EMELI SANDE was celebrating last night after picking up the Critic’s Choice Award at the Brits.
But it was a poor year for Scottish hopes with Sande the only Scot to receive Brit recognition.
Sande, who beat off Maverick Sabre and Michael Kiwanuk to the prize, is the first Scot to receive the award since it was introduced five years ago.
She has also been nominated for British Breakthrough Act and is up against Anna Calvi, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and The Vaccines.
The Brit Awards will take place at The O2 Arena on February 12 and Blur, Coldplay, Rihanna, Florence and the Machine, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars are all booked to perform.
Jessie J, who presented Sande with the award last night, said she had not given any advice, adding: “I don’t think I need to, I think she knows what she’s doing.
“I think she’s got an amazing voice. She’s a lovely girl and we’ve just spoken about working together.”
Sande said it had been “amazing” to get the Critics’ Choice Award and she wanted the public to hear more of her music.
“I want to get it out there. I think people might be quite surprised when they hear it,” she said.
It is sad news that Scotland has been under-represented over the last ten years at The Brit Awards, although there have been a few acts fighting through.
Last year, saw no one north of the border win anything.
Even critically-acclaimed rock act, Biffy Clyro, from Kilmarnock, narrowly missed out on British Group to Take That.
It appears Scottish artists continue to have laid defeated for a few years prior. A few nominations but no winners.
The only victory in 2007 was from Glaswegian act, The Fratellis, who proudly accepted the British Breakthrough Act.
The previous year, KT Tunstall was up against the all-conquering Kaiser Chiefs.
She triumphed in a category in which they weren’t nominated – British Female Solo Artist – and went close again in 2008.
Glasgow-based Franz Ferdinand did Scotland proud in 2005, taking home British Group and British Rock Act and Travis proudly walked away with British Group in 2002.
Looking at this year’s nominees, it’s a shame there is only one Scottish artist gaining recognition.
Putting aside X-Factor sensation Susan Boyle, Frightened Rabbit and Calvin Harris, are both rumoured to be working on new material this year.
Twin Atlantic re-released their full-length album, Free, last year and later this month, they will be taking on the US.
Another act keen to breakthrough are We Were Promised Jetpacks, an indie-rock band from Edinburgh, who released their second album, In The Pit of the Stomach, in October last year and it was widely well-received by critics.
The View have failed to make an appearance in the nominations this year after Bread and Circuses was released in March 2011.
The Outstanding Contribution To Music Award is being handed over to Blur this year and previous years have presented Oasis, Paul Weller and Sting, to name a few, with this noble title.
Not many Scottish acts have ever been given such a title, not even Annie Lennox.
There is an amazing music scene positively bursting out of Scotland, hopefully 2012 will be the year it earns itself some fair recognition from the Brit Awards.
2012 Brit Awards nominations:
BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Florence & The Machine
BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Chase & Status
Adele – Someone Like You
Ed Sheeran – The A Team
Example – Changed The Way You Kissed Me
Jessie J ft B.o.B. – Price Tag
JLS Ft Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
Military Wives /Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
Olly Murs ft Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips A Beat
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
The Wanted – Glad You Came
MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Florence & The Machine Ceremonials
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Jay Z/Kanye West
INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD
1st – Emeli Sande
2nd – Maverick Sabre
3rd – Michael Kiwanuka