The 2018 Brit Awards nominations have now been officially revealed. Despite the north of the UK being under-represented on the whole, there was at least something to shout about with Liam Gallagher being nominated for the British Male Solo Artist award.
LG believes he has no chance of winning the award and instead took the opportunity to gloat over his brother’s omission from the nominations. So, is he completely out of the running or could he in fact be a dark horse to scoop the prize?
We’ve taken a look at all five artists in the running for the award to sum up LG’s chances. Gallagher must fend off the likes of Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man & Loyle Carner if he is to collect the gong next month, so does he stand a chance?
The man of the people. Liam Gallagher silenced many of his critics in 2017 when he returned to launch his solo career, and things couldn’t have gone any better for the former Oasis frontman. As You Were went straight in at number one in the UK album charts and was received well by fans and critics alike, culminating in this BRIT Awards nomination.
It will have been pretty hard for anybody to live through 2017 without hearing his name mentioned. He pretty much dominated the calendar year in his genre but of course with the BRITs being geared more towards pop music, Gallagher may struggle against his fellow nominees. We will be backing him nonetheless!
Surely the bookies favourite for the award will be Ed Sheeran. Sheeran enjoyed global success with his critically acclaimed third studio album Divide in 2017, which included the hits Shape of You, Castle on the Hill, Galway Girl and Perfect. He also broke chart records left, right and centre last year, and at one point even had three different versions of one song in the Top 5 of the UK singles charts.
So if you’re basing the winner of this award on success in 2017, then Ed is your winner. Although he was actually born in Yorkshire, his childhood was based firmly in Suffolk, so unfortunately we can’t claim Ed as our own up north.
Another worthy contender is the man who played a big role in bringing grime to the forefront of British music – and of course to the BRITs. The rapper released his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer last year and the response was phenomenal, with several hit singles coming from the release.
Stormzy was extremely unlucky not to win at last year’s ceremony, and will surely pick up something this year. Ed Sheeran is the man to beat in 2018, but Stormzy comes with huge acclaim and it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if his name is read out come February…
Rag’n’Bone Man, real name Rory Graham, picked up both the Critic’s Choice Award and Best Breakthrough Artist in 2017. This seemed quite a contradictory combination of awards to pick up in the same year, with one eluding to an artist set for big things in the coming year and the other for an artist who has already broken through.
Regardless of this, he is nominated for a bigger award this year, and although his debut album sold plenty of copies here in the UK and further afield, he comes in as an outsider. Stranger things have happened though, so we shall have to wait and see…
Loyle Carner, whose stage name is humorously a spoonerism of the young rapper’s double-barrelled surname, is probably the least well-known of the five contenders for Best British Male. However, he certainly can’t be underestimated. The hip-hop artist was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize with his debut album Yesterday’s Gone, which included the guitar-infused hit single No CD.
Carner played an impressive set at last year’s Reading and Leeds Festival and is certainly a star of the future. However, he would be a long shot to take this particular crown based on the strong competition. One thing for certain is that the football-loving 23-year-old will have the trademark grin on his face regardless of who wins.
The 2018 BRIT Awards ceremony takes place on 21st February at the O2 Arena in London. As you were.