresh-faced

youth from Zimbabwe via Swindon) and

DTG (social media singing sensation

Deji from Croydon) are all about the

money. They’ll make plenty, earning the

rap breakthrough of lockdown with the

marketing genius TikTok #MulaChallenge.

Also making a name on TikTok are Young T

& Bugsey, a Nottingham hip hop duo who

launched a global #Don’tRushChallenge.

The ‘get ready, quick!’ pick earned upwards

of 800 million views in 6 months. Active

since 2010, the pair worked with Aitch on

Strike A Pose (2019) and pulled in another

pal Headie One, for a Don’t Rush verse.

Meanwhile, if anyone needs to know

about Social Media success ask KSI, an

original YouTube gamer, prankster and

boxer turned rapper, now with 20 million

followers. He teamed up with Burton-on-

Trent producer Nathan Dawe for single

Lighter. The tongue-in cheek rap track

made No.3 in July 2020. It also featured

vocals from an uncredited Ella Henderson.

The last name on the list is Headie One, who

appears alongside featured muckers Stormzy

(he had to be somewhere!) and AJ Tracey

on the bravado-heavy comparison of life

pre-fame and on the up, Ain’t It Different. If

drill music has royalty, then this would be it.

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FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

The women on the International Female

shortlist have really put the years in.

Starting young and pushing onward, each is giving her

all. Three featured already have a BRIT at home - Taylor

Swift (2015), Ariana Grande (2019) and Billie Eilish (2020).

Let’s start with still ambitious Cardi B - what a noise she

made in 2020 with the release of the lead single off her

forthcoming second album. The aggressively sexual duet

with Megan Thee Stallion, WAP was “The most Googled

song of 2020” and the first female rap collab to reach

UK No.1. February brought a follow-up single, Up, with an

album to succeed 2018’s Invasion of Privacy in the offing.

She could hardly be more talked about - but can she

build on the 12 UK Top 40 singles she’s achieved to date?

Miley Cyrus is on form with a seventh LP Plastic

Hearts (Oct 2020); her biggest UK hit since Bangerz

(2013). Miley teased the collection with a No.2 single

Midnight Sky, (and Stevie Nicks remix Edge of Midnight),

plus, among others, a Dua Lipa feature on the No.8

single Prisoner. Miley’s career began on Disney’s

Hannah Montana, and since, she’s celebrated two

UK No.1 singles, We Can’t Stop and Wrecking Ball,

and dialled up a plethora of showbiz pals for a song.

In 2019 these included Ariana Grande and Lana Del

Rey who teamed up for a Charlie’s Angels theme.

Ah, movies. Billie Eilish debuted her Bond blaster

No Time To Die at last year’s BRITs. The No.1 was the

biggest-ever opener for a 007 theme. Her achievement

pile is growing, including an earned 1 billion total music

streams and having 2019’s biggest global single, Bad

Guy (No.9 in 2020 as well). All this since the Don’t

Smile At Me EP (2018), breakthrough single When

The Party’s Over, and record-breaking UK No.1 album

When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?, when aged

17 in 2019. The recent No.2 single Therefore I Am

appears on Billie’s scheduled second album.

Taylor Swift worked through lockdown in a reflective

period, releasing her eighth and ninth studio albums,

Folklore (Britain’s biggest-selling album by an international

artist) and Evermore, which both hit No.1 in 2020.

More folk-rock that pop gone before, they feature

collabs with Haim, The National and Bon Iver. Taylor’s

success is exceptional. Six number one albums in six

years placed her in the Guinness Book of Records,

and 150 million records sold to date places her in the

history books. In April 21 she released a ‘directors’

cut’ re-recording of 2008 breakthrough Fearless,

preceded by single Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

The Ariana Grande phenomenon mixes Grace Kelly

charm with unprecedented success. The Florida native

started out in 2008. Now 27, she released five albums

before her October 2020 sixth, Positions, followed the

success of 2019’s Thank U, Next, becoming her fourth

consecutive UK. No.1. Ariana has achieved seven UK

No.1 singles. In 2020, Rain On Me, a Lady Gaga duet,

and single Positions augmented her chart-topper tally.

Grande is the most-streamed female artist ever, notching

up 90 billion streams. She is also the most followed

female solo artist on Instagram, Spotify and YouTube.

ARIANA GRANDE

REPUBLIC, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

BILLIE EILISH

INTERSCOPE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

CARDI B

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ATLANTIC, WARNER MUSIC

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COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC

TAME IMPALA

FICTION, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

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REPUBLIC/XO, UNIVERSAL MUSIC

INTERNATIONAL

MALE SOLO ARTIST

Whoever makes any decision about the International

Male winner, be ready to defend your choices!

Every nominee has blown it out the park.

Huge commercial success means Elton John favourite

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye - a.k.a. The Weeknd - is already

celebrating. His single Blinding Lights was the planet’s

biggest of 2020. The Super Bowl favourite topped the

chart in 30 countries; this included eight weeks at UK

No.1. Blinding Lights, plus singles Heartless, Save Your

Tears, and In Your Eyes, feature on After Hours, The

Weeknd’s New Wave-laced fourth studio album. He

also supplemented his UK No.1 collection with tracks

alongside Juice Wlrd (Smile), Calvin Harris (Over Now)

and Ariana Grande (Off The Table). The Canadian

released a greatest hits, The Highlights in Feb 2021.

Childish Gambino also has his vocal supporters. The musical

alter ego of actor-writer-commentator Donald Glover

released a fourth LP in March 2020. Glover turned cultural

commentator with the social justice themes of 2018 zeitgeist

single This Is America; that track and follow-up Feels Like

Summer feature on the genre-defying psychedelic funksoul-rap

of his leaked-then-released 3.15.20 collection. Also

included are Time, featuring Ariana Grande and 12.38 aided

by 21 Savage, Ink and Kadhja Bonet. Childish Gambino

was previously nominated for International Male in 2018.

Burna Boy - Nigerian Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu - lives

between Lagos and London, creating an unmistakable

fusion of afrobeats dancehall and reggae. One of Africa’s

biggest stars, he’s grown his influence, including a BRITs

2020 nomination. It was Burna’s fourth studio album, African

Giant in 2019, which featured Dave, Mahalia, Jorja Smith,

Stormzy and Ed Sheeran, that sent him global. Following

later was 2020’s Twice as Tall, co-produced by P Diddy.

Collaborators include Stormzy on Real Life and Coldplay’s

Chris Martin and activist Ama Ata Aidoo on the call-toarms

track for the African diaspora Monsters You Made.

The final two nominees are previous winners. Australian

Tame Impala - that’s Fremantle-born Kevin Parker - scooped

his gong in 2016 on the back of his third album Currents

(previously classified under International Group). Five years

later, The Slow Rush (2020) was a euphoric adventure, but

one that almost didn’t happen as his writer’s hidewaway

was destroyed in California wildfires. However, tracks

including singles Patience, Borderline and It Might Be Time

survived and turned disaster into a triumphant disco.

Bruce Springsteen’s incredible creative streak continues,

matching the rate of his prolific creations to his on-stage

work ethic. Springsteen won a sole International Male

BRIT in 1986 but he celebrates his eleventh nomination

in 2021; could this be his year? The Born in The USA

superstar, who has sold over 150 million records worldwide,

followed his 19th studio album Western Stars (2019) with an

anticipated E Street Band reunion. October 2020’s Letter

To You, was inspired by the love and loss of peers and

bandmates. As well as the poignant singles Letter To You

(the idea became an Apple Music Channel) Ghosts and I’ll

See You In My Dreams, it features three tracks originally

meant for his 1973 debut Greetings From Asbury Park.

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The International Group category sees

rock legends Foo Fighters stand alongside

K-Pop ambassadors BTS with the best of

rock, guitar pop and hip hop thrown in.

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band ruling the pop world.

Formed in 2010, they are still breaking records in

2020 with their fourth official collection, Map of The

Soul 7. In addition their fifth, Be, was the year’s 4th

biggest global seller. In August 2020, Dynamite was

their first English language single. With 1.28 billion

download and streaming units tallied, It hit No.1 here

and 20 other countries besides. Other favourites on

YouTube include their Boy With Luv duet with Halsey,

IDOL, and DNA (their first to garner a billion views).

Foo Fighters have been nominated for eight BRIT

Awards to date; they’ve won five of them, including

International Group the most recent four times. Their

first nomination since 2018 arrives with the February

2021 release of their tenth studio album Medicine

at Midnight. The No.1 marked 25 years since the

band’s formation, and outsold the next six biggestselling

records that week combined. A fifth UK No.1

for Dave Grohl and co., it followed One By One

(2002), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007),

Wasting Light (2011) and Concrete & Gold (2017).

Whether it’s the sticky-floored, coiled-spring energy of

the 2019 UK No.9 debut Dogrel or the crisper 2020 LP

A Hero’s Death, the Dublin five-piece Fontaines D.C.

are a post-punk force the be reckoned with. Several

self-produced singles (plus two books of poetry)

preceded their debut proper. Hurricane Laugher

was full of reverb guitars and sparse vocals; Arctic

Monkeys meets Shane McGowan meets narrating

Yeats if you will. Six months later LA beckoned to make

the No.2 sequel. It included a titular single, strangely

less sunny, but refreshingly Celtic in its angst.

Hip-hop duo Run the Jewels make unique music

with a visual edge. Jaime ‘El-P’ Meline produced

MC Michael ‘Killer Mike’ Render’s album in 2012.

Four - amazingly, free download - albums followed,

with Boots and Travis Barker appearing on Run

The Jewels 2 (2014). A cat-heavy remix album,

Meow The Jewels, followed. RTM4 (2020) is fun

and important, with star contributions. There’s Josh

Homme and Pharrell Williams, Danger Mouse and

Big Boi on Chase Me, plus regularly-featured Zack

De La Rocha from RATM. Run The Jewels music

appears on the Venom movie soundtrack plus games

Spider-Man Mike Morales and Cyperpunk 2077.

Haim are, of course, a trio of multi-instrumentalist

sisters renowned for their pop rock sound. The

band’s third album, Women In Music Pt. III, followed

predecessor Days are Gone (2013) to UK No.1, and

went one better than July 2017’s Something To Tell

You which hit No.2. The band have also created a

soundtrack to the upcoming Netflix animated film The

Witch Boy, and have made Taylor Swift collaboration

tracks for both artists’ albums. This is their third

BRIT Awards International Group nomination. They

were previously nominated in 2014 and 2018.

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industry makes £5.8billion each

year for the nation, all the more

important in these strained times.

Similar departments already exist

in Canada and Australia, and

we could certainly do with the

money. It’s estimated that up to £1

billion extra in revenue could be

raised over the next ten years.

Says BRITs chair Geoff Taylor:

“To achieve this, we propose that

government should expand the

successful Music Export Growth Scheme

for indie-signed artists, collaborate

on more international showcases

for UK artists, and consider a music

or creative industries exports office

to help artists and music companies

navigate the complexities of building

their international business, in the

EU, the Americas and Asia. We

are working with government to

take this thinking forward.”

A joint approach seems all the more

likely given the complex situation

facing the music industry since Brexit.

No deal was struck prior to exiting the

EU, despite hopes that arrangements

would be made to allow easy,

visa-free travel for bands.

As the live music sector moves to

reopen promoters will face difficulties

in moving personnel and equipment

across multiple borders. This makes it

harder for musicians and artists to take

their live act overseas - even if streaming

makes it more easy for audiences to

discover their sound. It also means

that EU artists may find it tricky to play

here too, affecting UK live venues.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson conceded

that a way must be found to move

forward, explaining: “I want to say how

strongly I share the frustrations of the

sector. This is a massively important part

of the economy that contributes many of

billions of pounds to the economy and

jobs and to the general joy of the nation.

It is hugely important and they are also a

massive export industry. We must fix it.”

WHAT NEXT

FOR MUSIC?

The twin challenges of Brexit and Covid-19

have forced the music industry to discover

new ways to thrive.

There’s no doubt about it:

2020 was a rollercoaster year

for the music industry.

The live sector reeled from its enforced

shutdown, leaving its workers stunned

and possibly unemployed in the process.

But with most of the nation forced to

stay home during lockdowns, music

was undoubtedly needed. Indeed, in a

world of ever-expanding choices music

consumption was up 8.2% year-on-year.

With more time on our hands and a

more autonomous workspace, 28% of

people surveyed said they’d listened

to music more during the pandemic.

And when our moods were low and

our motivation lacking, favourite songs

provided a shut-it-all-out haven at home.

That all chalked up to an equivalent of

155 million album sales. In numbers, that’s

139 billion audio streams, 16 million CDs

(down 18.5%), five million vinyl records

(up 30.5%), and still 150,000 on cassette

format - that’s actually up 4.4% since 2019.

As you can see, one of the top trends

in the last calendar year was the rise of

vinyl. Record collections were dusted

off and augmented and more than a

few of us gave our DJ skills a go. Kylie

Minogue’s Disco was the new record

most purchased on vinyl, for bedroom

sing-a-longs and kitchen discos. Lady

Gaga’s Chromatica was the biggestselling

tape, (matching a sudden

rush for 80s muscle cars, indeed!)

On to streaming, which remains by far the

strongest trend in music consumption.

Accounting these days for 80% of all

music consumed, its ease of availability

was the perfect way to hear new music

with the sad enforced closure of local

record stores (they’re open again now, so

don’t forget to get through those doors)!

Most of that consumption comes from

paid-for subscriptions to Spotify, Apple,

Amazon or Deezer, and that’s an increase

in revenue of 15.4% or £736million.

A Parliamentary committee is currently

deliberating how to ensure everyone,

especially artists, get a fair slice of

the streaming revenues cake.

The rise of streaming has meant that

UK artists have more opportunity than

ever before to export their music -

there is no need to have, for example,

a physical distribution deal in place.

Indeed it is estimated that one in

ten tracks streamed globally is by

a UK artist, with Harry Styles, Dua

Lipa and Lewis Capaldi among

those flying the flag overseas.

The BPI has made a strong case to

government to start up a joint trade and

government body to promote British

interests abroad - an Export Office.

Such a body would made sound

financial sense given the music

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THE WORLD

The BPI’s Music Export Growth

Scheme awards grants to small

and medium-sized (SME) record

labels. Sums ranging from £5,000

to £50,000 (representing 70%

of the campaign total) are used

to promote, showcase and

market British acts overseas.

The scheme is targeted at artists

who have achieved some degree

of UK success and are now to

test the waters internationally.

Over £4m in grants have been

distributed since 2014, helping

more than 280 acts. It’s been

estimated that the country gets

investment back twelvefold -

meaning £36m in revenues has

been raised by the scheme.

MEGS took a hiatus in 2020

but early in 2021 it returned,

announcing that the ten

successful artists to chosen to

take part in the 19th round of

funding include Beabadboobee,

KWAYE and Working Men’s Club.

There are three applications

tranches per calendar year.

Learn more at:

bpi.co.uk/news-analysis/musicexport-growth-scheme/

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Mabel. Below: Dave, opposite: Stormzy

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THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Back then, we’d no idea The BRIT Awards

2020 was the last party we’d go to for a

very long time…

Helen Lamont

Ah, those were the days my friend.

We thought they’d never end.

But less than four weeks after

the 40th BRIT Awards Ceremony,

the venue was shuttered and our

social lives mothballed. And its

stayed that way for, well, most

of the fifteen months since.

The BRITs last year was a stormer. The

audience - 20,000 souls gathered in

close proximity to share the same air

as our showbiz elite - made a mountain

of memories - breathless excitement,

a bit of singing, bit of dancing, hugs,

cuddles and kisses goodnight.

How things have changed!

But not forever.

The BRITs will be back in front of its

full and fabulous audience as soon

as science allows. But for now, let’s

remember our 2020 show… stopper.

From the era-defining musical highlights

to some really funny moments we

enjoyed it all, from Bring Me The Horizon

dressing up as the Spice Girls to host

Jack Whitehall mistaking Harry Styles’

sister for his date. It was an amazing

night. Albeit one where a certain

someone would be “popping up every

now and then to annoy you like Chris

Martin at Glastonbury,” Jack warned.

“Don’t Call Me Up,” teased the perfect

pop beat of Mabel, all pastel utility pants

and unfeasibly big smile. She sizzled

her way round a pink pocket-sized

call centre where all of the tasks were

completed by hunks in cravats. Amid

the whirl of staccato beats and attitude,

she had a savvy eye twinkle: ‘and that,

my friends, is show opening style!’

Picking up the gong for British Female

Solo Artist later, Mabel thanked her

parents especially pop star mum

Neneh Cherry, herself celebrating a

special night. The 25 year-old said,

“Its exactly 30 years ago today since

[my mum] took home two of these,

and performed on this stage”.

Mabel with her telephone song might

have been playing by ear but it seemed

like everyone - everyone! - else was

playing piano. Harry Styles, in fact,

brought along a pair of the grand babies

for the evening… then went all of a

Truman Capote in his white Gucci boiler

suit for the sultry tale of human frailty,

Falling. It’s true, many a great band

have chucked a piano in a swimming

pool, signifying party excess. Not many

have started the show with an empty

pool then sprung a gasket, the place

was awash! We’ll have to get a plumber

in, fella. You’re not dressed for labour

in that vision in lace and pearls!

Next act up was Lizzo. And when we

say up, we mean up. Up, very high,

precariously perched on top of a

flight of stage stairs and cocooned in

swathes of Grecian gauze in the style

of a blood red… uh maybe shouldn’t

mention the word… Madonna?

Our favourite flautist is apparently

fleeter of foot than our other lady,

however, and soon she’d hopped

down and popped out of her covering

exposing what appeared to be a

brown and probably very expensive

leather basketweave basque. Soon

fans jumped up to enjoy her medley,

and although the crowd-pleasing move

‘touch every outstretched hand in the

audience’ might scream ‘antibacterial

hand gel!’ in 2021, let me tell you

even the dear seats were dancing

round the tables, and couldn’t get

enough of those jiggles or that Juice.

Whatever Lizzo has got it had quite

an affect on Jack Whitehall, and while

Lizzo and Harry Styles camped it up

for the cameras, Jack proclaimed

his jealousy (unsure if that was

over her faux-mance or the fact

she could down straight tequila).

Apart from International Male Solo Artist

winner Tyler The Creator, who used his

winner’s speech to have dig at former

PM Theresa May: “Special shout out - I

know she’s at home pissed off” - the

most political of moments came from

Dave, and (bringing what could be

this year’s entire allowed audience

number up on stage), Stormzy.

British Male Solo Artist Stormzy stayed

true to his rep for sharing his glory as

he welcomed, again, a host of friends

into the spotlight mostly to cheer,

twerk and chill but also to collaborate,

in Tiana Major9 and Burna Boy.

Since The BRITs encouraged artists

to share more of their musical vision,

Stormzy’s proven himself to be

egalitarian, fierce, proud, and a fan

of questionable health and safety

practices, burning bits, and a downpour.

That Stormzy’s crew were

overwhelmingly black, was, of course,

a clear statement. He beamed the lyric

to ‘Black is Beautiful’ up for all to see.

Dave, announced as Mastercard British

Album winner for Psychodrama, also

wanted to talk about his experience

as a black man in a much-talked-about

moment. His rendition of single Black

commenced with low piano notes

over the recognisable rap before the

whole thing exploded with energy, with

breakneck speed verses which tossed

freshly-penned burrs at the society he

sees as failing his community’s needs.

Careering from topics of slavery to

reparations to racism, Grenfell, and even

Kate and Megan, he also took a swipe

at the penal system; it was a theme

he’d mention at speech time as well.

There were certainly points where

we needed to take a break and the

pace slowed right down. Rising Star

winner Celeste impressed all under

a simple spotlight on the satellite

stage. Her intimate performance of

Strange was as classy as they come;

she was smokey eyed and smokey

voiced, elegant in evening gloves

and matching gown. Her wonderful,

sparse torch song soared out into a

room transformed, speakeasy style.

International Female Solo Artist winner

Billie Eillish was performing alongside

her co-creator brother FINNEAS, Johnny

Marr and Hans Zimmer (plus friends).

The unlikely collaborators unveiled the

Bond theme No Time To Die on The

BRITs stage… what a moment! From the

simplest of early bars tiptoeing through

the O2 air, to the strings in the orchestral

crescendo crashing out like a storm,

her unmistakable vocal stayed heartfelt

throughout (and she got all emotional

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during her acceptance speech and

could hardly get the words out).

Now, you’ve gotta love best-selling artist

of 2019 and biggest BRITs winner of

2020 Lewis Capaldi - and if you don’t

we’ll have words later. Okay, it’s true that

Scotland’s Beyonce could use a few

pointers on in-song annunciation, but it

was no barrier to the bereft audience

who upon hearing the outrageously sad,

plaintive cry of “o-le-ma-gar-doo, an-denyou-pull-dera”

found them prostrating

themselves with tearful emotion (which

is hard when concurrently holding a

lighter aloft). The Bathgate superstar

earned two awards. First he collected

Best New Artist from Clara Amfo and

mucker Niall Horan (that hug!), and

then he bemused Song of The Year

presenter Tom Jones by thanking his

inspirational gran for dying and collecting

his gong while proudly ‘representing

his culture’, i.e. holding a bottle of fine

Buckfast Triangle tonic in hand.

Ronnie Wood, Sally Humphreys, Kenney Jones.

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster (L to R).

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And to round the night off was the

legendary Rod Stewart, who dedicated

a cheeky but goosebump-inducing

version of I Don’t Want To Talk About

It to Jack Whitehall’s mum Hilary (the

wag!) before explaining “The BRITs is

forty years old… the Faces are fifty years

old!” Bringing out former bandmates

Kenney Jones and everyone’s favourite

perennial BRITs ligger Ronnie Wood to

rock through Stay With Me alongside

the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Now, which of 2020’s best moments

will we remember this fondly half

a century down the road?

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“THERE IS NO

EDUCATION

LIKE ADVERSITY”

– BENJAMIN DISRAELI

How creative solutions brought

the buzz back to The BRIT School

Helen Lamont

Like every other educational

establishment in the country, the

world-famous BRIT School shut up

shop in March 2020 - or did it?

True, the majority of the Selhurst

South London school’s students

were told to stay at home and await

further instruction as the first wave

of Covid-19 swept through.

But for those in need, its corridors and

classrooms remained open. And for

the rest of its roll, an education like

no other before it became the goal.

BRIT is a free-to-attend school founded

in 1991 through a unique partnership

between The BRIT Trust and the

Department of Education. The learning

that happens there consists of nine

creative industries strands plus the full

gamut of academic education. Those

strands - including some of the most

collaborative, most physical, most

up-close and hands-on work you can

imagine - had to stop without warning.

But BRIT is an innovator. And, says

the BRIT School’s longstanding Head

Teacher Stuart Worden, “Within 24

hours of the first lockdown, we were

doing face-to-face lessons on Zoom”.

“We’ve never been ‘chalk and talk’ as a

school. For example, we already do an

Interactive Digital Design course for the

heroes of the digital world, the games

designers and animators of the future.

“And through collaborations, the whole

school is very familiar with digital

integration and learning, and all the

creativity that comes with that.

The kids are amazing, much faster

than adults with our digital options.

They exist on the screen, so it was

just… ‘ah, we do it like this now”’.

There were, of course, challenges:

“I mean, yes, it took a while to do

synchronised singing, or work

in the kitchen, or teach acting at

the highest level, but we found

solutions; we got there quickly.”

With unexpected hurdles came

unexpected costs and the school

was approached by The BRIT Trust

very early in the pandemic to discuss

how help could be offered.

Says Stuart, “What The BRIT Trust

has done for us this year has been

absolutely off the hook. They

have been extraordinary”.

Urgent funds were required for

things no school thinks it’ll need.

There were covid-safe booths to

sing in, built by the school’s set

designers, laptops, plus expensive

Zoom licenses. Even a huge wellventilated

tent which sprung up to

accommodate choral practice.

“We turned our theatre into a TV studio,

and The BRIT Trust funded cameras and

a boom microphone, used during the

school’s live-streamed Motown event.”

For Stuart, there was no time to waste

in this critical period of childhood

development. “The 14-18 year

old brain is thrilling. Extraordinary

things happen - even better when

incorporating a work angle”.

“We’re not talking about making radio

- we’re making radio. We’re not talking

about game design - we’re making

games you can play. In lockdown,

kids weren’t doing music in their

bedrooms. They were doing a gig,

being streamed around the world in an

industry standard way. They see quality.

They have a work ethic and they grow

into the industry and into practical

applications of their creativity.”

This all happened a time when

other benefactors were reluctantly

withdrawing pledges made prepandemic.

It was a blow, especially

after fundraising campaigns in the run

up to the schools 30th anniversary in

2021. Suddenly, “People were saying,

we’d help, but we’ve had to rethink it.

And so you cut your cloth to suit”.

One of the delights of the BRIT

School community is the spirit of ‘all

hands on deck’, and the Headteacher

is grateful to industry friends and

alumni who got involved.

“Some, like Andrew Lloyd Webber,

continue to do so much to support

us. And the wonderful Lisa Dickens

persuaded so may to help.”

“Its been inspirational to see over

a hundred professionals join for

masterclasses or workshops - Cush

Jumbo, Tom Holland, Dan Gillespie

Sells, Katie Melua, Laura Dockerill,

Jovian Wade - oh wow, fourteen year

olds want to be Jovian Wade! - as

well as industry figures including Nick

Raphael and Jason Isley and Kwame

Kwaten. For design, you can’t get better

than Es Devlin herself. Speaking with

people at the top of their profession,

is an invaluable student experience,

so thank you everyone, very much.”

In the longer term new ways

of working may bring extra

opportunities for community partners

as well as enrolled students.

Says Stuart, “For years we’ve run

classes for younger children, called

BRIT Kids. These days, eight hundred

children, some overseas, join online on

Saturdays. They’ve proven so successful

it’s likely they’ll continue somehow”.

“It was also important to find ways to

work with our community - we have

people with learning difficulties, local

hospices, people with Alzheimer’s

for whom access to music is vital.

We had to work with them over this

period. And we found a way”.

“Now our students can say they’ve

actively run community courses. I

always remember former student Kate

Nash saying, ‘The best thing about

BRIT is that you learn how to do it

yourself’. Because our kids don’t wait

around waiting for things to happen.

They make them happen. That has

never been more true than now.”

And what of the school’s future, when

the pandemic has passed, as it will…?

There will be a buzz, because the school

has always had a buzz. It is exciting.”

“We’ll have to get used to not

hugging, which will be hard, because

we are a hugging school.

“Our famous drag show will take

place this summer, somehow, at an

outdoor venue. We’ll do outdoor

Shakespeare. And we’re aiming

for a music festival again.

“You know, we’ve learnt that sometimes

in austerity amazing art happens.

Our kids have positivity. They want

to be the ones making that art.

There has been a colossal bump,

and there are bumps ahead of us.

But the human spirit has realised

how much it needs creativity. We

need music, TV, film, theatre, and

games more than ever before.“

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THANKS AGAIN…

Each year, The BRIT Awards donates

prized show passes to Tickets

For Troops, ensuring members

of the serving military as wells as

those injured in action since 2001

receive a small but heartfelt thank

you for their service to the nation.

We donate loads of charity prizes

each year, to War Child, Stand

Up To Cancer and Text Santa, for

example. This year we’ve invited

key workers from many sectors as a

special thank you. Welcome to our

care home and NHS staff, delivery

drivers, retail staff, postal workers

and many more, to enjoy the show.

Thank you to them and to

everyone for all their efforts

during this difficult time.

TRUST IN US

When we find ourselves in times of crisis,

we find we need our friends the most.

The entertainment industries

surely include some of the most

generous sorts on the planet. But

the Covid-19 Pandemic has hit the

creative sectors more than most.

Venues have closed and events have

been cancelled. But the show must go

on! And kickstarting a better year ahead

is the 2021 BRIT Awards. After all, The

BRITs - in its all-singing, all-dancing glory

- is more than a musical celebration. The

BRIT Awards is a vital, much-needed

fundraiser, the flagship event of packed

music biz charity calendar managed

by the BRIT Trust (itself the charitable

arm of the trade body, the BPI). Despite

an impressive track record of donating

£27 million since its inception, the

Trust has had its work cut out this year,

with conditions more challenging than

in any time since its 1989 formation.

And just as donations get harder to

come by, the Trust’s partners have

needed more help that even before.

Tony Wadsworth, who takes over from

John Craig as Trust chairperson after

16 years as a trustee, explains, “This

year brings its particular challenges”.

The Trust will be there to meet these

challenges. And it will do so by staying

true to its founding principles of

empowering people of all backgrounds

through music and the creative arts

and by supporting education and

Stuart Worden (Principal of The BRIT School),

Agnes Woolrich, Vice President, Marketing &

Communications, Mastercard UK&I, Griff (BRITs

Rising Star 2021) Geoff Taylor (BPI & BRIT Awards

CEO) and Mia Runham. Music Year 13 and founding

member of The BRIT School AACS (Afro Asian

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wellbeing charities that inspire them

to realise their full potential”.

“This changed landscape means

there is now an opportunity to reset

the ways we look to achieve our

goals so these are closely aligned

with the needs of our industry and the

communities we are here to serve.”

“Additionally, a priority of the Trust will

be to also spread the word to all those

who work in our industry, particularly the

next generation coming through, that

this is their charity and is something to

be proud of and to get involved with. So

that, unlike my younger self, more of us

will be aware that The BRITs is so much

more than just a great awards show.”

The BRIT Trust is a registered charity (Charity No. 1000413)

MENTAL HEALTH CHARITIES

The BRIT Trust has rightly increased

its focus on work with mental health

charities in recent years, and quickly

recognised that the Covid-19 pandemic

would increase demand for mental

health services of all kinds.

In 2020 the Trust donated £30,000

to established partner Music Support,

which works to improve access to

mental health help within the creative

industries. Now, as well providing

telephone helplines, the charity’s

innovative NHS-approved Mental Health

app Thrive is rolling out to 10,000 users.

ELAM, Key4Life, MIND and Music for

Mental Health were also among sector

charities which received support.

NORDOFF ROBBINS

Known around the world, Nordoff

Robbins is a universally-respected

provider of Music Therapy training

and services. Remarkably, the charity

receives no public funding despite

working at the heart of provision for

the NHS, Education, and Social Care.

Services for society’s most vulnerable

groups have had to adapt to new

ways of working during the Covid-19

pandemic. The need to transform

the lives of those living with brain

injury, dementia, autism, stroke,

as well as a myriad of learning

difficulties, through music is now

greater than ever. But for months on

end, in-person outreach plus fifteen

partner centres have had to close.

In their place, for now, have sprung

forth accessible online music lessons

and a warm and wonderful choir.

There are also targeted education

resources, groups for adults who can

join with a carer, and for parents and

toddlers. Internationally-renowned

practitioner training, including the

Master of Music Therapy (Nordoff

Robbins): Music Heath, Society

continues and adapts to these times.

As centres reopen stringent measures

must ensure vulnerable users are

protected. If you can contribute, please

support this invaluable work. Nordoff

Robbins relies entirely on donations from

The BRIT Trust and individual kind souls.

BRIT SCHOOL

The BRIT School, a free-to-attend state

school nurturing the next generation

of entertainment industry talent,

was founded in 1991 in a unique

partnership between the BRIT Trust

and the Department of Education. It has

provided an unparalleled education

to its students ever since, educating

in excess of ten thousand 14-19 yearolds

to date. The year 2020 saw the

School expand its online presence

with a plethora of streamed events,

and this outreach led to BRIT’s

biggest ever recruitment year to date.

Applications were received across

nine vocational ‘strand’ specialisms.

That’s understandable - with a 30-

year track record, the impact of

BRIT School alumni in UK Arts, Arts

Technology and Performances

spheres is hard to overstate.

The BRIT School has received around

£13.4m in funding from The BRIT Trust

to date and it is especially grateful for

donations received in this challenging

time. Fundraising, as always, continues.

Previous BRIT Trust grant

recipients include the

following organisations:

Access To Music, Arts & Kids/London,

Sinfonietta, Avenues Youth Project, Bigga

Fish, Black Arts Alliance, Blackheath

Halls, Blantyre Music Project, Glasgow,

British Performing Arts, Medicine Trust,

Canford Summer School, Charterhouse

in Southwark, Chicken Shed, Community

Music, Commission for Racial Equality,

Community Music East, Dame Vera

Lynn Trust, Drugscope, ELAM,

Global Rock Challenge, Heart’n’Soul,

Heathfield Community College,

Irene Taylor Trust (Music in Prisons),

Key4Life, Lenton Community Association,

LIPA, Making Music, Mencap, Midi Music

Company, Music & Sound Experience,

Wales, Music and the Deaf, Musical

Dots, Musicians’ Benevolent Fund,

Musicians In Focus, Musicians Union,

National Foundation for Youth Music,

National Music Day, Pimlico School,

Portishead Youth, Princes’ Trust, Raphael

Walters, Release, Rock School, Roundhouse

Trust, Royal Commonwealth Society,

Save The Children, St David’s Hall

Cardiff, St Luke’s School, Terrence

Higgins Trust, Tim Macbeth Two

Moors Festival, Tomorrow’s Warriors,

Urban Development, West Lothian

College, Young Persons Concert

Foundation, Youth Music Theatre UK

At The BRIT Awards, we take our

responsibility to living and working in

a sustainable fashion very seriously.

Working alongside Julie’s Bicycle,

we constantly re-evaluate our

practices, striving to put the planet’s

needs at the heart of all we do.

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BRING THE BEAT BACK

The hard-hit night-time economy struggles to

survive amid prolonged lockdowns.

Keane - Brixton Academy

JM Enternational, Helen Lamont

We have all endured hardship

during the Covid-19 pandemic. The

entertainment sphere has suffered

more than most. Music venues were

forced to lock their doors indefinitely

at the start of the first UK lockdown on

March 23, 2020. Still not able to fully

open, the impact has been huge.

It’s hard to put into words how

much we miss live music.

We miss the energy and the excitement

in large venues and small, the feeling of

unity, and shared experience. We miss

the mosh pits, the queues at the bar, the

smell of spilt beer, and bouncing floors

at our feet. We miss the anticipation of

the last encore, knowing the chorus and

the meeting of minds with similar folks.

Being part of live music is a sweaty,

steamy, shared experience like no other.

Whether it’s a euphoric festival

in a soggy field or a fiddlers’ jam

in a trad pub snug, it has been

heartbreaking to see venues shuttered

and tour after tour postponed.

Spare a thought then, for our legendary,

large and small, live music venues.

Spare a thought for venues themselves

and workers within. The owners,

the barmen, the toilet attendants.

Spare a thought for the artists (most

musicians earn just a few pounds in

weekly rap battles, tribute nights and

ceilidh sessions), it’s not just the big

names. Spare a thought for the drivers,

the stagehands, the lighting and

sound techs, the T-shirt stall fellas.

Sure, we are all in this together.

But our live music sector has

been in it more than most.

The BRIT Awards is a test event for

the return of live music venues. One

way or another, it is vital that music

returns - for our souls, and to show

support for the sector that’s been part

of the brightest spots in our lives.

Workers in the entertainment industry

are often self-employed people

who have, since March 2020, been

struggling immensely. They lost not

just a large chunk of income, but

they’ve been prised from their social

and work networks, the things we

simply must have to keep hearts

warm and heads sane. Or, they’re

small business owners no longer

allowed to just keep ticking over,

who suddenly can’t make thier next

payment of a loan, or business rates.

Early in the pandemic it soon

became clear that 556 grassroots

music venues from 670 total were

struggling, and pending bills plus

no income meant many could

vanish without rapid intervention.

The Music Venues Trust set up the

Music Venues Alliance, and their

emergency response service provided

advice and information to venues

dealing with the threat of immediate

closure. A Grassroots Music

Venues Crisis Fund was launched,

#saveourvenues, along with a traffic

light scheme showing businesses

teetering most on the brink.

In July, 1,500 artists including Dua

Lipa, Liam Gallagher and Sir Paul

McCartney signed an open letter

calling for the government to

provide support for live music.

They obliged with the July 2020

announcement that the Government

would provide a £1.57 billion support

package for the arts and culture

industries. It included £270m in

loans and £880m in grants for

music venues, theatres, museums,

art galleries and heritage sites.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden

agreed our clubs and venues

were where “nearly all of our

globally successful music stars

started out,” and he intended to

“make sure those organisations

weather the Covid storm”.

But there’s still a shortfall.

By the end of 2020 MVT fundraising

efforts had raised £3,872,512,

a sum ploughed straight into

keeping venues afloat until the can

fully reopen and revive trade.

The picture is looking somewhat

brighter but there is still work

to be done. Venues including

Brixton’s The Windmill, The Venue

in Derby and Alchemy Croydon

are among twenty or more venues

living right now with a day-to-day

threat of permanent closure.

Trading conditions are going to

be tough for a long time and the

sector will not be out of the woods

even when allowed to re-open.

Mass participation and cultural

venues look likely to be among the

last parts of society to normalise

after lockdown. Capacities - and

therefore profits - may be cut

indefinitely, and of course consumer

confidence is down… no-one can

guarantee queues at the door.

Let us not assume we are at

the end of this struggle.

Thats why, among The BRITs’ glitz

and the glitter, we do NOT forget

those who, despite great personal

hardship, have done whatever it

takes, when asked by the nation.

But we are all looking forward to

the day we can all get together,

in venues large and small around

the country. And they will throw

open their doors in welcome.

I hear there’s a great band

on, so get the beers in.

Let’s make it a date.

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to the

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WOZZY BREWSTER, OBE FRSA • PAUL BRIDGEWATER • SAM BRIGGS • JOE BRINE • JO BROCK •

JOHNNY BROCKLEHURST • RACHEL BROMFIELD • SHARON BROOKS • CHLOE BROOKS •

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Industry success in music

isn’t just measured in chart

placements and video views.

SARAH BROOKSBANK • LAURA BROSNAN • SHANNON BROWN • SARAH BROWN • DAISY BROWN •

BOBBY BROWN • MICHAELA BROWNE • JAMES BROWNLOW • ROBERT BRUCE • GRAHAM BRYCE •

GRANT BRYDON • LISA BUCHAN • ROSS BUCHANAN • AARON BUCKINGHAM • STEPHEN BUDD •

LIZA BUDDIE • JENNIFER BULCRAIG • JESSIE BULL • JUSTIN BULLEY • CHARLIE BULLOCK •

PAUL BURGER • NICK BURGESS • MEGAN BURNS • BEN BURRELL • FLEUR BUTLER •

CLARE BYRNE • OLIVIA BYRNE • NIAMH BYRNE • JAMES CABOOTER • ANNA CAFOLLA •

MELANIE CAGER • RYAN CAHILL • CHARLOTTE CALEB • OLIVER CAMERON • JODIE CAMMIDGE •

STUART CAMP • JOEL CAMPBELL • RACHEL CAMPBELL • KAI CANNON • DAN CAPLEN •

NICKY CARDER • ADAM CARDEW • MATT CAREY • KIM CARR • PAT CARR • MALAIKA CARR

HAJI • SHANNON CARRAGHER • CHARLIE CARRINGTON • ANDRE CARROLL • JENNY CARROLL •

ED CARRUTHERS • SARAH CARSON • DANIEL P. CARTER • JASON CARTER • MILLIE CARTER •

ADRIAN CARTER • EMILY CARTER • CANDICE CARTY WILLIAMS • GENNARO CASTALDO •

RICH CASTILLO • ABBY CATCHPOWLE • ALLAN CATLIN • JOHN CATTINI • CLIVE CAWLEY •

GABRIELLE CAWTHORNE • PAUL CENTELLAS • HERMEET CHADHA • CHRIS CHADWICK •

HANNAH CHADWICK • RENATA CHAGRIN • CHALKY • DANIEL CHALMERS • JIM CHANCELLOR •

ANDY CHANDLER • DOTTY CHARLES • MORGAN CHARLTON • JO CHARRINGTON •

SHENIECE CHARWAY • FUZZ CHAUDHREY • NIKITA CHAUHAN • MISS S K CHEEMA •

BETH CHERRY • LISA CHEUNG • OLIVIA CHEW • JEAN-PATRICK CHEYLAN • JANNAT CHOUDHURY •

ANNIE CHRISTENSEN • DAMIAN CHRISTIAN • KEVIN CHRISTIAN-BLAIR • PHIL CHRISTIE •

BRYN CHRISTOPHER • CHE CHUMBER • LAUREN CHURCHMAN • DUMITRU DARIUS CIUPERCA •

SHIKAYLA CLACKEN-LEWIN • CAITLIN CLANCY • MICHAEL CLAPHAM • NATHAN CLARE •

JODIE CLARK • DAN CLARK • MEI CLARK • NATHAN CLARK • JOE CLARK • FIONA CLARK •

LORNA CLARKE • HAYLEY CLARKE • RICHARD CLARKE • JERMAYNE CLAYTON • AMY CLEAR •

JANE CLEMETSON • PATRICK CLIFTON • ELISE COBAIN • TED COCKLE • JOSH COHEN •

LYOR COHEN • ANNABELLA COLDRICK • RAFFAELLA COLEMAN • MARK COLLEN • RUTH COLLETT •

Many of our esteemed colleagues receive

their very own recognition from The BRITs

- an invite to take a seat on The BRIT

Awards Voting Academy.

Now 1,500 members-strong and

spanning all of the specialisations within

the music industry, acceptance of an

Academy role comes with a solemn

responsibility - to choose wisely.

That’s because casting a BRIT Awards

vote is a privilege and a challenge

afforded to people placed in the beating

heart of the UK music scene.

We’ve asked a strong cross section

of workers - musicians, artists, DJs

and journalists, plus managers and

retailers, and producers and promoters

(and plenty of others) to take on the

challenge of choosing who’ll triumph.

In 2021, The Rising Star Award is

chosen by a separate industry panel

leaving nail-biting decisions on the

remaining nine awards to be taken.

The BRITs strives to ensure a range diverse

voices are heard and so the BRITs actively

works to reflect this on the voting panel.

Thank you to everyone who zoomed

through the voting papers during lockdown,

picking their personal winners. Now the

votes are tallied, so the results are clear.

And thanks to you guys, our winners

are living the dream.

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YASIN EL ASHRAFI BEM • JESS ELDRIDGE • ROYSTON ELDRIDGE • SIAN ELERI •

BETHAN ELFYN • LENA ELGHAMRY • AMY ELIZABETH • CAROLINE ELLERAY •

BRUNO ELLINGHAM • JASON ELLIS • SOPHIE ELLIS • ANDREW ELLIS •

GEOFF ELLIS • CHRIS ELSTON • EMMA ELWOOD • RHIAN EMANUEL •

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ARIT EMINUE • KITTY EMPIRE • KATIE ENEVOLDSEN •

GEORGE ERGATOUDIS • KATE ETTERIDGE •

RUSS EVANS • NINA EVANS • MYVANWY EVANS •

YASMIN EVANS • GARETH EVANS •

JUDITH EVANS • PIPPA EVERS •

H A N N A H E W E N S •

JACKIE EYEWE • JULIE EYRE •

AMIKA EZER •

JENNI FALCONER •

HAJA FANTA •

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THE

VOTING

ACADEMY

2021

JASON FARMER •

COLIN FARQUHAR •

LUKE FERRAR •

JOYCE FERREIRA •

CONOR FERRIS • AVRIL FIDDES •

CHANTELLE FIDDY • MATT FINCHAM •

MARK FINDLAY • CAITLIN FINE •

PAUL FIRTH • AMY FITZ DOYLEY •

NAOISE FITZGERALD • HELEN FLEMING •

MEGAN FLETCHER • PAUL FLETCHER • TONY FLETCHER •

STEPHEN FLINT WOOD • CLIFF FLUET • LUKE FLYNN •

JAMES FOLEY • SIMON FORBES • DEIDRE FORD • NICK FORD •

LUCY FORD • EAMONN FORDE • RACHEL FORDE • JACK FORSYTH-

FOSTER • JAMES FOSTER • JUNIOR FOSTER • MEL FOX • LIZ FOX-RICE •

DEAN FRANCIS • REBECCA FRANK • TOMAS FRASER • CHRIS FRASER •

ANTHONY FRENCH • JULIAN FRENCH • THOMAS FRENCH • NADINE FRESKO •

BOBBY FRICTION • FEEDY FRIZZI • DAVID FROST • LUCY FULFORD • CHRIS FULLER •

IONA FYFE • STUART GALBRAITH • CALLUM GALLACHER • SARAH GALLAGHER • SAM GARCIA •

ALI GARDINER • DANNY GARDNER • GEORGE GARNER • ROBERT GAROFALO • JORDAN GARRATT •

SINEAD GARVAN • MAXIE GEDGE • CHRISTINE GEISSMAR • DAN GENNOE • JILLIAN GERNGROSS •

PAUL GERRARD • LUCIANO GIAIMO • ALYS GIBSON • HARRIET GIBSONE • PAT GILBERT • JULES GILCHRIST •

ELLIE GILES • WILL GILGRASS • DEE GILL • JAMES GILLESPIE • MARK GILLESPIE • NAOMI GILLIES • FIONA GILLOTT •

CHARLIE GIRLING • ERIK GIUSTI • EDWARD GLEAVE • JOHN GLOVER • JAMIE GLYDON • GEORGE GODFREY •

SIMON GOGERLY • PHOEBE GOLD • KAYLEE GOLDING • ROYSTON GOODEN • LIZ GOODWIN • TOM GOODWYN • ELLA-

BONAI GORDON • MAXINE GORDON • NICK GOREE • JAKE GOSLING • SARAH GOSLING • JOE GOSSA • CARINA GRACE •

CASSANDRA GRACEY • LEONA GRAHAM • EVANGELINE GRAIN • MANON GRANDJEAN • IZZY GRANT • CHAR GRANT • SARAH GRANT •

HILARY GRANT • SILAS GRAY • KEELEY GRAY • ANDREW GRAYS • ANGIE GREAVES • ASHLIE GREEN • OLIVIA GREEN • MIRI •

JAMES GREEN • MARK GREEN • CHRIS GREEN • JONATHAN GREEN • EMMA GREENGRASS • DAISY GREENHEAD • DOUGLAS GREENWOOD •

CLAIRE GREGORY • NATASHA GREGORY • CRAIG GRIEVE • YVETTE GRIFFITH • GEORGE GRIFFITHS • RICHARD GRIFFITHS • GARETH GRIFFITHS •

NICK GRIMSHAW • KATY GRIMWOOD • BARRY GRINT • VICTORIA GROSVENOR • MERRILY GROUT • LIDYA GUMUS • CHARLOTTE GUNN •

CHARLOTTE GUTIERREZ • MARK HAGEN • PIERRE HALL • ROB HALLETT • STEPHEN HALLOWES • ELEANOR HALLS • ANDY HALLS • STEVE HANCOCK •

PAULA HANLEY • FIONA HANLON • MICHAEL HANSON • KAMRAN HAQ • NIGEL HARDING • MINNIE HARDING • TONY HARLOW • ANDREI HARMSWORTH •

REMI HARRIS • PRU HARRIS • MINNIE HARRIS • ROB HARRISON • INDIA HARRISON • TRENTON HARRISON‐LEWIS • JO HART • ANNA HARVEY •

PHIL HARVEY • KERRY HARVEY-PIPER • RICHARD HASWELL • ADINA HAVARD • BOBBY HAVENS • DAVID HAWKES • PAUL HAWKINS • CHRIS HAWKINS •

LEE HAWTHORN • KATIE HAWTHORNE • ALED HAYDN-JONES • LOUISE HEALEY • WAYNE HECTOR • CHRIS HELSEN • LAURA HENDERSON •

RHONDA HENDERSON • ELLIE HENMAN • SAMUEL HENNESSY • ALANNA HENRY • AFRYEA HENRY-FONTAINE • AARON HERCULES • JO HERON •

LUCY HEYMAN • MARK HIGGINS • VANESSA HIGGINS • DREW HILL • ELE HILL • JENNIFER HILLS • NEHA HINDOCHA • RICHARD HINKLEY •

IAN HIPPOLYTE • LOUISE HODGES • KIENDA HOJI • KATE HOLDER • JOSH HOLLAND • ABBIE HOLLEBONE • LIZZIE HOLLICK • JILL HOLLYWOOD •

LOUISE HOLMES • KEVIN HOLMES-ATTIVOR • STEVE HOMER • BEN HOMEWOOD • WILL HOPE • JOSH HOSKINS • PATRICK HOUGH • NIGEL HOUSE •

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Billie Eilish - The BRIT Awards 2020

JM Enternational

REUSE, RECYCLE,

RETHINK

The BRIT Awards strives to be

an environmentally sustainable

event in all of its actions.

Every three years, a comprehensive

review of policy and performance is

undertaken to ensure that The BRITs

is really achieving. Is there more to

do? The answer is yes - always. But

alongside sustainability charity partner

Julie’s Bicycle, the nation’s biggest

music event is progressing onwards.

Achieving a carbon-free future

requires significant behavioural and

policy innovation, as demonstrated

in every actions The BRITs takes.

Planning for The BRIT Awards is a

long-term commitment. That’s why,

behind the scenes, eco-friendly ways

of working are embedded day-to-day.

Backstage and in the production suites,

you’ll find no cutlery, straws or sachets.

Everything is delivered in compatible

or reduced plastic packaging. At

food concessions, eco-friendly Stack

Cups are now a familiar feature. Food,

including backstage provision, is local,

sustainable, and delicious (of course).

Artists are of course driving their

own demands, whether its eco

packaging or vegan menus part

of green riders. Tour buses are

increasingly hydrogen-powered.

Its recycled metal and FSC timber all

the way when building BRITs stage sets.

After use, many go back to storage

while others are repurposed at the BRIT

school or elsewhere. Even The BRITs

signage, from red carpet markers to

dressing room labelling, will find a new

future - if a way can be found for The

BRITs to reuse something, it surely will.

The BRIT Awards’ biggest crime

against carbon is in energy usage.

That’s where the event looks to venue

partner AEG, who own the O2 for help.

Their initiative AEG 1EARTH takes

a whole-site approach of energyefficiency

and waste reduction.

Since 2010, the venue has been

successful in reducing CO2 emissions

by an annual figure of 4%, and water

waste by 4.4% also. None of that would

be possible without in-built efforts to

make it all happen. That’s why there’s

an on-site wormery and eco-digester

ensuring just 1% of venue waste is sent

to landfill. Whether it’s signing a 100%

renewable energy deal, using LED

lightbulbs, investing in becoming a

paperless venue, providing a place to

charge electric cars, becoming a bulk

buyer of eco toilet paper or finding a

role as a recycler of everything from

glass to grease from the kitchens, there

is always a greener path to found.

WHAT IS JULIE’S

BICYCLE?

Julie’s Bicycle is an unseen wheel

in the arts scene. Its aim is to

put environmental sustainability

and climate action at the heart

of every conversation.

The charity mentors and inspires

artists and creatives to have the

knowledge and confidence needed

to amplify the green message,

knowing their influence sends the

ethos ever-forward. This is vital to

win the battle for hearts and minds.

After launching specifically as a creative

sector organisation, Julie’s Bicycle now

mentors big business in a wide range

of fields, including local government

and planners. The aim is to ensure

sustainable solutions are built into the

core of day-to-day life as well as new

and future schemes, This is done with

the specific target of limiting global

warming to 2 degrees, as per the

Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Julie’s Bicycle has grown its online

outreach work in 2020, with a

series of live webinars and events

around the sustainability agenda,

making it even more accessible.

In 2017, Julie’s Bicycle held the inaugural

Creative Green Awards to acknowledge

the exemplary work now being done

in the sector. The 2020 event took

place online, and the energising and

optimistic event was compered by

Springwatch presenter Gillian Burke.

Julie’s Bicycle has also launched a

range of industry-standard tools to

measure sustainability goals, such

as the Creative Green Certification

scheme for creative business. It also

launched a programme alongside Arts

Council England, which ties funding

grant eligibility to commitment to

embrace sustainability schemes.

Information and resources are

available from juliesbicycle.com

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OUR MEDIA PARTNERS

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Learn how The BRITs will work to

keep everyone Covid-safe

The BRIT Awards 2020 was one of

the final large scale events to take

place in the UK ahead of the March

23 Covid lockdown. Fifteen months

and one postponement later, it is

the very first music event to reopen

its doors, perhaps against all

the odds, to celebrate music again.

The BRIT Awards has worked with

the UK government and Public

Health England at all levels of

planning to ensure maximum

compliance with current bestpractice

safely measures.

The Show’s aim in all things at The

BRITs 2021 is to keep everyone

attending - artists, workers and

audience members - safe.

BRITs guiding light and Event

Director Maggie Crowe OBE reveals,

“As with every BRITs, good practice

is key to the smooth running of

the event. Our health and safely

expert Julian Bentley has diligently

led from the front to protect the

event and BRIT Awards Ltd. As a

world class leader in his field of

expertise, we are indebted to his

dogged determination to ensure

that every single person entering

the O2 on May 11th and beforehand

is safe. With that reassurance, the

BRITs team is ready to deliver you

one of the most spectacular, history

making, events of the year”.

That means, in consultation

with the DCMS, BRIT Awards

Ltd agreed to be part of the

Government Pilot Scheme

whereby the event would be part

of a study. The research of the

controlled grouping would evaluate

audience movement, behaviour,

ventilation, and compliance.

Around 2,500 members of the

public, comprising nurses, care

home staff and other vital key

workers, will join a much-reduced

number of music industry and

corporate guests. Each guest will

have a three check points before

entering the auditorium. The first

check point will be to view their

health data by checking their mobile

SMS received from their local ‘In

Person’ lateral flow NHS Trust test

that shows they are ‘negative’.

This test needs to take place

24/36hrs before and in time to

receive the result so the individual

is covered for Tuesday 11th May.

The second check point will be

to review ID credentials, and the

third will be to show their ticket

and complete normal bag checks.

Everyone will be advised how the

scheme works, and should sign a

consent form prior. The audience

will not be socially distanced,

but will be asked to wear a mask

whenever they are not in their seats.

Behind the scenes the production

crews and set builders have

been working in bubbles for

months, either working from home

or undergoing regular testing.

Continuity plans are in place should

someone ill, with their whole

work ‘bubble’ swapped out.

FOR THE CELEBS…

We’re sure BRITs performers, guest

presenters and nominees will look as

glamorous as ever but management

teams have a lot of work to do to ensure

their all-important star ‘bubbles’ don’t pop.

The BRITs has block-booked a nearby

hotel ensuring social distancing is

possible. Everyone on site must have

a clearly defined and necessary role

(no entourage please)! Our stars will

be able to order food straight to their

hotel or ‘day room’ doors, so there’s

no need to go out and mingle.

With on-stage performers likely to total

around 200, it’s probably not the year

to invite an orchestra. Or Stormzy. Even

stage pyrotechnics have been tested to

ensure no compromise in the oxygen

levels and air flow inside the event.

It’s definitely the year to be in a band

because they are one of the few groups

who will be able to remain together

front of stage as we’re enjoying

proceedings (everyone else will need

to wait to get their hugs from crews

enjoying the show from the Suites).

Dress rehearsals and red carpet

appearances are carefully timed to

ensure chance encounters are minimal.

And just like the audience requirements,

all celebs, record company bods and

production team members will be

tested before and after the event.

Even the BRITs photo ops and

press calls for winners will be

numbers-controlled and socially

distanced. Hmmm… looks like

you’re gonna need a longer lens!

THE BRIT AWARDS

COMMITTEE 2021

Committee Co-Chairs Rebecca Allen,

Selina Webb (Universal)

Committee Jeff Bell (Partisan),

Nick Burgess (Warner), Cassandra Gracey (Sony),

Rob Pascoe (Universal), Geoff Taylor (BPI/BRITs),

Maggie Crowe OBE (BRITs), Sally Wood (BRITs

TV), Stuart Bell, Richard Dawes, Kate Etteridge

(DawBell PR), Ged Doherty (BPI/BRITs) Digital

Committee Co-Chairs Kate Wyn Jones (Universal),

Giuseppe De Cristofano (BRITs)

For The BPI, OCC & Voting Academy

Kiaron Whitehead, Chris Austin,

Cat Smyth, Chris Walker, MJ Olaore

Mabel: The BRIT Awards 2020

EVENT AND SHOW

BAL Event Director Maggie Crowe OBE

Event Manager Adrian Carter

Director of Digital Giuseppe De Cristofano

Business Development and

Partnerships Manager Lucy Bannatyne

Accreditation and Transport Co-ordinator

Dina Van der Elst

Event Assistant Hannah Denchfield

Event Co-ordinators Ashley Read, Ollie Paxton

Finance Dominic Thomas

Legal Christy Whelan, Verity Hunter

Technical Support Alan Brindley

BRITs Digital Somethin’ Else

Media Relations DawBell PR

National TV & Radio Promotion

LD Communications

International TV Sales ITV Global

Design & Photography JM Enternational

Venue Danielle Kennedy-Clark,

Octavia Harwood, Ash Olckers, Lauren Kiernan,

Annelyse Paquet

Mastercard Agnes Woolrich,

Charlie Carrington, Andy Wise

Television Show Produced by BRITs TV

ITV Katie Rawcliffe, Lily Wilson

ITV2 Gemma John-Lewis

BRITS TV

Executive Producer, Sally Wood

Director, Julia Knowles

Line Producer, Rebecca Hutchinson

Band Production, Maggie Mouzakitis

VT Producer, John Williams

Presenter Producer, Hilary Whitley

Award Presenter Producer, Mark Wagman

Production Coordinator, Rob Foot

Camera Supervisor, Phil Piotrowsky

Programme Sound, Toby Alington

OB Facilities, CTV

ITV2 BACKSTAGE SHOW

Senior Producer, Sophie Rogers

Director, Tony Grech-Smith

Production Manager, Natalie Truelove

Assistant Producer, Rachel Helsby

Production Coordinator, Georgia Bone

OUR CHARITIES & INITIATIVES

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OUR CONTRACTORS & CONTRIBUTORS

STAGE PRODUCTION

BRIT Awards Productions

Kate Wright, Tony Wheeler,

Lisa Shenton, Malcolm Birkett,

Julie Chennells, Nancy Skipper,

Keeley Robinson, Chris Caddy

Yvonne Ryan, Mark Terry, Jordan Hall

Dean Reynolds , Sarah Huberman

Stage Management Mike Grove

Production Design Es Devlin

Art Director Robert McIntyre

Lighting Designer Al Gurdon

Lighting Crew Boss Richard Gorrod

Lighting Company PRG Europe

Rigging Outback Rigging

Sound Designer Colin Pink

PA Supplier

Britannia Row Productions

Crew Catering

Intercontinental Hotel

SHOW PROGRAMME

Staging StageCo

Set Diagon & Steel Monkey

Screens Ogle Hog

Local Crew Showstars

Site Crew Bizmonkeys

Stage Crew Stage Miracles

Backstage Monitors

Soundbite Productions

Furniture & Backstage Lovely Things

Draping Blackout Limited

Health & Safety J-EMSS Limited

Backstage Security

Show & Event Security

Power Templine

Cabins Qdos Event Hire

Structures Allspan

GREAT

MUSIC COMES

FROM WORKING

TOGETHER

Editorial Helen Lamont (Editor),

John Marshall (Art Editor),

Will Amery (Design & Production)

Jan Green (Proofreading)

Advertising Leppard & Rivers Associates

Judith Rivers

Publisher JM Enternational

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Please be reminded that you are not

permitted to record or film any part of The

BRIT Awards 2021 event without a specific

licence from BRIT Awards Limited.

LEWIS CAPALDI: The BRIT Awards 2020

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hundreds of millions of pounds each year for the

public performance

AD

and broadcast of music. We

help performers, songwriters, record companies and

publishers be fairly rewarded for the use of their music.

Congratulations to all the BRIT Award nominated

performers and songwriters, and to the their respective

record companies and publishers.

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