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Feature: Brit Award Nominees 2016
Hannah Davies dissects the nominees of this year's Brit Awards show.
For some time, I’ve had several issues with BRIT award nominees and unfortunately the list of names 2016 brings is no different. The nominees raise several questions and problems. The first question? ‘HUH?’ There are just some nominations I can’t understand. Jessie J for Best Video? I don’t mind Jessie J, but even as a fan of her music, the past twelve months haven’t exactly been standout. Ed Sheeran and Rudimental for Best Single with their remix of ‘Bloodstream’ also raises a few eyebrows. Early last year I reviewed the track and it was good, a solid remix, but it was hardly breaking boundaries or particularly taking over the airwaves. But I guess they needed to nominate Ed Sheeran, which leads me to my next problem - it’s all too predictable. Of course Adele will be nominated, along with Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay etc. etc. etc., and they are all likely to win too - perhaps in some cases deservedly, but it’s all getting a bit boring. When there is so much fresh music and new talent in the British music scene, to fall back on the same artists every year seems lazy.
“'...I’ve had several issues with BRIT award nominees and unfortunately the list of names 2016 brings is no different.'
I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised or disappointed about the nominations for an award show that claims to represent the best of British music but increasingly becomes more about big names and international stars. The point of the awards seems to have been forgotten over the years, with the committee’s refusal to shift out of the comfort zone and credit fresh talent. Whilst I don’t wish to discredit any artist on their achievement for being shortlisted for a once very credible award, I refuse to believe that this list is the absolute best that Britain has to offer.