The BRIT Awards 2019, the British Phonographic Industry’s annual celebration honoring the best in British and International music, takes place just a few days from now on February 20. Who will walk away as the big winners of the night? We’re taking this opportunity to speculate, based on Spotify streaming data.
Although the BRITs have three categories for international artists, most are dedicated to British singers and groups. Our guesses at the winners are based solely on which artists racked up the most streams from our UK listeners in 2018. So, without further ado, drumroll, please:
British Male Solo Artist:
George Ezra, 257 million streams in the UK in 2018
Fun fact: Both of George’s studio albums topped the charts in the UK, and also cracked the top ten in several other countries.
British Female Solo Artist:
Jess Glynne, 212 million streams in the UK in 2018
Fun fact: Jess is the first British female singer to have seven singles hit the number-one spot on the UK charts.
Arctic Monkeys, (pictured above), 285 million streams in the UK in 2018
Fun fact: Arctic Monkeys’ 2006 album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, was the fastest-selling album in British music history.
Mastercard British Album of the Year:
George Ezra, Staying at Tamara’s, 189 million streams in the UK in 2018
International Male Solo Artist:
Drake, 821 million streams in the UK in 2018
Fun fact: Nearly one million Londoners listen to Drake on Spotify each month, second only to Angelenos (just over one million).
International Solo Artist:
Ariana Grande, 356 million streams in the UK in 2018
Fun fact: Ariana’s single “thank u, next” clocked more than 376 million worldwide streams on Spotify in just the last eight weeks of 2018.
Twenty One Pilots, 108 million streams in the UK in 2018
Don’t forget to tune in to see if our predictions—and UK streamers—were spot on.