BRIT Awards 2013 Nominees Announced

With the inaugural event taking place in 1977, the BRIT Awards became an annual event from 1982 onward and has grown into one of the top music award ceremonies worldwide. The 2013 BRIT Awards (British Record Industry Trust) will take place in February and the nominees were recently announced, creating a pre-award buzz among fans and artists alike. Rolling Stones fans were no doubt delighted that the group, who were nominated in the very first event in 1977, have been nominated for an award in the British Live Act category, up against Coldplay Mumford & sons, Muse and Vaccines. Clearly, the long-time rockers still have superstar-status.

Scottish phenomenon Emeli Sande has received four nominations in three categories – British Female, British Single, British Album and British Single. Her album, Our Version of Events, sold a million copies, becoming the best album in the UK for 2012. The singer from Aberdeenshire has two tracks in the best single category – Next to Me and Beneath Your Beautiful. Mumford & Sons have been nominated in three categories – British Group, British Live Act and Global Success. Another group to pick up three nominations is Alt-J, for British Breakthrough Act, British Group and British Album of the Year.

Having claimed two BRIT Awards last year, Adele is competing for British Single with Skyfall her Oscar-nominated Bond theme song. Other nominees in the category include Alex Clare with Too Close; Rihanna & Coldplay with Princess of China; DJ Fresh Ft Rita Ora with Hot Right Now; Emeli Sande with Next To Me; Florence & The Machine with Spectrum; James Arthur with Impossible; Jessie J with Domino; Robbie Williams with Candy; and Stooshe with Black Heart.

Best British Female Solo Artist includes a posthumous nomination for Amy Winehouse, with other nominees being Bat for Lashes, Emeli Sande, Jessie Ware and Paloma Faith.

Considered to be the ultimate prize of the BRIT Awards, the MasterCard British Album of the Year nominees are Alt-J with Awesome Wave; Emeli Sande with Our Version of Events; Mumford & Sons with Babel; Paloma Faith with Fall to Grace; and Plan B with Ill Manors.