Rina Sawayama

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Brit awards: Griff wins 2021 Rising Star award
Hertfordshire pop songwriter beats Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama to gong previously given to Sam Smith and Adele

Laura Snapes

19, Mar, 2021 @9:27 AM

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Griff, Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama nominated for Brits Rising Star
A nomination for Sawayama, born in Japan but with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, reflects the BPI’s recent change in definition of British artists

Laura Snapes

11, Mar, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Non-British citizens now eligible for Brit awards and Mercury prize
Artists who have been permanently resident in the UK for five years will qualify for British categories

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Feb, 2021 @7:57 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2020: the full list
Our countdown is complete, topped by a mercurial work of sprawling invention by a woman who has dug deep to survive. Taken as a whole, these choices contain drama, solace, poetry and fire, a fitting selection for a turbulent year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

18, Dec, 2020 @8:07 AM

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Pop in 2020: an escape into disco, folklore and nostalgia
Amid the chaos of the pandemic and with the future so uncertain, the pop music that resonated was glittery, danceable and comfortingly familiar

Alexis Petridis

17, Dec, 2020 @2:36 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2020, No 3: Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Sawayama picks her way through formative musical loves to produce a risk-taking musical cocktail of R&B, goth rock and video game soundtracks

Alexis Petridis

16, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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'Oh cool, I don’t have to put on pants!' Stars on music's year of chaos
Phoebe Bridgers, Danielle Haim, Lianne La Havas, Declan McKenna, Rina Sawayama and Moses Sumney discuss Black Lives Matter, WAP, TikTok, the collapse of live music and more

Alexis Petridis

11, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The 20 best songs of 2020
Our writers considered hundreds of contenders – and here are their picks of the year. Listen to all 390 tracks they voted for on our playlist

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

30, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Will the UK ever love foreign-language pop?
Three summers ago, Despacito’s lilting Spanish lyrics dominated the UK charts, but since then nearly all pop hits have been in English. Is it just a language barrier – or a sign of a narrow culture?

Tara Joshi

05, Aug, 2020 @9:50 AM

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British-Japanese pop star Rina Sawayama 'ineligible' for Mercury prize
‘The arts shouldn’t create their own border control’ says singer who has indefinite leave to remain but no UK passport

Laura Snapes

29, Jul, 2020 @1:23 PM

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The best albums of 2020 so far
There’s shaken-up pop from Rina Sawayama, searching rap by J Hus and Jay Electronica, and invention everywhere from KeiyaA’s soul to Beatrice Dillon’s electronics

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

11, May, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Rina Sawayama's lockdown listening: 'I'm fermenting stuff and playing Animal Crossing'
In between video games and bouts of her own new record, the British-Japanese pop star has been delving into Allie X, Halsey and Alanis Morissette

Interview by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

16, Apr, 2020 @10:39 AM

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