By Jennifer Lynn
It’s been quite the week for nominations, with the annual Oscars announcement taking place in Hollywood, those Celebrity Big Brother contestants getting their knickers in a twist over theirs and last night’s BRIT Awards 2013 Nominations Party at the Savoy in London. With the Brits set to take place in a star-studded ceremony at London’s O2 Arena on February 20th, we’ve scoped out the competition and selected who we think will walk away with this year’s Damien Hirst-designed trophies…
British Live Act
The Rolling Stones
Mumford & Sons
Our prediction: With Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie already rumoured to be performing at the Brits next month, we reckon the band’s 50th anniversary shows will have merited them the coveted British Live Act award.
Mumford & Sons
Our prediction: You’d think that new mum Adele would be a shoe-in for this award after lending her lungs to last year’s Bond theme, but, thanks to the teenage population of America, we’d say that One Direction have got it in the bag.
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Our prediction: His involvement with girl-of-the-moment Azealia Banks surely puts Paul Epworth in poll position for this trophy…
British Breakthrough Act
Our prediction: Jake Bugg’s been racking up plenty of airplay of late, but 2012 was the year of a certain Scotcampus cover girl, Ms. Rita Ora. With three number one singles and a number one album in the bag, Rita is definitely Hot Right Now!
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Our prediction: You only have to glance at the track listing for his album 18 Months to realise the power of our very own Calvin Harris. Having worked with everyone from Florence to Rihanna, Example to Tinie Tempah, if he doesn’t win we’ll eat our hat.
Bat for Lashes
Our prediction: Emeli Sande might have been everywhere in 2012, from the Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies to The X Factor final, but something tells us the soulful Jessie Ware will be Running away with this award.
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Mumford & Sons
Our prediction: Perhaps the hardest category to call, our heart says The xx, but our head is screaming One Direction like a teenage fangirl.
Our prediction: He was the man of 2012, making it okay to be openly gay in the urban music world, and for that Frank Ocean: we salute you! He makes bloody good tunes too, obvs.
Lana del Ray
Our prediction: 2012 was definitely the year of the ladies, with reigning champ Rihanna facing some stiff competition. We’re expecting a fight to the death between Lana and Swifty, with Taylor taking home the trophy- and Harry Styles- at the end of the night.
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The Black Keys
Our prediction: A tough one to call, but The Killers get our vote, purely because of last summer’s Runaways. In reality we think Fun might swing it, thanks to their huge commercial success in 2012, and we’re okay with that!
Alex Clare, Too Close
Coldplay + Rihanna, Princess of China
Rita Ora/DJ Fresh, Hot Right Now
Emile Sandé, Next To Me
Florence + the Machine, Spectrum
James Arthur, Impossible
Jessie J, Domino
Labrinth ft. Emeli Sandé, Beneath Your Beautiful
Ollie Murs, Troublemaker
Rita Ora, RIP
Rizzle Kicks, Mama Do The Hump
Robbie Williams, Candy
Rudimental, Feel the Love
Stooshe, Black Heart
Our prediction: It’s hard to judge the British Single category when most of the songs are now so overplayed that we’ve developed a certain level of hatred for them, but we think Flo and her well-oiled Machine will nail this one, with the effervescent Spectrum. Oh, and who the heck let Stooshe on there?! Seriously…
Mumford and Sons
Our prediction: Alt J may have ran away with the Mercury Prize, but Paloma’s Fall To Grace was the soundtrack to our 2012.
And the two winners we can guarantee? This year’s Special Prize goes to War Child, a charity which has changed the lives of thousands of children in war-torn countries, through numerous musical projects and tireless campaigning. Meanwhile, 22-year-old Tom Odell will pick up the Critics’ Choice award, after releasing his debut EP Songs From Another Love in October last year.