Brit Awards Top Grammys for Irrelevance


Technically, yes.. but
we’ll have to wait another year to find out…


By Thee Creeper


That sawing sound? It’s a thousand music critics snoring
loudly as they drop off in the middle of reading the list of nominees for the
2012 Brit Awards.


Okay, so admittedly they are, of necessity, English-centric
in nature, which means that a lot of us can dismiss a bunch of the nominees
right off the bat. I mean, who the heck are Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Jessie J,
Chase & Status, Professor Green, Pixie Lott and The Wanted? But it’s a sad
state of affairs when a country with a legacy of generating cutting-edge music
dating all the way back to the ‘60s winds up with a roster of nominees that
makes our own Grammys look positively Pitchfork-esque (and I say that with the
assumption that everyone realizes
that as recently as 3 years ago the Grammys were still considered a joke, a
place where musicians went to preemptively
bid for “legacy artist” stature, also known as “putting themselves out to


No, by and large, as you can quickly surmise by scanning the
list of nominees
, the Brit Awards have become more conservative than the Tea
Party – which makes the handful of genuinely credible, non-mainstream artists
that did manage to get included stand out all the more prominently. That said,
our hunch is that these deserving nominees will not go home with trophies on Feb.
21 when the awards ceremony is held at London’s O2 Arena: Laura Marling, Kate Bush (British Female Solo Artist), Arctic Monkeys, Elbow (British Group), Noel Gallagher (British Male Solo
Artist), The Vaccines and Anna Calvi (British
Breakthrough Act).


(We should add PJ
to that list as well, although we have to note that the
BLURT-beloved icon is up for the “Mastercard British Album of the Year” award,
for Let England Shake, and as more
than one punter has pointed out in the past, being nominated for an award with
the name of a credit card as a prefix leaves a bit of a taint.)


As for a bunch of the other categories that delve into
international artists, those are, likewise, extremely mixed bags. We love us
some Feist, Bon Iver, Foo Fighters, Ryan
and (for the moment at least) Lana
Del Rey,
but the rest… zzzzz….


Decide for yourself by checking out the Brit Awards site.


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