Monday, January 25, 2010

Brit Awards: Best Female Vocalist

Aww the Brit Awards. The time of year when we all have to realize that the Brits clearly have better taste in music than we do on the American side.

First up? Best Female Vocalist

The nominees are: Lily Allen, Pixie Lott, Leona Lewis, Florence & the Machine, and Bat for Lashes.

This is always a tough category, because it is so easy for female vocalists to land themselves into the ‘crappily manufactured pop music,’ genre, in fact, its probably harder not to fall into it.

Leona Lewis is are first nominee, another spawn of the Cowell entertainment machine, is a trend I find so disturbing about music lately. That people like Simon Cowell can go out and turn glorified karaoke singers into Grammy award winning stars. Lewis has seen huge success in both Britain and the United States, but I give 0 out of 0 stars for lack of songwriting talent.

Pixie Lott on the other hand, claims herself as one of the few new stars out there not created by the X Factor machine. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to like about Pixie Lott, especially on the side of physical looks (I have always had a thing for pretty blondes with long legs, call it a vanity thing), and the fact that she is only 19 years old. Does she have any more talent than Leona Lewis though? Probably not.

Natasha Khan, known better as her stage name ‘Bat for Lashes’ broke out this year with her hit ‘Daniel’ and made considerable noise in the UK with a Mercury Award nomination, and even had a bit of a hit with ‘Daniel’ over here in the U.S. To be honest? I find her voice drab and dragging and unbelievably boring

Lily Allen has had a rocky career that only spans to full-length albums. Her out of control personality and her constant fights with her fellow celebutante can make her annoying, but it also separates her from a lot of other female personalities. He voice is so sweet, but her lyrics are so offendingly honest that she is the perfect remedy for a bad breakup.

Florence & the Machine, another stage name for the beautiful Florence Welch whose distinctly British voice ranges from high-tempered indie rock (Kiss With a Fist) to the more soulful “Dog Days of Summer.”

Vote: Kiss With a Fist-Florence & the Machine

Next Up: Best Male Solo Artist

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