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).
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant