October is looming and so that can only mean a few things – Autumn is coming into full swing, it’s apparently National Pizza Month and of course we can’t forget the biggie – Halloween and all its pumpkin orange glory. In the music world however, the month will see big album releases from names such as Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato and 5 Seconds of Summer, it sees The X Factor soon begin its live shows, and it also includes this year’s MTV European Music Awards. Taking place on 25th October, several acts from around the globe will be awarded titles including Best Song, Best Live Act, Best Video and Best Male/Female respectively.
We take a look at the UK’s best nominees and offer our predictions on who we think will come out on top this year.
Whilst you may have heard that Taylor Swift is nominated for a whopping nine awards, we think the ‘Bad Blood‘ star better watch out for Ellie Goulding who is nominated for both Best Song with ‘Love Me Like You Do‘ and Best Female. Having the lead single off the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack was always going to get its fair share of attention and coupled with Ellie’s dreamy vocals, the track soared upwards to the higher regions of the charts in both the UK and the US where it charted at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, other songs battling it out for Best Song include Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s ‘Lean On‘ ft. MØ, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s ‘See You Again‘ and perhaps biggest competitor Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ ‘Uptown Funk‘. Ronson and Mars also happen to be up for Best Collaboration but how will they fare?
In terms of our British males, Ed Sheeran also seems to stand a good chance at taking an award home. His nominations include Best Male and Best Live Act. Though he’s only a man with a guitar, Sheeran commands any arena with his fast-paced tunes and his impressive notes. However, in the Best Male category, he faces tough competition from stars such as Jason Derulo , Justin Bieber, Kanye West and his ‘Sing‘ counterpart Pharrell Williams. Both Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are also in the running for Best Live Act, but will Katy’s dancing left shark and Taylor’s countless amount of guests take the crown? Regardless of who wins, it’s going to be close!
Also doing it for the males are One Direction. Though early 2015 was relatively quiet for 1D (that was until Zayn made his departure), the lads have still managed to secure two nominations for Best Pop and Biggest Fans. Maybe the popularity of ‘Drag Me Down‘ and new track ‘Infinity‘ might just secure them the two awards?
Two other Brits facing each other are newcomers Jess Glynne and James Bay. Nominated for Best New Star and Best Push, we’re stuck on who could be the recipient even though both acts are equally as deserving. The two stars also hold the record for the UK’s two fasting-selling debut albums of 2015, James with 64,000 and Jess with a figure just under 60,000 according to the Official Charts Company. Other nominees for Best New Star include hit-makers Tori Kelly, Shawn Mendes and Echosmith.
Another act we’re rooting for is Florence + the Machine for Best Alternative. It’s been a long gap between 2011’s Ceremonials and this year’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful but with stunning tracks such as ‘Ship to Wreck‘ and ‘Queen of Peace‘, the album was definitely worth the wait. Other favourites to win are Lorde and Lana del Rey but will they pip Flo to the post? Only time will tell!
How do you think the awards show will go down? Let us know your predictions below and remember to tune in for the big night on 25th October!