THE GIRLS SET TO STORM THE BRIT AWARDS 2014

BATD ON Feb 18, 2014 AT 1:53 pm

by Valirie Morgan

BRIT Awards 2014

BRIT Awards 2014

The BRIT Awards are tomorrow, and this year’s list of nominees is anything but a boys’ club. There is some serious girl power climbing the music charts these days, and it definitely shows during this awards season! The competition is fierce, pitting fresh faces like Laura Mvula against veterans Ellie Goulding and Jessie J; comeback queen Pink is matched against heavyweight divas Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Then there’s the newbies: rising stars like Janelle Monáe, Lorde and Laura Marling. The ladies aren’t just competing against each other, though. Several nominees are the only females in their category: Ellie Goulding in the British Video and British Single categories, Laura Mvula in the British Breakthrough Act, and sibling trio Haim in the International Group race. In celebration of tomorrow night’s awards, take a look at each of the “belles of the BRITs” and make your predictions before the winners are revealed live on ITV1 at 8pm!

Birdy

Birdy

Birdy - At just 17 years old, Birdy has taken the music industry by storm ever since winning music competition “Open Mic UK” in 2008 and releasing her chart-topping debut album, Birdy. Her sophomore record, Fire Within, was released last fall and has enjoyed phenomenal success so far — and it hasn’t even dropped in the U.S. yet! Birdy has proved to be a powerhouse musician with a long career ahead of her, so we’re excited to see how she fares against the competition in the British Female Solo Artist award category.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding - Wispy-voiced British darling Ellie Goulding has been enjoying a steady rise to stardom over the past several years, and 2014 is no exception. She’s up against all-male competition in both the British Video and British Single categories, which might be something that works to her advantage (we’re hoping!), and she’s also up for British Female Solo Artist. With more nominations this year than any other female, there’s a definite possibility that the blonde crooner comes home with a trophy in hand.

HAIM

HAIM

HAIM - New to the spotlight, girl group Haim are bringing the female power back to pop-rock, and they’re keeping it in the family while they’re at it: Este, Danielle and Alana Haim are all sisters! Their debut album, Days Are Gone, has been doing incredibly well, and they’ve already played gigs ranging from the iTunes Festival to Saturday Night Live. With a sound that’s frequently compared to Fleetwood Mac, Haim has quickly earned a spot in our hearts for their upbeat, harmonic tunes. They’ve got stiff competition in the International Group category with fellow nominees Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kings of Leon and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, but Haim is certainly not going anywhere soon — keep an eye (or an ear) out for them in the future.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe - The R&B up-and-comer is a fresh face to the BRIT Awards, but she’s holding her own against the other chart-topping divas up for the International Female Solo Artist award. Probably best known for her featured part in the 2012 hit single “We Are Young” by Fun., Monáe’s latest studio album, The Electric Lady, was released in September of last year, and the record garnered praise from fans as well as a lot of critical acclaim.

Jessie J

Jessie J

Jessie J - The intense singer is known for her crazy powerful vocals, and those pipes are helping Jessie J knock the competition off their feet. The born-and-raised London lady’s second album, Alive, reached number five on the UK music charts. Her unconventional style mixes pop, R&B, hip hop and even some soul — bringing a lot of diversity and variety to the category of British Female Solo Artist. The hometown girl will be back in London for the awards, and maybe she’ll have a “home-field advantage” at this year’s BRITs!

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry - Is there anyone who doesn’t love at least one of Katy Perry’s songs? Her “Roar”-ing success and adorable relationship with John Mayer have made her a fan favorite and a powerful contender in the International Female Solo Artist contest. Prism, her fourth studio album, was originally meant to have a darker feel than the rest of her repertoire, but ended up focusing around a theme of self-empowerment. We hope this optimistic spirit carries over into tomorrow’s awards, because Katy is a massive leader in her category.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga - The mega-diva’s long awaited album, Artpop, proved that Lady Gaga is always able to capture our attention — and she’s as creative and bizarre as ever (in a good way!). After collaborating with the soulful R. Kelly on “Do What U Want” and cementing the infectious “Applause” tune in our ears, Lady Gaga poses a definitive threat to everyone else in the International Female Solo Artist category. Mother Monster won three BRITs back in 2010, including one in the category she’s up for this year, so there’s no reason why she shouldn’t be able to do it again!

Laura Marling

Laura Marling

Laura Marling – Folk musician Laura Marling has been around the block a couple of times, and she’ll keep going for a while longer because her career is nowhere near finished. Her most recent release, Once I Was An Eagle, is the fourth album in her discography, and like her other records, it’s been achieving great success. She won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 BRITs and was nominated for the same award in 2012, so Marling is a true contender in her British Female Solo Artist nomination category this year.

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula – If you haven’t heard of Laura Mvula, you will soon — the English soul singer-songwriter is sure to become a household name in the near future. Her debut album, Sing to the Moon, has been praised by reviewers and critics everywhere for its bewitching and transcendent sounds. This will be Mvula’s second trip to the BRITs after being nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award just last year. Who knows, maybe the second time will be the charm for this soulful singer!

London Grammar

London Grammar

London Grammar – They may not be a full on female group, but with the strong vocal leadership of Hannah Reid, we felt it necessary to add London Grammar to this list! The so-called “trip-hop” trio is a combination of atmospheric, melodic and soulful sounds. Reid’s voice has been compared to Florence and the Machine, and her powerful lungs are helping propel the band to superstardom after their debut release, If You Wait. Sharing the British Breakthrough Act category with the likes of Bastille, Tom Odell, Disclosure and Laura Mvula, London Grammar has some tough opponents for the BRIT Award, but no matter the outcome, they’ve definitely done more than just break out. Watch out for them in the future!

Lorde

Lorde

Lorde - The New Zealand native is arguably the biggest breakout star of the music world in the past year. After a buzzworthy performance at the Grammys, Lorde is certainly ready to claim her stake in the music industry by adding a BRIT to her growing collection of accolades. Her unique sound is sure to make her a standout choice for her first-ever BRIT in the International Female Solo Artist category.

Pink

Pink

Pink - Comeback queen Pink has re-established her dominance over the music world with her latest album, The Truth About Love.  She gave an absolutely astonishing performance at the Grammys earlier this year, showcasing not only her incredible vocals but also her acrobatic skills as she twirled over the audience on the aerial silks. It’s been over a decade since she last won a BRIT in the International Female Solo Artist category, but there’s a strong chance she’ll be able to take back the title after having such a stellar year in the music charts.

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