Dave’s Chart Awards Part 4

The big finale, as we review the final four award categories, and conclude with the Big Two – Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

BEST NEW ACT

AVEC SANS
BLACK FOXXES
DAYA
HAELOS
RAY BLK

Acts qualify if they have had no Top 40 singles or albums before November 30th 2015, and no chart singles or albums of any description before November 30th 2014. We do not have the sort of nonsense here that the Grammys perpetuate with their much feted Best New Act award – nominees this year include The Chainsmokers (whose annoying single ‘#Selfie’ came out in the summer of 2014), and last year included Meghan Trainor who was nominated for Song of the Year the year before that! The most obvious omission in this category is Gnash, but competition was very tough – Hannah Lou Clark, Nieves, Alan Walker, Sara Hartman and Skyes also missed out. The nominees cover a range of genres – favourites Haelos and Avec Sans represent top notch electro music, Black Foxxes are a rock band par excellence and Daya proved much more than an Alessia Cara-lite pop singer with a really classy debut album. Ray BLK must be the outsider here, the only nominee who did not release an album in 2016 – but the quality of her No 1 ‘My Hood’ suggests that major things are ahead for her too.

BEST GROUP OR DUO

DAUGHTER
HAELOS
LANTERNS ON THE LAKE
PHORIA
THE JEZABELS

In terms of chart performance, there can be only one winner here. Daughter had a spectacular year, with two No 1 singles (‘How’ and ‘Youth’), two more Top 10 singles (‘Numbers’ and ‘Doing The Right Thing’), a fifth single which looks sure to make the Top 10 (‘The End’), a No 1 album (‘Not To Disappear’) and a memorable live show at Brixton on their list of achievements. Phoria did extremely well too – their No 1 album ‘Volition’ yielded four Top 20 singles in ‘Evolve’, ‘Saving Us A Riot’, ‘Loss’ and ‘Everything Beta’. The Jezabels’ ‘Synthia’ was one of the biggest albums of the year, yielding the massive No 1 single ‘Come Alive’, and we have already spoken several times about the excellent year enjoyed by Haelos. And then there is my favourite band, Lanterns on the Lake. They had two No 1 singles in ‘Faultlines’ and the year’s longest running No 1, ‘Through The Cellar Door, and their massive album ‘Beings’ remains in the album chart Top 10 a year after its release.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

BAT FOR LASHES for ‘The Bride’ (No 1 for 3 weeks)
BLACK FOXXES for ‘I’m Not Well’ (No 1 for 2 weeks)
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS for ‘Chaleur Humaine’ (No 1 for 1 week)
DAUGHTER for ‘Not To Disappear’ (No 1 for 1 week)
HAELOS for ‘Full Circle’ (No 1 for 1 week)
PHORIA for ‘Volition’ (No 1 for 1 week)
RADIOHEAD FOR ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ (No 1 for 3 weeks)
SHURA for ‘Nothing’s Real’ (No 1 for 1 week)
THE JEZABELS for ‘Synthia’ (No 1 for 10 weeks)
THE SLOW SHOW for ‘Dream Darling’ (No 1 for 3 weeks)

SONG OF THE YEAR

GNASH AND OLIVIA O’BRIEN for ‘I Hate U I Love U’ (No 2 for 6 weeks)
GRIMES for ‘Flesh Without Blood’ (No 1 for 4 weeks)
HAELOS for ‘Pray’ (No 4 for 3 weeks)
JESS GLYNNE for ‘Take Me Home’ (No 2 for 2 weeks)
LANTERNS ON THE LAKE for ‘Through The Cellar Door’ (No 1 for 9 weeks)
NIEVES for ‘Broken Oars’ (No 3 for 2 weeks)
RAY BLK AND STORMZY for ‘My Hood’ (No 1 for 5 weeks)
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS for ‘Open Your Eyes’ (No 1 for 2 weeks)
THE JEZABELS for ‘Come Alive’ (No 1 for 8 weeks)
THE SLOW SHOW for ‘Breaks Today’ (No 3 for 2 weeks)

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