The Battle for the BRITs is Upon Us… Our 2018 Predictions and Performance Picks

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The Brit Awards are taking place on the 21st February 2017 at the O2 Arena in London. Some love it, others hate it, but you can't deny, the BRITs are now an integral part of the British Music calendar and with huge performances and game-changing nominees announced for 2018, this year is set to be no different. The awards show made its debut in 1977, when The Beatles cleaned up; winning Best British Album, Best British Group & Best British Producer (George Martin). Those with a very keen memory will also know a certain singer-songwriter by the name of Cliff Richard won Best British Male – having already released 17 studio albums by this date.

Fast forward a few years, and we’re now approaching the 38th ceremony. A year’s a long time in music, and the awards show aims to pick out the best of today’s popular music. Without further ado, here are this year’s nominees, performers and our predictions.

British Breakthrough Act

Dave, Dua Lipa, J Hus, Loyle Carner, Sampha

British singer/songwriter Dua Lipa is the rising star of the moment. Here at SeatSurfer, we're obsessed with everything from her superb vocals to her edgy style and cool looks.

In just over a year, the 22-year-old Londoner has released six smash hits and had two top ten singles before topping the charts with her number one single, New Rules which is one of our favourites of last year. She's collaborated with the likes of Sean Paul, Martin Garrix and Miguel and gained an army of loyal supporters - talk about making a badass entrance to the music industry. We think she's got the award for Best British Breakthrough Act in the bag.

Male Solo Artist

Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Loyle Carner, Rag’N’Bone Man, Stormzy

It’s got to be Ed for us. Thanks to the immediate success of his 3rd album, Divide, Ed can now claim to be the male musician with the biggest first week in history. According to the Official Charts Company, no other solo male act from any genre has ever been able to shift as many copies in the first week of availability in the U.K. as Sheeran has with Divide. You can’t argue with that!

British Female Solo Artist

Dua Lipa, Jessie Ware, Kate Tempest, Laura Marling, Paloma Faith

Dua made history this year when she became the most nominated female at the Brits, ever. As well as British Breakthrough Act, we think the hit singer could also win British Female Solo Artist too.

British Group

Gorillaz, London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, The xx

This is a tough one! We felt the xx made a pretty strong comeback last year though with their album I See You which included lots of mellow, tranquilising tunes featuring some of Jamie xx’s best vintage samples and up-tempo backdrops. Give it a listen if you haven’t already, you won’t be disappointed.

British Album of the Year

Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran, ÷

J Hus, Common Sense

Rag’n’Bone Man, Human

Stormzy, Gang Signs & Prayer

Stormzy's Gang Signs & Prayer has just become the UK's first grime album to reach number one. What an achievement! Stormzy has taken the UK by storm and if he doesn’t take home British Album of the Year for his contributions to the British Music Industry, we’ll be disappointed.

British Single

Calvin Harris Feat. Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry/Big Sean, “Feels”
Clean Bandit Feat. Zara Larsson, “Symphony”
Dua Lipa, “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
J Hus, “Did You See”
Jax Jones Feat. Raye, “You Don’t Know Me”
Jonas Blue Feat. William Singe, “Mama”
Liam Payne Feat. Quavo, “Strip That Down”
Little Mix, “Touch”
Rag’n’Bone Man, “Human”

For us, Calvin Harris created the tune of the summer. He’s been nominated at the BRITs an incredible 12 times but surprisingly hasn’t actually took one of the famous BRITs statues home, we think 2018 might be his year.

International Groups

Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
The Killers
LCD Soundsystem

The Foo’s Glastonbury set was a triumph - they stole the show. The career-spanning set included all of their hits and lots of surprises, they certainly deserve to win International Group at this year’s BRITs.

International Female Solo Artist

Alicia Keys
Taylor Swift

Last year, Taylor Swift teased fans about the promise of new music, and she’s finally returned with a ‘savage’ hit album and several hit singles. Taylor’s Reputation Tour is expected to be the highest grossing concert tour in history and we know she’ll put on a great show. You deserve this one Tay-Tay!

International Male Solo Artist

Childish Gambino
DJ Khaled
Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick returns to the UK next month with his DAMN tour, he’s given us all the hits’ over the last year and we’d love to see him take home a BRIT before he jets back off to the US!

British Artist Video of the Year

Anne-Marie, “Ciao Adios”
Calvin Harris Feat. Pharrell Williams/Katy Perry/Big Sean, “Feels”
Clean Bandit Feat. Zara Larsson, “Symphony”
Dua Lipa, “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Harry Styles, “Sign of The Times”
Jonas Blue Feat. William Singe, “Mama”
Liam Payne Feat. Quavo, “Strip That Down”
Little Mix, “Touch”
ZAYN and Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

The nominees for British Artist Video of the Year are subject to change as this is a live Twitter vote, with the winner being announced LIVE on the night. If we had to choose one winner from all of these fantastic nominees, it would be Mr. Harry Styles. Harry Styles soared like an eagle in the official video for his debut solo single “Sign of the Times” and we’d love to see him receive a BRIT for his solo video debut without the other 1D boys!

Let us know what you think to our BRITs predictions, who would you like to win?

With Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa all set to perform on the night too, we know this year’s BRITs is going to be the best yet!