Decent male solo acts have become an endangered species of late, especially within the pop world, to the point where this particular category may as well have been called the Paul Weller Award. Not much has changed this year in terms of the dearth of genuine contenders for the crown, but Weller is not eligible due to no new material being issued during 2009. So someone else gets a chance.
And that someone is...
BEST BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST: DAVID GRAY
Yes, that exciting new talent who came from nowhere to achieve massive success and acclaim with his latest album White Ladder. Er...oops. Wrong decade. Still, anyone who follows the work of Mr Gray will know just how glorious his current album is; Draw The Line hones everything that has always marked him out as an outstanding singer and songwriter. That voice alone is worth an award, and after a decade of consistently spellbinding albums he is sounding as strong as ever.