February 19, 2013


Fuse Predicts 2013 BRIT Awards Winners

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The BRIT Awards, aka England's way funnier, way drunker version of the Grammys, kicks off tomorrow night at London's O2 Arena. Other than an already-announced apology for cutting off Adele's speech last year, the BRITs are as unpredictable as awards ceremonies come. But Fuse is taking a stab at predicting (guesstimating?) this year's winners. Check 'em out below, then place your bets in the comments.

British Male Solo Artist:
Ben Howard
Calvin Harris
Olly Murs
Richard Hawley
Plan B

Winner: Calvin Harris
Because: Duh, EDM is, like, so big this year. Harris even got Florence Welch to weirdly strip in their video for "Sweet Nothing," which is one of the year's best songs.

British Breakthrough Act:
Ben Howard
Jessie Ware
Rita Ora
Jake Bugg

Winner: Jessie Ware
Because: Devotion is a debut album so strong that it could support not one, but probably five careers. Or just one really, really big career. So expect good things from Ms. Ware.

British Female Solo Artist:
Amy Winehouse
Bat for Lashes
Emeli Sande
Jessie Ware
Paloma Faith

Winner: Amy Winehouse
Because: After this, she's gone forever folks. No more singles and no more posthumous albums (hopefully), so this would be her last win. Plus, the acceptance speech from Papa Winehouse will be a tear-jerker.

British Group:
Mumford & Sons
One Direction
the xx

Winner: Mumford & Sons
Because: Aside from America's Sweetheart/Heartbreaker Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons sold the most albums in the U.S. in 2012. And since 1776 there's nothing Brits love than seeing Americans losing.

British Live Act:
Mumford & Sons
The Rolling Stones
The Vaccines

Winner: The Rolling Stones
Because: Because, like Winehouse, this will probably be the Stones' last opportunity at the podium. And every Brit wants to watch grouchy ol' Ronnie Wood drunk in public to make themselves feel better.

International Female Solo Artist:
Alicia Keys
Cat Power
Lana Del Rey
Taylor Swift

Winner: Lana Del Rey
Because: Her album Born to Die sold super well in the U.K. And after that disastrous turn on Saturday Night Live, she even sang decently for the U.K.'s Jools Holland. In short: Lana does well in England.

International Group:
Alabama Shakes
The Black Keys
The Killers
The Script

Winner: The Black Keys
Because: The Ohio-bred blue-rock duo won a ton of awards at the Grammys, which is a good enough indicator for us.

British Producer of the Year: 
Damon Albarn
Paul Epworth
Jake Gosling

Winner: Damon Albarn
Because: He's in a little British band called Blur. Maybe you've heard of them? They're royalty in the U.K. and you don't publicly diss the royals, unless you want your head removed.

British Album of the Year:
Emeli Sande
Mumford & Sons
Paloma Faith
Plan B

Winner: alt-J
Because: Real talk: The band's debut album An Awesome Wave was indeed awesome and it returned the World Wide Web's buzz-o-meter across the Atlantic.

International Male Solo Artist:
Bruce Springsteen
Jack White
Frank Ocean
Michael Buble

Winner: Frank Ocean
Because: Um, have you heard channel ORANGE?

British Single:
Alex Clare
Coldplay & Rihanna
DJ Fresh
Florence + the Machine
Emeli Sande
Jessie J
Olly Murs
Rita Ora
Rizzle Kicks
Robbie Williams
James Arthur

Winner: Alex Clare
Because: His hit "Too Close" is unofficially England's most ubiquitous pop export this year. It's a patchwork of folk, pop and dubstep sounds and has a whopping 40 million YouTube views. Disagree with that.