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Review: Lana Del Rey at Manchester Apollo, 24th May 2013

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REVIEW: LANA DEL REY at Manchester Apollo, 24th May 2013

Anticipation: a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action; the act of looking forward; of pleasurable expectation (spoken in the style of Emily Thorne from Revenge).

Lana Del Rey is not unlike the effortlessly elegant and elusive heroine of ABC/E4‘s primetime thriller; both are highly stylised, intriguingly introverted and yield a subtle power that is unmistakably and manipulatively female. I have been under the spell of both Emily and Lana for over a year now and at the Manchester Apollo last week, in much the same way as I felt when Nolan sped off with Jack and faux Amanda’s life floated away on a capsized dinghy; I couldn’t wait to see what would unfold when Del Rey took to the stage.

The capacity crowd of 3,500 fans were equally excitable and I quickly realised that I had never been to a sold out show at this venue – I wouldn’t use the word uncomfortable, but it was certainly snug in the standing area and security had to constantly berate people for standing in the gangways. I’m not sure how this came to be, as the venue would certainly not have oversold the standing ticket allocation. It was also a little unsettling to see security and St John’s Ambulance personnel running up and down the aforementioned gangways for most of the first half of the show. Admittedly, I was feeling a little anxious due to the visible police presence in the reception area of the venue and it doesn’t take much for my imagination to run wild.

Del Rey took to the 1920’s-inspired stage with all the build-up and glamour befitting a screen siren of the age. Golden chandeliers and elaborate drapes embellished the performance space and a rotating sequence of Del Rey’s music videos ran on the big screen behind the artist herself. Image is just as important as songwriting in Del Rey’s appeal to her fans, so naturally she looked every inch the fashion icon in a floaty white skater skirt and matching blouse, complete with a natural Californian tan.  Hypnotic would be an accurate way to describe Del Rey’s aura; she doesn’t say much but commands the stage with that same subtle power that I mentioned earlier. When she does address the crowd, she does so as “friends” and the adoration is clearly mutual as she is greeted with deafening and constant screams. She really does personify the notion of vintage Hollywood, with her glistening and perfectly curled hair and just a hint of naive vulnerability.

Just one thing managed to rile me throughout the show – the time Del Rey spent chatting to and having photographs taken with the entire front row contingent. The entire front row.  I recognise that this would be simply amazing if you happened to be on that front row, but for those of us who weren’t, it really wasn’t. I think if people are paying the same price to see a show then they should be treated to the same experience. I think it’s great if artists want to meet their fans but to spend close to half an hour (of an hour and 15 minutes set) doing so? The rest of us could see what was going on but were left to look at an empty stage and after around ten minutes or so, people started to grow impatient. The close relationship between Del Rey and her fans is clear to see, but Lana – spread the love a little!

I was so excited to hear Video Games and National Anthem performed live and I wasn’t disappointed. Any questions concerning vocal capabilities had been completely unnecessary – Del Rey sounded strong as she teasingly played around with the melodies to some of her most popular tracks. We left after National Anthem, but apparently Del Rey hung around for another half an hour for more chat and probable Facebook photo uploads…alright for some (not jealous at all, not at all).

Setlist: Cola, Body Electric, Blue Jeans, Born To Die, Carmen, Blue Velvet, Young and Beautiful, Burning Desire, Ride, Without You, Summertime Sadness, Video Games, National Anthem.

www.lanadelrey.com /@LanaDelRey

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May 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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My top 5 recommended albums of 2012

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5. Purity Ring ‘Shrines’ (July, 2012)

The debut album, ‘Shrines’ from Canadian electronic duo, Purity Ring, is at number 5 on my list of recommended albums of 2012.

Formed in 2010, the band consists of Megan James on lead vocals and Corin Roddick providing the instrumentals and backing vocals. The sound of Purity Ring has been described as ghost or witchwave, which is essentially dream pop fused with modern hip hop and vivid lyrical imagery which wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to a European art-house horror film. If Purity Ring were a film, they would definitely be an 18 certificate; something beautiful to look at, yet terrifying in its execution and subsequent recurring nightmares.

http://www.purityringsongs.com

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4. Ellie Goulding ‘Halcyon’ (October, 2012)

Ellie Goulding‘s second album ‘Halcyon’ is at number 4.

Goulding is my favourite recipient to date of the BBC‘s annual Sound of… poll and Brit Awards’ Critics’ Choice. She won both awards in 2010 and has continued to grow and develop in to a diverse, visually-exciting and critically-respected artist.

It was Goulding’s 2010 cover of Elton John‘s ‘Your Song’, which sparked the current trend of using acoustic power ballad covers of well known songs to accompany seasonal or big brand tv advertisements, recent examples being Slow Moving Millie‘s ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ and Gabrielle Aplin‘s ‘The Power of Love’.

‘Anything Could Happen’ was the first single to be released from the album and is one of my favourite tracks of this year. Goulding likes to experiment and is a creative risk-taker, as trendsetters commonly are. I think that she will be around for many years to come.

http://www.elliegoulding.com

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3. Miike Snow ‘Happy To You’ (March, 2012)

The second album, ‘Happy To You’, from Swedish indie-electronic band Miike Snow is at number 3.

The band’s debut, self-titled album was my favourite album of 2010 and I have been a huge fan of this quirky, multi-talented trio ever since. ‘Paddling Out’ and ‘The Wave’ have been released as singles so far, but my favourite tracks from the album would be ‘Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)’, ‘God Help This Divorce’ and ‘Pretender’. The 10-track album is full-bodied and frenetic with its mix of wandering synths and quivering beats, interspersed with trademark Snow double entendres. Some critics felt that this album didn’t quite live up to the hype created after the success of their first record, but fans generally and heartily disagree. ‘Happy To You’ is Miike Snow at their best, showcasing exactly what got them to where they are today and what sets them apart from the rest. Which is a lot.

http://www.miikesnow.com

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2. Marina and the Diamonds ‘Electra Heart’ (April, 2012)

Marina and the Diamonds’ second album, ‘Electra Heart’ is at number 2 on my list and it was quite a close call.

Marina came second to Ellie Goulding on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll and has enjoyed an equal level of success since. ‘Electra Heart’ was the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2010’s ‘The Family Jewels’, and highlighted a marked shift on Marina’s part towards a more heavily electronic sound. The album tracks are based around the character of Electra Heart, who chronologically demonstrates Marina’s own take on the many facets of the female personality; the primadonna, the homewrecker and the teen idol. The musical creativity and writing on this album are stunning; both qualities being a factor in the album’s easy slide in to the number one position on the UK Album Chart on its release. ‘Electra Heart’ is cheeky and catchy whilst also being socially-conscious – not easy to pull off, but Marina manages to do it in style whilst conserving her substance.

www.marinaandthediamonds.com

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1. Lana Del Rey ‘Born To Die’ (January, 2012)

Lana Del Rey‘s debut album, ‘Born To Die’, holds the number 1 spot on my list and at the moment, on my in-car stereo too.

Del Rey’s sound has a cinematic quality to it – each track makes you the lead in your own independent film, be it a roadtrip along the Pacific coast with regular stops at 50s-inspired diners and vintage clothes stores or a weekend with the upper echelon in East Hampton. I literally cannot get enough of this album. I want to sound like Del Rey. I want to look like Del Rey. I want to be Del Rey. I trust that this clarifies matters.

http://www.lanadelrey.com

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December 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

The original and beguiling Lana Del Rey announces further UK dates for 2013

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Lana Del Rey releases the newly re-packaged double album, ‘Born To Die – The Paradise Edition’ this month (released on November 12th, 2012 in the UK and November 13th, 2012 in the US).

The album features all of Del Rey’s hit songs to date, including, ‘Video Games’, ‘National Anthem’ and ‘Blue Jeans’, as well as eight brand new tracks. New tracks include, ‘Blue Velvet’ (as featured on H&M‘s recent autumn/winter tv campaign), ‘Ride’ and ‘Bel Air’. Del Rey first released ‘Born To Die’, her debut studio album, in January 2012 and it has since become one of the best-selling albums of the year. The album has gone double platinum in the UK and Australia and triple platinum in France, selling a total of two million copies worldwide to date. ‘Born to Die’ is essentially a pop album that features elements and flavours of selected musical genres which Del Rey particularly identifies with, notably hip hop (‘Off To The Races’) and indie pop (‘National Anthem’).

Del Rey describes her sound as a combination of hollywood pop and sad core, referencing various aspects of pop culture, particularly 1950’s glamour and 1960’s Americana. Musically, she has stated that she draws influence from artists whom she deems to be the masters of their genre, including Elvis, Eminem, Britney Spears and Antony and the Johnsons.

I was originally drawn to Del Rey after hearing the track ‘Video Games’ and thinking that it was one of the most original and beguiling tracks of the past few years. I tend to fall under the spell of artists who are the whole package; admittedly, they might be part of an intimidating and well-oiled commercial machine, but I like the presence of a backstory, even if that backstory is implied. I like the idea that an artist has lived or is living a whole other life, quite separate from what we as listeners and viewers can see. This life might be glamourous, tragic or at times rather stepford, but it is never dull and it takes you to another place when you hear their voice and for that 3 or 4 minutes you can escape. In the case of Del Rey, I am often transported to 1950’s Nice, surrounded by bathing beauties and handsome gents on the Promenade Des Anglais, soaking up the rays before an elegant night of fine dining with the high society, all of whom would paint on smiles and drape themselves with gold and platinum to mask their inner torment and insecurities…escapology is a recurring theme in the music I listen to and clearly in my own imagination!

 

‘Video Games’ is my favourite Del Rey track and indeed one of my top five tracks of all time (well, if you can class 33 years as ‘all time’). The music video for the track was directed and edited by Del Rey and features video clips of skateboarders, cartoons, film clips and assorted paparazzi footage. The video is widely considered to be responsible for propelling Del Rey in to the mainstream and for building her formidable online fan base.

Del Rey released dates for a 2013 UK tour last week and due to demand has this week released a series of further dates, which are already selling out pretty much by the day. The only available dates which remain include:

O2 Academy Birmingham – May 13th, 2013

O2 Apollo Manchester – May 24th, 2013

Vicar Street Dublin – May 26th and May 27th, 2013

Tickets can be purchased via Del Rey’s official website at www.lanadelrey.com. I’ve managed to get hold of tickets to the O2 Apollo show in Manchester on the 24th and I can’t wait. I haven’t been this excited about a show since Damien Rice at the same venue in 2007, or perhaps Britney Spears at the O2 in 2009. Six months and counting.

 

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November 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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Enjoy the sounds and the sun this summer with ‘Every Kingdom’ by @benhowardmusic

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Britain is set to bask in temperatures of up to 25c this week; what better reason could there be to purchase a copy of Ben Howard‘s debut album ‘Every Kingdom.’ These are two subject matters that are not as unrelated as you might think : both deliver an element of surprise yet immediate pleasure to the ear, both are more likely to be seen around the southern counties of Devon and Cornwall and finally, both make a much-needed and refreshing change to the norm.

 

Ben Howard is a 25 year old rootsy/acoustic folk singer-songwriter from Devon, UK. Some of you may have caught Howard’s appearance on Later…with Jools Holland’ at the weekend and what a performance it was. Howard performed ‘The Wolves’ and ‘Old Pine’ from his Gold-certified debut album and simply stunned the audience with his vocal tone and musicianship. Howard’s tone reminds me greatly of my favourite male singer-songwriter, Damien Rice; a compliment of the highest order from my lips. Howard has a loyal and dedicated fanbase in the UK, garnered during his many intimate gigs up and down the country.

 

Howard is confirmed to play at a number of UK festivals this summer, including T In The Park, V Festival and Latitude, before embarking on a larger scale tour of the UK in November. Most dates are already sold out, but you might just fall lucky on a couple if you’re quick. I’ve included a video below of Howard performing a cover of Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Video Games’, another track which I love at the moment. If it’s possible, Howard makes the melody and lyrics sound even more haunting and beautiful.

 

Do yourself a favour; treat yourself to this record, put your feet up and enjoy the sounds and the sun.

‘Every Kingdom’ track listing includes: Old Pine / Diamonds / The Wolves / Everything / Only Love / The Fear / Keep Your Head Up / Black Flies / Gracious / Promise.

www.benhowardmusic.co.uk

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May 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

@OfficialAdele crowned Songwriter of the Year at 57th Ivor Novello Awards @TheIvors

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The 57th Ivor Novello Awards took place this afternoon (May 17th, 2012) at the Grosvenor House, London.

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing.  The Awards are highly regarded and sought after in the music industry, as they are presented and judged by the writing community.

The winners were as follows:

BEST SONG MUSICALLY & LYRICALLY

Nominees

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’  Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele    UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Shake It Out’  Written by: Paul Epworth / Kid Harpoon / Florence Welch   Performed by: Florence + The Machine    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘The A Team’  Written & Performed by: Ed Sheeran    UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

WINNER – ‘The A Team’  Written & Performed by: Ed Sheeran    UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG

Nominees

Song: Promises’  Written by: Joseph Ray / Daniel Stephens / Alana Watson   Performed by: Nero    UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘The Wilhelm Scream’  Written by: James Blake / James Litherland   Performed by: James Blake    UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘Video Games’  Written by: Lana Del Rey / Justin Parker   Performed by: Lana Del Rey    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

WINNER – ‘Video Games’  Written by: Lana Del Rey / Justin Parker   Performed by: Lana Del Rey    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE

Nominees

Film: Life In A Day   Composed by: Harry Gregson-Williams / Matthew Herbert     UK Publishers: Wavecrest Music, Inc. / Bucks Music Group

Film: The First Grader   Composed by: Alex Heffes     UK Publishers: Fintage Publishing BV / Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners

Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin   Composed by: Jonny Greenwood     UK Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music

WINNER – The First Grader   Composed by: Alex Heffes     UK Publishers: Fintage Publishing BV / Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners

BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK

Nominees

Broadcast: Leonardo    Composed by: Mark Russell     UK Publisher: Bucks Music Group

Broadcast: Page Eight    Composed by: Paul Englishby UK Publishers: Carnival Film & Television Ltd / Universal Music Publishing

Broadcast: The Shadow Line   Composed by: Martin Phipps  UK Publishers: Du Vinage Publishing Ltd

WINNER – The Shadow Line   Composed by: Martin Phipps  UK Publishers: Du Vinage Publishing Ltd

PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK

Nominees

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Someone Like You’  Written by: Adele Adkins / Dan Wilson   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / BMG Chrysalis

Song: The Flood’   Written by: Gary Barlow / Howard Donald / Jason Orange / Mark Owen / Robbie Williams   Performed by: Take That    UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing / Farrell Music Ltd

WINNER – ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

ALBUM AWARD

Nominees

Album: 21′  Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Album: ‘50 Words For Snow’  Written & Performed by: Kate Bush  UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Noble & Brite

Album: ‘Let England Shake’  Written & Performed by: PJ Harvey    UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Hot Head Music

WINNER – ‘Let England Shake’  Written & Performed by: PJ Harvey     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Hot Head Music

 

The Ivors also honour individuals with awards recognising their contribution to British music.  The following awards were presented this afternoon:

Lifetime Achievement – Mark Knopfler

Outstanding Song Collection – Gary Kemp

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music – Take That

PRS for Music Special International Award – Jimmy Webb

Songwriter(s) of the Year – Adele

The Ivors Jazz Award – Stan Tracey

The Ivors Inspiration Award – Siouxsie Soux

A BASCA Fellowship was awarded to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

www.theivors.com

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May 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Female-friendly shortlist announced today for The 57th Ivor Novello Awards @TheIvors

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A female-friendly shortlist has been announced today for The 57th Ivor Novello Awards, due to be held in London on May 17th, 2012.

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in songwriting and composing.  The Awards are highly regarded and sought after in the music industry, as they are presented and judged by the writing community.

The shortlist is as follows:

BEST SONG MUSICALLY & LYRICALLY

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Shake It Out’   Written by: Paul Epworth / Kid Harpoon / Florence Welch   Performed by: Florence + The Machine     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘The A Team’   Written & Performed by: Ed Sheeran     UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG

Song: Promises’   Written by: Joseph Ray / Daniel Stephens / Alana Watson   Performed by: Nero     UK Publisher: EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘The Wilhelm Scream’   Written by: James Blake / James Litherland   Performed by: James Blake     UK Publisher: Universal Music Publishing

Song: ‘Video Games’   Written by: Lana Del Rey / Justin Parker   Performed by: Lana Del Rey     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE

Film: Life In A Day   Composed by: Harry Gregson-Williams / Matthew Herbert     UK Publishers: Wavecrest Music, Inc. / Bucks Music Group

Film: The First Grader   Composed by: Alex Heffes     UK Publishers: Fintage Publishing BV / Resonant Music (1) Limited Partners

Film: We Need To Talk About Kevin   Composed by: Jonny Greenwood     UK Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music

BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK

Broadcast: Leonardo   Composed by: Mark Russell     UK Publisher: Bucks Music Group

Broadcast: Page Eight   Composed by: Paul Englishby UK Publishers: Carnival Film & Television Ltd / Universal Music Publishing

Broadcast: The Shadow Line   Composed by: Martin Phipps  UK Publishers: Du Vinage Publishing Ltd

PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK

Song: ‘Rolling In The Deep’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Song: ‘Someone Like You’   Written by: Adele Adkins / Dan Wilson   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / BMG Chrysalis

Song: The Flood’   Written by: Gary Barlow / Howard Donald / Jason Orange / Mark Owen / Robbie Williams   Performed by: Take That     UK Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing / Universal Music Publishing / Farrell Music Ltd

ALBUM AWARD

Album: 21′   Written by: Adele Adkins / Paul Epworth   Performed by: Adele     UK Publishers: Universal Music Publishing / EMI Music Publishing

Album: ‘50 Words For Snow’   Written & Performed by: Kate Bush   UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Noble & Brite

Album: ‘Let England Shake’   Written & Performed by: PJ Harvey     UK Publishers: EMI Music Publishing / Hot Head Music

The Ivors also honour individuals with awards recognising their contribution to British music.  The following awards will be presented on the day:

Lifetime Achievement / Outstanding Song Collection / PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music / PRS for Music Special International Award / Songwriter(s) of the Year / The Ivors Jazz Award / The Ivors Inspiration Award

A BASCA Fellowship will also be awarded at the 2012 ceremony.

The 57th Ivor Novello Awards will take place on May 17th, 2012 at the Grosvenor House, London.

www.theivors.com

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April 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow…to the last syllable of recorded time @BRIT_Awards

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To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,  To the last syllable of recorded time…

Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5, 19-21

After hearing that his beloved and rather terrifying better half, Lady Macbeth, has died, my favourite of all Shakespeare’s main protagonists discusses his indifference to the event and to the path that his murderous actions have led him on. Macbeth speaks about the mechanical beat of time as it transports him scene to scene, referring to time as a mere sequence of words. Macbeth hyperbolizes this reference to such an extent as to liken his current frame of mind to ‘the last syllable of recorded time’ – I felt much the same after the first couple of minutes of Damon Albarn’s acceptance speech at last night’s 2012 BRIT Awards.

To be fair, Albarn had every right to thank all those colleagues and friends which had helped Blur on their road to success and he did appear most humble. The ill-advised action of cutting the winner of the biggest award of the night, was down to poor time management on behalf of the producers and Adele, understandably, won’t have concerned herself with their excuses.

Just one major surprise of the night for me, which was One Direction claiming the award for Best Single. I’m not sure why I’m surprised really, as the award was voted for by the general public and their fans are evidently loyal, to the death (threats) in some cases.

British Male Solo Artist

Ed Sheeran / James Blake  / James Morrison  / Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds / Professor Green

My tip: Ed Sheeran.

Winner: Ed Sheeran. Sheeran performed his latest single, ‘Lego House’ at the ceremony and was clearly a popular winner with the audience. I had rather hoped to see Ron Weasley sitting beside him on the night, but had to content myself with the great industry unwashed.

British Female Solo Artist

Adele / Florence + the Machine / Jessie J / Kate Bush / Laura Marling

My tip: Adele.

Winner: Adele. Adele performed ‘Rolling In The Deep’ at the ceremony and was cited as the artist which fellow artists and celebrity guests were most looking forward to seeing. I hope Adele remains as down to earth and humble as she appears; if she didn’t it would be completely understandable as her past life is surely barely recognisable in comparison to her new reality. It would be disappointing though, as she appears to be so charming and genuinely awestruck at her achievements.

British Breakthrough Act

Anna Calvi / Ed Sheeran / Emeli Sandé / Jessie J / The Vaccines

My tip: Jessie J.

Winner: Ed Sheeran. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was disappointed not to see Will Young in the running for Best Male; I’m not sure it ‘fits’ that a winner of British Breakthrough should also be awarded Best Male. To me, Young would have been a worthy and popular winner and Sheeran could rightly have taken this award.

British Group

Arctic Monkeys / Chase & Status / Coldplay / Elbow / Kasabian

My tip: Coldplay.

Winner: Coldplay. No major surprises here. Coldplay also performed live on the night and were enjoyable as always. I realised last night that two of the members of the band look strikingly similar to two of my best friend’s ex-boyfriends…interesting. I think that she is secretely part of some government Coldplay cloning process.

British Single

Adele: ‘Someone Like You’

Ed Sheeran: ‘The A Team’

Example: ‘Changed The Way You Kiss Me’

Jessie J feat B.o.B: ‘Price Tag’

JLS feat Dev: ‘She Makes Me Wanna’

Military Wives and 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’

My tip: Jessie  J. ‘Price Tag’

Winner: One Direction: ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. A catchy track I will admit, sometimes annoyingly so. It was quite touching to see how genuinely surprised the boys were. My favourite is the Irish one, for purely genealogical reasons. His name is irrelevant.

Mastercard British Album Of The Year

Adele: 21 / Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto / Ed Sheeran: + / Florence + the Machine: / Ceremonials / PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

My tip: Ed Sheeran: +

Winner: Adele: 21. I wonder what she was going to say. We may never know…

International Male Solo Artist

Aloe Blacc / Bon Iver / Bruno Mars / David Guetta / Ryan Adams

My tip: Bruno Mars.

Winner: Bruno Mars. Mars may have the whitest teeth I have ever seen on a human being, and the smoothest skin. Yes, I admit it, I have quite the crush on the romantic crooner but did not realise how short he was! I am, however, willing to overlook this.

International Female Solo Artist

Beyoncé / Bjork / Feist / Lady Gaga / Rihanna

My tip: Beyonce.

Winner: Rihanna. Rihanna performed latest single ‘We Found Love’ at the ceremony; I lose track of which is in fact her latest single, there seems to be so many released in quick succession. A popular performer with the audience. I do enjoy a nice sweater dress, but would probably pair it with some lovely knitted aztec leggings before leaving the house.

International Group

Fleet Foxes / Foo Fighters /  Jay Z and Kanye West / Lady Antebellum / Maroon 5

My tip: Jay Z and Kanye West.

Winner: Foo Fighters. The Fighters were not in attendance, which I always find incredibly disappointing and a waste of an award to be honest. With today’s high-tech diarised devices, there really is no excuse for missing a big event. Death, perhaps.

International Breakthrough Act

Aloe Blacc / Bon Iver / Foster The People / Lana Del Rey / Nicki Minaj

My tip: Lana Del Rey.

Winner: Lana Del Rey. Del Rey was rather sweet upon collecting her award and was no doubt pleased to have some positive publicity after recent weeks. I personally don’t see what all the fuss was about Stateside; she’s never going to sing pitch perfect as she has a distinct style which doesn’t necessitate it. She is what I would refer to as an emotalist; a personally coined phrase which I would use to describe a singer who uses her emotions to govern her vocals and as we females well know – that could be highs, then lows, then everything inbetween and in no immediately evident pattern.

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February 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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