Is this year's Brits lineup the most boring in living memory? A look through the list of nominees hardly sets the pulse racing – although if we cast our minds back to last year, when the main causes of excitement were a man walking in front of the camera and Adele getting cut off mid-speech, the 2013 Brits won't have to do too much to improve matters.

We know there'll be performances from Justin Timberlake, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Muse, Ben Howard, Emeli Sandé and Robbie Williams – a fairly safe selection, and certainly nothing to rival, say, Bill Drummond and Extreme Noise Terror's set at the 1992 Brits – or even Rihanna's team-up with the Klaxons in 2008.

Here are the bookies' favourites to win (via Betfair) – but who would you like to see triumph? Whether they're nominated or not, who would you pick to win each Brits category?

Best British album Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
Also nominated: Alt-J – An Awesome Wave, Mumford and Sons – Babel, Paloma Faith – Fall to Grace, Plan B – Ill Manors

Best British group Mumford & Sons
Also nominated: Alt-J, Muse, One Direction, the xx

Best British female Emeli Sandé
Also nominated: Amy Winehouse, Bat for Lashes, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith Best British male Ben Howard
Also nominated: Calvin Harris, Olly Murs, Plan B, Richard Hawley

Best British single Adele – Skyfall
Also nominated: Alex Clare, Coldplay and Rihanna, DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora, Emeli Sandé, Florence + the Machine, James Arthur, Jessie J, Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé, Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida, Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah, Rizzle Kicks, Robbie Williams, Rudimental featuring John Newman, Stooshe

Best international female Lana Del Rey
Also nominated: Alicia Keys, Cat Power, Rihanna, Taylor Swift

Best international male Frank Ocean
Also nominated: Bruce Springsteen, Gotye, Jack White, Michael Bublé

Best international group Black Keys
Also nominated: Alabama Shakes, Fun, the Killers, the Script


Adam Boult

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