Thursday, February 22, 2018

Brit Awards dominated by Grammy favorites

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 11:50 AM

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While U.K music fans may not appreciate their beloved Brit Awards constantly being referred to as “The British Grammys,” the Feb. 21 announcement of this year’s winners went a long way toward confirming that nickname.

Three of the eight Brit Award winners — Kendrick Lamar, The Foo Fighters, Lorde — are non-UK acts who were also 2018 Grammy Nominees, while Damon Albarn’s animated Gorillaz (who actually are British) have nearly a dozen Grammy nominations under their belt. It’s also a safe bet that three of the remaining 2018 winners — Harry Styles, Rag’n’Bone Man, and Dua Lipa — will all be feted at next year’s Grammy celebration.

In fact, the only Brit award winner who will likely never find favor among Grammy voters is Stormzy, whose mix of grime, jungle and garage music doesn't play well in America.

Compare that to the preceding decade, where half of the Brit Awards’ “Single of the Year” winners — Little Mix, Rudimental, Tinie Tempah, JLS, and Girls Aloud — linger in obscurity here in the States

All of which raises the possibility that the U.K. and U.S. music scenes have begun to coalesce in a way that hasn’t been seen since the ‘60s, when the Beatles, Stones and several other British Invasion artists ruled the American airwaves. Whether or not that would be a good thing remains to be seen.

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