Your Guide To The BRIT Awards' Nominees

Posted: Monday 13 January 2020

The nominees for the BRIT Awards 2020 have been revealed! It’s one of the biggest nights in the music calendar, but who’ll be the ones taking home the iconic trophies? Here, we take a look at just some of those in the running and where you can catch them live.


MICHAEL KIWANUKA

NOMINATED FOR: MALE SOLO ARTIST, ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Michael Kiwanuka made a storming return last year with the release of his third full-length album, KIWANUKA. A record that is brimming with bold musicianship and confidence, it is perhaps his finest collection of songs yet, floating between soul, rock, psychedelia and jazz, it delivers a kaleidoscope of sounds and sensations.

Three years on from the release of his sophomore album, Love & Hate, the album that saw Michael nominated for Male Solo Artist and Album Of The Year at the 2017 BRIT Awards, could his latest offering be enough to win him the gong this time around? We’ll have to wait and see.

O2 Academy Birmingham: Sunday 1 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Guildhall Southampton: Monday 2 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bournemouth: Tuesday 3 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Thursday 5 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Saturday 7 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Leeds: Thursday 12 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Newcastle: Friday 13 March* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.


LEWIS CAPALDI

NOMINATED FOR: MALE SOLO ARTIST, NEW ARTIST, BEST SONG, ALBUM OF THE YEAR

It’s no surprise really that Lewis Capaldi is up for four awards. The Scottish singer had a phenomenal 2019 and was named the hardest working musician of the year, playing just under 200 live shows before Christmas rolled around.

His infectious personality and hilarious social media presence have left us all glued to his Instagram in recent months, whilst his astonishing vocals, as heard in smash single, ‘Someone You Loved’, is what has truly set him apart from any other artist. His debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, shot to number one and was packed full of emotional pop-ballads that can be enjoyed by mums, dads, lads and couples alike, and in what feels like no time at all, he’s become the nation’s new favourite star. We’re already preparing ourselves for his acceptance speech should he win.

O2 Apollo Manchester: Monday 2 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Apollo Manchester: Tuesday 3 March* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.


MABEL

NOMINATED FOR: FEMALE SOLO ARTIST, NEW ARTIST, BEST SONG

Mabel is responsible for some of the biggest chart bangers of last year and ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ has swiftly become the ultimate single girl’s anthem, sitting pride of place in party playlists worldwide throughout 2019.

Now a fully-fledged pop star, Mabel first earnt her stripes collaborating with names like Kojo Funds, Stefflon Don and Not3s, before ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ came and changed everything. Following it up with the release of her debut album, High Expectations, she landed a Top 3 chart position and had us all feeling fierce af with her badass pop power anthems. With three nominations under her belt, she’s going to be a strong contender at this year’s awards, but no matter the outcome, we’ll still be down the front at her upcoming live shows and bowing down to pop music’s newest queen.


MAHALIA

NOMINATED FOR: FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Battling Mabel for the British Female Solo Artist award this year is 21-year-old R&B singer, Mahalia. Having steadily dropped a selection of standout singles, including collaborations with Little Simz and Kojey Radical, we were finally blessed with her debut full-length, Love & Compromise at the start of September.

Infectious and playful, the record inhabits a youthful spirit, bringing melody to the forefront and showcasing Mahalia’s beautiful storytelling. The record is the sound of a young girl blossoming into a woman and accepting herself, it’s the sound of love and power, and is a record that has established Mahalia as a future leader of the R&B world.

O2 Academy Brixton: Friday 1 May* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.


SAM FENDER

NOMINATED FOR: NEW ARTIST

Last year’s Critic’s Choice (now known as the Rising Star) Award-winner, Sam Fender, followed up his win with an intense year of touring and releasing his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles. The Geordie lad continued to go from strength-to-strength and his modern-day Springsteen sound has quickly become adored by millions.

Wrapping up 2019 by having the album’s title track named the Hottest Record Of The Year by Annie Mac, Sam has helped to prove that guitar music is well and truly alive and that it can only be made better by adding a little saxophone from time-to-time. With the biggest headline shows of his career on the horizon, it looks like it’s going to be another standout year for the 25-year-old and we’ll undoubtedly be chanting along to his festival-ready anthems all summer long.

O2 Academy Newcastle: Monday 17 February* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Newcastle: Wednesday 19 February* Buy Tickets

O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester: Friday 20 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester: Saturday 21 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Bristol: Thursday 14 May* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Saturday 16 May* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Brixton: Sunday 17 May* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.


DERMOT KENNEDY

NOMINATED FOR: INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

There’s one artist that has shaken up the folk world and turned the genre on its head this year, and that’s Dermot Kennedy.

The Irish singer began life busking on the streets of Dublin with his acoustic guitar, but his love for hip hop, poetry and nature have all played a part in developing his sound to become an amalgamation of the things that inspire him. His debut album, Without Fear, landed in early October and became the longest-reigning number one album by an Irish artist in five years. Inside it, you’ll find a soothing mix of gentle guitar melodies, subtle electronic elements and husky vocals serenading you about love, pain and hope, which live, becomes a breath-taking display of showmanship and emotion.

O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester: Saturday 28 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester: Sunday 29 March Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Glasgow: Tuesday 31 March* Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Glasgow: Wednesday 1 April* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.


CELESTE

WINNER: BRIT AWARDS RISING STAR

Crowned the BBC Sound of 2020 winner and the BBC Introducing Artist of the Year, all eyes are currently fixed firmly on soul singer, Celeste. Her rich, soft and powerful vocals have left listeners awestruck, with everyone from Annie Mac to Elton John singing her praises.

Recent single, ‘Strange’, is a dazzling display of her talent, whilst throughout the rest of her catalogue you’ll find elements of jazz, funk and blues. She’s already tackled Glastonbury and Latitude and has her biggest headline show yet to come, but one thing’s for sure, you’ll be seeing plenty of the BRIT’s Rising Star winner this year.

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Wednesday 29 April* Buy Tickets

*This show is sold out but re-sale tickets may be available through our official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster.


See the full list of nominees here.


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