It’s that time of year once again, when some of the biggest, best and most worthy acts get recognised for their contributions to music through the prestigious BRIT Awards. From the biggest existing names in hip hop, pop, indie and beyond, to the freshest of faces that have broken the mould, we’re delighted to be giving fans the opportunity to see these nominees live - from festival appearances to their own tours and residencies, check out where you can catch some of the hottest acts picked by the BRIT awards…
Soulful South London singer Ella Mai has checked off as fair amount of achievements at the age of 23, with a catchy single ‘Boo’d Up’ becoming a certified anthem and becoming the first UK artist to top the US R&B chart in a mighty 26 years (the last artist to do this did so before she was even born!), so her nomination for British Breakthrough is a deserved one indeed. She’ll be heading to Wireless Festival this summer, alongside fellow nominees Cardi B and Travis Scott.
Twenty One Pilots
Following the anticipated release of their first album in three years, Twenty One Pilots have showcased their staying power and continuously innovative pop song creations with their latest record ‘Trench’. More than that, though, as their touring schedule and sell-out shows show just how in-demand this band are - which is probably one of many reasons the duo have been nominated for Best International Group. You can see the pair headline this year’s Leeds Festival on August bank holiday weekend.
Best Single / Best Video
Nominated for two awards for the same single, the DnB collective Rudimental have managed to claim both Best Single and Best Video for their track ‘These Days’. Featuring the vocals talents of Jess Glynne & Dan Caplen, as well as some bars from Macklemore, it’s no surprise that the track has garnered such attraction. The group will be taking on a DJ set at Croatia’s Hideout Festival this July, as well as bringing back their incredible popular pool parties Rudimental & Friends at Ibiza Rocks Hotel. See all of their upcoming dates here.
Best British Male
With a career spanning over three decades, we’re delighted to see that Craig David is nominated for Best British Male at this year’s BRIT Awards. This isn’t the first time, though, as this marks the fourteenth nomination for the RnB singer and UKG championer - fingers crossed this one is a win! Craig David is taking his sound to various locations with his upcoming UK tour taking him to Cheltenham, Powderham, Colchester, Dundee and Peterborough, as well a lengthy season of pool parties at Ibiza Rocks Hotel and a set at South West Four Festival on August Bank Holiday weekend. See all of his upcoming dates here.
Best British Group / Album of the Year
After a short hiatus, The 1975 came back with a bang and every indie fan rejoiced! As did the BRIT Awards as they’ve selected the group to not only be put up for Best British Group alongside legends Gorillaz and Arctic Monkeys, as well as pop sensations Little Mix, but their return to music-making record ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ has been put forward as Album Of The Year. No doubt, the quartet are dominating the live music circuit this year, and their headline slot at this year’s Leeds Festival on August bank holiday weekend is bound to be a highlight.
British Breakthrough / British Single
Having garnered frequent radio airplay everybody in the English-speaking world has heard the Earth-shatteringly good 'Leave A Light On', so it’s just as well that the track was nominated for Best British Single. That’s not all though, as the vocal talents of Tom Walker have gained him such notoriety that the artist was also put forward for British Breakthrough artist of the year at the BRITs. Catch him live at Europe’s biggest and most versatile festival as he’ll be playing EXIT Festival this July.
Best International Female
The social media queen, the rap goddess, the Wireless Festival headliner, it’s to the surprise of absolutely nobody that Cardi B has made this list of top acts as she’s nothing short of an incredible unstoppable force in the hip hop world. The release of her debut album Invasion of Privacy has meant dancefloor domination for the rapper, and World domination doesn’t seem that far behind as she takes on one of three headline slots at this year’s Wireless Festival in London this July.
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