Brit Awards nominations 2014: Bowie versus the kids

David Bowie is nominated for two Brit Awards but otherwise the new guard, including Tom Odell and Bastille, are sweeping away the old, says Neil McCormick of The Telegraph

Brit Awards nominations

David Bowie has been nominated in two categories at this years Brit Awards with Mastercard, 30 years since his first win, and 10 since his last nomination. The art-rock legend seems well placed to pick up Best British Male, seeing off debuts from the fresh-faced John Newman, Tom Odell and Jake Bugg, with only Mercury Award-winning James Blakereally fit to be mentioned in the same breath.

The story of this year’s Brits, though, is really the new guard sweeping away the old. Aside from Bowie, those perennial whippersnappers Arctic Monkeys stand as the closest thing to rock veterans and they haven’t hit 30 yet.

Four nominations apiece have gone to Bastille and Disclosure, outfits whose digitally manipulated sounds give a fair indication of the direction of contemporary pop. Bastille are a band whose epic anthems have the sweep of Coldplay and a sense of indie attack yet don’t feature any guitars at all. Disclosure are a dance duo who concoct laptop sci-fi club grooves. Take them alongside multi-faceted club soul ensemble Rudimental (who have three nominations), and you can start to hear young Britain taking control. Ellie Goulding deserves to be counted in there too, her popular blend of cinematic electro sounds and emotional vocals garnering three nominations. She may do well in a year when Emeli Sandé released no new music, although her 2013 winning album remained inescapable.

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