Wednesday 18 October 2017

Bowie can be a hero again after Brit Awards nominations

Laura Whitmore arriving for the BRITS nominations, at ITV Studios, Southbank in London.
Laura Whitmore arriving for the BRITS nominations, at ITV Studios, Southbank in London.
Ellie Goulding arriving for the BRITS nominations, at ITV Studios, Southbank in London.
Jessie J arriving for the BRITS nominations, at ITV Studios, Southbank in London.
Rudimental arriving for the BRITS nominations, at ITV Studios, Southbank in London.

Anthony Barnes

Veteran pop star David Bowie is up for two Brit Awards in the wake of his comeback -- three decades after he first won a prize at the annual music bash.

The musician -- who celebrated his 67th birthday on Wednesday -- competes for best album and is shortlisted for best male, while chart-topping stars Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow fail to get a nod.

Heading the nominations, which were announced last night, are Bastille and Disclosure who compete for four awards each.

Rudimental are up for three awards and Ellie Goulding also sees herself nominated three times.

Bowie surprised the music industry with an unexpected return last year after a decade-long silence, releasing a well-received album 'The Next Day' which landed him a Mercury Prize nomination.

It is up against Bastille's 'Bad Blood', 'AM' by Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure's 'Settle' and Rudimental's 'Home' for best album at the Brits.

In the British male solo artist category, Bowie is at least 40 years older than any of his rivals for the prize -- Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman and Tom Odell.

Bowie has only once seen his nomination translated into a win when he took the best male title in 1984 after his career was rejuvenated with his 'Let's Dance' album.

Goulding -- who will perform live at the ceremony on February 19 at London's O2 Arena -- is up for British female solo artist, against Birdy, Jessie J, Laura Marling and Laura Mvula.

This year's event will also see a new best video category introduced with public voting to take place on the night with a shortlist based on promos which have proved popular on YouTube.

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