Brit Awards 2019: IDLES think winning would be meaningless

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Brit Awards 2019: IDLES think winning would be meaningless



IDLES are the first punk act to be up for British Breakthrough (Picture: Katja Ogrin/Redferns)IDLES will face off against Ella Mai, Jorja Smith, Mabel and Tom Walker in the British Breakthrough category at tonight’s Brit Awards, in a huge win for punk music.
But despite being the first ever punk act to be nominated for the award, the group don’t think winning the gong would change them.
Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, singer Joe Talbot said a win would be ‘meaningless’ – although praised the Brits for making them ‘part of the conversation’.
Talbot said: ‘It makes sense in one way because we were number five in the album chart. On the other side it doesn’t feel right. Compared to the sales and money behind many pop acts… we’re a drop in the ocean.

The group are happy to be part of the conversation (Picture: Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images)‘For our hard work to be appreciated feels great. But we’re not better than anyone else and we don’t think that.’
He added: ‘We’re not going to turn it down but it’s not on our radar. We’d be the same band before or after a Brit Award, it’s meaningless.
‘Being nominated is not meaningless. Us being part of the conversation, that’s the important bit.’
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A band hasn’t won British Breakthrough since 2016, when Catfish And The Bottlemen won; although Blossoms were nominated the following year, losing out to Rag’n’Bone Man.
IDLES gained huge critical acclaim with their second album Joy As An Act Of Resistance, which reached number five in the UK charts and racked up four and five star reviews in publications including Q, NME and Mojo.
Other indie and rock bands up for gongs tonight include The 1975, Arctic Monkeys and Twenty-One Pilots, while Sam Fender has already been named 2019’s Critics’ Choice. 
The Brits take place tonight at London’s O2 Arena, and will be broadcast on ITV from 8pm.

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