The nominations for the 2007 Brit Awards have been revealed.
The eagerly-anticipated announcement (sic) has thrown up surprises ahead of the grand awards bash on February 14 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6268483.stm).
Perhaps the biggest shock is the unprecedented snub to both Annie Lennox and Kate Bush. No nominations whatsoever for two of the biggest names in British popular music.
So what if they haven’t released anything worthwhile for a good few years now, it has never stopped the Brit organisers in the past.
Elsewhere we’re on slightly more familiar ground. Both George Michael and Robbie Williams have been shoe-horned into the awards yet again despite their lack of quality new material.
Whereas Annie and Kate have been overlooked despite their extended barren run, George and Robbie at least make it onto the Best Live Act list of nominees.
The fact that the other three acts listed – Guillemots, Kasabian and Muse – are streets ahead of the two crooners is neither here nor there. At least they’ve found room for them.
But what are to make of the snub to other distinguished stars and the inclusion of the likes of potty-mouthed lightweight Lily Allen, sixth formers the Arctic Monkeys and the cool but cheeky with it The Kooks?
At least Oasis will be there to provide a nice medley of their hits as they accept their Outstanding Contribution to Music award.
Oh, I almost forgot, Leona Lewis makes it onto the Brits list as a Best Single nominee for A Moment Like This.