British Male Solo Artist - Winner: James BluntIndie act Antony and the Johnsons, Ian Brown, Robbie Williams and Will Young (yes, that one from Pop Idol) were also nominatedMore about the winner
British Female Solo Artist - Winner: KT Tunstall Charlotte Church, Kate Bush, Katie Melua and Natasha Bedingfield also recieved nominations. Why Kate Bush didn't win is anyone's guess. Perhaps she should haul out the legwarmers she hid after the 80s - they appear to have worked for K.T.More about the winner
British Group - winner Kaiser Chiefs Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, and Hard-Fi were also in the running. They're all up there, particularly Gorillaz and Hard-Fi. This was a really tough category to call!Our pick would be GorillazOur review of Gorillaz
British Album - winner X&Y, Coldplay Gorillaz for Demon Days, James Blunt for Back To Bedlam, Kaiser Chiefs for Employment, and Kate Bush for Aerial. Again a hard one to call - though I'd have booted James Blunt right out. Did this category being sponsored by Mastercard have anything to do with corporate rockers Coldplay cracking the nod?More about the winner
British Single - winner Speed of Sound, Coldplay This is an absolutely brilliant single. If only the album were as good. Also nominated for this prize: James Blunt "You're Beautiful", Shayne Ward "That's My Goal", Sugababes "Push The Button" and Tony Christie ft Peter Kay "Gross". I guess it could have been worse though - Crazy Frog could have been nominated. After all, the winner was picked by commercial radio listeners.More about the winner
British Breakthrough Act - winner Arctic Monkeys Also nominated: James Blunt, Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall, Relentless, and Magic Numbers were turned down by Radio 1 listeners in favour of this less than original but hugely charming rock bunch.Buy the winning album
British Urban Act - winner Lemar Picked by MTV:Base viewers from these candidates - Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Kano, and Ms Dynamite. Nothing too wrong with Lemar, but surely there's much more interesting stuff out there? Buy the winning album
British Rock Act - winner Kaiser Chiefs Winner chosen by Kerrang! TV viewers made the call, picking the Chiefs over Franz Ferdinand, Hard-Fi, Kasabian, Oasis... you notice how the same ten names just keep coming up again and again? This year's canon is next year's Coldplay... and after that you may as well split up. Or so Chris Martin seems to think. In his acceptance speech, he also announced that Coldplay were "taking a break" presumably so he could stay home, shag Gwyn, and spend some time thinking carefully about what fruit to name the next kid after.
British Live Act - winner Kaiser Chiefs Also up there were Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Oasis, Big Brother.
Pop Act - James Blunt The best man won here. But are Katie Melua, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Maverick, and Westlife really the very best pop has to offer? Perhaps. Buy James Blunt
International Male Solo Artist - Kanye West This was a good decision. Pleasing to see that someone's filling in where the Grammys messed up and giving Kanye his due. Also nominated: Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Jack Johnson, and John Legend.
International Female Solo Artist - Madonna So, SOMEONE liked her new "mutton dressed as suckling pig" look? The less than stiff competition included Bjork, Kelly Clarkson, Missy Eliot. Many would say Mariah Carey, the fifth nominee, should have won it. More about Madge's winning album
International Group - Green Day Ok, they deserve this. They got to the top of the international (including North American) charts with songs against war. That's a winner. Arcade Fire (unproven), U2 (inescapable), White Stripes (a real contender) and the undeserving Black Eyed Peas - the new album just doesn't cut it. We review their CD/DVD
International Album - American Idiot, Green DayArcade Fire - Funeral, Kanye West for Late Registration, Madonna - Confessions On A Dance Floor and U2 for How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb couldn't beat these veteran Bush-bashers.More
International Breakthrough Act - Jack Johnson Why? Is that a surfing pun as in like, "Breaker". The guy is good but every song sounds the same and is about the same thing - chicks. Arcade Fire, Daniel Powter, John Legend, and Pussycat Dolls also cracked a nod, and Arcade Fire should have won it.
Outstanding Contribution to Music - Paul WellerFormerly of The Jam, this Style Councillor bounced back as a solo artist and has hugely influenced today's rock and Britpop in particular, earning him the title "Modfather" (which he rejected). There are no other nominees - this is the British rock music industry equivalent of a knighthood. Paul did not reject it.
- Jean Barker
So did the right people win? Is this a more meaningful award system than the Grammy Awards? Or just as culturally biased - only towards a small island instead of a giant culturally homogenised landmass?
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