Adele Receives Four Brit Award Nominations, But Don't Miss These Other Female Solo Nominees
It turns out, Adele's domination of 2015 was just the start. Just halfway through the first month of 2016, she's already up for four more awards to add to her already impressive arsenal of Grammys, Oscars, Billboard awards, magazine lists from Forbes to Time, and BMI awards. Adele received four Brit Award nominations Thursday, including nominations for British Female Solo Artist, British Single, MasterCard British Album of the Year, and British Artist Video of the Year. It's an impressive class of nominees that also includes a posthumous nomination for Amy Winehouse and nominations for international artists like Lana Del Rey and U2.
The Brits, which are in many ways for British audiences what the Grammys are for American audiences, celebrate the top honorees in the British recording industry. The awards ceremony on February 24 will also feature performances by Justin Bieber, Adele herself, The Weeknd, and Coldplay, according to NME. Adele previously won Album of the Year — which Billboard called the "most prestigious prize" of the night — for 21, and this year she looks to be in a strong position for another win, despite competition from Coldplay, Florence + the Machine, Jamie XX, and James Bay. But within the Female Solo Artist category, she faces staunch competitors, especially in Amy Winehouse, who has been nominated for the soundtrack to the documentary Amy. These are just a few of the can't-miss singles from this year's Brit Award Female Solo Artist nominees.
1. Florence + The Machine, "What Kind Of Man"
Nominated for two awards — British Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year – Florence + the Machine put out some of her best work last year in How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. The slow-burning "What Kind of Man" is one of the record's highlights. It starts out with just a whisper before really achieving liftoff about a third of the way through the track.
2. Adele, "Water Under The Bridge"
Back when 25 came out, Bustle ranked Adele's best new songs. "Water Under the Bridge" ranked second, just behind "Hello" — and if we're going for can't-miss tracks, well, it's unlikely that anyone has managed to miss "Hello" over the past three months.
3. Amy Winehouse, "Valerie – BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge"
By no means a new song, "Valerie" is the last track on the Amy documentary soundtrack. The BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance is a particularly electric rendering of an already excellent track.
4. Jess Glynne, "Take Me Home"
It was hard to miss Glynne's "Hold My Hand" when it came out in March 2015. But "Take Me Home" might be a more flattering appraisal of Glynne's musical skills — it's a sparse track that shows off her vocal talents against a minimal backing track and that builds into a powerhouse chorus.
5. Laura Marling, "Divine"
Short Movie marks Marling's fifth studio release — at just 25, she's been recording solo since age 17. The one-time Noah and the Whale member went solo in 2008 with Alas I Cannot Swim, and her most recent release contains some of her best songwriting to date. At the top of the list for newcomers to Marling should be "Divine."
It's hard to compete against an undoubtedly nostalgia-influence nomination for Amy Winehouse, but if anyone is up to the challenge, it's these four songstresses who have been nominated alongside the late favorite.