Wretch 32 says Brit Nomination “wasn’t meant to be”

Wretch 32 has finally spoken out about the Brit Awards snub.


Speaking to The Daily Star, Wretch said, “The Brits are such a big deal, it would have been huge to have been nominated. But after an hour of being angry, I just sat back and went, ‘Hey, it wasn’t mean to be.”

“It’s sad not to be nominated, but if you’re not in the running when everybody knows you should have been, then that’s cool. When you get massive love from supporters, none of the other stuff matters.” Then adding, “It may look like someone’s had overnight success, but that’s never the case. People don’t realise how hard it is to get here.”

This snub follows The MOBO Awards similar results, which saw Wretch 32 not win once! Which, from effectively a breakthrough artist, with 3 Top 5 Singles, in ‘Traktor‘ (ft, L), ‘Unorthodox’ (ft. Example), and the number 1, ‘Don’t Go‘ (ft. Josh Kumra). Plus with a debut album reaching number 5 in the album charts too? How can achievement like that be overlooked?

However, Wretch 32, again seemed fully humble in the way he’s handled the situation – focussing on the ‘massive love from supporters’. Which I think is the best way to go about it, just to keep doing what you were already doing. Show the consistency people may not think you have. I can’t wait for new music from Wretch, and I also can’t wait to see him live in the next couple months!
(Info via NME)

Nominations and Predictions
Nomination Problems?


More BRIT Award Thoughts

So, yesterday I posted the nominations for the Brit Awards 2012 – along with who I think will win, and also who I think deserves to win.

There’s a couple of complaints too, well a few I guess.

How ‘Read All About It’ wasn’t in the Best Single is just remarkable. One of the biggest selling singles, from one of the best artists of the year, Professor Green, featuring the Critics Choice Winner for 2012, Emeli Sande – how can that be looked over, compared to something like, ‘She Makes Me Wanna’?!

Also, a genreal complaint of how Example didn’t feature in more categories. Only having ‘CTWYKM’ nominated in Best Single? Well, what about Best Male Solo Artist etc? At least he got the one nomination, last year he was over-looked completely, with ‘Kickstarts’ somehow not appearing anywhere!
But the main complaint I have against the nominations. Wretch 32. Not nominated in any categories. Which is rediculous – especially after not winning once at the MOBOs either! With singles like ‘Traktor’, ‘Unorthodox’, and ‘Don’t Go’ – how on earth was one of them not featured!

I would also say he should have been nominated for Mastercard Album Of The Year – ‘Black And White’ was my favourite, and, top album from 2011. So to see that rejected as well was slightly annoying.

Also, the leaving out of Katy B was pretty astonishing really! A critically acclaimed debut album, which was seemingly loved by everyone – for her not to have it nominated, and herself in the Best Female Solo Artist category is unbelievable to be honest!

Was this just the over-looking of some of the more successful UK urban scene? Or just a coincidence, that the main people left out, or not included as much as people think they should, are, and have worked their way through the more underground route, especially Katy B in that case.

Also, as a sidenote, after thinking about it again, I can see Adele possibly only winning 1 time, if that! I would say arguably she deserves the 3 she’s been nominated in – in my view, there is no better female artist in the UK. For some reason, i can see her being over-looked as her main success came right at the beginning of the year, and there’s some sort of snobbery about saying Adele  is as brilliant as she is now? She’s an amazing artist, and personality wise, she fu*ks all over the rest of them!

Even so, I guess the nominations were fairly understandable, and good in most cases, for me anyway. But I can still see some people that deserve to win, not doing so.

And finally, this is just a general point. Why are some catagories open to public vote – I know it gets people involved, but it just leads to fan campaigns, which just aren’t right in my view. Look, I love Ed, but surely he could deserve to win anyway? Why do we as the public decide? I mean, it’s difficult, ‘cos obviously it gets public opinion across, but really it” come down to who has the most committed fans, and the pluggiest twitter page! Just seems a bit X-Factor style. Plus, have you seen some of the public? We aren’t always the brightest lot! (Rant done.)

I actually do love the Brit Awards by the way, I really really do!

But one thing to make clear, if Ed Sheeran doesn’t walk away with 3 or more, I’ll be surprised.

Ed Sheeran’s Continued Success

Seeing as all my followers really seem to adore Ed Sheeran, I thought I’d do another recap of the 13 days gone so far in 2012 – and what Ed’s managed to achieve in them.

I’ve already written a large piece on the wonder that is Ed Sheeran, in late December. But even that is out of date now, ‘cos things haven’t slowed down at all. Opposite, really.
The first number 1 album of the year, ‘+’ – which also soon after went triple platinum (over 900,000 copies), and was nominated for Mastercard British Album Of The Year for the Brit Awards. Oh, and with the other 3 nominations for the singer/songwriter. Best Male Solo Artist. British Breakthrough Act. British Single. 4… 4 nominations! 4 nominations for one of the most prestigious awards ceremony.

Add this to the 25 minute sell-out time for his Thetford Forest gig in the summer.

All of the above has happened in 2012. It’s currently January 13th. He’s done all this in 13 days?! Incredible.

Oh, plus, watch out for the release of his upcoming collaborations EP, with one of his favourite US artists.

BRITS Nominations and Predictions.

Right, every year I get a bit keen over the BRIT Awards, and this year I actually have a platform to do so. Below is a run down of all the nominations, with my precicted winner, and the one I would personally choose to win…

British Male Solo Artist

Ed Sheeran
James Blake
James Morrison
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Professor Green

My Prediction: Ed Sheeran | My Winner: Ed Sheeran

British Female Solo Artist

Florence & the Machine
Jessie J
Kate Bush
Laura Marling

My Prediction: Adele | My Winner: Adele

British Breakthrough Act

Anna Calvi
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sandé
Jessie J
The Vaccines

My Prediction: Jessie J | My Winner: Ed Sheeran

British Group

Arctic Monkeys
Chase & Status

My Prediction: Coldplay | My Winner: Chase & Status

British Single

Adele – Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran – The A Team
Example – Changed The Way You Kissed Me
Jessie J ft Bob – Price Tag
JLS ft Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
Military Wives/Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
Olly Murs ft Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
The Wanted – Glad You Came

My Prediction: Adele – Someone Like You | My Winner: Example – Changed The Way You Kiss Me

Mastercard British Album of the Year

Adele – 21
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
Ed Sheeran – +
Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

My Prediction: Adele – 21 | My Winner: Ed Sheeran – +

International Male Solo Artist

Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Bruno Mars
David Guetta
Ryan Adams

My Prediction: Bruno Mars | My Winner: Bon Iver

International Female Solo Artist

Lady Gaga

My Prediction: Rihanna | My Winner: Beyoncé

International Group

Fleet Foxes
Foo Fighters
Jay Z/ Kanye West
Lady Antebellum
Maroon 5

My Prediction: Maroon 5 | My Winner: Jay Z/ Kanye West

International Breakthrough Act

Aloe Blacc
Bon Iver
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Nicki Minaj

My Prediction: Lana Del Ray | My Winner: Bon Iver

Outstanding Contribution to Music


Critics Choice

1st – Emeli Sandé
2nd – Maverick Sabre
3rd – Michael Kiwanuka


Slight Complaints:

  • How Wretch 32 wasn’t nominated once, is incredible!
  • Professor Green should have had ‘Read All About It‘ nominated in Best Single
  • Example should have been in British Male Solo Artist
  • There’s probably a few more, but can’t think of them…

Well, I’m imagining I’ll be ‘live tweeting’ during the show – I doubt somehow I’ll be announced as a special writer and get to go backstage and all that, so I’ll be in bed watching. The show is live on ITV on 21st February, and will feature live performances from Ed Sheeran, Adele, Coldplay and Rihanna (plus others obviously) – and to top it all of, it’s hosted by the simply amazing, James Corden!

Who Will Be The Biggest Breakthrough Artist In 2012?

As good as 2011 was in music, 2012 hints it might even top it. Slightly ignoring the BBC Sound of 2011 longlist – not because I’m a stuck-up, know it all music blogger, but because I’m a big fan of three artists in particular, and I’m sure will all have massive upcoming years.

Hackney born, Maverick Sabre, is a real contender for best newcomer. I say newcomer, but Maverick’s already had a big couple of years, with features on big tracks with Professor Green, Chase & Status and True Tiger, his ‘The Travelling Man’ mixtape – including ‘Sometimes’ ft. Wretch 32, a live performance on the Jools Hollans show, debut single ‘Look What I’ve Done’ from the ‘Lost Words’ EP, which reached number 2 on iTunes, after the first of two appearances on the Chris Moyles Show, where he performed a cover of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ and on his second, more recent appearance, a cover of ‘Fairytale Of New York’ – both of which were absolutely stunning.

If those highlights weren’t enough, he’s also released two further singles, both of which show the broad range of his talent. ‘Let Me Go’ and ‘I Need’ peaked at number 16 and 18 respectively. These two, and the upcoming single ‘No One’ are in the lead up to the hotly anticipated album, ‘Lonely Are The Brave’, due for release around early February. It’s an album which promises a lot, and I can’t see it disappointing at all.


Another artist with a big 2012 ahead of them is the supremely talented, Emeli Sande. She first came to most people’s attention with her feature on Chipmunk’s, ‘Diamond Rings’, in 2009. Then again, in 2010, with her feature on Wiley’s, ‘Never Be Your Woman’ – both achieved the top 10! She also featured on Professor Green’s ‘Alive Till I’m Dead’ album opener, ‘Kids That Love To Dance’. But it was her second track with Pro that caught her the most attention, arguably, so far. ‘Read All About It’ was one of the biggest number 1 singles of the year, and it was a track where Professor Green went deep and personal, so the featured artist had to be a careful choice. Emeli was the perfect choice, her voice is just incredibly hair-raising – which added to the whole personal feel to the single.

Obviously, it’s not just her featured work that’s got her the rightful attention. Her 2011 singles, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Daddy’ peaked in the charts at 2 and 21 – to be fair, I thought ‘Daddy’ deserved a position like ‘Heaven’ got, but wasn’t to be I guess. These were both in the build up to her debut album, ‘Our Version Of Events’, expected to be released in early February.

But I think what shows her talent the best is her recent BRITS Critics Choice Award (Maverick came runner-up notably). This award has gone, in previous years, to Adele, Florence and the Machine, Jessie J – all of which, have had amazing recent years. What more could hint at her talents?


Finally, in my big 3 to watch next year, Delilah. Singed to Atlantic Records since the age of 17, Delilah has most notably featured on the Chase & Status single, ‘Time’ – which she co-wrote with Chase & Status, as well as Plan B. Following the success of ‘Time’, Delilah joined Maverick Sabre on the Chase & Status tour.

But much like Maverick and Emeli, Delilah has also released a couple of amazing singles in the lead up to her debut album. ‘Go’ produced by London duo, Ballistiq being the first. It incorporated lyrics from Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ – with added material from Delilah. Chaka actually described ‘Go’ as ‘genius’! Then the next single, the simply brilliant, ‘Love You So’, which proved her consistency to come out with stunning tracks.

She’s also been included in the short-list for MTV’s ‘Brand New For 2012’ – which before, has featured the likes of Tinie Tempah, Lady Gaga, and Wretch 32!


Maverick Sabre, Emeli Sande and Delilah all promise to have unreal success in 2012. Obviously there will be other artists that will have similar standards of achievement. But these 3 are my suggestions for you to really get to know – to be fair, most of you probably do, because I’m definitely not the first person to say this, but I won’t be the last!