Sam Fender expects his fellow singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi to sweep the board at Tuesday’s (18Feb20) Brit Awards ceremony.
The Hypersonic Missiles hitmaker beat Capaldi to the BRIT Awards’ Critics Choice prize last year, awarded to an up-and-coming act industry insiders believe is destined to big things.
Although he’s nominated alongside the Scottish musician in the British Male Solo Artist category this year, Fender admits his peer had a far more successful 2019 – and expects him to take on all the prizes after receiving four nominations.
“I’m just going to turn up, watch Lewis Capaldi win everything and then go home,” the rocker tells BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat. “I think they gave me that award last year because they could see 2020 coming. They were like ‘Oh Lewis Capaldi’s going to win everything next year.’”
Joking that he’s voted against himself, he adds: “Even I’ve voted for Lewis.”
Although Capaldi, who bagged number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic in 2019, is arguably the frontrunner going into the event at London’s The O2 venue, he faces stiff competition from Mercury Music Prize winner Dave, and Stormzy.
Dave, like Capaldi, has four nods, while Stormzy has three – and the trio all have records up for the night’s top prize, British Album of the Year, alongside LPs by Michael Kiwanuka and Harry Styles.