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Richard Hawley received a nomination for Best Male, five years after his last nomination

Gig review: Richard Hawley, Somerset House, London

Dressed in black and protected by fifties-style shades, Richard Hawley explains the inspiration behind 'Don't Stare At The Sun': the mundane act of taking his youngest son kite flying. “What made it interesting was I was off me head on fucking acid”.

Obaro Ejimiwe otherwise know as Ghostpoet

Music review: Ghostpoet, Village Underground, Shoreditch

With Mercury-nominated 2011 debut Peanut Blues & Melancholy Jam, Ghostpoet rewired something very British into his own bleak, bruised sound.

The Victorian in the Wall at the Royal Court

Theatre review: The Victorian in the Wall, Royal Court Theatre, London

When Dominic Cooke took over at the Royal Court, he said he wanted to stage more plays about “what it means to be middle class”. Now, as the reins of artistic director pass to Vicky Featherstone, comes possibly the most middle-class play of his era - and very funny on the topic it is too.

Rake progresses to CBI president

Sir Mike Rake, the chairman of BT, is to become president of the employers' organisation the CBI, taking over from Sir Roger Carr.

Blaise: “Most of the songs I write are about the sort of things that every teenage girl is thinking of

One to Watch: Blaise, singer/songwriter, 16

“Most of the songs I write are about the sort of things that every teenage girl is thinking of. I guess not everyone turns these thoughts into pop songs.”

Album: The D.O.T., And That (The Beats)

You may be wondering, with his former protégé Plan B at the top of his game, why we still need Mike Skinner, a previous generation's white British social-realist rapper. The fact is that, while Ben Drew's forte is surveying the bigger political picture, few songwriters around can zoom in and focus on fine detail as skilfully as Skinner.

Human story: Anthony Quinn

The Streets, By Anthony Quinn

A thrilling story of deprivation that shows off the bravura versatility of its author

The Story of The Streets, By Mike Skinner

Anything but middle of the road

Usher's new single Climax has an intense beat

Inmusic Festival, Lake Jarun, Zagreb

"What's wrong with this bloke?" The Streets' bare-chested Mike Skinner berates the burly, naked Croatian man he's cajoled on to the stage who is taking perverse pleasure in refusing to crowd surf during the heart-rending "Dry Your Eyes".

Katy B, Academy, Manchester<br/>Death From Above 1979, Forum, London

Wondering who's going to emerge as the voice of 2011? Look no further than the Peckham Princess

Fresh rhymes from the cities of the rap nation

Never mind the capital... The most celebrated new UK rappers come from outside London and are using the locations in their music. Rahul Verma takes the tour

PJ Harvey, Troxy, London<br/>Brother, University of East Anglia, Norwich<br/>The Streets, University of East Anglia, Norwich

While Harvey worshippers bow to their idol, fans of The Streets bid Mike Skinner a sad farewell

The real stars know when to call it a day

As Mike Skinner calls time on The Streets, Fiona Sturges says that Girls Aloud would do well to consider a similar coda
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

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