When Wikipedia calls you “the British equivalent of the Grammy Awards” but doesn’t call the Grammys “the American equivalent of the BRIT Awards”, you can be pretty certain you’re holding on to the short end of the stick. Nevertheless, the annual BRIT Awards are music’s biggest night in the UK, celebrating the achievements of British musical acts as well as those of stars from across the pond. Though fraught with many unfortunate moments over the years (usually the result of Liam Gallagher’s many, many antics), the awards have also showcased some true talents, like Adele’s show-stopping performance of “Someone Like You” back in 2011.

This year’s Brits will fall on 25th February, though at a very inconvenient time. Owing to the difference in timezones, us Singaporeans can expect the livetweets to start flowing in at around 3:30AM on the 26th. But before that happens here’s a look at the nominated artists, complete with a little crystal ball gazing thrown in (psychic readings in underline).

BRIT VIDEO AND BREAKTHROUGH

Two categories are open for public voting: the “(Best) British Video” and “(Best) British Breakthrough Act” fields close in 4 and 32 days respectively so get to it!

BRIT VIDEO

Contending for the fan-voted best “British Video” award are 10 of the most memorable hits from the past year. While I would just LOVE for Ed Sheeran to win for his dancing in “Thinking Out Loud, the scales might tip (or just topple over completely) in favour of the Directioners for One Direction‘s amazingly-directed “You & I.

BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Sam Smith is most likely gonna pick up “British Breakthrough Act” on account of his international appeal and the success of his debut album “In The Lonely Hour” (I don’t have to explain this, do I?), but the “open voting” nature of this field means anything can happen… /aggressively votes for FKA Twigs/

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The Brits’ counterpart to the Grammys’ Album of the Year comes in the form of the “Mastercard British Album” (yay corporate sponsors!). The five nominees this year are:

  • Alt-J – ‘This Is All Yours’
  • Ed Sheeran – ‘X’
  • George Ezra – ‘Wanted On Voyage’
  • Royal Blood – ‘Royal Blood’
  • Sam Smith – ‘In The Lonely Hour’

Our money is definitely on Sammy for this one. We’re also confident that he’ll be coming fresh from harvesting a bumper crop of Grammys so…

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On a smaller scale, the 10 songs fighting for the best “British Single” are:

  • Calvin Harris – ‘Summer’
  • Clean Bandit Ft Jess Glynne – ‘Rather Be’
  • Duke Dumont Ft Jax Jones – ‘I Got U’
  • Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’
  • Ella Henderson – ‘Ghost’
  • George Ezra – ‘Budapest’
  • Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’
  • Route 94 Ft Jess Glynne – ‘My Love’
  • Sam Smith – ‘Stay With Me’
  • Sigma – ‘Nobody To Love’

It’s a head-scratching three-way in this category: all three potential winners have enjoyed tremendous success worldwide, elevating the artists involved onto the global stage. It’ll be nice to see Ella Henderson win such a big award with just her debut single, but that’s probably not happening anytime soon.

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Five posh divas are up for the title of best “British Female Solo Artist“:

  • FKA Twigs
  • Paloma Faith
  • Jessie Ware
  • Ella Henderson
  • Lily Allen

Lily Allen is most likely to win this year, but it’s not her first time in this field: the straight-talking songwriter was nominated first in 2007 and another time in 2010 (which she then won). A bit unfair to let her win this again, doncha think?

Side note: FKA Twigs might just pull a surprise win… and I’m hoping she does.

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These five talented gentlemen are vying for the best “British Male Solo Artist” prize:

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Sam Smith
  • Damon Albarn
  • George Ezra (who looks the happiest on the poster tbh)
  • Paolo Nutini

DAMMIT SAM JUST TAKE ALL THE AWARDS ALREADY. /quietly prays for Ed Sheeran to stage an upset/

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Here’s where the REAL TROUBLE starts… the “International Female Solo Artist” nominees are:

  • Beyoncé
  • Sia
  • Lana Del Rey
  • St. Vincent
  • Taylor Swift

Granted, Taytay’s had an EXCELLENT year with her album “1989” (which, by the way, just broke 4 million in sales), but the true reason why she’s slated to win is because it’s easier to get her to attend the Brits than say… Beyoncé.

Fun fact: Bey’s only won once here at the Brits, back in 2004. Well.

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No wait, scratch that. “International Male Solo Artist” is where the real trouble’s at:

  • John Legend
  • Jack White
  • Beck
  • Hozier
  • Pharrell Williams

We’re totally unsure of who’s gonna win, but this isn’t gonna be one hotly-anticipated category, that’s for sure.

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Moving on, the best “British Group” sounds like a real fun category to be in… unless you’re not One Direction:

  • One Direction
  • Alt-J
  • Royal Blood
  • Clean Bandit
  • Coldplay

1D has always been a hot favourite at the Brits, and with their new album “FOUR“, the ridiculously-good looking boyband are set to pick up one more statuette to add to their uh… warehouse of awards.

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View the FULL LIST of categories over on the BRIT Awards’ official site here!

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