11 Largest Snubs And Surprises From The 2021 Brit Awards Nominations

The nominees for this 12 months’s Brit Awards have now been introduced, with Dua Lipa, Celeste, AJ Tracey and Arlo Parks amongst this 12 months’s most nominated stars.

Whereas the previous 12 months have been, nicely, garbage for just about all of us, it must be mentioned that there’s been some good music in that point, so we have been curious to see precisely who would find yourself bagging nominations on the Brits.

As ever, there have been just a few nice surprises within the combine, but additionally some acts that we have been shocked didn’t find yourself making the lower.

Listed below are 11 of the stand-out snubs and surprises from this 12 months’s Brits shortlist…

SURPRISE – Arlo Parks

Album Of The Yr, Feminine Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist

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Our major take-away from this 12 months’s Brits nominations is sheer pleasure for Arlo Parks, who has emerged as one of many prime contenders on the upcoming awards.

We’ve been singing Arlo’s praises for some time now, and despite the fact that we knew she was greater than deserving of Brits recognition, we weren’t fairly positive whether or not she was mainstream sufficient but to land a nomination exterior of Breakthrough Artist.

Nonetheless, with nods within the Album Of The Yr and Feminine Solo Artist classes, we’re over the moon to say she proved us incorrect. For those who haven’t checked out her dreamy debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams, now could be the right time to treatment that.

SNUB – Kylie Minogue

Worldwide Feminine Solo Artist

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We settle for that the Worldwide Feminine Class was an particularly stacked one in 2021 (extra on that to come back, we are able to guarantee you), however we’re nonetheless stunned the Brits couldn’t make some room for Kylie Minogue, a long-time pal of the awards present. 

Final 12 months noticed Kylie storming to primary within the albums chart together with her newest launch, Disco, which additionally obtained rave opinions and impressed her improbable live-streamed efficiency, Infinite Disco (Disco truly ended up being one of many largest albums of 2020, one spot beneath Album Of The Yr nominee J Hus).

Disco might not have spawned any prime 40 singles – however veteran act Bruce Springsteen nonetheless acquired a nod within the Worldwide Male class off the again of his chart-topping launch, so it’s a disgrace the Brits couldn’t give Kylie the identical recognition after an enormous 12 months for the Australian star.

SNUB – Woman Gaga

Worldwide Feminine Solo Artist

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Like Kylie, Woman Gaga had a monster-sized (when you’ll pardon the pun) 2020, thanks in no small half to her album, Chromatica, which topped the UK albums charts and spawned the highest 10 hits Silly Love and Rain On Me.

Once more, competitors was stiff within the Worldwide Feminine class this 12 months, so we perceive that not everybody goes to get one of many 5 slots going. With stats like these, although – to not point out big reward for Chromatica – former Brits winner Gaga is unquestionably a notable absentee from the listing.

SURPRISE – Billie Eilish and Cardi B 

Worldwide Feminine Solo Artist 

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Clearly, Billie Eilish and Cardi B are completely worthy recipients of Brit Awards nominations (the previous is definitely the reigning winner within the Worldwide Feminine class), with each of them scoring a number of hit singles within the eligibility interval.

Nonetheless, historically artists may have needed to launch an album within the 12 months because the earlier 12 months’s Brits to be in competition for an award, so we have been stunned to see that the foundations have modified for 2021′s ceremony.

It’s a little bit of a disgrace, too, as so many worldwide feminine artists have had success with album releases prior to now 12 months, solely to overlook out on a nomination.

Nonetheless, each Cardi and Billie every topped the UK singles chart in 2020, so nobody can say both of them is undeserving of their spot.

SNUB – Megan Thee Stallion

Worldwide Feminine Artist

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Megan Thee Stallion was accountable for one among 2020′s largest hits (the long-lasting Cardi B collaboration WAP), and simply got here from being awarded Greatest New Artist on the Grammys.

The Texas-born rapper’s debut album Good Information did miss out on a prime 40 placement within the UK, so in some other 12 months we’d perceive her not getting nominated.

Nonetheless, on condition that, like Cardi and Billie, she has a UK primary to her title prior to now 12 months – in addition to her omnipresent Savage remix, that includes a sure Beyoncé – we’re a bit gutted for Megan that this wasn’t sufficient to land her first Brits nomination.


Male Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist

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Shifting on from the worldwide classes for a minute…

After initially gaining a loyal following on YouTube, KSI launched his debut rap album in 2020, peaking at quantity two within the UK and getting the thumbs up from followers and critics.

Dissimulation led to 2 prime 10 hits (his 2020 Nathan Dawe collaboration additionally peaked at quantity three), however regardless of his chart success, KSI was noticeably absent in each the Breakthrough Artist and Male Solo Artist classes.

Nonetheless, the longer term is unquestionably shiny for the web persona. The three singles from his still-upcoming second album have all peaked inside the prime three, and he did handle to land one nomination this 12 months, for the aforementioned Nathan Dawe collab Lighter.

SNUB – Charli XCX

Album Of The Yr, Feminine Solo Artist

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Charli XCX has grow to be well-known for dancing to the beat of her personal drum inside the music scene, and in 2020, she set herself a problem to create a model new album whereas quarantining at her dwelling in Los Angeles.

The outcome was the critically-acclaimed How I’m Feeling Now, one among Charli’s best-received albums up to now.

How I’m Feeling Now was even shortlisted for the Mercury Prize final 12 months, so we wouldn’t have been completely stunned to have seen it get some recognition within the Album Of The Yr class on the Brits. Sadly, regardless of a nod in 2020 off the again of her third album Charli, the Brits did not nominated the British star this 12 months.

SNUB – Slowthai 

Male Solo Artist, Album Of The Yr

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Undoubtedly an artist that is aware of easy methods to get folks speaking, Slowthai managed to greatest his debut when he launched his second album Tyron in March 2021, topping the UK albums chart.

In fact, given what occurred final time Slowthai was on stage at a significant awards present, we are able to perceive why there is perhaps some reluctancy to have him on the guestlist. That being mentioned, no matter what folks might consider the British rapper, his efficiency on the Brits stage would undoubtedly have been a second.

SNUB – Justin Bieber

Worldwide Male

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The Biebs’ 2020 album Modifications was removed from his most acclaimed, nevertheless it did handle to choose up a handful of nominations on the Grammys in 2021, together with Greatest Pop Vocal Album and Greatest Pop Solo Efficiency.

We thought this might have translated to some Brits recognition, too, nevertheless it wasn’t to be, with Justin lacking out on the Worldwide Male shortlist. 

SURPRISE – Jessie Ware

Album Of The Yr

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We’ve had Jessie Ware’s album What’s Your Pleasure? on repeat because the day it was launched, so we had every thing crossed that she’d be selecting up at the very least one nomination at this 12 months’s Brits.

Think about our pleasure, then, when she picked up two, together with Album Of The Yr, the most important award of the evening. A lot deserved, and we couldn’t be happier for the singer, podcast host and occasional cook dinner.

The 2021 Brit Awards will happen reside at The O2 Enviornment on 11 Might, with comic Jack Whitehall on presenting duties for the fourth 12 months in a row.

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