At long last, The BRITs are around the corner! Having been delayed due to the pandemic, the biggest night in British music is back, and we are ready to be dazzled by the glitz, glam, and talent.
Last year’s Rising Star winner, Celeste, has bagged herself three nominations alongside British pop princess Dua Lipa. British rap artists are holding a strong presence across the categories with rising duo Young T & Bugsy being nominated for three awards. BTS are also nominated for their first-ever award at this year’s BRITs as the International Group category is re-introduced, making them the first K-POP act to be nominated at the awards.
With so much talent and great music, we thought the best way to celebrate and get ready for the awards was by curating a banging playlist with nominees to hype us up until the big night.
‘Sweet Melody’ – Little Mix
What an era for Little Mix. Their first record since parting ways with Syco, Confetti was another success for our girls. It debuted at number two on the Official Album Charts with 49,000 chart sales and was the best-selling album for a girl group released in 2020 in the UK. Four of the songs from the album charted on the UK Singles Chart, including the smash ‘Sweet Melody‘ which debuted at number eight – giving the girls their 16th Top 10 hit, and 11 weeks later topped the charts. Confetti was certified Gold, with ‘Break Up Song,’ and ‘Sweet Melody’ also being certified Gold and ‘Holiday‘ being certified Silver. Little Mix has been nominated as Best Group at this year’s BRITs!
‘Watermelon Sugar’ – Harry Styles
What a year 2020 was for Harry Styles! The singer saw the continued success of his 2019 sophomore album Fine Line last year, with ‘Watermelon Sugar‘ being the soundtrack to our summer. He released three singles last year, earning him two top 20s and a Top 10. The album became certified Platinum, with ‘Falling’ also going Platinum, ‘Golden’ going Silver, and ‘Watermelon Sugar’ going Double Platinum! The hit single scored Harry a nomination under British Single.
‘Strawberry Lipstick’ – Yungblud
First-time nominee Yungblud dropped his sophomore album Weird! at the end of 2020 which earned him his first number 1 album on the UK charts, and became certified Silver. Alongside the album, we saw many collaborations from Dom which truly proved his versatility as an artist. He hopped on tracks with Oli Sykes, KSI, Machine Gun Kelly, 24KGoldn, Denzel Curry, and even invited a fan, singer-songwriter Chloe Noone to feature on a new version of the 2019 single ‘Parents.’ Yungblud is nominated for Male Solo Artist at this year’s BRITs.
‘Life Goes On’ – BTS
When we say ARMY is everywhere, we mean it. BTS is the first K-POP act to be nominated at the BRITs. In the past year, they have achieved 13 certifications across their discography, including nine Silver and four Gold. They achieved two UK Top 10s last year with ‘Dynamite‘ which peaked at number three and charting for 27 weeks, and ‘Life Goes On‘ which peaked at number 10. They also scored a number 1 album with Map of the Soul: 7 which charted for 14 weeks, and their latest release ‘BE‘ peaked at number two, charting for five weeks. They make history as the first K-POP act to debut a song inside the Top 10 and are nominated for Best International Group!
‘We’re Good’ – Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa‘s latest era has been pure fire, and the results are proof! This past year she has bagged herself a whopping 22 certifications. With Future Nostalgia going Platinum, along with ‘Physical’ and ‘Break My Heart’ going Platinum, ‘Levitating’ going Gold and ‘Hallucinate’ going Silver. The record peaked at number one, and charted for a massive 52 weeks, and gave her four Top 40s, three Top 10s, and two Top Fives. She has been nominated for Female Solo Artist, British Single, and Mastercard Album at this year’s BRITs
’34+45′ – Ariana Grande
Miss Ariana Grande is once again nominated at the BRITs! While we didn’t see any releases until the end of 2020 from Ari she still managed to get 23 certifications within the past year, including ‘34+35‘ and ‘Positions‘ both going Gold as well as Positions the album. Five songs from Positions charted in the UK, with four Top 20s, two Top Fives, and ‘Positions’ peaking at number one and charting alongside ’34+35’ for 21 weeks. Her collaboration with Lady Gaga ‘Rain On Me’ also topped the charts and charted for 36 weeks while ‘Stuck With U’ with Justin Bieber peaked at number four. Ariana is nominated for Best International Female Artist at this year’s awards.
‘Try Me’ – The Weeknd
The Weeknd had a blinding past year with his latest album After Hours. The album topped the charts and charted for over a year at 53 weeks and earned him three top 20s. His compilation album The Highlights also peaked at number two and has charted for seven weeks and counting. When it comes to certifications, he earned a massive 25 in the past year, with eight of them being in 2021 alone. His smash single ‘Blinding Lights’ has gone quadruple Platinum and After Hours going gold. The Weeknd is nominated for Best International Male at this year’s BRITs.
‘Don’t Wanna’ – HAIM
Haim is nominated for Best International Group at this year’s BRITs. Their latest album Women in Music – Pt 3 hit the top spot and charted for four weeks. These sisters have been inspiring for aspiring female artists, and their ever-growing international reach continues to see them rise as a band who are making their mark on the industry. In addition to their album success, their collaboration with Taylor Swift ‘No Body No Crime’ earned them their second UK Top 20 as it peaked at number 19 and went on to chart for five weeks.
‘Love is Back’ – Celeste
Celeste may be a familiar name to many fans of the BRITS as she was last year’s Rising Star winner. Now, over a year later she has three nominations under her belt! Her album Not Your Muse which dropped earlier this year peaked at number 1 and charted for seven weeks. One of our 2020 Ones to Watch, Celeste has made a name for herself and has also been involved with several collaborations, including the moving ‘Times Like These’ as part of BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge Allstars back last year. She also performed and recorded three songs for the soundtrack for the film The Trial of the Chicago 7 and even performed at the 2020 Royal Variety Performance. Celeste is nominated for Breakthrough Artist, Female Solo Artist, and Mastercard Album.
‘Angels Like You’ – Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus made her big return last year with her album Plastic Hearts and it’s scored her a BRITs nomination! The album peaked at number four on the charts and charted for 17 weeks. The album is now certified Silver, while ‘Midnight Sky’ is certified Platinum, and ‘Prisoner’ is certified, Silver. ‘Prisoner’ peaked at number eight and charted for 18 weeks, ‘Midnight Sky’ at number 5 charting for 32 weeks, and non-album single ‘Heart of Glass’ peaked at 38 charting for six weeks. Miley is nominated for International Female Artist.
‘Cardigan’ – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift had a major 2020, releasing not one but two albums. In the past year, she received 22 certifications including Evermore and Folklore going Gold, and ‘Cardigan‘ going Silver. From the two albums, she collectively bagged seven Top 20s, four Top 10s, and a Top Five. Meanwhile, both Folklore and Evermore reached the top spot on the album charts, with Folklore charting for 35 weeks, and Evermore charting for 15. Taylor is nominated for International Female Artist at this year’s BRITs.
Vibe to our playlist below!
The BRITs will be taking place on Tuesday, May 11th at 9 PM on ITV
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