The BRIT Awards is one of the most significant dates in UK music calendar. Each year, the red carpet event brings together a who’s who of music industry talent, producing headline-grabbing moments and historic onstage collaborations. This week’s awards held special significance for BIMM, with former Songwriting student George Ezra winning the coveted title of ‘Best Male Solo Artist’.
Having received three Brit nominations earlier in the year, George emerged triumphant with one of the highest profile awards of the event. Competition for the prize was incredibly strong and included the likes of Sam Smith, Craig David, Giggs and Aphex Twin.
“This is an incredible honour.” said the former BIMM Bristol student during his acceptance speech. “There’s not a day goes by that I don’t consider myself very lucky and this is the icing on the cake, it means the world. From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much.”
George went on to produce a stunning performance of his hit single ‘Shotgun’, which was nominated for ‘Best British Single’ and featured a cameo appearance from New Orleans’ Hot Brass 8 band. The track features on his double-platinum selling sophomore LP ‘Staying At Tamara’s’, which was also in the running for ‘Best UK Album’ alongside The 1975, Florence + the Machine, Jorja Smith and Anne-Marie.
It was a double-celebration for BIMM Bristol with alternative punk underdogs IDLES receiving a nomination for ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’. The band have proven themselves to be one of the hardest working acts in their class this year, performing sold-out shows across the UK, Europe and the U.S for months at a time.
The nomination saw the band pitched against stiff competition such as former BIMM London student Ella Mai, Jorja Smith, Mabel and Tom Walker, with the latter scooping the win. The nomination alone marked an incredible moment for the five-piece, whose independent sophomore LP ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ peaked at number 2 in the official UK Album Chart in September of 2018.
“It was great to see two BIMM Bristol acts nominated and to see George winning and performing on the night.” said BIMM Bristol’s Principal Steve Lawson. “IDLES drummer Jon Beavis studied Professional Musicianship here in Bristol, while guitarist Lee Kiernan is one of our performance tutors, giving our current students lots of great feedback on how to improve their live performances.
I’m so pleased for George and also for the staff here in Bristol who helped him to craft his songs, get valuable live exposure on the circuit and get connected to the industry. A very satisfying night for us all round!”
We’re proud to see former BIMM students gaining such impressive traction at an event as big as the BRIT Awards. We’ve a feeling it won’t be the last time we see our esteemed alumni taking the limelight at such a prestigious event.