Griff won the Brit Awards Rising Star for 2021.

“In my head I’m still screaming from the phone call when I found out,” said the 20-year-old pop songwriter from Hertfordshire. “It’s honestly such a miracle: how on earth did we manage to win a Brit and break through during a pandemic?”

Sarah Griffiths aka Griff signed to Warner Records in 2019 and in 2020, she was nominated for Rising Star at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

Other nominees included rapper Pa Salieu and British Japanese pop artist Rina Sawayama.


Up and coming UK artist Holly Humberstone signs with Darkroom/Interscope/Polydor. You’ll like if you love Billie Eilish – dark bedroom pop.

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter released several tracks in 2020 opened for Lewis Capaldi for his European tour just before the COVID hit the shores. In August 2020, Humberstone dropped her “Falling Asleep at the Wheel” EP and garnered more than 50 million streams.

She was also named as the runner-up of the BBC Sound Of2021 list


The Grammys were off to a rocky start and ended on a bad note.

Are Americans done with award shows?

Grammy Awards hit a record low, down nearly 53% compared to 2020’s show.

The Weeknd boycotted the future Grammys and said “I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” Why? Because the Weeknd believes award show is corrupt and rigged. And then you have Megan Thee Stallion who says the Grammys aren’t rigged, although she backed the Weeknd.

Nobody has any idea how the Grammys voting system works and today we live in the age of behind-the-scenes. We aren’t part of the awards show, we are mere spectators, which would be fine, if it was actually good.

Wouldn’t it have been better to highlight a variety of artists rather than to pile more awards on the same artists year after year? It’s like watching the same movie over and over.

The Grammy awards have become a TV rerun, something you want to avoid if you’re seeking high ratings.


Grammys 2021: The list of winners and nominees

Record of the Year

  • “Black Parade” — Beyoncé
  • “Colors” — Black Pumas
  • “Rockstar” — DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
  • “Say So” — Doja Cat
  • “Everything I Wanted” — Billie Eilish
  • “Don’t Start Now” — Dua Lipa
  • “Circles” — Post Malone
  • “Savage” — Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé



Liverpool-based Michael Nelson aka BANNERS releases the new track If I Didn’t Have You via Island Records. The new song follows the sleeper hit Someone to You which was released 2 years ago but was given new life through placements , TikTok and Hot AC radio

“This pandemic should serve as a reminder of what we are all capable of individually and as a collective. We’ve all looked after one another, kept each other going. It’s shown me what’s important and what isn’t. The things that I could live without and the things I truly need that maybe I didn’t appreciate properly. The people, the hugs, the kisses. The people” shares Nelson.

You’ll like the new track if you love Bon Iver, The National, War on Drugs.

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