BRIT Awards 2014 Nominations Announced

Disclosure and Bastille lead the way with four nominations each, while Critic’s Choice Awards winner Sam Smith has also just topped the BBC Sound of 2014 poll.

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The full list of nominees for this year’s BRIT Awards was announced on January 9, to coincide with the broadcast of ITV teaser show ‘The BRITs Are Coming’, hosted by Nick Grimshaw.

Disclosure look set to clean up at this year’s ceremony, held at the O2 Arena on February 19. The duo have been nominated for British Group, British Breakthrough Act, British Single (with White Noise) and Mastercard Album of the Year. Joining them in the four-nomination stakes are Bastille, who are also touted for British Single and British Breakthough Act, while FAULT Featured artist Ellie Goulding and One Direction follow close behind with two nominations each.

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“We’re completely blown away by four nominations!” says Dan Smith of Bastille. “When we started the band, we never thought we’d be recognised in such a way so the whole thing is an awesome surprise.”

London Grammar, who are nominated for British Breakthough Act alongside Bastille, called it a ‘huge honour’.

New to the music scene last year, Passenger and Lorde are also up for British Single and International Female Solo Artist respectively.

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Ellie Goulding – as featured inside FAULT Issue 15

Confirmed to perform on the night are Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry, Bastille, Bastille, Rudimental, Bruno Mars and Ellie Goulding, who herself won the Critic’s Choice award in 2010. “I remember how important and exciting the BRITS were to me as a child,” says Goulding. “I’m so happy and grateful to be a part of it again this year.” More performers are yet to be announced in the run-up to the ceremony.

Watch Sam Smith perform new single ‘Money on my Mind’ on ‘The BRITs Are Coming’, January 9

 

Full list of nominees:

British Male Solo Artist
David Bowie
Jake Bugg
James Blake
John Newman
Tom Odell

 

British Female Solo Artist
Birdy
Ellie Goulding
Jessie J
Laura Marling
Laura Mvula

 

British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Bastille
Disclosure
One Direction
Rudimental

London Grammar

London Grammar

British Breakthrough Act
London Grammar
Bastille
Disclosure
Laura Mvula
Tom Odell

 

British Single of the Year
Bastille – Pompei
Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding – I need your love
Disclosure – White Noise
Ellie Goulding – Burn
John Newman – Love me again
Naughty Boy – La, La, La
Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
One Direction – One Way or Another
Passenger – Let Her Go
Rudimental – Waiting All Night

 

MasterCard British Album of the Year
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Bastille – Bad Blood
David Bowie – The Next Day
Disclosure – Settle
Rudimental – Home

 

International Male Solo Artist
Bruno Mars
Drake
Eminem
John Grant
Justin Timberlake

Lorde

Lorde

 

International Female Solo Artist
Janelle Monae
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Lorde
Pink

 

International Group
Arcade Fire
Daft Punk
Haim
Kings of Leon
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

BRIT Awards: Sam Smith wins Critics Choice Award

Sam Smith has been announced as the winner of the BRITs Critics Choice award, beating fellow nominees Chloe Howl and Ella Eyre to the coveted gong. The singer, known for his vocals on Naughty Boy’s hit ‘La La La’, will be presented with the prestigious award in January next year in a televised ceremony hosted by Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

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Smith described his win as an “amazing Christmas present” and spoke of his delight at joining a list of previous winners that he considers musical inspirations.

“To see my name alongside other artists that I admire so much is incredible,” he said. Previous winners include Adele, Jessie J, Florence and the Machine and Tom Odell.

Smith’s mantelpiece will proudly display the Philip Treacy-designed statue next year, after he is presented with it at pre-BRITs teaser show, ‘The Brits are Coming’, to be broadcast on ITV on January 9 2014. The show, which promises an evening of star-studded performances from an as-yet undisclosed line-up, will also see Smith take to the stage.

He shot to fame after featuring on two of the biggest hits of this year, Disclosure’s ‘Latch’ and ‘La La La’ by Naughty Boy. His impressive vocals led to him being snapped up by Capitol USA, and his debut solo single, ‘Money on my Mind’ is set for release in February 2014. From ordinary beginnings in Bishop’s Stortford, the 21-year-old is now a hot property on the music scene and his solo EP ‘Nirvana’ is currently enjoying success following his collaborations with the Grammy-nominated Disclosure and Naughty Boy.

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2014 is set to be an even bigger year for Smith, with his EP’s title track ‘Nirvana’ being featured on a compilation album of all BRITs Critics Choice winners since 2008. The album, which also features music by runners-up Chloe Howl and Ella Eyre, is set for release on 6January next year.

The BRIT Awards 2014 will be held on 19 February at London’s O2 Arena, and while the nominees haven’t been revealed yet, organisers The BPI have confirmed that Katy Perry and the Arctic Monkeys will perform.

Q&A: Man Like Me

 

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Tribal meets rap meets classic pop in Man Like Me’s new album ‘Pillow Talk’, out on March 3rd. The duo have compiled fun and energetic tracks that know no genre and their quirky mixes have already received the seal of approval from Radio 1 DJs Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac. FAULT speaks to Man Like Me about the method behind the madness and the road to success.

Where did you get your inspiration for this album?

I suppose it’s the same inspiration that we’ve always had which is just trying to make music we like the sound of. For Johnny, who writes all the lyrics, it’s important to sing about something that he’s been through; a tale that is quite specific to his life. He doesn’t write about love if he can help it. It’s more about everyday experiences.

‘Pillow Talk’ has been described as having this kind of carefree, almost childlike energy. Is this something you were going for?

We’ve both been feeling like we’re getting old so we’ll definitely take “childlike”. Making this album has been such a long process. The last song we added to the album we finished literally yesterday but stuff like ‘Lovestruck’ we wrote two years ago so the whole thing has taken quite a while.

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The album is already getting a lot of hype, especially from Radio 1 – it must feel great to have all this support.

 We gave ‘Squeeze’ to Annie Mac and she played it twice back to back on her show. We almost wept with joy! It was the best accolade we’ve had. Just getting a song on radio is so rewarding – that’s exactly where you want it to be.

You’ve also built up a huge fan base touring with Madness. What was that like?

Off the back the first gig we did with them, which was actually the smallest one, was for like 4,000 people, which was straight away the most people we’d ever played for. Then 02 was like 16,000 and other venues were 8 and 10,000, so we were averaging a shitload of people every night. We had to adjust to that without much preparation. It was a learning curve but I think we got used to it and every time you do it it’s, in a way, the best gig you’ve ever done.

It was also amazing watching Madness and all the levels of production that go into their shows: 30 dudes on, say, sound, 10 dudes on video backdrop, 5 dudes on lighting. It was incredible seeing the work that goes into their shows and how all their fans still treat them like gods.

 That could be you guys in a couple of years…

 When we did our last 02 show we thought, this could be last time we play with a crowd that big, but hopefully not. Although, if it stops there in terms of crowd numbers I’d be happy.

 What’s the history behind your duo? How did you guys start out?

We were in classes together in secondary school and we bonded over music. It was all we used to talk about. We shared Walkman earphones and played what we’d recorded over the radio night before. We both wanted to DJ: I was into rap and hiphop and Johnny preferred drum and base and jungle.

We tried our hand at DJing and were both alright. I went to do music tech at university and Johnny didn’t go to university but we ended up getting together after Johnny wrote ‘Oh My Gosh’ in 2005. He wanted to play a gig and neither of us had ever done one before so I decided to help out. We took it from there.

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What has been your best experience so far?

 There have been a few standout moments. We played in LA and that was pretty amazing, Once we had a big argument on stage. We were setting up in a really crowded club where there was basically no stage space and Johnny accidently unplugged the MPC sampler. We were both jetlagged and I got so pissed off at him and we kind of squared off against each other. I remember turning around to find 300 people who were just staring at us and laughing.

The IKEA thing [appearance in an IKEA advert] was weird. Every time it gets quiet something big like that happens. It was the same with Annie Mac playing our song.

Any exciting upcoming plans?

 Touring the album across the UK. We’ve got the single launch in Brixton on March 6th and then we set off around the country.

The plan now is not to leave it so long before coming out with the next album. We’re not signed to major record label so a lot of it is down to the effort we put in. We want to keep writing and making sure that hopefully another album will be out by the same time next year.

What is your FAULT?

I can think of too many faults, which might be a fault in itself. We’re very down on ourselves whether it’s thinking we’re too old or too lazy.

The men of London are a very lucky bunch

From an insiders point of view, menswear day at London Fashion week is much more relaxed, the pace has slowed down considerably, and the fashpack allow themselves to wear what they would normally and chill, without fear of being papped (or not papped if their outfit isn’t ‘funky’ enough!) It also brings alot of commercial interest from the big buyers/editors, who can pretty much get to all the shows as they don’t overlap and are in fairly sensible locations!

With 25 designers showing, and particular attention paid to developing the rising talent, the cross section of menswear is getting more diverse each season.
This season’s menswear day opened with James Long, a recipient of the first NEWGEN MEN talent support scheme.

His show took us on a summer expedition into the jungle; With his use of leopard spots and snakeskin in his collection of woven tops and shorts. Natural linens and cotton yarns with added sparkle mean that this will also keep you cool in the city. Easy to wear and very practical.

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Elsewhere, Topman Design put pyjama suits on the map for the men, showing in the Royal Opera House with the likes of Rick Edwards, Alex Zane and the boys from Dirty Sexy Things, crowding in to the full to the rafters show;, The show opened with 40s inspired double breasted suits and soon moved onto paisley and more exotic styling in the shape of loose bottoms and an array of clutch bags!

Christopher Shannon showed us that tassels could bring a whole new lease of life to the humble shirt; His collection as a whole was quite utilitarian, but by adding tartan and appliquéd sweaters into the mix, this broadened the range and the shirts, bomber jackets and brogues kept is ideal for summer in the city.

For a more preppy collection, look no further than Hardy Amies, who showed a classy collection of shorts suits, for a sophisticated palette. With the colour range including dusty pink, reds and turquoise, this is definitely reminiscent of romance, and was inspired by Venice and churches.

J W Anderson kept things edgy with molecular prints from the school science lab. The geometric prints were worn with woven leather overlays. Paisley also made an appearance on shorts suits and sleeveless tops and ankle skimming trousers were a main stay.

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The fantastically talented Katie Eary has been collaborating with Kayne West, as the models swaggered down the catwalk at the off schedule venue. Highlights were the tangerine two piece suits, two tone white and metallic trousers and the panther prints. Not for the faint hearted, but definitely fit for a rap star. And from my seat opposite Mr West, he seemed to agree.

Closing the main stage at Somerset House, was KTZ who sent out a mens (and womens) tribal/bondage inspired collection, entitled “It began in Africa” which featured lots of leather, strapping, baseball caps and tattoo prints; Fitting into the niche of the boy who likes to show his body, KTZ are leaders of the edgy pack.

No menswear day would be complete without an appearance of Kate Moss on the FROW, and this time she chose to accompany husband Jamie Hince to the final show of Fashion Week at James Small- His collection included floral shorts and shirts and a selection of transparent shirts and t shirts. Very rock n roll.

Menswear day at LFW certainly does offer something for everyone and long live the celebration of the diversity that fashion offers.