It's the girls who dominate next month's Brits awards. Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen and Pixie Lott have been nominated for three awards.
The quartet of high-flying females are worthy contenders for their musical originality and undoubted talent. Download any of albums from these four ladies and you'll hear good, honest pop music. My money's on Florence for picking up best British female solo and breakthrough act. They may even get the best album for 'Lungs'. Lily Allen will hopefully get the best single award for 'Fear'. Lady Gaga will no doubt pick up a few awards in the international categories.
The male artist category seems less inspiring with Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Mika, Paolo Nuttini and Robbie Williams. Muse, Doves, Kasabian, JLS and Friendly Fires fight it out in the best groups category. Kasabian for me, are head and shoulders above any British groups at the moment. Hot on their heels are Muse the Noisettes and Delphic (a group to watch for 2010). Robbie Williams is said to be receiving the Brit Lifetime Achievement Award.
Perhaps the glaring omission for this year's Brit awards is Susan Boyle. The Britain's Got Talent runner-up has seen a meteoric rise to fame this year and achieved the biggest-selling album of 2009 but was not nominated. Strange really given that I doubt there's many people who hasn't heard of Ms Boyle or could name the track that made her famous or indeed her follow up record. Could the same be said for Dizzee Rascal or Friendly Fires? Popularity contest it isn't, but having the best selling album does deserve a nod from the sniffy music execs. Another surprising omission was Paloma Faith who gave us the superb single 'Stone Cold Sober' from her very creditable debut album.
And this year's Brit nomination award for Tosspot Talentless Twonks with 'Something Like Mary' haircuts goes to.... Jedward
Ok, I made that up..