Brit Awards 2013 nominations: we pick the worthy winners

From Alt-J to Plan B and beyond, we choose the acts we want to win at this year's awards

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Posted 10th January 2013 in Features & Reviews, Alt-J | By Josiah Wingate
Brit Awards 2013 nominations: we pick the worthy winners

The Brit Awards nominations are out! Emeli Sandé looks set for a big year, while Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and Rita Ora dominate three categories each.

There are some strong contenders to take home the statuettes in February, but we've got our ideal list of winners already.

Here are our favourites for the Brits 2013:

Best British Male

Plan B: Ben Drew deserves to win for 'iLL Manors' alone. One of last year's greatest songs, Plan B's protest song was a scathing attack on our broken and battered society. It was easily the most potent anthem of 2012.

Best British Female

Bat For Lashes: Natasha Khan is the kind of artist you can't stop watching, even when you're watching 'Laura' for the 50th time on YouTube. 'The Haunted Man' brought Bat for Lashes back to the charts with some of the most spellbinding songs she's ever written.

Best British Group

Alt-J: the relatively new band on the scene has made a big impact on people in the past year. 'An Awesome Wave' was a critical success and the band won the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize. They should be able to breeze past the competition and walk away with this one.

Also, please don't let One Direction win. (Sorry, 1Directioners: you and the band are lovely people, but no.)

Best Live Act

The Rolling Stones: if you've ever seen them live, you'll understand why this is the easiest choice to make. But there is a slight frustration here with another male-dominated year for the category. Where's the love for performers like Bjork or Bat for Lashes?

Best International Group

The Black Keys: 'El Camino' was acclaimed across the board, winning the band new fans all over the world. Add to that their Grammy nominations and performance with The Rolling Stones, you've got yourself a pretty exceptional international group.

Best International Male

Bruce Springsteen: the man, the legend, the genius that is Springsteen. 'Wrecking Ball' demolished the detractors, showing us that Bruce still has plenty left to say after all these years.

Best International Female

Lana Del Rey: Sure, everyone's suffering from a little Lana Fatigue, but she brought pop music to some interesting places last year. And if you're in any doubt about her worthiness, please see the following line: 'My pussy tastes like Pepsi Cola...'

Mastercard British Album of the Year

Alt-J: 'An Awesome Wave'

Best British Breakthrough

Jake Bugg and Jessie Ware both deserve this accolade after an amazing year.

Best British Single

Rudimental feat. John Newman: 'Feel the Love'. It has to win because the choices for Best British Single are fairly lacklustre. James Arthur is talented, a deserving X Factor winner, but 'Impossible' should not be on this list.

The Brits 2013 take place on February 20 at London's O2 Arena.