Burna Boy and Bruce Springsteen Grammys nominee, Nigeria’s Burna Boy has been nominated for this year’s Brits Awards for the best international male award. The Nigerian who received several international awards last year will contest with veteran American singer, Bruce Springsteen, who was 70 years old last September.
Other nominees in the category are Dermot Kennedy, Post Malone and Tyler, the Creator Burna Boy released his African Giant album last year, to global acclaim, while Springsteen’s nineteenth studio album, Western Stars, was released on June 14, 2019. The winner will be announced during the annual awards show, the 40th at London’s O2 Arena on February 18. Burna Boy’s collabo with Dave’s ‘Location’, is also in contention for song of the year. Scottish indie singer Lewis Capaldi and rapper Dave were also shortlisted for same four prestigious awards.
The pair have been nominated in the male solo artist, song of the year, new artist of the year and album categories, organisers announced late Saturday. London rapper Dave, 21, broke through last year with his album “Psychodrama”, which topped Britain’s album chart, while Glaswegian Capaldi is up for “Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent,” the country’s best-selling album of 2019. The singer also received a Grammy nomination for his single “Someone You Loved”, which topped the US chart.
Grime rapper Stormzy, who headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2019, is shortlisted in three categories, as is singer Mabel, daughter of Swedish star Neneh Cherry. Rockers The 1975 stole last year’s show, with US singer Pink also honoured.
The awards have recognised the cream of British pop music since they were first held in 1977, and have often been peppered with scandal and farce. Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker stormed the stage in protest while Michael Jackson performed surrounded by children in 1996. In 1998, Chumbawamba vocalist Danbert Nobacon dumped a bucket of iced water over then deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
And Madonna suffered whiplash injuries at the 2015 edition when she fell off the stage wearing a giant cape and surrounded by dancers wearing bondage-style costumes and horns on their heads. The British music industry contributed Pound 4.5 billion ($5.8 billion, 5.1 billion euros) to the UK economy in 2015, and British artists accounted for one of every eight albums purchased worldwide. The full list of nominations: Mastercard Album of the Year Dave Psychodrama Lewis Capaldi Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent Michael Kiwanuka Kiwanuka Stormzy Heavy is the Head Song of the Year AJ Tracey “Ladbroke Grove” Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man “Giant” Dave “Location (ft.
Burna Boy)” Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care” Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved” Mabel “Don’t Call Me Up” Mark Ronson “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (ft. Miley Cyrus)” Sam Smith and Normani “Dancing With a Stranger)” Stormzy “Vossi Bop” Tom Walker “Just You and I” Best New Artist Aitch Dave Lewis Capaldi Mabel Sam Fender Male Solo Artist Dave Harry Styles Lewis Capaldi Michael Kiwanuka Stormzy Female Solo Artist Charli XCX FKA Twigs Freya Ridings Mabel Mahalia Best Group Bastille Bring Me The Horizon Coldplay D-Block Europe Foals International Female Ariana Grande Billie Eilish Camila Cabello Lana Del Rey Lizzo International Male Bruce Springsteen Burna Boy Dermot Kennedy Post Malone Tyler, the Creator Rising Star Celeste
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