In the US and in the UK - indeed, around the world, everyone is gearing up for the entertainment awards season. Fans speculate on whether their fav tune or film will make the cut, performers nervously track their latest releases on the charts and viewing audiences everywhere are keen to witness the lavish spectacles.

Fortunately, this year there will be a spectacle. We can't blame BPI for last year's pared-down show; that falls entirely on COVID. However, we can give them props for putting on a show as best as they could with the limitations they laboured under.

Generally, people hold the Grammys up as the gold standard of music award shows but, for UK music lovers, it's all about The Brits.

The Brit Awards ceremony is the most eagerly anticipated annual event of the UK music world and this year's show will surely not disappoint.

An Overview of this year's Brit Awards:
- Various headlining artists, from Adele to Anne-Marie performed at the awards ceremony.
- Many top acts have been nominated but, as of now, only one winner has been confirmed.
- The Brit Awards is only one of many music awards ceremonies that take place each year in the UK.
- A look back on last year's show can help us get a good idea of what to expect this year.

To make things even more exciting, this year, the production added a new dimension: live streaming for its international audience. After fully three British Invasions, our brand of music has made somewhat of an impact around the globe, don't you know.

The Brits are nearly set to go and we're raring for things to get underway, so let's get started.

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A Look Back on Last Year's Nominees and Winners

COVID has loomed large in our lives for more than a year. Or, to be more exact, it has wreaked havoc in our lives for what feels like forever and we're tired to the bone of it.

Doesn't it seem odd, then, amid of the greatest health crisis of our times, that anyone would think it's a good idea to put on a gala event?

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Little Mix was the first girl group to win Best British Group
Little Mix made history at the 2021 Brit Awards. Source: Wikipedia Credit: LoliloopLK

It was exactly what we needed, last year, locked down and wondering how to move on from where we were stuck. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), the organisation that sponsors and hosts these events carefully calculated how much of an audience they could afford to welcome and how to keep both spectators and performers virus-safe as the show progressed.

Between live performances and remote appearances, the show went relatively smoothly, giving us a glimpse of the normal life we will soon return to.

Going into the ceremony, Celeste, Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Joel Correy, Young T & Bugsey, and AJ Tracey had the most nominations - three apiece. However, only Dua Lipa walked away with more than one award, for British Album of the Year and British Female Solo Artist.

She will never receive the Female Solo Artist award again. Nor will any other musician, for that matter. Gendered categories were dropped after the 2021 Brits.

Read all about the 2021 Brit Awards, including a full list of nominees and winners, as well as who performed.

Who Will Perform at This Year's Show?

Last year was truly momentous for Dua Lipa. Not only was she among the most nominated and the only artist to receive more than one statuette, but she also performed a medley of some of her best songs during the show.

Adele is on the same track.

She too has been nominated multiple times, once more than Dua Lipa, in fact. And she will perform at this year's show, having (hopefully) bounced back from her Las Vegas fracas.

Other performers set to light up the stage at this year's Brits include:

  • Coldplay
  • Holly Humberstone
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Sam Fender
  • Little Simz
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Dave

Anne-Marie will do double-duty at this year's show. She performed her peppy Kiss My Uh Oh at the nomination show (without Little Mix, unfortunately) and is set to appear alongside KSI and Digital Farm Animals to treat us to Don't Play.

Doja Cat was set to perform but one of their members was stricken with COVID. They may be off the roster of performers but we'll keep them in our hearts and minds, all the same. And, besides, they can't escape attention for too long; they're nominated in two categories.

What about the other acts set to perform during the show? Find out who among them has been nominated for an award.

2022 Brit Award Winners

Everyone at BPI and who is otherwise associated with this affair has been rightly close-mouthed about who might sweep the statuettes table this year. That doesn't mean we can't speculate, does it?

For this year's Brits, four artists have been nominated in four categories apiece: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Little Simz and Santan Dave.

Little Simz is tied for nominations with Adele, Ed Sheeran and Dave
Rapper Little Simz is nominated in four categories. Source: Wikipedia Credit: Jwslubbock

Adele will be a fearsome 'competitor'. Ever since her long-awaited album dropped, the discussion around 30 has been nothing but laudatory - save for those little barbs about her making us wait so long. But will she claim every prize in every category she's nominated for? It's not likely, not with so many worthy contenders in the mix.

We can be sure she'll walk away with at least one statuette, though. Maybe two.

For the International Group of the Year category, the heavy favourite is BTS, of course, but they've been uncharacteristically subdued this year. And, by the way, COVID-stricken, too.

Meanwhile, ABBA put forth a tremendous effort to put together a song collection, one that included two specifically written for the current times. And all that work they did to reverse-age themselves surely counts for something, doesn't it?

On the other hand, with a heavy nostalgia vibe in the air just now, maybe Silk Sonic will claim the prize. Don't you fancy a bit of R & B early Motown revival?

Nominees for International Artist of the Year include Olivia Rodrigo - former Disney kid turned mega-music star, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish and the incomparable Taylor Swift.

Did you know that Ms Swift captured the Global Icon award at last year's Brits? This year, that category is not listed... along with four other categories.

As alluded to earlier, this year's show will not present gendered awards. Rather, the Best Male and Best Female awards - four, in total, have been combined into Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year. To make up for the category shortfall, four former categories have been revived.

To make these old/new categories more inclusive, the winners will be voted on via Tik Tok, rather than by the Academy. Audience participation is always fun and, considering that inclusivity was the reason for the categories change, this added dollop of inclusivity makes their efforts that much more sincere.

Who else is projected to win at this year's Brit Awards? Do you have any favs? What if you got wind of more predictions of who might win; would you change your mind?

Won't you let us know who your favs are?

Adwaith won the 2019 Welsh music prize
Adwaith was the 2019 Welsh Music Prize winner. Source: Wikipedia Credit: Hywel72

What Other UK Music Awards Are There?

As previously stated, for us Brits, The Brits is THE music awards show to watch. That doesn't mean there aren't any others that capture our attention.

Take the Kerrang! Awards, for example. Initiated by the music magazine of the same name, its focus is (nearly exclusively) on rock music. In the past, it has featured such artists as the Foo Fighters and Code Orange. Like other award shows, musicians present each other with awards for a host of different categories:

  • Best Song
  • Best Album
  • Best Band, British and International
  • Best Breakthrough Artist (again, British and International)
  • Best (British and International) Live Act
  • Kerrang! Legend, Inspiration and Icon - three separate categories.

Besides its rock focus, two aspects of the Kerrang! Awards distinguish it from the Brits. The awards show is irregularly televised; enthusiasts are more likely to find the list of winners either in that magazine or on Kerrang! YouTube channel, and they may catch select portions of the awards ceremony there, too.

The second noteworthy departure from the Brits is who decides awards recipients. Whereas the Brits winners are decided by the Academy, Kerrang! encourages their audience to pick their favourites and the artists with the most votes, win.

There's no word yet as to whether Kerrang! will put on a show this year but there are plenty other music award events you might attend.

How about The UK Country Music Awards? They are scheduled for April 3 in Leeds, and the show will feature some of last year's award winners, such as The Heartland Roots Band (Group of the Year Award) and Longstay (Best Country Song Award).

Keep in mind that this is American-style country music, not the type of 'down home' music you might hear in Scotland or Wales. If you wanted to discover the best music those countries' and Northern Irish musicians have to offer, you should watch or listen to their music awards ceremonies.

In all, the list of UK music celebrations past and present totals more than 50. Some, like the Q Awards, have been discontinued while others revamped their formats to suit the tastes of today's viewing audiences, and also to adapt to new technologies that make it possible to broadcast these events around the world.

As you wait impatiently for the 2022 Brits to get underway, why not discover some of the UK's other music awards?

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A vagabond traveler whose first love is the written word, I advocate for continuous learning, cycling, and the joy only a beloved pet can bring. There is plenty else I am passionate about, but those three should do it, for now.