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David Joseph, chairman of Brit Awards 2013, says singer’s speech should never have been cut and hints of planned surprise during his last ceremony at helm

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Adele gave the finger to organisers at the 2012 Brit awards ceremony when her album-of-the-year acceptance speech was cut short. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

When Adele gave her spine-tingling performance of her ballad Someone Like You at the Brits in 2011 a small miracle happened – the boisterous music industry for once fell silent, and listened. Last year, the singer again provided the most talked about moment of the evening by giving a frustrated one-fingered gesture to presenter James Corden after he cut off her acceptance speech for best album to make way for the final performers, Blur.

But at the Brits on Wednesday, the singer, who has dominated the UK and US charts since 2011 despite releasing only the single Skyfall last year, may finally get her moment to thank her fans.

Joseph, who is standing down as chairman after this year’s Brits, promised to go out with a bang. The show, broadcast live on ITV, will feature performances from stadium rockers Muse, Mumford & Sons, who have been nominated for three awards, Justin Timberlake, and Emeli Sandé, who leads the nominations and is up for four awards.

One Direction – who had two of the bestselling albums in the US last year – are nominated for best British group, and will perform One Way Or Another on the night. Robbie Williams, Ben Howard and Taylor Swift will also feature. “I would like to bow out saying we have made a bit of a difference,” said Joseph. “I want it to be great for the artists this year.”

During his three-year tenure, Joseph has overseen some of the biggest changes in Brits’ history: the venue changed to the O2, artists were included in the voting academy, a greater emphasis was given to album of the year, and the Brits statue was designed by well-known artists, this year featuring Damien Hirst‘s trademark spots.

“It think we’ve achieved everything we set out to do, we started off saying it was a bit chaotic and we wanted to make it more about music than about a TV show,” he said. “I think we did manage to make it more like the Grammys, with more gravitas.”

He denied suggestions the awards were too safe. “If people are looking for explosive controversy, we still don’t know what’s going to happen on the night. I’m not encouraging stage invasions, but they are magical moments that happen; no one has control over that.

“The lineup goes from pop to discovery to indie. It’s not dull; it’s a brilliant showcase for music.” The Brits remain important as a showcase for a certain moment in music, he said. “Shop windows and curation are massively needed when there is so much media fragmentation. Plus fans, viewers and, most importantly, artists love awards.”

This year’s Brits will also celebrate a year that saw four of the five best-selling albums in the US come from British artists, and will feature an international success award for the first time. “It’s amazing what is happening with British music overseas. We are thrilled about it, four of the top five is exceptional. It shows good taste,” he said. “When as an industry you realise you have four of the five top-selling acts in America, the only thing you want to do next is have five of the five.”

The UK recorded music industry, one of the first to be hit by the digital revolution and piracy, was turning a corner, but still had some way to go, said Joseph. The record trade association, BPI, revealed that last year digital album sales rose 14.8% to 30.5m, although CD album sales declined 19.5% year on year to 69.4m. Combined sales fell by 11.2% to 100.5m in 2012. “A few years ago we knew were going to go through a rough patch, mainly to do with piracy and the way people were discovering music,” said Joseph. “We have taken massive leaps in the last few years, going from nearly zero to 1 million people paying for subscription music services in the past three years.” Read more about Brit Awards 2013 here: Read more here: http://bit.ly/WQ0dUD

 

The British Academy Film Awards are scheduled for Feb. 10 at the Royal Opera House in London.

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LONDON – Lincoln leads the pack of nominations for this year’s upcoming British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film And Television Arts and sponsored by cellphone giant EE, securing 10 nominations.
Jeremy Irvine (Warhorse) and Alice Eve (Men in Black 3)were on hand at BAFTA’s central London HQ to announce the nominations for this year’s awards.

Les Misérables and Life of Pi are each nominated in nine categories while Skyfall has eight nominations.

Argo has seven nominations and Anna Karenina has six.

Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty are each nominated five times.

The winners will be presented with their nods at a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in the British capital.

The awards ceremony will be followed by a swanky official black tie dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast on BBC America in the US and in the U.K. on BBC 1.

The awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), will be handed out at a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10 here at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

BAFTA organizers resisted moving the scheduled dates for the nominations after a decision in the U.S. to move the Academy Awards nominations day to Jan. 10, leaving a day between them.

–written by start kemp for hollywoodreporter.com. image from celebscoop.co.uk

 

Kate Bush Gets New Year Honour

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Honour: Kate Bush

Kate Bush has been given a CBE for her services to the music industry.

She’s been named in the Queen’s annual New Year Honours list, alongside a number of names from the arts, sciences and Olympics.

In a brief statement she said she was “deeply honoured” to receive the title Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

She becomes a CBE alongside artist Tracy Enim, choreographer Arlene Philips and ex Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife Cherie.

Bush  – who was nominated for the Visionary gong at the inaugural Progressive Music Awards earlier this year – released her ninth studio album, 50 Words For Snow, in 2011.

At the time the told The Quietus: “Years ago I think I must have heard this idea that there were 50 words for snow in this, ah, Eskimo Land. I just thought it was such a great idea to have so many words about one thing.

“It is a myth – although it may hold true in a different language – but it was just a play on the idea: that if they had that many words for snow, did we? Just in our immediate language we have words like hail, slush, sleet, settling… So this was a way to try and take it into a more imaginative world.

“I love words. I think they’re fascinating and incredibly wonderful things. Part of the joy of my work is that I not only get to work with music but also with words. Sometimes it’s a difficult process but a lot of the time it’s really fun.”

–reviewed by martin kielty for progrock.com

 

 

Tom Odell wins Brits Critics’ Choice Award

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A 22-year-old British singer-songwriter, whose career took off after he was championed by Lily Allen, has become the first man to win the Brits Critics’ Choice Award.

Chichester-born Tom Odell has been tipped to break out in the coming year, with the critics’ award following a nomination for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 earlier this month.

The Brits first awarded the critics’ choice for an up and coming British musician in 2008 when it went to Adele. Since then artists including Jessie J, Florence and the Machine and Emili Sande have been honoured. Runners up for this year’s award were electro pop duo AlunaGeorge and Laura Mvula.

Odell said he was “thrilled and honoured” to win the award. “Looking at the list of amazing female artists who have won the award already, I just hope I don’t let the boys down.”

Odell, who has been writing songs for the best part of a decade, wrote and recorded his debut album over the summer.

His style has been compared to American singer Jeff Buckley, who died in 1997. After his nomination for the Sound of 2013, the BBC described his style as: “Vulnerability married to memorable melody.”

Lily Allen, now Lily Rose Cooper, was alerted to Odell by a friend and she signed him to her label. It came after just four gigs.

Odell’s energy onstage “reminded me of David Bowie,” Cooper said. She told the NME: “His voice is fragile yet powerful and he sings mainly love songs,” adding: “It’s not soppy and moany at all, it’s energetic and insightful. And he’s totally gorgeous as well.”

This year the Brits will introduce its first global success award, aimed at honouring British acts that have achieved huge success overseas. Adele, Mumford & Sons and One Direction are likely to be front runners for the inaugural award.

This year, James Corden will return to present the awards ceremony on 20 February, handing the winning acts statuettes designed by Damien Hirst.

The charity War Child will receive a Special Recognition award on its 20th anniversary, after helping 800,000 children in war-torn countries. The Outstanding Contribution prize, which went to Blur last year, has been dropped.

by nick clark for independent.co.uk

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