Big BRIT Success For Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy, Dave Points Way To U.S. Breakthrough

Big BRIT Success For Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy, Dave Points Way To U.S. Breakthrough

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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Lewis Capaldi wins the Best New Artist Award at … [+] The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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Watch out world. Lewis Capaldi has scooped two of the top prizes at the BRITS Awards tonight – the much-watched ceremony sometimes touted as the clearest guide to acts poised for international success.

The Scottish singer-songwriter, 23, won Best New Artist and Best Song. Capaldi is being tipped for further Stateside success, with his tear-jerking ballad “Someone You Loved” topping the Billboard Hot 100 last year. Capaldi’s tour this year incudes dates across Europe. He is in the U.S. and Canada in April and May.

He missed out on Best Male Solo Artist, which went to the rapper Stormzy, while best album went to another rapper, Dave, whose Psychodrama last year won the Mercury Prize.

The 2020 BRITS has slimmed down the number of awards and has a 50-50 split between men and women on its selection panel. Even so, this year’s awards faced criticism for its nominations dominated by male stars.

Women were omitted from nominations for the unisex categories Album of the Year, Best Group and Best New Artist. The only exception was Mabel, who was nominated for the last and was named Best Female Solo Artist.

Billie Eilish was named Best International Female Solo Artist and performed a live debut of the song “No Time To Die,” her theme for the James Bond film of the same name.

List of Nominations, With Winners in BOLD

British Album of the Year

WINNER Dave – Psychodrama

Also nominated: Harry Styles – Fine Line

Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head

Song of the Year

WINNER: Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved”

Also Nominated: AJ Tracey – “Ladbroke Grove”

Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man – “Giant”

Dave featuring Burna Boy – “Location”

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”

Mabel – “Don’t Call Me Up”

Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”

Sam Smith and Normani – “Dancing With A Stranger”

Stormzy – “Vossi Bop”

Tom Walker – “Just You And I”

British Male Solo Artist

WINNER Stormzy

Also nominated: Dave

Harry Styles

Lewis Capaldi

Michael Kiwanuka

British Female Solo Artist

WINNER Mabel

Also nominated: Charli XCX

FKA Twigs

Freya Ridings

Mahalia

British Group

WINNER Foals

Also nominated: Bastille

Bring Me the Horizon

Coldplay

D-Block Europe

Best New Artist

WINNER Lewis Capaldi

Also nominated: Aitch

Dave

Mabel

Sam Fender

International Male Solo Artist

WINNER Tyler, the Creator

Also nominated: Bruce Springsteen

Burna Boy

Dermot Kennedy

Post Malone

International Female Solo Artist

WINNER: Billie Eilish

Also nominated: Ariana Grande

Camila Cabello

Lana Del Rey

Lizzo

Rising Star Award (previously Critics’ Choice Award)

WIINER Celeste

Also nominated: Beabadoobee

Joy Crookes)

British Producer of the Year

WINNER Fred Again

Capaldi went into the London ceremony with four nominations, equaling Dave’s four. Mabel and Stormzy both had three, while Burna Boy, Harry Styles and Michael Kiwanuka had two.

The BRIT Awards 2020 - Show

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Stormzy wins the Brit Award for Male Solo Artist … [+] at The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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