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Bastille and Disclosure lead the nominations at the 2014 Brit Awards to be held at London’s O2 arena on February 19.
Both acts have four nominations, followed closely by pop star Ellie Goulding and dance collective Rudimental, who have three each.
Two-time Brit winner David Bowie is up for best British male and best album, while Arctic Monkeys also get two nods.
The Sheffield band will open the awards ceremony on February 19.
Other bands scheduled to perform at the show include Bastille, Bruno Mars, up for best international male, and Rudimental.
The dance act, whose three nominations include British group, have spent the last year investing in their own live show and are “excited” to perform at the awards.
Katy Perry, who competes in the international female category after last year’s global hit Roar, will also take to the stage on the night.
New artists feature strongly on this year’s long list, with London Grammar, John Newman, Lorde, Drake and Haim all receiving their first nominations.
London four-piece Bastille, who met at university in Leeds, are up for best single, best British group, breakthrough artist and best album for their debut Bad Blood.
Featuring the catchy, triumphant hit singles Pompeii and Things We Lost In The Fire, it went straight to the top of the UK charts in March and ended up the year’s 11th best-selling album.
Disclosure, who are nominated in the same four categories, are brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence from Surrey.
Combining soul melodies with deep house and UK garage, their album, Settle, featured guest vocals from fellow Brit nominees Sam Smith and London Grammar, and was a number one in June.
Bastille and Disclosure lead the nominations at the 2014 Brit Awards
Ellie Goulding is nominated twice in the best single category, for the dance-pop anthem Burn and her collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris, I Need Your Love.
Also up for female solo artist – where her competition includes Birdy, Jessie J, Laura Marling and Laura Mvula – an “overwhelmed” Ellie Goulding announced at the nominations launch that she too would be performing live at the ceremony.
David Bowie is a strong contender for best British male, after emerging from a 10-year hiatus and rumored health problems last year.
David Bowie, who celebrated his 67th birthday on Wednesday, is old enough to be the grandfather of his fellow nominees: Jake Bugg, Tom Odell, John Newman and Mercury Prize winner James Blake.
He is also up for best British album – deemed the night’s main award – for The Next Day, where he must see off Bastille, Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys, for their lascivious fifth album AM, and Rudimental, for the euphoric club record Home.
If David Bowie wins either award, he will receive his first Brit statuette since being honored with the outstanding contribution award 18 years ago.
For the second year running, there will be no outstanding contribution award in 2014.
However, the best British video category is being resurrected for the first time since 2002, when it was won by So Solid Crew’s 21 Seconds.
Nominations for the prize have yet to be announced, but the winner will be decided on the night by fans using social media.
That makes One Direction, whose fanbase are particularly ardent, the likely winners. Harry, Zayn, Louis, Liam and Niall are also expected to lift the “global success award”, which recognizes overseas record sales.
With nominations for best British group and best single, the boyband could be the night’s big winners.
Some major artists have been overlooked – including Vampire Weekend, Robbie Williams, Kanye West and Beyonce, whose self-titled album arrived slightly too late for the eligibility period.
Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus were also missing – perhaps a reaction to the controversy over their sexually-charged music videos.
The trophies, designed by Philip Treacy, will be handed out at London’s O2 arena on February 19, with comedian James Corden presiding over the ceremony for the third and final time.
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Ben Howard, Emeli Sande and Adele have been honored at this year’s Brit Awards ceremony at London’s O2 Arena.
Emeli Sande won Best British Female and British Album, while Ben Howard scooped best British Male and Breakthrough.
Adele won Best Single for her James Bond theme Skyfall – but she was not at the event, instead choosing to rehearse for the Oscars in Los Angeles.
She sent a video message referring to last year’s ceremony, when her best album acceptance speech was cut short.
“Thank you so much for this Brit Award, it means a lot,” Adele said.
“Sorry I can’t be with you tonight, I’m in LA rehearsing for the Oscars. I won’t keep you too long because I don’t want to interrupt the best album speech at the end of the night. But I love you all.”
Emeli Sande had gone into the event with four nominations in total, including two in the Best Single category. Her triumph in the best British female category meant there was no posthumous win for Amy Winehouse.
Accepting the best album statuette, Emeli Sande spoke of herself as “a very unlikely pop star”.
“This is an album I wrote because I didn’t have the confidence to say these things in person,” she told the crowd.
“For me, that so many people have connected with this album and found strength in these words makes me feel incredible and it doesn’t make me feel as lonely.”
Emeli Sande’s debut album Our Version Of Events was the most popular album of 2012 in the UK, selling 1.4 million copies.
Emeli Sande won Best British Female and British Album at Brit Awards 2013
Folk rock band Mumford and Sons were named Best British Group and Marcus Mumford said: “We weren’t really expecting that.
“We love being British and we love going around the world and telling people we’re British, so we’re very proud and very grateful.”
Their win came 10 days after the group’s LP Babel took the album of the year trophy at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The record has now gone back to number one in the US.
Singer-songwriter Ben Howard was a surprise winner of Best British Breakthrough, beating the bookmakers’ favorite Rita Ora.
In the Best British Male category, he triumphed over Plan B, Olly Murs, Calvin Harris and Richard Hawley.
“Wow, thank you very much,” Ben Howard said.
“That’s bizarre isn’t it? I didn’t really expect to, erm… I was quite stoked to come to the awards to be honest, so to come away with two of these things is amazing, so thank you all very much.”
Coldplay won Best British Live Act, beating The Rolling Stones, who were nominated 35 years after they were shortlisted for the first ever Brit Awards.
In the international categories, the Black Keys won Best Group, Frank Ocean was named best male and Lana Del Rey picked up Best Female.
A special recognition award went to the charity War Child, while there was a “global success award” for boy band One Direction in recognition of their hit status overseas.
The five-piece used the ceremony to give the first live rendition of their Comic Relief single, a medley of Blondie’s One Way Or Another and The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks.
The night’s other performers included Robbie Williams, Muse, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake.
Comedian James Corden returned as host this year and used his opening routine to make light of cutting short Adele’s speech in 2012.
Referring to a US awards show in 2009, he introduced Taylor Swift as a “global superstar who was once famously interrupted at an award ceremony”.
“That never happens here. Not on my watch. Not anymore,” he joked.
The winners all received a trophy designed by the artist Damien Hirst.
Brit Awards 2013 have been handed out in London, honoring the biggest and best music artists of the past 12 months.
Full list of winners:
British male solo artist: Ben Howard
British female solo artist: Emeli Sande
British breakthrough act: Ben Howard
British group: Mumford and Sons
British single: Adele – Skyfall
British album of the year: Emeli Sande – Our Version of Events
Brit Awards 2013 have been handed out in London, honoring the biggest and best music artists of the past 12 months
International male solo artist: Frank Ocean
International female solo artist: Lana Del Rey
International group: The Black Keys
British live act: Coldplay
British producer: Paul Epworth
Special recognition award: War Child
Critics’ choice: Tom Odell
Brits global success (for international sales in 2012): One Direction
Music stars from Britain and beyond are gearing up for this year’s Brit Awards in London.
Scots singer Emeli Sande is hot favorite to win best British album and female, while folk rockers Mumford and Sons are tipped for best British group.
Stadium rockers Muse will open the ceremony at the O2 Arena.
There will also be performances from Robbie Williams, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, but it is not clear whether Adele will turn up.
The best-selling singer famously showed her annoyance when one of her victory speeches was cut short last year.
Brit Awards chairman David Joseph has said he will make amends, telling the Guardian: “I can hint that something is going to happen this year to right that wrong.”
Adele is the bookmakers’ favorite to win the best British single prize for her Bond theme Skyfall, but she is rumored to be in the US rehearsing for an appearance at the Oscars on Sunday.
Emeli Sande has four nominations, including two in the best single category. She is returning to the event a year after picking up the Critics’ Choice accolade for rising stars.
Speaking on the red carpet, she said: “I’ve been here for the last three years and you go from nobody knowing who you are, to Critics’ Choice last year, and now to be here just feels great.”
There are three nods apiece for Mercury Prize winners Alt-J and Mumford and Sons, who took the album of the year trophy at the Grammy Awards in the US last weekend.
Other nominees include Amy Winehouse, who is posthumously shortlisted for best British female, and The Rolling Stones, who are up for best live act, 35 years after they were shortlisted for the first ever Brit Awards.
Music stars from Britain and beyond are gearing up for this year’s Brit Awards in London
Singer-songwriter Ben Howard is tipped to take home best British male, while pop star Rita Ora leads the contenders in the British breakthrough category.
The winners all receive a trophy designed by controversial British artist Damien Hirst.
One Direction will give the first live performance of their Comic Relief single, a medley of Blondie’s One Way Or Another and The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks.
Taylor Swift is said to be putting together a fire and ice-themed set, while Timberlake is bringing along the big band that accompanied him at the Grammy Awards.
Hosted by comedian James Corden for the third time, the Brits ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV from 20:00 GMT.
British singer Adele has won two prizes at the Brit Awards ceremony in London, but was at the centre of controversy after one of her acceptance speeches was cut short and she made a rude gesture.
Adele’ speech was interrupted by Brits host James Corden after she picked up the prize for best British album. The singer, who had won the top award of the night, Album of the Year, flipped the middle finger to show just how annoyed she was.
“I flung the middle finger. That was for the suits at the Brit Awards, not my fans. I’m sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me,” Adele said.
Adele also won best British female.
Ed Sheeran also won two awards – best British male and British breakthrough.
Coldplay were crowned best British group for a record third time, while former X Factor boy band One Direction beat Adele to the award for best British single.
Double awarded Adele was at the centre of controversy at Brit Awards after one of her acceptance speeches was cut short and she made a rude gesture
Adele added her Brits to the six Grammy Awards she won last weekend, capping a year of huge global success. According to her record label, the London singer’s second album 21 has sold 17 million copies around the world and hit number one in 24 countries.
Accepting the best album prize – the final and most prestigious of the night – Adele said: “Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year.
“I’m so proud to be British and to be flying our flag.”
But there were boos from the audience as the singer was interrupted by host James Corden in order to introduce the final performers, Blur.
Adele then added: “Can I just say, then, goodbye and I’ll see you next time round.”
Adele’s gesture was then momentarily visible on the live ITV1 coverage.
“I was about to thank the British public for all their support but they cut me off,” the star later said backstage.
“So thank you very much for all your support. It’s amazing.”
ITV later issued a statement about the incident, saying: “The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologize to Adele for the interruption.”
A Brits spokesman added: “We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short.
“We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night’s biggest award. It tops off what’s been an incredible year for her.”
Adele’s 21 beat Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, Florence & The Machine’s Ceremonials, PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake and Ed Sheeran’s + to the best British album award.
In the best British female category, Adele beat Jessie J, Florence & The Machine, Kate Bush and last year’s winner Laura Marling. She also sang Rolling at the Deep at the ceremony – only her second performance since throat surgery last year.
Meanwhile, US pop star Bruno Mars was named best international male, Rihanna picked up best international female and the Foo Fighters won best international group.
Ed Sheeran led the nominations going into the ceremony, up for best British male, breakthrough, single and album.
He beat rapper Professor Green, James Blake, James Morrison and Noel Gallagher to the prize for best British male.
The 21-year-old told the crowd: “I honestly didn’t think I’d get this one.”
Coldplay were crowned best British group in a category voted for by listeners to BBC Radio 2. Frontman Chris Martin described it as “very humbling”.
Speaking backstage about winning best group more times than any other band, Chris Martin said: “They keep splitting up. They keep taking themselves out of the game. We’re the only players still on the pitch. No Pulp, no Oasis. Take That are on holiday. We’ll take it if they’re not around.”
The outstanding contribution honour went to reformed Britpop favourites Blur, who performed a medley of their hits. Their last appearance at the Brit Awards was in 1995, when they went home with four trophies.
Singer Damon Albarn said: “Last time we were here was 17 years ago and what happened that night seemed to have a really profound effect on our lives, so it’s very nice to come back and say thank you very much for this honour.”
One Direction won best single for their hit What Makes You Beautiful, beating tracks including Adele’s Someone Like You, Ed Sheeran’s The A Team and Price Tag by Jessie J and BoB.
The international breakthrough trophy went to fast-rising New York-based pop star Lana Del Rey. She told the crowd: “This award means much more to me than you know and I just want to say that without the support of everyone in this room and everyone in the UK I’d really be lost.”
The event also included tributes to the late stars Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse and featured performances from Noel Gallagher, Florence and the Machine, Rihanna and Olly Murs with Rizzle Kicks.