Entertainment behind the scenes
What no Subo? BRITs under fire
She wowed the world last year, was Britain’s top recording artist of 2009 and has also conquered the United States. Yet Susan Boyle was overlooked completely by the BRITs voters when the nominations were announced late on Monday.
The theme of the night was girls and young women, with Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Florence & the Machine and Pixie Lott all picking up three nominations apiece. Only one male act won so many – boyband JLS.
The media’s interpretation of the snub is that Boyle, affectionately known as SuBo in the newspapers, is too old and too uncool to feature at the annual celebration of British and international pop. And some commentators were clearly unimpressed.
SuBo, the Sun tabloid opined, was “outrageously” omitted. “How can SuBo … not be nominated for Best Female? She must have been considered too uncool,” the story went on.
The BBC’s website also weighed in, and quoted Ged Doherty, head of the BRIT Awards and of Boyle’s record company at the same time, laying into the voting academy for its oversight.
“I think it’s a crime,” Doherty said. “I can’t explain it. Every year there is something the academy gets wrong and this year they got that wrong.”
What do you think? Has SuBo been snubbed, or is she rightly overlooked as a middling deliverer of cover versions?