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The Bore Awards: A Look at the Brits 2013

Best of British? I hope not. An evening showing that music and ceremony are greatly in need of resuscitation. Musicians and industry big-wigs - please start the fight against musical mediocrity.

BRIT Awards 2013Well, that was a mediocre affair. I’m not saying that I expected much else having seen the nominations, but man, the whole ceremony was a bit dire.

Bearing in-mind this pomp and ceremony is for our entertainment – the awards realistically being next-to meaningless – it would have been great if they could have at least been entertaining. The closest we got to drama was the prospect of Taylor Swift bumping into ex Harry Styles, which didn’t even happen. Where was the controversy? What happened to the days of Jarvis Cocker invading the stage and flashing his bum as Michael Jackson was performing ‘Earth Song’? For one thing, Jackson is dead, so that does present a few difficulties in a recreation of that particular scenario, but still the Brits this year would have been more interesting if Styles had nipped on stage during Swift’s performance to moon the crowd.

Enough of fouling the ceremony, let’s move onto the winners themselves. Jake Bugg should have got British Breakthrough Act; Ben Howard getting both British Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough was a touch excessive. I’d also argue that Best Live Act should have gone to The Rolling Stones on the basis that Keith Richards should probably be dead (although I should note that I’m glad he’s not) and it’s a miracle that the band can still perform (perhaps Keith snorted the Philosopher’s Stone, who knows?). A few years ago it was Amy Winehouse winning Brit Awards, now we see Emeli Sandé winning British Female Artist and Best Album which just shows that the music scene is blatantly bland. And if One Direction is one of the best groups that Britain has to offer, then music needs resuscitating.

I read one article entitled “Brit Awards 2013: the shock winners”. The ‘shock winners’? I certainly don’t recall thinking “wow, Adele winning Best Single – that came way out of left-field!”, because, you know what, I read the nominations and I couldn’t see DJ Fresh or Stooshe going home with it  when Adele was in the running!

To be fair the Brits never promised to be anything but predictable and they are truly representative of what people buy. However, when the awards overlap so much with the Mercury Prize (which was set-up in opposition to the Brits in the early nineties) with Alt-J, Ben Howard, Richard Hawley, Plan B, Jessie Ware from the Mercury Prize 2012 nominations alone appearing in the Brits’ listings, it goes to show how limited the mainstream is. The album charts are filled with unimaginative and lacklustre entries because they’re safe and they guarantee the record companies lots of money. The X Factor can do one; music needs some risk factor.

 

Brit Awards 2013 Winners:

British Male Solo Artist: Ben Howard

British Breakthrough Act: Ben Howard

British Female Solo Artist: Emeli Sandé

British Group: Mumford & Sons

British Live Act: Coldplay

Critics’ Choice Award: Tom Odell

International Female Solo Artist: Lana Del Rey

International Group: The Black Keys

British Producer of the Year: Paul Epworth

Mastercard British Album of the Yeah: Emeli Sandé

International Male Solo Artist: Frank Ocean

British Single: Adele – ‘Skyfall’

Global Success Award: One Direction (a brand new award created just for them)

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