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#music The Brit A-Bored

Posted on the 10 January 2014 by Abolishconfusion @ac_mag
Following on from my last post about the lack of exciting music on its way this year, 2013 seemed pretty dull too if you look at the nominees for the Brits. I like the Brit Awards, it's usually a good show, they have some decent live acts, the presenters tend to be pretty ropey and it is a celebration of decent mainstream music, and, as a fan of mainstream music, it ticks all the boxes. For some bizarre reason ITV thought it would be a good idea to make the nomination announcements into a TV show, why? I know they have done this before, usually on late at night on ITV2 but this year Nick Grimshaw tried his hardest to make Birdy, Jessie J and the cast of I'm A Celebrity's after-show show come across as interesting and watchable on ITV1!
#music The Brit A-Bored
The industry-filled party had already happened, the show wasn't live, if you wanted to know who was nominated it was no challenge in finding out, I was aware that Haim were up for a gong having seen the plea on Facebook for a vote.
I'm a sucker for any music-based tv show so I sat through it, hoping something interesting would pop up, sadly nothing really happened. In-between announcing nominations, which Bastille (I don't understand why Bastille even have a record deal!), Laura Mvula and Disclosure were up for more than they deserved there were live performances that felt flat and forced. Sam Smith deservedly won the Critics Choice Award (he's guaranteed a good 2014), the promising star came across as a lovely young chap, his voice is incredible but I really was put off by him performance, hope it was just nerves...
There was some positives: Arctic Monkeys, Tom Odell and David Bowie featured heavily in the shortlists and the likes of Lorde, Arcade Fire and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are in the running too but the 'biggest band in the world', One Direction only featured twice, bizarre.

This seems like a particularly weak year for the awards, which again will be hosted by James Corden who, actually, I don't mind. No doubt Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry will put on entertaining performances but what the fuck has happened to British music! This is turning into a crisis.

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