2011 Brit Awards Nominees

I’m struggling to get it up for this.

The Brit Awards simply hasn’t had the same summer sheen since Girls Aloud graced us with their last glorious peformance and claimed one for ‘The Promise’.

In any case, this year’s list of nominees should be of some chin-stroking interest to you pop music observers.

Get ready for a full blown bonanza with Take That, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah and Plan B confirmed to perform at the awards show on 15 February.

The Brits will go live a mere two days after the Grammy’s which will feature performances from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Eminem and Cee Lo Green (who pulled out of his Aussie Good Vibrations festival appearance in favour of this understandably cooler gig).

Here’s the list of 2011 Brit Awards nominees:

British Female Solo Artist

Cheryl Cole
Ellie Goulding
Paloma Faith
Laura Marling

British Male Solo Artist

Tinie Tempah
Mark Ronson
Plan B
Robert Plant
Paul Weller

British Group

Take That
Mumford & Sons
The xx
Biffy Clyro

British Breakthrough Act

Tinie Tempah
Ellie Goulding
Mumford & Sons
The xx

British Single

Alexandra Burke feat. Pitbull ‘All Night Long’
Cheryl Cole ‘Parachute’
Matt Cardle ‘When We Collide’
Olly Murs ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’
Florence + The Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’
Taio Cruz ‘Dynamite’
Plan B ‘She Said’
Tinie Tempah ‘Pass Out’
The Wanted ‘All Time Low’
Scouting For Girls ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’

British Album

Take That Progress
Plan B The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Tinie Tempah Disc-Overy
The xx xx
Mumford & Sons Sigh No More

International Female Solo Artist

Kylie Minogue
Katy Perry
Alicia Keys

International Male Solo Artist

Kanye West
David Guetta
Cee Lo Green
Bruce Springsteen

International Group

Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Arcade Fire
The Script
Vampire Weekend

International Album

Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown
Eminem Recovery
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Arcade Fire The Suburbs

British Producer

Stuart Price (Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Take That)
John Leckie (Radiohead, The Corals)
Markus Dravs (Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire)
Mike Pela (Maxwell)
Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Rufus Wainwright)


The 2011 Brit Awards will be held at London’s O2 arena on 15 February and it will be hosted by young actor James Corden

Who are your picks to take the cake?



  1. So effing glad to see Robyn there! Gosh! How come she was snubbed in 2008, anyway? And Alicia Keys too! Wow! Shame she wasn’t up for Best International Album… The Element of Freedom is so darn overlooked and it’s her best work to date. Why is that?

    • Oh Alicia… that album just didn’t have the big international singles, did it? ‘Put It In A Love Song’ made Top 30 here in Australia, though. Where the hell is that video, anyway?

  2. But overall I’m pleased with this year’s nominations. They got it right, for the most part. But why do people keep on insisting that Teenage Dream is “the best album” or “album of the year” material??? I don’t get it.

    • I’m not a big Katy Perry fan at all but I think “Teenage Dream” is probably better than her debut. “Album of The Year”? Seems more like a popularity contest to me. Hmm.

  3. Wait, didn’t “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” and “Unthinkable” do well internationally? It’s puzzling to me because The Element of Freedom is probably her first album to have a handful of single materials, but for some reason things just didn’t work out. And oh yeah, what is going on with the whole “Put It In A Love Song” situation? Madness. I suppose there won’t be a re-release after all, as she’s busy being a mother right now.

    And about Katy Perry, I would agree that Teenage Dream is better than her debut, and it is actually a good album — but it is definitely not a “Best Album” material. As you said, it is very much a popularity contest if we’re talking about that Grammy nomination; The Element of Freedom was more deserving to be nominated. But I’m kind of relieved that it wasn’t, because that would mean another undeserved Grammy for the overrated mess that is Feyonce. :b

  4. Blimey Limmy, I just found out the nominees for International Breakthrough (which you didn’t include here and why is that) AND WTF? Justin Bieber? GLEE CAST?! What a fuckery.

    Anyway. Why don’t we play a little guessing game here. I’ll give my Top 2 picks for every category and here they are:

    British Male: Plan B / Paul Weller
    British Female: Ellie Goulding / Paloma Faith
    British Group: Gorillaz / The xx
    British Breakthrough: The xx / Mumford and Sons
    British Single: Plan B – She Said / Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
    British Album: Plan B – The Defamation… / The xx – xx

    International Male: Cee-Lo Green / Eminem
    International Female: Robyn / Alicia Keys
    International Breakthrough: The Temper Trap / Bruno Mars
    International Group: Vampire Weekend / Arcade Fire
    International Album: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs / Eminem – Recovery

    What do you think?

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