Why Little Mix noms @ BRITS it’s a big deal

A few days ago the 2016 BRIT Awards nominees were (finally) announced and amongst Adele, Years & Years, Ellie Goulding, James Bay and Jess Glynne we see Little Mix! They scored nominations for British Single and British Video with their massive hit Black Magic. I know it’s kinda cliche to say it, but all that sorcery is paying out, right? It was about time for the BRITS to give them some credit!

These two nominations scored by the four-piece are very meaningful for pop music, specially for girlgroups, and here’s why:

1) Girlbands don’t get nominations very often

Good old days, late 90s and early 2000s, when Spice GirlsAll Saints and Sugababes used to get nominations as easily as they used to have hits in the UK Charts!

Last time a british girlgroup got a nomination at the BRIT Awards was in 2013: Stooshe was running for British Single with their track Blackheart and eventually lost to Adele‘s Skyfall.

Last time a girlgroup won was in 2010 when Spice Girls were awarded with the Best performance at the BRIT Awards to celebrate the 30 years of the ceremony (BRITs Hits 30).

But if you disconsider this award, which was a commemorative one, then the last time a girlgroup won in a current category it was in 2009 when Girls Aloud got British Single with The Promise (voted by the public!).

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Above: Spice Girls performing at the 1997 Brit Awards. Below: Girls Aloud accepting the award for British Single at the 2009 Brit Awards

2) There’s not a category specifically for Pop Artists

From 2000 to 2006 there was a Best Pop category. However it would mix british and international acts so you could have a competition amongst Britney Spears (american), Steps (british) and Westlife (irish) in the same category, for example.

Since then, pop artists can be nominated in some other categories, but still, it’s not the same thing!

The good thing is, including Little Mix, this year’s nominations are full of pop contenders!

3) Their male counterparts have been awarded much more

It’s no secret that boyband One Direction has scored many nominations and even won some of the awards. Last year’s award saw the guys taking the trophy (that’s a trophy, right?) for British Video. This year they are nominated for British Video again, competing with Little Mix, and also for Best Group.

One Direction at the 2013 Brit Awards
One Direction at the 2013 Brit Awards

The Wanted never won but they got a nomination for British Single with Glad You Came in 2012 and ended up losing to One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful (public vote always makes things easier to 1D, but that’s another story). JLS went home with British Breakthrough in 2010 it should have been Pixie Lott instead.

Well, this year’s awards will be on February 24th. Let’s cross the fingers for the ladies and hope they’ll get at least one award home! The British Video category will be decided by the public, so high chances here! To makes things even better, they are amongst the confirmed performers! Let that Black Magic work once again!

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