Despite selling millions of records worldwide for the second year in a row, Susan Boyle is shut out of the BRIT Awards yet again. “She’s not cool and she’s not young… so she’s not for the BRITs,” said one music industry insider to The Daily Mail of the 49-year old singer. Ouch. Somehow, other not-young artists like Bruce Springsteen (61) and Robert Plant (62) scored nominations – we guess they’re just super cool?
Other cool and relatively young nominees include Eminem, who goes up against Kanye West, Cee Lo Green, David Guetta and “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen for International Solo Male. And Katy Perry will compete against Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Robyn for International Solo Female. (Surprisingly, no Lady Gaga noms this year, despite her sweeping last year’s ceremony.) Head below for the full list of nominees.
If girls ruled last year’s BRIT Awards, this year is it’s the guys’ time to shine. Four out of the five nominees for Best International Breakthrough act are men or groups of men (or in Justin Bieber’s case, a teenage boy), and even the fifth nominee, the Glee cast, is half comprised of dudes.
Plus, besides Fergie’s lovely lady lumps and the few females of Arcade Fire’s army of members, the International Group selections favor the XY chromosome as well, while Katy Perry is the lone female voice in International Album.
The 2011 BRIT Awards take place at the o2 Arena in London on February 15.
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
Mumford & Sons
British Breakthrough Act
Mumford & Sons
Alexandra Burke ft Pitbull – “All Night Long”
Cheryl Cole – “Parachute”
Florence & The Machine – “You’ve Got The Love”
Matt Cardle – “When We Collide”
Olly Murs – “Please Don’t Let Me Go”
Plan B – “She Said”
Scouting For Girls – “This Ain’t A Love Song”
Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”
Tinie Tempah – “Pass Out”
The Wanted – “All Time Low”
MasterCard British Album of the Year
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Take That – Progress
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy
The xx – XX
International Male Solo Artist
Cee Lo Green
International Female Solo Artist
International Breakthrough Act
The Temper Trap
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
Eminem – Recovery
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown