Feb 19, 2014
Smithsocksimon brings you its alternative to the annual celebration of dosh that is the Brit Awards.
Best British Female Solo Artist
Who else but Helen Love, because she is Helen Love and because she made a fab return to recording action in 2013. Atomic.
Best International Male Solo Artist
Hibou, a well-deserved gong for Seattle-based Peter Michel. Owlish.
Best British Breakthrough Act
Pet Friends, Hertfordshire’s finest bound for stadium status in 2014. Steps.
Best British Group
Who else, but The Fall. Mighty.
When Nalda Became Punk, whose Farewell to Youth was the year’s best LP. Spanish.
Best British Single
Best International Group
A shoo-in for an almighty return to form: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Geneva.
Best British Male Solo Artist
It’s the year of the oldies: Billy Bragg. Handyman.
Best International Female Solo Artist
The queen of country, Laura Cantrell. Hummingbird.
Best British LP
And the final award rightly goes to the pop city of 2013, Leeds, and The French Defence for Sketches of the September Leaf.