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Brit awards winners 2016 – the full list

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British female solo artist: Adele

Adele’s victory was the least surprising victory in the history of predictable victories. After all, this is a woman who breaks so many records that she should have her own edition of Guinness World Records.

What we said: “Other things changed in her life. Definitely there were fewer queues, cruddy tasks, trips by public transport. At the same time she lost her access to some of the easy small talk and anonymity of everyday life. ‘When I walk into a room full of people that I don’t know, they stop talking. And I understand that. I get it. Because I’ve done it myself in the past. It’s just … If I go up to someone and ask what they do for a living, they’ll say, “Oh, that’s not very interesting, compared to what you do.” But it is interesting. I’m interested. It’s real life, and I want to chat about it. Let’s chat about it today and let’s chat about it again tomorrow.’

 

British male solo artist: James Bay

James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm was the eighth bestselling album in the UK in 2015, so it’s little surprise he was able to beat Aphex Twin, Calvin Harris, Jamie xx and Mark Ronson.

What we said: “What is most striking about the album’s adherence to themes of self-discovery, love and personal relationships is that it won’t really matter what critics think – people are likely to buy this debut in droves. From Best Fake Smile’s polite takedown of flighty friends to Craving’s message about longing for more excitement, Bay’s relatable pop-rock holds broad appeal for those, like him, who are figuring out the paths their lives may take.”

International group: Tame Impala

Tame Impala’s win came in the Brits’ most intriguing category – they were up against Alabama Shakes, Eagles of Death Metal, Major Lazer and U2 – and recognised their move from cult concern to festival-and-arena headliner, one achieved without relinquishing their sense of psychedelic adventure.

 

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Pumped to be here … Tame Impala at the Brit awards 2016.

What we said: “Like all great psychedelic music, it perfectly evokes a deeply weird altered state, albeit that of a head wrecked by grief rather than lysergic acid diethylamide. In fact, it’s strange how similar Parker makes the two seem, describing the fluctuations of misery in ways that the kaftan-clad astral travellers of 1967 would find familiar. Listening to Currents, you get the same sense of losing your bearings, of slipping in and out of reality – from the woozy music to the starkness of the lyrics – of moments of sparkling clarity interspersed with moments where you don’t know what the hell’s going on.”

British single: Adele – Hello

The first the world knew of Adele’s comeback single was when a commercial for it aired during an episode of The X Factor. The song, a cowrite with Greg Kurstin, duly emerged in October and topped the charts worldwide. It turned out Adele played drums on it, as well.

British group: Coldplay

Coldplay’s win marks their fourth victory in the British group category, breaking the record they had previously shared with Arctic Monkeys. It reflects the success of their seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams, which – like all their other albums – reached No 1 in the UK charts.

What we said: “Like their Eno-abetted attempt at experimentation on 2008’s Viva La Vida, A Head Full of Dreams is frustratingly blighted by the sense that Coldplay haven’t fully committed to the album’s big idea: they keep deviating from the Stargate pop plan to knock out stuff like Amazing Day, which has a guitar line brazenly pinched from John Barry’s Midnight Cowboy theme and is self-evidently going to turn up soundtracking clip montages on sports programmes and reality shows for the rest of eternity. It’s a moot point whether that’s a sign of innate conservatism or of a band that know exactly what they are doing.”

Coldplay win Best British group at the Brits 2016.

International male solo artist: Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber, the Guardian has been told, did not win his award as reward for turning up. Oh no. The Weeknd and Father John Misty were present at the O2, too. In fact, the Bieb has been busily gathering credibility over the past couple of years, working with rappers and producers du jour, and trying to establish himself as a Grown Up Artist.

International male solo artist winner Justin Bieber performs at the Brit Awards 2016.

What we said: “Purpose sets out its stall as a giant apology – to his ex, Selena Gomez, and to his public, for various well-documented misdemeanours. Emotional intelligence is doled out by the ladleful. The title track thanks a lover for giving Bieber purpose. The howlingly terrible Children is Bieber’s misplaced Michael Jackson-style bid to hurt for the world over some generic Calvin Harris-style club beat.”

British breakthrough act: Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen have stealthily become one of Britain’s biggest guitar bands, their debut album Balcony reaching the top 10 and being certified gold, off the back of live performances that attract a fearsomely committed audience.

What we said: “If it’s a nostalgia trip to 2004 you’re after, then look no further than this Llandudno rock group’s debut. What The Balcony lacks in subtlety (“Craving your calls like a soldier’s wife”) and elegance (“your friends can fucking do one”), it makes up for in confidence. Well produced, its burly riffs and youthful energy recall the turbocharged feeling of a fresher’s week club night.”

Global success: Adele

This award is given to the British act to have achieved the greatest global successin the preceding year. Who else did you think was going to win this one? Comet Gain?

Global success: Adele

International female solo artist: Björk

Björk’s fourth win in this category comes off the back of Vulnicura, a deeply personal relationship about the end of her relationship with Matthew Barney.Talking to Sophie Heawood for the Guardian, Björk explained how the songs had to be kept warts-and-all: “[I] looked at it and said: ‘No, if you cut out all the messy bits, it’s not going to be a document of this grief journey, it’s not going to be any use for anyone.’ If I had taken out the messy bits, they would have been arid songs. They wouldn’t even have been good songs.”

What we said: “Björk clearly doesn’t see the need for emotional directness as a reason to abandon her more adventurous musical ideas. The presence of FKA twigs producer and death-obsessed experimental electronic auteur the Haxan Cloak might alert you to the fact that she hasn’t reached for her acoustic guitar in search of sincerity. Instead, the album sets out its musical stall on opener Stonemilker: high-drama string arrangements over the boom and crack of electronic beats.”

British video of the year: One Direction

Mastercard British album of the year: Adele – 25

The blockbuster album of 2015 broke first-week sales records in the UK and US, and in the US it sold more copies in 2015 than the next five biggest albums combined. And that all happened despite Adele defying conventional wisdom and keeping it off streaming sites.

Adele.

What we said: “The raw emotional edge that was part of 21’s appeal is noticeable by its absence, replaced by what sounds less like closure and reconciliation than a certain pass-aggy bent: “Send my love to your new lover,” she sings brightly, “I hope you treat her better.” In fact, it’s hard not to start feeling your sympathy shift a little from the dumpee to the dumper. “When I call you never seem to be home,” she protests on Hello, which does rather make you think: well, you have just sold 30m copies of an album largely concerned with telling the world what a terrible shit he is. He’s probably trying to keep a fairly low profile.”

The awards previously announced

British producer – Charlie Andrew

Critic’s Choice – Jack Garratt

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Gov’t Sell Golden Tulip, Now Renamed Lancaster Hotel

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The Golden Tulip Hotels in Accra and Kumasi will be rebranded after the Ghanaian government sold its stake in the facility to some Lebanese investors.

The four-star hotels are owned by a joint venture between the governments of Ghana and Libya (GLAHCO), with Ghana owning 60% and Libya owning 40%.

According to media reports, Ghana has completely sold its franchise to a company called Lancaster.

This means that the renowned hotels in Ghana’s capital and the Ashanti Regional capital will be known as Lancaster Accra City Hotel and Lancaster Kumasi City Hotel as of July 1st, 2022.

A letter from the General Manager with the heads of departments in copy read: “Achour Holding Limited operating as Lancaster Hotels will be the new lessee and would take effect from 1st July, 2022, with same conditions as previously communicated”.

“We urge you to support the new company to ensure a successful takeoff,” the statement added.

Another letter from the Rooms Division Manager of Golden Tulip Hotel, Lucy Ahedor said “we wish to inform you that from 1st of July, 2022, the name of the hotel will now change to Lancaster Hotel. We would also like to inform you to rest assured as this change will not affect normal operations of the hotel”.

“We are happy to also announce that the hotel under this new name will be going through refurbishment by enhancing most of the facilities,” she added.


Some hotel employees confirmed the sale and name change to Joy News, while sources say the move was spearheaded by government officials.

The Golden Tulip Hospitality Group is a hotel franchise and management company with locations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.

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Feli Nuna Hints On Collaboration With Sarkodie

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Feli Nuna, singer signed to Off Da Ground, has made a new revelation.

Speaking with Doreen Avio on Hitz FM’s Day Break Hitz she was questioned on when she will be having a collaboration with rapper Sarkodie.

A collaboration with the BET winner is in the works, according to the ‘Towel’ hitmaker, as she prepares for her EP. She went on to say that her EP, which is amazing and has some great features, should be out in six months.

Feli Nuna released her ‘Towel‘ song on May 11, 2022, which was produced by Shawerz Ebiem and filmed and directed by R.Dee.

Feli Nuna’s towel song is all about taking care of oneself. Self-care is defined as an individual’s, family’s, or community’s ability to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health by eating well and engaging in stress-relieving activities.
Watch below.

Feli Nuna, real name Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah, has performed on major stages throughout Ghana, including the Ghana Music Awards Nominees Concert, the 4styte Music Video Awards, Coke Studio Africa, the Yaws Fashion Show in Gambia, the Asia-Africa Youth Festival in China, and many more.

Connect with Flei Nuna on these handles below.

Facebook: Feli Nuna

Twitter, Instagram & TikTok: @Feli Nuna

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Ciara Signs With Republic/Uptown Records

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Ciara is leveling up with a new record deal.

The R&B superstar has signed to Republic Records and Uptown Records in partnership with her independent label, Beauty Marks Entertainment, it was announced today.

“I am thrilled to partner with Uptown/Republic Records through my own label imprint Beauty Marks Entertainment,” said Ciara. “Wendy [Goldstein] and I have been in discussion to work together for some time and the enthusiasm that her and the entire team have expressed over this new project marks an exciting new chapter in my career. I am grateful to be able to continue my mission of making the world dance with a team I admire, who are at the forefront of empowering artists.”

Republic Records Co-President Wendy Goldstein added, “I’ve been a fan of Ciara forever. Working with her has been a dream, and she’s making some of the most powerful, undeniable, and innovative music of her entire career now. This is an incredible creative chapter for her, and we’re all excited to be part of it.”

Her first single in two years, “Jump” featuring Coast Contra, will be released to streaming services on July 8. A video has also been shot directed by Dave Meyers (“Lose Control”). She recently teased the dance track in a viral dance clip.

Ciara is now readying her first album in three years for release on Republic/Uptown. “I’m actually finished with my album, which I’m excited about,” she told The Associated Press last month.

Her previous album, 2019’s Beauty Marks, was released independently via her Beauty Marks label, and featured appearances from Kelly Rowland and Macklemore.

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