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BRIT Awards 2021: New artists to look out for

The BRITS are back on 11 May. Chris Kingston takes a look at the nominations and highlights some of the fantastic new artists to look out for in 2021.

Written by High Life North
Published 24.04.2021

British Group


Biffy Clyro

Little Mix

The 1975

Young T & Bugsey

Little Mix would normally be the favourite to take the British Group category however if previous years have taught us anything, The 1975 are the ones to beat.    

British Female Solo Artist

Arlo Parks


Dua Lipa

J Hus

Jessie Ware

There are some pretty strong contenders for Female Solo Artist this year. Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams album is a  recent favourite of HLN. We also have the Haunting vocals of Celeste who won rising star at last years Brits. Dua Lipa and Jessie Ware bringing the disco vibes to their respected albums. It’s hard to choose a favourite as they are all so good.

British Male Solo Artist

AJ Tracey

Headie One

J Hus

Joel Corry


AJ Tracey is the favourite in this category to nab the award. Headie One and J Hus are also nominated. I personally will be rooting for Yungblud whose albums 21st Century Liability (2018) and Weird (2020) have a punk rock vibe about them.

British Single

220 Kid and Gracey – “Don’t Need Love”

Aitch and AJ Tracey featuring Tay Keith – “Rain”

Dua Lipa – “Physical”

Harry Styles – “Watermelon Sugar”

Headie One, AJ Tracy and Stormzy  “Ain’t It Different”

Joel Corry featuring MINEK “Head & Heart”

Nathan Dawe featuring KSI – “Lighter”

Regard and Rae – “Secrets”

S1mba featuring DTG – “Rover”

Young T & Bugsey featuring Headie One – “Don’t Rush”

Breakthrough Artist

Arlo Parks



Joel Corry

Young T & Bugsey

It would be between Arlo Parks and Celeste for this one, however, we’ve been humming DJ Joel Corry x MNEK Head & Heart since it came out in 2020 so it would be amazing to see him win Breakthrough Artist.   

International Male Solo Artist

Bruce Springsteen

Burma Boy

Childish Gambino

Tame Impala

The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Miley Cyrus

Taylor Swift

International Group


Fontaines DC

Foo Fighters


Run the Jewels

Our money is on Korean pop group BTS taking the prize.

British Album of the Year

Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams

Celeste – Not Your Muse

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

J Hus – Big Conspiracy

Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure

Any one of these fabulous artists deserve to win and it is so hard to choose a firm favourite. This really is a battle of the pop stars. Will you be tuning in? 

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