Dua Lipa makes nomination history as Brit Awards announce 2018 nominees [full list]

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The 2018 Brit Awards will be held on Feb. 21, with the London-based ceremony set to commemorate the standout British and international artists of the year.

Dua Lipa leads the nomination circle with five nominations for British Artist Video Of The Year, British Breakthrough Act, Mastercard British Album Of The Year, British Single, and British Female Solo Artist. The “New Rules” vocalist notably made history via nomination count alone — no British female artist has ever received five nominations in a one-year period. Ed Sheeran trails Dua Lipa with four nominations.

On the electronic end, Björk and LCD Soundsystem earn nominations for International Female Solo Artist and International Group, respectively. The xx and Gorillaz too make an appearance, both nominated for British Group.

A series of hip-hop artists are additionally up for awards, with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Quavo, and Childish Gambino all receiving nominations.

Sam Smith’s album, The Thrill Of It All, received no nominations, despite being the third largest seller of the year. The album, however, will remain available for nomination next year, given its November release date. Smith will perform at the awards ceremony on Feb. 21, joined by Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, and Ran’n’Bone Man.

View the full list of nominees here.

H/T: The Guardian

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Björk – “Arisen My Senses” Video (Feat. Arca)

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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Music Review: Björk – Utopia

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Björk

Utopia

[One Little Indian; 2017]

Rating: 4.5/5

Sonnets / Eventualities

this is the garden:colours come and go,
[here i am, draped in iron gossamer]
frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing
[lying down, entwined in breath]
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
[i can fill my shadow’s outline with laurel green and longing]
absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
[this is where i open,along a precipice that once was ground]
This is the garden:pursed lips do blow
[cool crimson whispers trickle down my throat]

upon cool flutes within wide glooms,and sing
[vibrations curl like smokelicked fringe]
(of harps celestial to the quivering string)
[of threads of skin unravelling]
invisible faces hauntingly and slow.
[reflections melt like springthawed snow]

This is the garden. Time shall surely reap
[nothing lasts an eternity]
and on Death’s blade lie many a flower curled,
[yet pressed or fallen outlive this hurt]
in other lands where other songs be sung;
[let them come in where hate can’t reach]
yet stand They here enraptured,as among
[with arms around a sighing lung]
the slow deep trees perpetual of sleep
[slow dreams of carbon feeding peace]
some silver-fingered fountain steals the world
[its blood expunged by love unfurled]

quotes in italics from “Sonnets / Unrealities IX” by e.e. cummings
original material by Jazz Scott in brackets throughout


Reverie (Reprise)

This love of ours, you of my heart, is no light thing;
… reminds me of the love in me:[a volatile reverie]
Cuando el amor llega así de esta manera
[i am blown away,like a mountain turned caldera]
[but i am given life again];when my body memory kicks in
My warrior awakens, [roaring]:”Ámame otra vez si te atreves
[when i see myself at peace,i will love again,in droves]

quotes in italics from “Reverie” by e.e. cummings, “Reverie” by Arca, and “Blissing Me”/”Body Memory” by Björk


Utopia / Dissolution of the Sovereign

[i hear your silent screams,in your refusal of decay]
My instinct has been shouting at me for years
The future is our domain
Saying let’s get out of here
The here and now is a prison house
[locked from inside,it’s hopeless without a key]

[so turn yourself inside out by your ears]

Utopia is not elsewhere
It’s here

[walk toward its glow,estranged from fear]

quotes in italics from “Utopia” by Björk and “Dissolution of the Sovereign” by Elysia Crampton


Future Forever / Saint

[you can love again,listen!]

your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
MUSIC LOVES TOO
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop

turn it off

[and hear!]

music heals too
i’m here to defend it

quotes in italics from “Future Forever” and “Saint” by Björk