The week in music: How I'd love to see John Grant win at the Brit Awards
This year's Brit Award nominations highlight the strength of new music, with breakthrough acts Bastille, Disclosure and Rudimental dominating the British Group and Album categories.
Best of all was John Grant's unexpected – and hugely deserved – nomination in the International Male Solo Artist category alongside giants Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Drake.
His album Pale Green Ghosts appeared in many a best of 2013 list. Unsurprisingly, his March date at London's Roundhouse is now sold out. He's just put out a video to the album's closing track, "Glacier". A pastiche of the history of the gay rights struggle, it lends more poignance to an already powerful and emotive song. How I'd love to see Grant win.
Gig of the week
Post-rock band Mogwai start their tour in Newcastle on Wednesday, followed by two nights at London's Royal Festival Hall. Expect tracks from their excellent new album, Rave Tapes (which they're streaming now).
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 Zayn Malik on Israel-Gaza: One Direction singer bombarded with Twitter death threats after posting #FreePalestine
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Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Star Wars Episode 7: Simon Pegg hints at role
Star Wars 7: Plot details 'leak', with sequel's opening sequence and premise revealed
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
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