The nominations for this year’s BRIT Awards with Mastercard were this afternoon revealed in ‘Bring on The BRITs with Mastercard: The 2023 Nominations’, a 30 minute special streamed across the official BRIT digital channels. Host Vick Hope was joined by Jack Saunders to take fans and viewers through the shortlists for 12 categories, with cameos from celebrities and influencers such as Tom Daley and Yung Filley.
All winners will be revealed at The BRIT Awards on Saturday 11th February 2023 at The O2 arena, broadcast on ITV and ITVX, and hosted by Mo Gilligan.
2023 will see the continuation of the four public voted genre awards for Alternative/Rock, Dance, Hip Hop/Grime/Rap and Pop/R&B, which were introduced last year, allowing even more artists to be nominated for a BRIT, and showcasing the breadth of musical talent and genres within British music right now.
Out in front with four nominations apiece for the 2023 BRIT Awards are two incredible artists, who have each had an exceptional year, albeit at very different stages of their musical careers. With both the biggest selling UK album and single of 2022, and a forthcoming UK stadium tour in June including four nights at Wembley, global popstar Harry Styles richly deserves his four BRIT nominations for Artist of the Year, Mastercard Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Pop/R&B Act.
The biggest breakthrough act of last year has to be Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg, and they now add four BRIT nominations to their growing list of accolades; competing against Harry, as well as Stormzy, Fred again.. and The 1975, for Mastercard Album of the Year, as well as featuring in the shortlists for Group of the Year, Best New Artist and Alternative/Rock Act. The two-piece will also perform at the ceremony.
Harry will face off against Central Cee, George Ezra, Stormzy and Fred again… for Artist of the Year - which was won by Adele last year in its inaugural year, and Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, 2023 Rising Star nominee Cat Burns and Sam Smith in the Pop/R&B Act category. Harry, Cat and Sam all go up for Song of the Year with Mastercard, which also sees Aitch, Dave, Ed Sheeran & Elton John, Eliza Rose, Lewis Capaldi shortlisted. Sam will perform alongside Kim Petras on the BRITs show.
Wet Leg face competition from newcomers Nova Twins in both the Group of the Year and Alternative/Rock Act categories, and from fellow 2023 Mercury Prize shortlisted artist Kojey Radical plus Mimi Webb, Rina Sawayama and UK’s Eurovision star Sam Ryder for Best New Artist. The International categories also see debut nominations for Blackpink and Gabriels in International Group of the Year, and for Jack Harlow and Gayle in International Song of the Year - which also sees the bewitching ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ from the Disney animated film Encanto receiving a nomination - Disney’s first ever original song to top the UK Singles Chart.
International Artist of the Year is a list of heavyweight global superstars: Beyoncé, Burna Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo and Taylor Swift, with Beyoncé, Lizzo and Taylor all also up for International Song of the Year.
In December, The BRITs announced the winner of this year’s Rising Star supported by BBC Radio 1 award as FLO, the first ever group to win this award. They join the list of incredible artists who have won the award in previous years including Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Griff, and last year’s winner, Holly Humberstone.
The winners of the four genre categories - Rock/Alternative Act, Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act, Dance Act, Pop/R&B Act - will be determined by a public vote via TikTok, which will open on Thursday 19th January at midday.
More show announcements to follow over the coming weeks.
2023 will mark 30 years of ITV as broadcast partner, 25 years of Mastercard as headline sponsor and 13 years with the show held at The O2 arena. All three long-standing partners support The BRITs’ ambition to host an unforgettable and far-reaching evening of live music and entertainment that, additionally, helps raise money for The BRIT Trust, the charitable arm of the awards, who distribute funds to charities that promote education and well-being through music, including The BRIT School and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.
Mastercard returns as headline partner of The BRIT Awards for the 25th year, bringing cardholders closer to their passion for music through a range of BRITs experiences. This year, Mastercard will continue to partner with The BRIT School to celebrate and give a platform to the next generation of creative talent and will again sponsor the much sought after Mastercard Album of the Year award, as well as Song of the Year with Mastercard.
YouTube Music is the Official Digital Music Partner and will bring fans closer to the BRITs than ever before. As the home of the official livestream on YouTube, audiences around the world will be able to watch the whole journey of the BRITs unfold, from the nominations, through the run-up, to the awards themselves and the performances on demand afterwards. Fans will also be able to watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage on the night on YouTube Shorts, a short-form video experience right on YouTube, as well as listening to their favourite artists' playlists on YouTube Music.
The BRIT Awards 2023 with Mastercard takes place Saturday 11th February at The O2 arena, exclusively broadcast on ITV1 and ITVX and hosted by Mo Gilligan.