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).
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
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Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures