British Soap Awards

It was Coronation Street that swept up at the prestigious British Soap Awards this week and saw the show pick up a tremendous eight out of sixteen awards. The drama also picked up the highly held and the main award on the night; the Best Soap award. Corrie was also noticeably named the best soap at the Baftas a few weeks ago. The awards included best soap and bets storyline.


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Will Suarez Miss Out On Award?


This year’s PFA player of the year award is set to be one of the closest in years with Luis Suarez, Robin Van Persie and Gareth Bale all having tremendous seasons. The PFA or the Players’ Player of the Year is decided by footballers in English football. The prize has be hailed by past winners and footballers across the country as the greatest personal prize you can win in the English game with 2004-05 winner, John Terry describing it as “the ultimate accolade to be voted for by your fellow professionals whom you play against week-in and week-out”. The award which will take place for the 40th time when the ultimate decision comes this Spring has 35 different past winners.


Luis Suarez is the name which has been in and out the papers this season for mostly the right but sometimes the wrong reasons. The Uruguay international has at times carried Liverpool and has netted a total of 22 league goals for the Reds this season.  Luis Suarez has been widely tipped to win the award and become the 6th ever Liverpool player to win the accolade however, there has been doubts. This is not because of his footballing ability but his behaviour. Luis Suarez since arriving to the Premier league from Ajax for £22.5 million has made a lot of enemies after a fine and ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra and then refusing to shake his hand, (don’t expect any votes for Luis from the United team), an incident where he appeared to use his hand to score against Oldham in the FA Cup, raised two fingers towards Fulham fans, kicked out at Scott Parker and Michael Dawson of Totteham (you can count votes out from them too, also bearing in mind they will most likely be voting for teammate Gareth Bale) and also admitted to diving to try and win a penalty against Stoke. We may unfortunately see a great season from Suarez go unappreciated due to his various enemies he has made in the English game. Suarez is also noticeably the only out of the three main candidates who have not won the award as Van Persie and Bale are the past 2 winners  with the Welshman Bale wining in 2010-2011 and the Dutchman scooping last year’s award for Arsenal for the 2011-2012 season before his move to Manchester Unites last summer.


The drama-packed Brit awards set to take place tonight

The prestigious Brit awards are set to take place for the 33rd time in its history tomorrow night on the 20th of February. The event will take place at the O2 Arena in London and will be presented by actor and presenter, James Corden. This year’s annual pop music awards statue trophy was designed by Damien Hirst which uses the traditional Brit Award shape but includes a new white bodied but colourful polka-dot covered design.


After last year’s huge controversy when Adele’s acceptance speech for album of the year was rather awkwardly cut short for Blur return to music and play a rather rusty live version of ‘Song 2’, there is sure to be more drama this year. Adele then stuck her middle finger up to the cameras aiming it at the producers. Who can forget the drama of the Brit awards back in 2010 when Mancunian Liam Gallagher arrived to accept the award for the best album of the decade, thanked everyone in the band apart from his song writing brother Noel (who quit the band due to Liam’s antics), and then through the award into the crowd. The Oasis front man then gave an interview to television cameras with millions viewing and asked the presenters to take class A drugs with him on air. This then lead to presenter Peter Kay controversially cursing at the singer as he carried on the proceedings. The rock and roll band were also involved when singer Robbie Williams challenged Gallagher to a fight during an acceptance speech in 2000 which lead to his brother Noel coming back calling Williams a “fat dancer from Take That”.


This year’s awards sees Muse take on boy band One Direction and Mumford and Sons for the Best British Group Award while the International Group Award sees nominees The Black Keys and the Killers competing. For the award of British Female soloist, With respect to the late Amy Winehouse as a nominee also sees nods to mould-breakers Jessie Ware and Bat For Lashes, Paloma Faith and Scottish Olympic ceremony songstress Emeli Sandé. British Break Through Artist Award sees Jake Bugg, Ben Howard, Alt-J, Jessie Ware and Rita Ora all battle for their name being called out tomorrow night.

NME Award Nominations


The nominations have been released and the voting begins for the awards to take place on the 27th of February at the event’s new home of London’s Troxy.  After the comeback in 2012, The Rolling Stones are set to take the awards by storm being nominated in four different categories.


The best British band category which usually is the most favoured, offers a shortlist of the Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Vaccines, Biffy Clyro, The Maccabees and The Cribs. Arctic Monkeys who have also been voted for the best track and best video for their 2012 heavy rock hit ‘R U Mine?’ look favourites as they begin to record a new 2013 album. The video for the song being filmed by themselves in the car during the first on-air play of the song live. The best International band shortlist boasts a wealth of big names including The Killers, Tame Impala, The Black Keys, Odd Future, Crystal Castles and the Foo Fighters.


Also up for awards is 18 year old singer songwriter Jake Bugg from Nottingham in who burst onto the music scene last year and being hailed as a ‘British Bob Dylan’. The young lad has been on tour in America with one of his hero and how one of his fans, Noel Gallagher who he competes with for Best Solo Artist amongst competition from Florence Welch, Miles Kane, Grimes and the ‘Mod Father’ Paul Weller. Jake Bugg’s album under the same name is also up for The Album of the Year up against Frank Ocean, The Maccabees, new band Alt-J, The Vaccines and Australians, Tame Impala.


The best moment of the year will be a tight one with the comeback of David Bowie and the Stone Roses’ return to play at Heaton Park in Manchester. Of course, it would be silly to miss out the Olympic Ceremonies with performances from Ray Davies, Arctic Monkeys, Paul Mc Cartney and The Who. The list is completed by the Rolling Stones’ concert at London’s O2 Arena, Green Day’s secret set at Reading Festival and Pussy Riot’s punk prayer.


One of the more unusual awards is the Villain of the year award in which Harry Styles is a predicted favourite. He faces competition from Prime Minister David Cameron, Skrillex, Psy, Fred Macpherson and Azealia Banks. The One Direction singer, whose band have also been nominated for the worst band category says he is looking forward to the event and says it ‘should be fun’.