Brit Awards 2014: Bastille and Disclosure lead nominees
Story by Jack Foley
BASTILLE and Disclosure lead the nominations for the 2014 Brit Awards.
Both acts have been shortlisted in the same four categories – best single, best British group, breakthrough artist and best album for their debuts – in London four-piece Bastille’s case for Bad Blood and for brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, from Surrey, for their album, Settle.
Ellie Goulding and dance collective Rudimental scored the next most nods, with three each, while two-time Brit winner David Bowie landed two nominations, for best British male and best album, as did Arctic Monkeys.
Goulding is nominated twice in the best single category, for the dance-pop anthem Burn and her collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris, I Need Your Love, as well as for best female solo artist, in which category she will compete against Birdy, Jessie J, Laura Marling and Laura Mvula.
Bowie, meanwhile, is shortlisted in the best British male category alongside Jake Bugg, Tom Odell, John Newman and Mercury Prize winner James Blake.
His surprise album The Next Day, meanwhile, competes for best British album against Bastille, Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys, for their fifth album AM, and Rudimental.
For the second year running, there will be no outstanding contribution award in 2014, but the best British video category is being resurrected for the first time since 2002, although nominees have yet to be announced.
The winner will be decided on the night by fans using social media.
The nominations were revealed by BBC Radio 1 breakfast show DJ Nick Grimshaw at a launch show in central London on Thursday, January 9, 2014, where Sam Smith was handed his Critic’s Choice award, given each year to a promising up-and-coming artist.
The awards themselves will be handed out at London’s O2 arena on February 19, with comedian James Corden presiding over the ceremony for the third and final time.
Arctic Monkeys will open the show with a live performance, include Bastille, Bruno Mars, up for best international male, Katy Perry (who competes in the international female category) and Rudimental.