TUESDAY 11 MAY THE O2 ARENA ON
The BRIT Awards 2020
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!
THE BRIT AWARDS 2O21
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
all the nominees
Dave, with Billie Eilish and brother,
Finneas O’Connell: The BRIT Awards 2020
POWER OF MUSIC
Mastercard® is proud to celebrate
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.
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.
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE
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
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
LOVE AND LIKE
Everyone is invited to
The BRIT Awards 2021!
Lizzo on The BRIT Awards 2020 Red Carpet
There is no need to grab a ticket for
this year’s unique event. Instead
our marvellous media partners
ensure the action takes place right
in our living rooms - so clear a space
for your very own dance floor!
As well as the big show to be broadcast
live on ITV1 at 8pm, 11 May 2021, our
social partners are going all-out to
deliver added value extra content. It’s
a great way to learn a little more, delve
a little deeper, or go just that bit further
behind the scenes. All in a convenient
and socially distanced way, of course.
The Somethin’ Else crew have been
scooting around, out to discover
exactly how each act has adapted
to our new ways of working, Keep
an eye out for official BRITs content
and artist uploads on Youtube (where
overseas viewers can also watch
The BRITs live). TikTok, Facebook,
Instagram & Twitter are poised to set
the BRITs trending.if you’re hosting a
virtual viewing party, let’s see what’s
going down in your ‘hood! We can’t
wait to see how you are celebrating
music’s big party night! Upload your
antics on any available channel.
Amazon Music, meanwhile, have
created exclusive BRITs playlists. And
soon after the show, our show stopping
moments will be available to enjoy again
via downloads and streaming. This year,
you can really be part of The BRITs.
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…
“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
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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?
THE BRIT AWARDS 2021
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
ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC
YUNGBLUD INTERSCOPE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC
BICEP NINJA TUNE
BIFFY CLYRO WARNER, WARNER MUSIC
LITTLE MIX RCA, SONY MUSIC
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
ARLO PARKS TRANSGRESSIVE
BICEP NINJA TUNE
CELESTE POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC
ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC
YOUNG T & BUGSEY
BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC
COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS
NOT YOUR MUSE
POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC
WARNER, WARNER MUSIC
BLACK BUTTER, SONY MUSIC
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EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC
BRITISH SINGLE WITH MASTERCARD
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SUCCESS THEN VOTED FOR BY THE ACADEMY,
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POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC
AITCH & AJ TRACEY FT TAY KEITH
NQ, VIRGIN, UNIVERSAL MUSIC
DUA LIPA PHYSICAL
WARNER, WARNER MUSIC
COLUMBIA, SONY MUSIC
HEADIE ONE FT AJ TRACEY &
AIN'T IT DIFFERENT
RELENTLESS, SONY MUSIC
JOEL CORRY FT MNEK
HEAD & HEART
ASYLUM/PERFECT HAVOC, WARNER MUSIC
NATHAN DAWE FT KSI LIGHTER
ATLANTIC, WARNER MUSIC
REGARD & RAYE SECRETS
MINISTRY OF SOUND, SONY MUSIC
S1MBA FT DTG ROVER
PARLOPHONE, WARNER MUSIC
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“To be nominated for
three BRIT Awards at
20 years old as an
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.”
“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
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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OF THE YEAR:
‘NOT YOUR MUSE’
‘WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE’
NOT YOUR MUSE
“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!”
“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.”
“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
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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DUA LIPA, “PHYSICAL”
JOEL CORRY FT MNEK, “HEAD & HEART”
NATHAN DAWE FT KSI, “LIGHTER”
S1MBA FT DTG, “ROVER”
DUA LIPA, FUTURE NOSTALGIA
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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!”
BLACK BUTTER. SONY
“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”.
TO ALL OUR
THE BRIT AWARDS
“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
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,
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.”
“We as a band want to thank
you for coming out, not just
tonight but for all the nights.”
“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.”
Congratulations on your three
British Album Of The Year
British Female Solo Artist
Love from everyone at Transgressive
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD
“The biggest thank you
in the whole world, it
is the biggest honour
of my whole life.”
“Thank you so much for
all of your support.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE BRIT AWARD
NOMINEES FOR 2021. WE HOPE THERE IS
ONE NEW CATEGORY IN 2022.
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.
THE BRITs RISING STAR
LOVE FROM DELEON &
EVERYONE AT GRUMPY OLD MANAGEMENT
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”!
One Foot On Front Of The Other
is out on Warner on June 11,
…ALSO ON THE
BRIT AWARDS 2021
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.
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.
FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMAZON MUSIC
Photo by Sophie Jones
POLYDOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC
WARNER, WARNER MUSIC
EMI, UNIVERSAL MUSIC
LIANNE LA HAVAS
WARNER, WARNER MUSIC
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.
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).
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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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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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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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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.
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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.
South Korean boy band BTS are the sevenstrong
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.
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.”
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
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:
Opposite page: Dua Lipa - The BRIT Awards 2019
Harry Styles - The BRIT Awards 2020
Mabel. Below: Dave, opposite: Stormzy
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…
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
210MM X 297.5
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).
Below: Harry Styles & Lizzo. Bottom: Melanie C
with Bring Me The Horizon.
SOMETHIN’ ELSE, GLOBAL DIGITAL
AGENCY FOR THE BRITs
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?
“THERE IS NO
– BENJAMIN DISRAELI
How creative solutions brought
the buzz back to The BRIT School
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.“
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
Caribbean Society). JM Enternational
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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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Favourites Menu to our mouth-watering sides
and famous Stuffed Crust, we have something
for music lovers everywhere.
As Official Home Pizza Partner to The BRIT
Awards 2021 with Mastercard, we believe a
slice of great music is best served with a slice
of perfectly tasty pizza, which is why we always
deliver your favourite pizza with a smile.
Now that’s delivering!
NEGLA ABDELA •
NEMAT ABDELA •
YEMI ABIADE • DIPAL
ACHARYA ACHYRA •
LOUISE ADAMS • SAM ADEBAYO •
ALBERT ADEGBITE • YOMI ADEGOKE •
MICHAEL ADEX • SAMUEL ADMOSU •
LISA AFFENZELLER • FRED AGAIN •
ADDINGTON AGBEPA • IRENE AGBONTAEN •
JESSICA AGOMBAR • DESMOND AGYEKUMHENE •
AKUA AGYEMFRA • JAMIE AHYE • GLYN AIKINS •
JOHN AIZLEWOOD • SAM AJILORE • EMRE AKCA • ADE AKIN-
DEKO • GEORGE AKINS • JENNIFER AKOTO • PAULA AKPAN •
ARIA ALAGHA • ROUSHAN ALAM • KEMI ALEMORU • DENISE ALLAN •
DEREK ALLEN • LUCY ALLEN • AYESHA ALLEN • REBECCA ALLEN •
DUNCAN ALLEN • ANNIKA ALLEN ALLEN • KENNY ALLSTAR • KELLY ALLWOOD •
EMMALOUISE AMANSHIA • CASEY AMBER • CHLOE AMEH • WILL AMERY • KEITH AMES •
CLARA AMFO • SALMAN AMIN • IMAN AMRANI • ALEX ANDERSON • GARETH ANDREWS •
SAMMY ANDREWS • LORETTA ANDREWS • KAMARAE ANGUS • BOB ANGUS • HELENA ANTONIADES •
NIKOS ANTONIOU • THEA ANTONIOU • SUZI APLIN • GINELLE APPAU • HOLLY APPLETON •
IAIN ARCHER • STEPHEN ARCHIBALD • SALLY ARDIS • SUE ARMSTRONG • DENNIS ARNOLD •
VICTOR AROLDOSS • MANISH ARORA • LAURA AROWOLO • NIHAL ARTHANAYAKE • JANE ARTHY •
DAVID ASANTE • DANIEL ASANTE • CORBYN ASBURY • HARI ASHURST-VENN • BRAD ASPESS •
RUBY ATKIN • NICK ATKINSON • LOVISA ATTEBRANT • VIBICA AULD • TAMSIN AUSTIN •
CHRIS AUSTIN • LUCIE AVERY • ALANNA AYLEN • PHILIPPA AYLOTT • BILLY B • RACHEL BABBAGE •
LUCY BACON • ALMASS BADAT • JONATHAN BADYAL • MICHAEL BAGGS • HAMISH BAILEY •
TIM BAILEY • CLARE BAKER • ALEX BAKER • AARON BAKER • VANESSA BAKEWELL • GARY BALES •
LUCY BALL • ELIAS BALLY • MICHAEL BANBROOK • LUCY BANNATYNE • KATIE BAPTIE •
MARIA BARHAM • ADAM BARKER • MILLIE BARKER • SIMON BARNABAS • LIZ BARNES •
STEVE BARNES • TOM BARNES (AKA TMS) • ANNETTE BARRETT • DAVID BARROW • JO BARTLETT •
PHILIP BARTON • JAMES BASS • EKAETE BASSEY • ELEANOR BATE • COLIN BATSA • KIM BAYLEY •
ALICE BEAL • ALEX BEAN • SARAH BEAUMONT • BEN BEAUMONT-THOMAS • VICTORIA BECKS •
RACHAEL BEE • JANE BEESE • EAMU BEGUM • SYBIL BELL • SHIARRA BELL • STUART BELL •
JEFF BELL • CHRISTOPHER BELLAM • BEN • CANNELLE BENCHERQI • JESSICA BENDIEN •
JIM BENNER • ALEXANDER BENNETT • AMI BENNETT • XAVIER BENOIT • RACHEL BENTLEY •
JOHN BERGIN • JESSE BERNARD • ROZEENA BERNARD • LUKE BERRY • CARINA BERTHET •
ELLIE BEST • DANNY BETESH • KELLY BETTS • JACK BEVAN • ALICE BEVERTON-PALMER •
ZAHRA BHALUANI • HITEN BHARADIA • SERENA BHARDWAJ • SIMI BHULLAR • DAN BIDDLE •
TOM BILLINGTON • JAGUAR BINGHAM • SANDEEP BINNING • SOPHIE BIRD • RAYMOND BLACK •
LUCY BLAIR • JIMMY BLAKE • DELEON BLAKE • RIC BLAXILL • RIKI BLEAU • LOUIS BLOOM •
WILL BLOOMFIELD • EDD BLOWER • ALEX BOATENG • ALEC BOATENG • AARON BOGUCKI •
RACHEL BOLLAND • ALEXANDER BONE • GARY BONES • MICHAEL BONNER • KIRSTY BOOTH •
AL BOOTH • FRANCIS BOOTH • JOEL BORQUAYE • JAMES BORRER • HOLLIE BOSTON •
HEIDI BOSTON-THOMPSON • SUMIT BOTHRA • LUNICK BOURGESS • PAUL BOURNE •
PHIL BOWDERY • LAURA BOWER • ANDREW BOWLES • EDITH BOWMAN • HELEN BOWNASS •
BURNA BOY • SIMON BOYLE • LEYTON BRACEGIRDLE • JADE BRADSHAW • CIARA BRADY •
CHRISTIAN BRAGG • STEVEN BRAINES • HOLLY BRANSON • LAUREN BRENNAN • ALBERT BRETT •
WOZZY BREWSTER, OBE FRSA • PAUL BRIDGEWATER • SAM BRIGGS • JOE BRINE • JO BROCK •
JOHNNY BROCKLEHURST • RACHEL BROMFIELD • SHARON BROOKS • CHLOE BROOKS •
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.
HATTIE COLLINS • HANNAH COLSON • NEIL COMBER • TOM CONNAUGHTON • PHILIP CONNOLLY •
MARC CONNOR • ANNA CONRAD • LIAM CONROY • CHRIS COOKE • JAMES COOKE •
SOPHIE COOKE • JAX COOMBES • LEONIE COOPER • BEN COOPER • ROBERT COPSEY •
LEWIS CORNER • HOWARD CORNER • JOHN CORNWELL • RAYE COSBERT • FRANCESCA COSTA •
MARIA COSTA • CLAIRE COSTER • SIMON COSYNS • TOM COTTON • DAN COX • SARA COX • JAY COX •
KATHERINE CRABTREE • MICHAEL CRAGG • PAUL CRAIG • CAMERON CRAIG • ALEX CRITCHLEY •
PAUL CROCKFORD • JOY CROOKES • GEMMA CROPPER • ADELE CROSS • MAGGIE CROWE • ALEXA CRUICKSHANK •
ROB CRUTCHLEY • CAROLINE CULLEN • LISA CULLINGTON • JAMES CURRAN • LOUISE CYNBERG • IMAN D-FULLER •
SHAURAV D’SILVA • AUSTIN DABOH • KAREN DAGG • NADIA DAHABIYEH • IKRAN DAHIR • AMANDA DAL • AVA DALEY •
PC DALTON • RHIAN DALY • ANDY DANIELL • EVE DANIELS • LUCY DANN • MARCO DARCY • TOM DARK • OWAIN DAVES •
LAURA DAVIDSON • JACKIE DAVIDSON • GUY DAVIE • RACHEL DAVIES • HARRI DAVIES • CATHERINE ANNE DAVIES •
SALLY DAVIES • JEREMY DAVIES • HANNAH J DAVIES • ANDREW DAVIES • HOWELL DAVIES • RICHARD J DAWES • ALAN DAY •
CHARLOTTE DE BURGH-HOLDER • GIUSEPPE DE CRISTOFANO • DANNY DE REYBEKILL • IAN DE-WHYTELL • CHARLIE DEAKIN-
DAVIES • JONATHAN DEAN • SARAH DEEN • MARTIN DELL • TIM DELLOW • STEFAN DEMETRIOU • CHRIS DEMPSEY •
HANNAH DENCHFIELD • ISAAC DENSU • ALEXANDRA DENTON • DANNY DESAI • SARAH DESMOND • RACHAEL DEVINE •
RORY DEWAR • ACHAL DHILLON • BARRY DICKINS • SONIA DIWAN • CONAL DODDS • NIALL DOHERTY • GED DOHERTY •
DAVID DOLLIMORE • CAROLINE DOLLLIMORE • FAYE DONALDSON • LORNA DONLON • DIANA DONNELLY •
NUALA DONNELLY • ANNETTE DONNELLY • JASMINE DOTIWALA • CLAIRE DOUGHERTY • VICKY DOWDALL •
JACK DOWLING • CHRISTIE DRIVER-SNELL • ANYA DU SAUZAY • BECCA DUDLEY • KIYANDA DUNCAN •
STEPHANIE DUNCAN-BOSU • FRANKIE DUNN • DAISY DUNN • ANTHONY DUNNING • AIMEE DURHAM •
BEN DURLING • NIKE DUROSARO • KAI DUXBURY • JEMMA DWYER • HOLLIE DYES SHEPHERD •
FLEUR EAST • NEALE EASTERBY • FLOSSIE EASTHOPE • VICTORIA EASTON-RILEY •
UGO EBOH • ALEX EDEN-SMITH • LIZZIE EDMONDS • NATALIE EDWARDS • ZOE EDWARDS •
AZADEH EFTEKHARI • BILLIE EILISH • ANIEFIOK EKPOUDOM •
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 •
SUSIE EMBER • JAMES EMBIRICOS • EUGENE EMELIN •
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 •
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 •
YAZMIN HOW • ED HOWARD • JESSE HOWARD • PATRICK HOWE • ALISON HOWE • LEON HOWES • FAY HOYTE • BROGAN HUBBER • SALI HUGHES •
GAVIN HUGHES • KEVIN HUGHES • GREG HUGHES • DOROTHY HUI • GUS HULLY • MICHELLE HUMPHREYS • IAN HUMPHREYS • KENYA HUNT •
LOTTIE HUNT • EL HUNT • CHRIS HUNTE • VERITY HUNTER • LUDOVIC HUNTER-TILNEY • STYLIANOS HURHANGEE • AHMED HUSSAIN • NAZ HUSSAIN •
NOHA HUSSEIN • LAUREN HUTCHINSON • REBECCA HUTCHINSON • TOM HUTTON • PAUL HUTTON • JACKIE HYDE • SUZY HYLAND • JAMIE IBE •
JOE IDDISON • MELANIE IJIEH • JASON ILEY • TIMOTHY INGHAM • DANNY INGHAM • KEITH INGRAM • NOSHEEN IQBAL • ZUBIN IRANI •
ADRIAN ISTRATE • JESS ISZATT • JENNIFER IVORY • CHI CHI IZUNDU • MALCOLM JACK • DEAN JACKSON • MATT JACOB • OLLIE JACOB •
VIKKI JACONELLI • NADIA JAE • KILO JALLOH • DELLESSA JAMES • IAIN JAMES • BETHAN JAMES • NATALIE JAMIESON • SARAH JAMIESON •
NIMESH JANI • FRANCESCA ANNA JANNETTA • KIM JARRETT • MYN JAZEEL • TRE JEAN MARE • LAUREN JEFFERYS • LISA JENNINGS • JOSHUA JENNINGS •
NATALIE JENNINGS • SEJ JHEETA • SHABS JOBANPUTRA • SUKHRAJ JOHAL • BRYAN JOHNSON • CALLUM JOHNSON • GEORGE JOHNSON •
MELANIE JOHNSON • SEAN JOHNSTON • KATHLEEN JOHNSTON • ADRIAN JOLLY • SOPHIE JONES • DAVID JONES • SAMMY JONES • SIMON JONES •
JULIA JONES • CLIFF JONES • EMMA JONES • THOMAS JONES • DAISY JONES • PHIL JONES • JONELLE JONES ALLEYNE • FABIA JONES RUSSELL •
LUCY JORDACHE • LAWRIE JORDAN • ALAN JORDAN • DAVID JOSEPH • HANNAH JOSEPH • ANGELLE JOSEPH • TARA JOSHI • FREDERICK JUDE •
ARAMIDE KADRI • MAYA KALEV • AMMAR KALIA • JOANNA KALLI • EMMA KAMEN • JESS KANGALEE • ANNA KARATZIVA • NEAL KARIA •
NATTY KASAMBALA • BOBBY KAUR • JASON ‘SCULLY’ KAVUMA • ANNA KAY • ALEX KEAGUE-DAVIES • SOPHIA KEARNEY • JESSICA KEELEY-
CARTER • PETE ‘MERF’ KELLEHER • JENNIFER ANN KELLER • TYLER DAMARA KELLY • EMMA KELLY • JANINE KEMPADOO • EMILY KENT • JOE KENTISH •
CHARLEY KENWARD • JENNIFER KEOGH • ROB KHAN • SEMERA KHAN • NADIA KHAN • ALIM KHERAJ • MORAD KHOKAR • ELEANOR KIFVEL •
JULIA KILLER • LUCY KILNER • OLIVER KING • MOLLIE KING • KANYA KING • SIMON KING • LIAM KINSLOW • JONATHAN KLEIN • ANDY KNOX •
CHRIS KOEGEN • OLIVIA KOLO • JESSICA KORAVOS • SOPHIE KOSTROWSKI • ANEESHA KOTWANI • LOUISE KOVACS • SABRINA KRISTIANSEN •
DAYALAN KULENDRAN • HEMAH KWAKYE • KWAME KWATEN • HENRIE KWUSHUE • ISAAC KYEREMATEN • ANTONIA KYTE • LEE LABORDE •
GRACE LADOJA • LAIA LAFUENTE • YASMIN LAJOIE • MARIE LALLIA • GEORGE LAMBERT • SAFIYA LAMBIE-KNIGHT • MARK LAMPO • SOPHIE LANE •
REBECCA LAPORTA • JEREMY LASCELLES • FARHAD LASHANIZAND • ZOE LAU • JAY LAWRENCE • AMY LAWSON • GREG LAWTON • ORLA LEE •
JORDAN LEE • TOBY LEIGHTON-POPE • LAURA LEON • MIRIAM LESSAR • YASMIN LEUNG • DAVID LEVESLEY • TOBY LEVESON • NICK LEVINE •
EMERALD LEWIS • ROB LEWIS • MEL LEWIS • TOM LEWIS • BEN LEWIS • LEAH LEWIS • RONNIE LEY • LIBERTY • GINTARE LILEIKYTE • NATHAN LILLEY •
JAM LINDSAY • SARAH LIPMAN • DANIEL LISTER • STUART LITTLEWOOD • LIZZO • LOTTIE LLEWELLYN • SARAH LOCKHART • ANTHONY LOCKWOOD •
RYAN LOFTHOUSE • REMEL LONDON • JANICE LONG • STEVE LONG • JEN LONG • PAULETTE LONG • AYESHA LORDE DUNN • EMMY LOVELL •
HONGI LUO • MAX LUTKIN • MERVYN LYN • DORIAN LYNSKEY • WILL LYONS • MOLLY MACASKILL • KATE MACDONALD • PAUL MACK • TOBY MACKENZIE •
MARK MACKIE • AVRIL MACKINTOSH • TOM MACKLIN • A MACMANUS • SCOTT MACRAE • NATALIE MADDIX • DR MAHA • CARLY MAILE • TIM MAJOR •
PAUL MALONE • COLLEEN MALONEY • ANDY MALT • NATASHA MANN • HOLLY MANNERS • JAMES MANNING • JAMES MANNION • ROZ MANSFIELD •
CHIMENE MANTORI • TOM MARCH • HAYLEY MARCHANT • JASON MARCUS • MIKE MARDARI • KATERINA MARKA • CATHERINE MARKS • JEREMY MARSH •
RICKY MARSHALL • JULIAN MARSHALL • HOLLY MARSHALL • KORDA MARSHALL • JOHN MARSHALL • CHARLES MARTIN • FELICITY MARTIN •
STEPH MARZIANO • DAISY MASKELL • SHEENA MASON • BEVERLEY MASON • GUY MASSEY • ANTHONY MATCHETT • AYANDA MATIWANE •
CHRISTINA MATTEOTTI • TINA MATTHEWS • SARAH MATTHEWS • OLIVIA MATTHIAS • ALISTAIR MAWAS • BEN MAWSON • AMANDA MAXWELL •
SAM MAYERS • RONI MAYES • IAN MCANDREW • FIONA MCAULEY • KARA MCCABE • ABBIE MCCARTHY • MIKE MCCORMACK • NEIL MCCORMICK •
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Billie Eilish - The BRIT Awards 2020
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
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
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
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
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 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
International TV Sales ITV Global
Design & Photography JM Enternational
Venue Danielle Kennedy-Clark,
Octavia Harwood, Ash Olckers, Lauren Kiernan,
Mastercard Agnes Woolrich,
Charlie Carrington, Andy Wise
Television Show Produced by BRITs TV
ITV Katie Rawcliffe, Lily Wilson
ITV2 Gemma John-Lewis
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
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
Britannia Row Productions
Set Diagon & Steel Monkey
Screens Ogle Hog
Local Crew Showstars
Site Crew Bizmonkeys
Stage Crew Stage Miracles
Furniture & Backstage Lovely Things
Draping Blackout Limited
Health & Safety J-EMSS Limited
Show & Event Security
Cabins Qdos Event Hire
Editorial Helen Lamont (Editor),
John Marshall (Art Editor),
Will Amery (Design & Production)
Jan Green (Proofreading)
Advertising Leppard & Rivers Associates
Publisher JM Enternational
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
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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