Will 2022 be the year BTS finally wins a Brit Award? The K-pop superstars were nominated on Saturday (Dec. 18) for international group. They were nominated in the same category last year, but lost, in a surprise, to American sister trio HAIM.
Or might Silk Sonic win for international group? The duo, comprising Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, would be the second collaboration of solo artists to win in the category. The Carters, consisting of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, won three years ago.
We’ll find out on Feb. 8 when the 2022 Brit Awards are presented at The 02 in London.
Here are eight more burning questions prompted by this year’s Brit Awards nominations.
The British superstar will if she wins in all four categories in which she is nominated. Adele is currently tied with Coldplay for second place on the all-time leaderboard, with nine wins each.
2. Will Adele win her third award for Mastercard album of the year?
She’s nominated for her global blockbuster 30. She won for her two most recent albums, 21 (2012) and 25 (2016). Should she win again, she would tie Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay as the only three-time winners in the category’s history. (Moreover, she would tie Coldplay as the only act to win in this category with three consecutive studio albums.)
3. Will Adele win her third award for song of the year with Mastercard (formerly known as British single)?
She’s nominated for her warm piano ballad “Easy on Me.” She won with “Skyfall” (2013) and “Hello” (2016). Should she win again, she’ll tie Williams as the solo artist with the most wins in the category (three). Take That leads all artists with five wins in the category.
4. Will Elton John win his first Brit Award in competition in 31 years?
John is nominated for song of the year with Mastercard for “Cold Heart (Pnau Mix),” his hit collab with Dua Lipa. This would be the legendary singer’s first win in a competitive category since he took best British male in 1991. It would be his first win ever in this category; Lipa’s second. She won three years ago for “One Kiss,” her hit collab with Calvin Harris. A second win would make Lipa only the second female artist (following Adele) to win twice in the category’s history. Lipa would also be the first artist to win in this category twice as part of a collaboration.
Sheeran, who won seven years ago for x, is nominated for =. Dave, who won two years ago for Psychodrama, is nominated for We’re All Alone in This Together. Should Dave win, he’d set a second record — becoming the first artist of color to win in the category more than once.
6. Will Little Mix, which last year became the first all-female group to win group, win again this year?
The female trio (formerly a quartet) would be the first group of any gender to win two years running since Arctic Monkeys in 2007-08.
7. Will Coldplay win group for a record-extending fifth time?
The veteran band won in the category in 2001, 2003, 2012 and 2016.
Little Simz is probably the front-runner for best new artist. She’s the only new artist who is also nominated for artist of the year. But Griff, who won the rising star award (formerly the critic’s choice award) last year, is a proven favorite with Brit voters. She would be just the third artist in the show’s history to win in both categories. Sam Smith took rising star in 2014 and best new artist the following year. Rag’n’Bone Man won both awards in 2017.
The winners in most categories are selected by a voting academy. The winners in four newly-added genre categories – rock/alternative act, hip hop/grime/rap act, dance act, and pop/R&B act – will be determined by a public vote via TikTok, which will open on Jan. 21.