May 23 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Preparations have been finalised for tonight’s Brit Awards, which is set to feature a host of London artists.
The event at the O2 in Greenwich, could see Amy Winehouse pick up a posthumous Brit Award after she was shortlisted for best British female against acts including Emeli Sande.
The late star, who died in Camden 19 months ago, took the title in 2007 on the back of her massive Back To Black album.
Adele is among the acts up for best single, with her Oscar-nominated Bond song Skyfall. Others in the category include Jessie J for Domino and X Factor winner James Arthur with his chart-topping single Impossible.
Sande, Mumford & Sons and Mercury Prize-winners Alt-J lead the nominations, competing for three awards each.
The big award of the night - best album - will be fought between Sande’s Our Version Of Events, Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave, Babel by Mumford & Sons and Plan B’s Ill Manors. Paloma Faith is also up for the title for her second album Fall To Grace.
Sande and Faith go up against each other once more in the British female category, with Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan), Jessie Ware and Winehouse completing the contenders. Sande’s final nomination is as one of the 15 tracks in the running for best single with Next To Me.
The best male shortlist sees Richard Hawley go up against Olly Murs, Calvin Harris, Plan B and Ben Howard.
Mumford & Sons will line up against Alt-J again for best British group, with The xx and Muse. Pop act One Direction - who will be performing on the night - complete the category after a year which has seen them conquer the US.
Rihanna leads the field in the shortlist for international female act and stands a chance of becoming the first person to win the prize in three consecutive years.
She is up against Alicia Keys, Cat Power, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift, which raises the prospect that Swift may attend the event and bump into her One Direction star ex, Harry Styles.
The outstanding contribution prize is being dropped this year, with organisers introducing a prize honouring Brits’ global success, which is expected to go to Adele, although One Direction and the Mumfords are thought to be in the running.
BRIT AWARDS 2013 - SELECTED NOMINEES
British female solo artist:
Bat For Lashes
British male solo artist:
Adele - Skyfall
Alex Clare - Too Close
Coldplay featuring Rihanna - Princess Of China
DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora - Hot Right Now
Emeli Sande - Next To Me
Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
James Arthur - Impossible
Jessie J - Domino
Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande - Beneath Your Beautiful
Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida - Troublemaker
Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah - RIP
Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump
Robbie Williams - Candy
Rudimental featuring John Newman - Feel The Love
Stooshe - Black Heart
International female solo artist:
Lana Del Rey
International male solo artist:
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Emeli Sande - Our Version Of Events
Mumford & Sons - Babel
Paloma Faith - Fall To Grace
Plan B - Ill Manors