BRIT Awards 2019 Ya Wha’?!: A Guide to the BRIT Awards’ more unexpected twists and turns

Let’s be honest, if IDLES win tonight’s British Breakthrough category, it would be a bit of a curveball, but stranger things have happened…

Ah, another year, another BRIT Awards and a new list of nominations that most of us probably could have predicted. For example, Dua Lipa being up for the most awards this year? Yeah, we’d have put our money on that. Or how about The 1975 being up for two awards (British Group and Album Of The Year)? Rightly so, but again, it was never out of the realms of possibility.

But 2019 has already thrown us a few curveballs and, let’s be honest, there’s a few outliers in this year’s noms list. For example, this year sees Aphex Twin up for British Male Solo Artist against Craig David, George Ezra, Giggs and Sam Smith. Christine and the Queen is also up for International Female Solo Artist, alongside Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B and Janelle Monáe - the only non-American artist nominated in the category. Then there’s the matter of the British Breakthrough Act, where our beloved cover stars IDLES are up against Ella Mai, Jorja Smith, Mabel and Tom Walker, making an unusual but welcome addition to the list.

So, could an underdog group like IDLES sweep in to nab the trophy from their competitors? We would say, ‘stranger things have happened’, but - glancing through previous years - really it’s true!

Read below for a brief history of the BRIT Awards’ more unusual twists and turns. Stranger things really *have* happened.

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