“It’s the middle of 2019 awards season! The Baftas and Grammys have just taken place and coming up are the Oscars and of course, ‘the biggest night in British music’ – The Brits. With that in mind, it’s time for KVH Studios to hand out our awards, rewarding the best in music for 2018.
It’s been nearly 2 years since we saw Freya Ridings perform live for the first – and so far, only time. In 2018, she released the amazing ‘Lost Without You’, which propelled her into the charts, and at the time of writing this, has spent 24 weeks in the UK Top 40.
British Male Solo Artist
When George Ezra was preparing for the release of his second album, ‘Staying at Tamara’s’, I very much doubt he could have predicted how it was going to be received. First single, ‘Paradise’, spent 11 weeks in the Top 10. Second single, ‘Shotgun’, went to number one and the album has spent 42 weeks in the Album Chart Top 10.
British Female Solo Star
The brilliant Jorja Smith has been on our radar for a while, and 2018 was the year that her potential was realised. She was last year’s Critics Choice at the Brits and her album ‘Lost & Found’ charted top 3.
British Album of the Year
There were some great albums released last year, however the one that we keep going back for many repeat listens is the awesome ‘Geography’ by Tom Misch. The mix of electronic, jazz, RnB and Rap is just sublime.
British Single & Video
Anne-Marie is another artist who has featured on our in-store services for a long time, having added ‘Do It Right’ in 2016. Her debut album was released in 2018, she’s had sold out tours across the UK and has supported Ed Sheeran around the world. But it’s the single ‘2002’ that wins our British Single and Video of the Year award.
Post Malone had a great 2018. Five ‘Top 5’ singles and a number one album.
International Female Solo Artist
There are just two words needed for this one – Ariana Grande.
Congratulations to our winners and we look forward to another year of great music. I wonder what the rest of 2019 has in store for us…?”
Nick Bewes – Head of Music