Friday 17 January 2020

'What a journey this has been so far' - Dermot Kennedy nominated for Brit Award

Dermot Kennedy - The Riverside Studios, London, UK, Sunday 08 December 2019Photo JM Enternational
Dermot Kennedy - The Riverside Studios, London, UK, Sunday 08 December 2019Photo JM Enternational

Marie-Louise Gumuchian

Dublin singer Dermot Kennedy will be competing with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Post Malone after being nominated for a Brit Award.

The Tallaght man is in the running for the best international male solo artist along with Springsteen, Post Malone, Burna Boy and Tyler the Creator.

Reacting to the news, Kennedy tweeted:

"I'm a Brits nominated artist!!! What a journey this has been so far, from busking on the streets of Dublin to selling out shows all over the world, and then to achieving the biggest selling debut album of the year in the UK by an international male artist."

Meanwhile, rapper Dave and Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi lead the nominations with four nods each, in a new, slimmed-down list of prizes at Britain's top pop music honours.

Both will contest the same categories at next month's ceremony: male solo artist, best new artist, song of the year and Mastercard album of the year.

Dave is in the running for his single "Location" and the album "Psychodrama", for which he won the Mercury Prize last year. Capaldi was nominated for his chart-topping track "Someone You Loved" and his album "Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent".

Organisers have previously said this year's show, the 40th in a series that began in 1977, will feature fewer categories, allowing for more music to be performed on the night.

They also said they would allow performing acts to "fully take the reins by encouraging them to create and curate performances unique to them".

Grime star Stormzy is nominated for best male solo artist as well as for his song "Vossi Bop" and album "Heavy Is the Head".

The nominees for male solo artist include Harry Styles, who first found fame in the boyband One Direction, and singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka. Both are also nominated for their albums "Fine Line" and "Kiwanuka" respectively.

Mabel is nominated for her song "Don't Call Me Up", and also in the best female solo artist and best new artist categories.

The other nominees for best female solo artist include singers Freya Ridings, FKA Twigs, Charli XCX and Mahalia.

Coldplay, Foals, Bastille, D-Block Europe snd Bring Me The Horizon will compete for group of the year.

The song of the year contenders also include Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's "I Don't Care", Calvin Harris and Rag'n'Bone Man's "Giant", "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" by Mark Ronson and featuring Miley Cyrus, AJ Tracey's "Ladbroke Grove", Tom Walker's "Just You and I" and "Dancing With A Stranger" by Sam Smith and Normani.

Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Lana Del Rey and Lizzo are in the running for best international female solo artist.

Singer Celeste has already been announced as the winner of the BRIT Rising Star award.

The award ceremony takes place in London on Feb. 18.

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