The BRIT Awards 2012 - The VF Verdict

All the winners and all the losers

Chris Eustace - 21 February 2012

All the catergories, all the nominees and all the winners

Best Male Solo Artist

Nominees: Ed Sheeran (6-17), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (5-2), Professor Green (9-2), James Blake (20-1), James Morrison (20-1).

Winner: Ed Sheeran

VF Says: Ed Sheeran - It was a special moment when we caught up with Ed at Beach Break Live last year, on the weekend ‘The A-Team’ went Top 3, and now another summer of festivals awaits. Even the first decent Gallagher-related effort since ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ surely won’t stop him winning tonight.

Confirmed festivals: RockNess 2012, Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012, Wakestock 2012, Ibiza Rocks 2012 & Mallorca Rocks 2012.

Rumoured for: V Festival, Reading & Leeds

Best Female Solo Artist

Nominees: Adele (1-14), Jessie J (4-1), Florence & The Machine (14-1), Kate Bush (16-1), Laura Marling (16-1)

Winner: Adele

VF Says: Adele – Ok, apparently she likes festivals about as much as she likes paying tax, but with ‘21’ now owned by 99.9999% of the world, it can’t really be anyone else, can it?

Confirmed festivals: None

Rumoured for: Glastonbury Festival 2013 (you never know!)

Best Album

Adele – ‘21’
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto’ (8-1)
Florence & The Machine – ‘Ceremonials’ (9-1)
Ed Sheeran – ‘+’ (12-1)
PJ Harvey – ‘Let England Shake’ (16-1).

Winner: Adele

Confirmed festivals: None

VF’s Says: PJ Harvey – ‘Let England Shake’ – Yes this does contradict what we just said about Adele, but ‘21’ already has all the recognition it’ll ever need. ‘Let England Shake’’s sales are miniscule in comparison, and the more people that are aware of just how good it is the better, especially after PJ’s blistering sets at Bestival and Roskilde last year.

Confirmed festivals: None

Rumoured for: Latitude Festival 2012

Best Group

Nominees: Coldplay (1-12), Kasabian (8-1), Elbow (10-1), Arctic Monkeys (10-1), Chase & Status (12-1).

Winner: Coldplay

Confirmed festivals:

VF Says: Arctic Monkeys – If anything the Arctics are underrated these days – the excellent (and slightly overlooked?) ‘Suck It And See’ and last year’s triumphant T and V headline slots show they shouldn’t be. Honourable mention to C&S, who’ve become a genuine festival heavyweight too.

Confirmed For: Orion Festival, Coachella  

Best Breakthrough Act

Nominees: Ed Sheeran (1-3), Jessie J (7-5), Emeli Sande (14-1), Anna Calvi (16-1), The Vaccines (20-1)

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Confirmed festivals: RockNess 2012, Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012, Wakestock 2012, Ibiza Rocks 2012 & Mallorca Rocks 2012.

VF Says: Don’t rule out Jessie J, who overcame having to cancel shows to star at Glasto and V, even when sitting down.

Confirmed for: Future Music Festival, Isle Of Wight Festival, Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, Wireless

Rumoured for: T in the Park 2012, V Festival

Best Single

Adele ‘Someone Like You'
Ed Sheeran ‘The A-Team’
Example ‘Changed The Way You Kissed Me’
Jessie J feat. B.O.B. ‘Price Tag’
JLS feat. Dev ‘She Makes Me Wanna’
Military Wives & Gareth Malone ‘Wherever You Are’
Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks ‘Heart Skips A Beat’
One Direction ‘What Makes You Beautiful’
Pixie Lott ‘All About Tonight’
The Wanted ‘Glad You Came’

Winner: One Direction

VF Says: The Wanted – ‘Glad You Came’ – This one will forever remind VF of the mass of topless, neon-facepainted Essex boys moshing to this at V Festival Chelmsford last year. It helps that it’s a great song too (just forget about that dodgy ‘Iris’ cover, eh boys?).

Rumoured for: V Festival 2012

International Male Solo Artist

Nominees: Aloe Blacc, Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Ryan Adams

Winner: Bruno Mars

Confirmed festivals: None

VF Says: Bon Iver – And not just to see if Twitter goes mad again like at the Grammys. Fingers crossed for some UK festival dates.

Confirmed for: Oya, Dour, Roskilde, Heineken Open’er, Bonnaroo, Coachella

Rumoured for: Latitude, T In The Park, Reading & Leeds, Bestival

International Female Solo Artist

Nominees: Beyonce, Bjork, Feist, Lady Gaga, Rihanna

Winner: Rihanna

Confirmed festivals: Wireless Festival 2012

VF Says: Rihanna – Her impressive sets at V Festival 2011 only served to cement her status as pop royalty, so let’s hope they keep the volume up in Hyde Park for her this summer.  

International Group

Nominees: Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z & Kanye West, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5

Winner: Foo Fighters

Confirmed festivals: None

VF Says: Foo Fighters – It’s official: Dave Grohl can do no wrong. Isle Of Wight and T In The Park got slayed last year, and there are whispers about a return to his spiritual home for the ‘Wasting Light’ victory lap.  

Rumoured for: Reading Festival 2012 & Leeds Festival 2012

International Breakthrough Act

Nominees: Aloe Blacc, Bon Iver, Foster The People, Lana Del Rey, Nicki Minaj

Winner: Lana Del Rey

Confirmed festivals: None

VF Says: Aloe Blacc – He gave us one of 2011’s festival anthems in ‘I Need A Dollar’ and his old-school soulman showman sets temporarily made us forget about the rain everywhere we went.

Rumoured for: Wireless, Bestival, V Festival

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