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Full list of Brit Award nominees 2013!

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Here are the nominees for the 2013 Brit Awards:

British breakthrough act:

Alt-J

Ben Howard

Jake Bugg

Jessie Ware*

Rita Ora

British female solo artist:

Amy Winehouse

Bat For Lashes

Emeli Sande*

Jessie Ware

Paloma Faith

British group:

Alt-J

Mumford And Sons

Muse

One Direction

The xx*

Live act:

Coldplay

Mumford And Sons

Muse

Rolling Stones*

The Vaccines

British male solo artist:

Ben Howard

Calvin Harris

Olly Murs*

Richard Hawley

Plan B

British producer:

Damon Albarn*

Jake Gosling

Paul Epworth

British single

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

Special recognition award – Warchild

Critics’ choice - Tom Odell

International female solo artist:

Alicia Keys

Cat Power

Lana Del Rey*

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

International group:

Alabama Shakes

Black Keys

Fun*

The Killers

The Script

International male solo artist:

Bruce Springsteen

Frank Ocean

Gotye*

Jack White

Michael Buble

Best album:

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events*

Mumford And Sons – Babel

Paloma Faith – Fall To Grace

Plan B – Ill Manors

*indicates who we think should win.

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Introducing… Ayah Marar

“It’s funny in the pop world because everyone’s really worried about losing their spot. Everyone’s worried that if someone new comes along they might depose them, so everyone’s always looking over their shoulder.” So says Ayah Marar and she’d know. From her unique vantage point as part of both the pop world and all that it brings (she’s recently collaborated with both Calvin Harris and DJ Fresh) and engrained in the dance underground for the past 10 years, her vantage point is better than others. Basically, it’s probably time for those with crooked necks to start facing forward.

 

Dance music is a broad church but within each parish there’s usually a set of rules. A doesn’t always go with B and X shouldn’t really mix with Y, but sometimes those rules are meant to be broken or manipulated into odd new shapes. Ayah Marar’s kaleidoscopic debut album, The Real, is a case in point; thirteen songs that take inspiration from the underground dance scene, cherry-picking the very best elements of drum and bass, techno and house and bolting them onto well-crafted pop hooks that look set to shatter dance floors. “It’s an homage to dance music in whatever form, whether it’s garage or two step or house or drum and bass,” she explains.

 

Born in Jordan to a Czech-Bulgarian mum and a Palestinian-Jordanian dad and attending an international school with members of Jordan’s royal family, Marar refers to herself as a “proper mongrel”. From an early age she was exposed to a myriad of musical styles, the Marar household was full of everything from Elton John, Boney M and Freddie Mercury to The Beatles, Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy. Whilst at school, Marar moved onto hip-hop, finding an immediate connection: “I latched onto that, that was me”.

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List of winners at the 2012 Grammy Awards!

Winners in selected major categories at Sunday’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards:

Album of the Year: “21,” Adele

Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

Song of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

New Artist: Bon Iver

Pop Solo Performance: “Someone Like You,” Adele

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: “Body and Soul,” Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele

Alternative Album: “Bon Iver,” Bon Iver

Rock Song: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Rock Album: “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters

Rock Performance: “Walk,” Foo Fighters

Hard Rock/Metal Performance: “White Limo,” Foo Fighters

R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown

R&B Song: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash

R&B Performance: “Is This Love,” Corrine Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Fool For You,” Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Rap Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West

Rap Performance: “Otis,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap Song: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West

Rap/Sung Collaboration: “All of the Lights,” Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Dance Recording: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Dance/Electronica Album: “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex

Musical Theater Album: “The Book of Mormon,” Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone

World Music Album: “Tassili,” Tinariwen

Latin Pop Rock, Rock or Urban Album: “Drama y Luz,” Mana

Tropical Latin Album: “Last Mambo,” Cachao

Banda or Norteno Album: “Los Tigres Del Norte and Friends,” Los Tigres Del Norte

Regional Mexican or Tejano Album: “Bicentenario,” Pepe Aguilar

Country Solo Performance: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Country Album: “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum

Country Performance by a Duo or Group: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Country Song: “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Jazz Vocal Album: “The Mosaic Project,” Terri Lyne Carrington & various artists

Jazz Instrumental Album: “Forever,” Corea, Clark & White

Improvised Jazz Solo: “500 Miles High,” Chick Corea

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: “The Good Feeling,” Christian McBride Big Band

Blues Album: “Revelator,” Tedeschi Trucks Band

Folk Album: “Barton Hollow,” The Civil Wars

Pop Instrumental Album: “The Road From Memphis,” Booker T. Jones

Bluegrass Album: “Paper Airplane,” Alison Krauss & Union Station

Americana Album: “Ramble at the Ryman,” Levon Helm

Reggae Album: “Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life,” Stephen Marley

Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album:

New Age Album: “What’s It All About,” Pat Metheny

Children’s Album: “All About Bullies… Big and Small,” various artists

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Paul Epworth

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Cinema (Skrillex remix),” Sonny Moore

Gospel Song: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance: “Jesus,” L’Andria Johnson

Gospel Album: “Hello Fear,” Kirk Franklin

Choral Performance: “Light & Gold,” Eric Whitacre

Classical Contemporary Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein

Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance: “Brahms: Symphony No. 4,” Gustavo Dudamel

Opera Recording: “Adams: Doctor Atomic,” Alan Gilbert, conductor

Spoken Word Album: “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t),” Betty White

Comedy Album: “Hilarious,” Louis C.K.

Compilation Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “Boardwalk Empire,” various artists

Score Soundtrack Album For Visual Media: “The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat

Song Written For Visual Media: “I See the Light,” Alan Menken & Glenn Slater

Historical Album: “Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition),” Paul McCartney

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” Jorge Calandrelli

Inside the studio with Florence & The Machine

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Everyone’s favorite British act from 2010 have gone back to do the sophomore and to do it good. Florence Welch knows she has to master this one if she wants to be a formidable act in the business, so we don’t expect it any time soon as much as we want a new release from the act.

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Sexy Track: “Someone Like You (Live)” by Adele

If you have been following us on Twitter for the past two weeks you know how in love we are with this track that’s been #1 on our blog’s chart for two weeks now. Just when you think the year has been sealed off with hits, Adele comes and steals the show just like she did last time with the monumental “Hometown Glory” which came a couple of days before the end of the year and managed to land in the top five best tracks of the year. This time around we fell for a once-sung track off of her second album 21, which chronicles the obstacles of love lost. Plain beauty-laden power with power and pretty. One of the best songs of 2010, if you ask us.