LONDON, UK – The BRIT Awards, Britain’s version of the Grammys takes place on Wednesday, February 19 (February 20 in Manila).
Famous acts from varying generations are vying for top prizes this year.
David Bowie, for one, could become the oldest recipient of a Brit Award. Bowie, 67, nominated in the best British male solo artist category for his unexpected comeback last year with album “The Next Day”, is tipped to win the award for the first time since 1984.
The current oldest winner is Welsh crooner Tom Jones, who received an honorary prize for his outstanding contribution to music in 2003, when he was 62.
Meanwhile, British teen heartthrobs One Direction are the act to beat for the best video prize for their single “Best Song Ever”.
The award will be decided by social media for the first time at the BRITs, with voting open to fans around the world as the show will be screened on YouTube in a bid to boost its international status.
With almost 18 million followers on Twitter, Harry Styles and his One Direction bandmates have a clear advantage.
Ellie Goulding is expected to take the best British female prize, while Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys – who drew critical acclaim for a more polished sound on fifth album “AM” – are hot favorites for the best British group prize.
Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams – who provided the vocals behind Daft Punk’s global smash hit “Get Lucky” – and Arctic Monkeys will perform live during the show.
Here’s a short video compilation of nominees, posted by the BRIT Awards on Facebook:
Here are the nominees:
Flood & Alan Moulder
British Breakthrough Act
British Female Solo Artist
British Male Solo Artist
Critics’ Choice Award
International Female Solo Artist
Kings Of Leon
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
International Male Solo Artist
MasterCard British Album of the Year
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