Girls Rule But Susan Boyle Snubbed With The 2010 Brit Award Nominations

Jan 18th, 2010 // 12 Comments

Lady Gaga won’t be getting too much necessary R&R anytime soon. Along with current U.K. chart darlings Lily Allen, Pixie Lott and Florence And The Machine (who has the #1 album this week in Ol’ Blighty), Polaroid’s new creative advisor picked up three Brit Awards nominations today. Gaga is also scheduled to perform at the awards show gig on February 16.

Looks like holding court with the Queen has its perks. Catch the full list of this year’s Brits nominees after the jump.

With Florence and Pixie also joining La Roux in the British Breakthrough Act category, and Gaga and Taylor Swift getting nods for International Breakthrough Act, it seems like girl power is the order of this years Brits. That said, Susan Boyle, who had the best-selling album of 2009 in the U.K., is nowhere to be found in the roundup.

The Daily Mail asserts that Boyle being snubbed is “is a veiled attack on [Simon] Cowell, who guided the 48-year-old Scottish spinster from Britain’s Got Talent to her astonishing success.”

The rug kind of gets yanked out from under that argument, however, when you figure that such X Factor alumni as JLS, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis and this year’s winner, Joe McElderry, all snagged nominations. Maybe Brits voters were just cheesed off that 99% of Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream is covers.

At any rate, below are the nominees for the 2010 Brit Awards, which were announced at London’s O2 Arena this evening.

Calvin Harris
Dizzee Rascal
Paolo Nutini
Robbie Williams

Bat for Lashes
Florence And The Machine
Leona Lewis
Lily Allen
Pixie Lott

Florence And The Machine
Friendly Fires
La Roux
Pixie Lott

Friendly Fires

Dizzee Rascal, Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
Florence And The Machine, Lungs
Kasabian, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Lily Allen, It’s Not Me, It’s You
Paolo Nutini, Sunny Side Up

Alesha Dixon, “Breathe”
Alexandra Burke featuring Flo Rida, “Bad Boys”
Cheryl Cole, “Fight For This Love”
Joe McElderry, “The Climb”
JLS, “Beat Again”
La Roux, “In For The Kill”
Lily Allen, “The Fear”
Pixie Lott, “Mama Do”
Taio Cruz, “Break Your Heart”
Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz, “Number 1″

Bruce Springsteen
Michael Bublé
Seasick Steve

Lady Gaga
Norah Jones

Animal Collective
Daniel Merriweather
Empire of the Sun
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.
Empire of the Sun, Walking on a Dream
Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3
Lady Gaga, The Fame


  1. Adrian

    I seriously think the whole Susan Boyle thing is way overrated. But at the same I understand why people have such strong reactions about her. HOWEVER, after all you have got to realize that BRIT Awards has always been aimed at the young, hip demographics (teenagers, 20-30 somethings), people around these ages are surely not attracted all that much to Boyle, so I think the BRITs would not even have considered her to be a nominee. Let's face it, when her whole story and look are stripped off, her music isn't all that interesting, inventive, refreshing let alone hip. And the part where you got wrong is this Breakthrough award is *actually* for new and or cutting edge music… and also music that is for the youth, that is hip, and of course, that made a mark on the charts

    She hasn't proven much as an artist, she does sing well, but time will tell whether she's just a one-off phenomenon or a credible career artist. At this point, however, I doubt that she's the latter. But hey, we shouldn't rule anything out here.

  2. maryjo

    The Brits “academy” contains a pack of jealous indies, & critics too engrossed in their own little splinter of fractured rock music to recognize true genius when they see it. It's apparently not enough to sing creatively–this bunch of yahoos would have kept Frank Sinatra out as well–he sang covers & didn't write his own music. The only bump in viewers they'll get is from an American, Lady Gaga, who is a serious performing artist, if not a great singer. Otherwise why watch? Robbie Williams? Cheryl Cole? Give me a break. What have they done outside the UK? Or in it, for that matter?

    And just so you understand, the Cowell artists who were nominated were in those categories where the public could vote, not just the self-proclaimed “professionals”. Susan Boyle's fans happen to like her creative takes on old standards; that's why she's done covers. Even the Japanese asked her to sing a classic from the 70's–”Wings to Fly”. As far as I'm concerned, the Brits “academy” should learn a lesson from Gen. Larry Platt: “You think you're a cool cat, lookin' like a fool, wit yur pants on the ground.” Pull 'em up–you trivial creatures need to CYA.

  3. Mary Jo

    So you're maintaining that the Brit awards are ageist, and only for the young? Then why aren't they called the young Brit awards? You better realize that there are a lot more people in Britain and the rest of the world that are over 25, rather than under, and if you're not there yet, you soon will be. Maybe your ears are damaged by loud music, or you aren't sophisticated enough or have a wide enough music background to recognize Ms. Boyle's stylistic genius, but some of us with a broader & longer music background do. I'm not talking just about the millions of us who bought her album because we Love. Her. Voice. but also the many many professional musicians who admire her–from Andrew Lloyd Weber to Barbara Streisand to Lady Gaga herself. If the British recording industry doesn't want to continue its rush down the drain, it better change its criteria for awards to being about the quality of singing that moves people to buy records.

  4. KathyM

    Other than Susan Boyle, I'll never buy a piece of music that comes from the UK again.
    Talk about prejudice.
    This is beyond disgusting.

  5. gracie

    I would like to know what happened here – its absurd that Susan Boyle is not being recognized. This is worthy of a discussion of how and who puts these awards shows on.

  6. Betty Adams

    I thought that the majority of Brits were nuts. Thank heavens for the over a million who are not. Evidently they think the rest of the world ( 8 million albums worldwide ) is nuts. Susan certainly brought in a lot of income for the British. I suggest she move to the US where she is appreciated and the taxes are less.

  7. Nick

    I dunno… I'm generally the last person to defend the the Brits, and the shortlist is ridiculous, but I guess they were between a rock and hard place with SuBo. If they included her, I'm sure there'd be accused of being populist and commercial, awarding an artist because she's sold lots of records, damaging what little credibility they have left. For sure, it was quite brave to not include her.

    The awards are put on by the BPI – sort of the industry body for the British music.

    I wouldn't get too upset about it though – I'm sure SuBo isn't losing sleep.

  8. Nick

    The BPI give people shiny platinum discs for selling lots of records. This is something different.

  9. Nick

    Really? shame. You'll miss out on a lot of good stuff.

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