In the past few years, the BRIT awards have faced a lot of scrutiny for the lack of diversity in the nominations. This year, thankfully, it seems they have taken note of their previous errors, with 2017's nominees representing a more diverse range of the genres that make up the UK music scene.
Who has been nominated? There are some strong contenders in certain categories and perhaps some more questionable ones as well. We are all dying to see which Knowles sister will be triumphant, or if Skepta will finally get the Brit he deserves, but will have to sit tight until the 22ndof Feb to see who will be the winners of the night. We decided to predict/suggest who we want to win on Wednesday so here is CORDS BRIT Award nominations :
British Artist Video:
Coldplay ‘ Hymn For The Weekend’ Nice use of colours and scenery (which isn’t Gigi Hadid)
British Breakthrough Artist :
This category was a tricky one and did tear the office apart a little. Stormzy? Rag n Bone man or Skepta? We were also puzzled at the idea of Skepta as a breakthrough artist. It is not like Konnichiwa is his 4th album or anything… That being said we decided that Rag’n’Bone man deserves this award… (Sorry Stormzy but next year will be your year).
MasterCard British Album of the Year :
This award has to go to Skepta andKonnichiwa. That album was the soundtrack for the summer and after his Mercury award win back in 2016 it’s about time he received a BRIT award.
British Female Solo Artist :
It’s been an exciting 2016 for East London based singer NAO. She has had 2 sold out London shows and released her first album ‘ For All We Know’, which was played on repeat in our office.
British Male Solo Artist :
This one was an easy choice. David Bowie has contributed so much the the UK music scene and despite losing him 13 months ago, his music and his final album has had a huge impact on the music, fashion and creative industry.
Best British group :
Duh … Radiohead (though Little Mix have had some great, catchy tracks that nearly swayed our vote)
British Single :
The transition from boyband heartthrob to solo artist can be a tricky one. Especially when you cut yourself off very abruptly from one of the most globally recognised bands. Pillow Talk was Zayn's first solo track, which introduced him as a brooding solo artist with a lot of potential.
International female Solo Artist :
This is probably the toughest category to pick from. All the nominees do deserve the award but if we had to pick, we'd choose Solange. Her album was another example of her ever evolving creativity as an artist and sees her pushing the boundaries of the pop/R&B mainstream.
International Male Solo Artist :
The lovely Esther described Bon Iver 22 to Million album ‘The best piece of work to date’. And insisted that he was the all time winner of this category.
International Group :
There is no doubt that Tribe Called Quest need to win this one. It's been 18
years since they released an album, and with the loss of Phife dwag this year it was echoed how important this group was, and still are, to the hip hop scene. The drop of their album 'We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service' was highly anticipated and didn't fail to impress.
The show will be screened live on Wednesday the 22nd. Expect to see the likes of Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Little Mix and Ed Sheeran performing at the star studded event. We are looking forward to seeing who the winners are and if our predictions are correct!