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Brit awards: Tinie Tempah shines with four nominations

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Until a year ago Tinie Tempah was just one of a gaggle of urban artists hoping to emulate the commercial success of the likes of Dizzee Rascal, but he has now demonstrated that while his stature may be diminutive, his ambition is anything but.

The rapper continued an astonishingly successful run tonight, when he was nominated for four Brit awards including best single and the most coveted prize of all: British album of the year. And nominations both for best breakthrough act and best male solo artist reveal just how dizzyingly fast his ascent has been.

This year's overhaul of the Brits, which the new chairman, David Joseph, has said he wants to make more about music and less about showbiz, seems to have had some effect.

Indie minimalists The xx are nominated for three awards – best British breakthrough act, best British group and the best British album award – arguably a result of the decision to allow artists to vote for the first time.

The voting academy, previously a group of 1,000 industry experts including critics, executives and publishers, this year brings in last year's winners and nominees. "There are certain artists' artists, people they respect. It will have a more left-of-centre influence," Joseph said in a recent interview with the Guardian.

With their understated style, eerie dreamscape songs and undeniably indie sound, The xx are an unlikely fit with the awards' pure pop mould. They would become the first band to win both the Mercury award, which prides itself on its leftfield, cutting-edge choices, and then best album at the Brits.

They will have to see off competition from Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More, Plan B's The Defamation of Strickland Banks, Take That's Progress and Tempah's Disc-Overy.

Organisers have scrapped the lifetime achievement award, traditionally the last award of the evening, to introduce more "jeopardy" into proceedings, said Joseph, and focus attention on the album of the year.

The prize of best international album will be fought out between Canuck indie rockers Arcade Fire, American singer and rapper Cee Lo Green, Eminem, US rock giants Kings of Leon and California girl Katy Perry.

Mumford & Sons, who broke on to the pop scene last year thanks to Sigh No More, have also put in a strong showing with three nominations: best breakthrough act, best British band and album of the year.

Another of the biggest acts to break into the charts last year was hip hop artist turned soulster Plan B, whose The Defamation of Strickland Banks was one of the biggest albums of 2010.

Plan B, real name Ben Drew, is nominated for three awards: best British male solo artist, best British album and best British single.

It may be his first, and last chance, to win a clutch of awards using the character of Strickland Banks and a soul sound, after the 27-year-old has said he wants to move into other genres such as punk rock, hip hop or dubstep for his next album.

The shortlist was revealed at London's O2 Arena, the new home of the Brit awards, which will be hosted there next month. The winners will be announced on 15 February at Docklands music venue, with performances by Tempah, and US hiphop star Rihanna, who is also in the running for best international female solo artist.

The hotly tipped newcomer for 2011 Jessie J was voted critics' choice, beating James Blake and The Vaccines to become the only sure-fire Brit winner thus far. She performed at the nomination event last night alongside Tempah, Ellie Goulding and The Wanted.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jan/13/brit-awards-tinie-tempah-nominations

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British male solo artist Mark Ronson c*nt; Paul Weller Cool; Plan B c*nt; Robert Plant Has been; Tinie Tempah Indifferent

British female solo artist Cheryl Cole Wtf?; Ellie Goulding sh*t; Laura Marling Boring; Paloma Faith Indifferent; Rumer Indifferent

British breakthrough act Ellie Goulding sh*t; Rumer Indifferent; Mumford & Sons sh*t; Tinie Tempah Indifferent; The xx Good

British group Biffy Clyro Good; Gorillaz Good; Mumford & Sons sh*t; Take That sh*t; The xx Good

British single Alexandra Burke ft Pitbull All Night Long sh*t; Cheryl Cole Parachute sh*t; Florence & The Machine You've Got The Love sh*t; Matt Cardle When We Collide You f*ck*ng joking?; Olly Murs Please Don't Let Me Go Again, are you f*ck*ng joking?; Plan B She Said Wank; Scouting For Girls This Ain't A Love Song WANK; Taio Cruz Dynamite WHO?; Tinie Tempah Pass Out ADVERT MUSIC NOW; The Wanted All Time Low f*ck OFF

Mastercard British album of the year Mumford & Sons Sigh No More WHAT?; Plan B The Defamation of Strickland Banks WHAT?; Take That Progress WHAT?; Tinie Tempah Disc-Overy EH?; The xx xx WEREN'T THAT GOOD

Plan B should get some recognition for being the biggest sellout in the history of British music

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its funny when i was on radio with tinie back then people said he would never make it and said he was sh*t.

Guy has 4 brit nominations

would i have knew he would make it this far? certainly not

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Just come back from the pre show show or whatever you'd call it. It was so waste, basically had all the acts performing the same tracks twice back to back. Once so they could video the act and once so they could video the crowd.

And tiny t was sh*t both times

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Remember last years Brits was just an Urban takeover :Y:

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Jamie XX >>>> The XX

Commercial UK music is really crap at the moment.

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Jamie XX >>>> The XX

Commercial UK music is really crap at the moment.

Couldn't actually C/S more.

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Remember last years Brits was just an Urban takeover :Y:

See, it's hard for me to feel proud about this 'urban' takeover, when the actual music is sh*t.

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Uk music is so sh*t man

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Uk music is so sh*t man

You're part of it you stupid c*nt

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esqueer y is mark ronson a c*nt, i thought the same but he was quite funny on buzzcocks

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really tho uk music is NOT sh*t

perhaps you dont feel whats being recognised by the "mainstream"

but we should at least congratulate these guys on their success and be happy/proud that we have an awards show that isnt dominated by artists from "across the atlantic"

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rihanna's gonna be there...:wub:

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lol, you know last year's top winner was Lady Gaga right?

no more shall I say

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lol, you know last year's top winner was Lady Gaga right?

no more shall I say

LOOOOOOOOL

sh*t

i didnt even watch or take any interest tbh just tryna be positive / pro uk

*takes L*

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its funny when i was on radio with tinie back then people said he would never make it and said he was sh*t.

Guy has 4 brit nominations

would i have knew he would make it this far? certainly not

its not completely about pure talent with mainstream. its about knowing what the masses want and then mainly working damm hard to push your music into the right places. the amount of connections you have and the level of knowledge you have of the mainstream market make a massive difference. obviously the artists do their best in making the music and talent does seperate people and the success they get, but it is definately down to who you know and what you know over what you can do.

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