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Idles overjoyed at “vapid” BRITs nomination

By | Published on Thursday 17 January 2019


Idles are overjoyed to have been sealed in the “vapid chamber” of the BRIT Awards, having received a nomination in the British Breakthrough Act category.

The band are up against Ella Mai, Jorja Smith, Mabel and Tom Walker in the public voted category – the shortlist for which is selected by the 1000+ member BRITs voting Academy, made up of industry professionals, media types and the previous year’s awards nominees.

Speaking to the NME, frontman Joe Talbot says: “It’s a surprise [to be nominated], and something that we won’t take for granted. It’s easy to turn your nose up at the drab pop culture that there is at the moment, but I think it’s magic. I think it’s fucking stunning that we’re being recognised in a vapid chamber”.

He adds that he’s pleased to be in one of the two public voted categories at the awards, saying: “I think that’s the only way we’ll ever win anything like this! You know, the industry is kind of fixed in a certain way and I think people are getting bored of that. I think we are part of the change, so people are excited as using as some sort of message to the boring”.

Well, let’s see if you get it first. At least they’re not nominated in the Best Video category, where they’d definitely be dead in the water. This year’s other anomaly is Aphex Twin, who goes up against Craig David, George Ezra, Giggs and Sam Smith in the British Male Solo Artist category. Find out if either take anything home on 22 Feb.