Now, we know the key part of what you’ve been waiting for as part of the BRIT Awards 2022. It’s not another incredible BRITS performance from Dave, it’s not a Gallagher brother singing another track about electricity, it’s not watching with bated breath to see if Little Simz will scoop all four awards she’s nominated for, it’s not seeing Mo Gilligan conquer the stage. No, none of those things. We know that what you’re actually looking forward to is: what-the-BRIT-Awards-2022-would-look-like-if-it-only-featured-people-who-have-or-are-playing-the-Albert-Hall-in-Manchester!

No shade on all of the other incredible acts included in this years nominee list, but just for fun, here’s what it would look like:

Well picture the scene at the Hall. Mo Gilligan is with us and Simz – who took to our stage in December 2021 and also won our Album of the Year accolade last year – would come out on top and scoop the majority of her categories (naturally, we hope this does happen), which are: Artist Of The Year, Best New Artist, Mastercard Album Of The Year and Hip Hop, Grime, and Rap Artist. There’d be no challenge, except for the latter award, with both Ghetts – who also took to our stage in 2021 – and AJ Tracey, who graced us in March 2019. It’s incredibly difficult to whittle it down from those three acts alone!

Slotting in amongst and clutching the Dance Artist award is both iconic producer and fellow 2021 alumni, Joel Corry, as well as our incomer, Fred Again.., who’s set to join the others included amongst this list and bring a spectacle of a performance to our stage, on the 21st of March this year!

Wolf Alice would scoop the Group award (their third BRIT nomination), having blessed our stage way back in 2015. But they’d be in tied with Glass Animals – who landed a little sooner, taking to our stage in 2017 – for Rock and Alternative Artist award! Though maybe they’d split it (Mean Girls style) considering that they’d each then scoop their own individual award – with Glass Animals nabbing Song Of The Year for HeatWaves, alongside Wolf Alice’s Group nab.

Finally, on the international side, we’ve got The War On Drugs fighting the global corner, with a claim over the International Group award, following their 2021 released album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore!

So there you have it. The nominee list is – as always – incredible and in an attempt whittle it down, if we were to stipulate that acts were solely to have played (or incoming) amongst our arches, it’d look like the above.

In reality, here is the full list of the nominees for the BRIT Awards 2022: 

Artist Of The Year: Adele, Dave, Ed Sheeran, Little Simz, and Sam Fender.

Group: Coldplay, D-Block Europe, Little Mix, London Grammar, and Wolf Alice.

Song Of The Year: Latest Trends by A1 & J1, Easy On Me by Adele, Don’t Play by Anne-Marie/KSI/Digital Farm Animals, Remember by Becky Hill and David Guetta, Obsessed With You by Central Cee, Clash by Dave ft. Stormzy, Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran, Cold Heart (Pnau Mis) by Elton John and Dua Lipa, Heat Waves by Glass Animals, Bed by Joel Corry/Raye/David Guetta, Holiday by KSI, Wellerman by Nathan Evans/220 Kid/Billen Ted, Friday by Riton/Nightcrawlers/Mufasa, Body by Tion Wayne and Russ Millions and Little Bit Of Love by Tom Grennan.

Best New Artist: Central Cee, Griff, Joy Crookes, Little Simz, and Self Esteem.

Mastercard Album Of The Year: 30 by Adele, We’re All Alone In This Together by Dave, = by Ed Sheeran, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz, and Seventeen Going Under by Sam Fender.

Rock and Alternative Artist: Coldplay, Glass Animals, Sam Fender, Tom Grennan, and Wolf Alice.

Hip Hop, Grime, and Rap Artist: AJ Tracey, Central Cee, Dave, Ghetts, and Little Simz.

Dance Artist: Becky Hill, Calvin Harris, Fred Again.., Joel Corry, and Raye.

Pop and R&B Artist: Adele, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Griff, and Joy Crookes.

International Artist: Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, and Taylor Swift.

International Group: ABBA, BTS, Maneskin, Silk Sonic/Bruno Mars/Paak, and The War On Drugs.

International Song Of The Year: Your Love (9PM) by BTS/Topic/A7S, Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish, Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) by Ckay, Kiss Me More by Doja Cat ft. Sza, Girls Want Girls by Drake ft. Lil Baby, Heartbreak Anthem by Galantis/Guetta/Little Mix, Black Magic by Jonasu, Stay by Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber, Montero (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X, Calling My Phone by Lil Tjay & 6lack, I Wanna Be Your Slave by Maneskin, Good 4 U by Olivia Rodrigo, Rapstar by Polo G, The Business by Tiesto and Save Your Tears by The Weeknd.