Tune into the hottest homegrown talent this February 22 with our pick of the most essential Brit Awards playlists, artists and songs…
Awards season is well and truly underway and the stars are descending on London. And, with the 2017 Brit Awards fast approaching, we’ve been sifting through all the outfits and ostentation to bring you the tunes you need to hear. So go ahead and push play on our top local and international picks to get you in the mood. Spotify, cue the music…
Brit Awards 2017: The Nominees
If you’re seeking a solid overview of this year’s nominees, look no further than Spotify’s own Brit Awards playlist. Featuring over three hours of music from every artist on the awards bill, Brit Awards 2017: The Nominees is the ideal soundtrack to your day. Plus, it’s guaranteed to help your watercooler chat when the winners are announced. Listen below.
2017–2013 Brit Awards Nominees
Got some time on your hands? Tune into the evolution of British Music (and some international nominations) from 2013 to today. At 13 and a half hours in length, this comprehensive compilation ranges from Adele to Zayn, with a number of artists proving their stickability across the full four years.
David Bowie Official Playlist: Top Tracks
Up for two posthumous awards, David Bowie’s influence on modern music is bound to be a talking point at this year’s Brits. Will the Starman take Best British Male Solo Artist and Best Album up against the likes of Craig David and Skepta? We’ll have to wait and see. But you can reminisce ahead of time with this playlist of top tracks.
Emeli Sande: Complete Playlist
Pegged as the front runner for Best British Solo Artist, Emeli Sande was actually born Adele from Aberdeen. There must be something in the name, because she’s certainly a talent. Let Emeli’s soulful R&B sound get you through the afternoon with this 39-song playlist picked from albums old and new.
Calvin Harris: Greatest Hits
There’s some fierce competition in the British Artist Video category, with One D up against Adele, Little Mix, and Zayn to name a few. But when it comes to star power, Calvin Harris and Rihanna may be hard to beat. This playlist compiled by the man himself is arranged in order of tracks he loves the most. And with every track a banger, there’ll be no arguments from us.
Human (Deluxe) – Rag’N’Bone Man
This is where a bit of discovery comes into play, with best British Breakthrough Act. Nominated in several categories including Album of the Year, British Solo Artist as well as British Breakthrough Act, veteran of the UK grime scene, Skepta, is certainly one to watch. But at the moment we’re feeling Rag’N’Bone Man, with the recent release of his smash hit debut album Human. Blending gravelly-soul with blues and hip-hop, it’s the ideal accompaniment to your Wednesday – or any day for that matter. Check it out below.
A Seat at the Table – Solange
Bey and little sis Solange go head to head at this year’s Awards in the International Female Artist category. While you’ve likely followed Beyonce from Destiny’s Child to her recent Insta announcement, she’s not the only Knowles with talent. Singer, songwriter and producer Solange released her fourth studio album, A Seat at the Table, in 2016, describing it in a press release as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief, and healing.”
Leonard Cohen Top Tracks
Leonard Cohen may have passed away in late 2016 but his legend lives on as one of five nominated in the International Male Solo Artist category. The Baritone-voiced Canadian released his 14th studio album in October at age 82, and son Adam told Rolling Stone “he was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humour.” Tune into his top tracks – including Hallelujah, Suzanne and I’m Your Man – below.
Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Australian post-punk rock band Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have tough competition in this year’s International Group category, including: A Tribe Called Quest, Drake & Future, Kings of Leon and Twenty One Pilots. Released to critical acclaim in 2016, their 16th studio album Skeleton has been described by reviewers as “brilliant music on the verge of collapse.” Completed following the death of Cave’s teenage son, it’s as steeped in dark emotion as any good Bad Seeds album tends to be. Listen below.
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