The Brit Awards — the annual award show celebrating the best of British pop music was held in London on 21 February. This year the BRITs focused on smaller and local community of artists, giving them an even playing field on their list of nominations.
Warner Music UK dominated the BRIT Awards 2018. Winning six out of eleven awards during the show, largely because of Warner Bros’ artist Dua Lipa. She picked up British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist, and Stormzy won British Male Solo Artist plus the Album of the Year prize for Gang Signs & Prayer.
Warner’s other two wins of the night came with Parlophone’s artist Gorillaz winning the award for the best British Group, while record-breaking superstar Ed Sheeran won the Global Success Award which recognises a British artist’s exceptional worldwide commercial performance. That was enough to deliver Warner labels 75% of the total UK-focused awards at the ceremony. Stormzy released that No.1 album last year on his own label, #Merky via Warner’s ADA and has since signed a global deal with Atlantic Records UK.
Let’s look at the winners of this year.
The other two domestic awards went to Sony, with Rag N Bone Man’s Human winning Best Single and British Artist Video going to Harry Styles’ Sign Of The Times. Universal-signed artists picked up two of the three international prizes: International Female Solo Artist (Lorde) and International Male Solo Artist (Kendrick Lamar). The final international award, International Group, went to Foo Fighters, signed to Sony’s Columbia.
Of late, music awards have been in the news for various reasons. The televised segment of The Grammys in New York City in January was roundly criticized for its lack of female representation – both amongst the nominees and the performers. Counter to that the BRITs voting committee is half male, half female with at least 15% representation from BAME (Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority) individuals. The majority are now under 40, 24% are now BAME – increased from the 17% in 2017 – and there is a 52:48 male-to-female representation