Brit Update

Winners at last night’s BRIT Awards.
British Urban Act: Joss Stone
British Male Artist: The Streets
British Female Artist: Joss Stone
British Group: Franz Ferdinand
British Album: Keane Hopes and Fears
British Single: Will Young “Your Game”
British Breakthrough Act: Keane
British Rock Act: Franz Ferdinand
British Live Act: Muse
BRITs 25: Best British Song: Robbie Williams “Angels”
Pop Act: McFly
International Male Solo Artist: Eminem
International Female Solo Artist: Gwen Stefani
International Group: Scissor Sisters
International Album: Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters
International Breakthrough Act: Scissor Sisters
Outstanding Contribution to Music: Sir Bob Geldof

Big night for Franz and Scissor Sisters. Of course you were ahead of the curve on them, right?

So which UK acts will break this year? I turned to my mate James to fill us in on who’s hot across the pond. He’s also suggested a tune by each to download. (James actually e-mailed me this list two weeks ago, so my apolozies to NME hounds if it’s already So Last Month. And please add Your New Favourite Band in the comments.)

Bloc Party What on earth could I possibly add
Download: “Banquet”

Art Brut Irreverent East Londoners
Download: “Formed A Band”

Selfish Cunt Ssatirical bastards
Download: “Fuck The Poor”

Nine Black Alps Pixies-esque guitar band
Download: “Cosmopolitan”

The Immediate Scott Walker and VU-influenced Dubliners
Download: “Big Sad Eyes”

Snow White They clearly like Sonic Youth
Download: “Bored, Somewhat Detached”

Mystery Jets Hard to describe, but intriguing
Download: “On My Feet”

Damien Dempsey Irish folk singer, toured w/ Moz
Download: “Apple of My Eye”

Tom Vek Post-punk funk
Download: “If I Had Changed My Mind”

The Rakes Gang of Four-y, angular guitars (yawn)
Download: “Strasbourg”

And James’ predictions for who’ll be big 2005:
Coldplay … Stands to reason
Gorillaz … Ditto
Roots Manuva … OK, just kidding, but it’s still better UK hip hop than Dizzee Rascal

Much thanks James! I owe you brunch when you’re in the states. You can regale me with more harrowing tales of Definitely Maybe’s ubiquity in mid-’90s London.

RELATED: A critique of the UK Top 40 2/6/05 at I Love Music.