It's been a brilliant year for British music. In 2018, one in eight albums sold globally were by a British act, proving that although we might be small, we're still making some of the best music in the world. Our nation's foremost music awards ceremony will provide perfect opportunity to celebrate, then, as on 20 February 2019, the great and the good of the industry will come together at the o2 in London for the 39th Brit Awards to honour our brightest homegrown talent, while hat-tipping a few excellent international acts along the way.
There are thirteen awards in total - including the Brits Critics Choice award, which Sam Fender has already scooped up - for which the nominations have just been announced. As you'd expect, big names like Dua Lipa appear multiple times, but there are a few curve balls in the mix, too. 35-year-old Peckham-native Giggs - one of the most respected figures in British rap music - is up for one of the David Adjaye-designed trophies for the first time in his career, with cult favourites like Janelle Monáe and Kamasi Washington appearing in the international categories.
This year, George Ezra and Anne Marie look set to take home at least one award each, being as they are up for two and four categories respectively. As do the 1975, whose 2018 album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships marked a return to form for the band. All bar two of the awards, which the public will vote on, will be decided by the Brits panel of more than 1000 music experts. Herewith are all the Brit Awards 2019 nominations, plus GQ's predictions as to who's most likely to win each one.