Big Thief; Lana Del Rey; Fontaines D.C and Billie Elish Lead #RoberAwards2019 Nominations


The nominations for this year’s Rober Awards Music Poll have just been announced and US folk-rockers Big Thief are the favourites featuring in five categories, including album and song of the year; best group; rock and live artists. The Brooklyn band, who has released two excellent albums in 2019, has topped our Top 50 best albums chart and now lead the nominees for our annual awards.

They are followed closely, with four apiece, by Lana Del Rey, who is having a career peak thanks to her sixth and most accomplished album to date, “Norman Fucking´Rockwell;” Irish debuting post-punk band Fontaines D:C, going against the trend by bringing back to life the rather fading power of rock guitars, and the alt. pop revelation of the year, Billie Eilish.

The legendary Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds; indie chanteuse Weyes Blood and the lead singer of Alabama Shakes, Britanny Howard, each with three nominations each, join Big Thief, Lana Del Rey and Fontaines D:C. in the category of album of the year.

R&B revelation Lizzo and indie rock songwriters Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten will dispute Big Thief, Del Rey and Eilish the song of the year prize.

Among other multiple nominees are PuertoRican trap rapper Bad Bunny, electronica singer FKA Twigs; Spanish pop revelation ROSALÍA; veteran singer songwriter Bill Callahan; Reggaeton’s biggest star J Balvin; Radiohead’s frontman Thom Yorke; Miami rapper Denzel Curry; the hip-Hop collaboration between Freddie Gibbs and Madlib; freak-folk songwriter Jessica Pratt and the latest project of the sadly deceased this year ex-Silver Jews musician David Berman, Purple Mountains.

The polls will be open for everyone to vote for their favourites until January the 31st.

Full list of nominees:

5 Nominations

BIG THIEF

4 Nominations

BILLIE EILISH
FONTAINES D.C.
LANA DEL REY

3 Nominations

BAD BUNNY
BRITTANY HOWARD
FKA TWIGS
LIZZO
NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS
ROSALÍA
SHARON VAN ETTEN
THOM YORKE
WEYES BLOOD

2 Nominations

ANGEL OLSEN
BILL CALLAHAN
DENZEL CURRY
FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB
J BALVIN
JESSICA PRATT
PURPLE MOUNTAINS
SAULT

1 Nomination

(SANDY) ALEX G
100 gecs
ALDOUS HARDING
ANITTA
ANUEL AA FEAT. DADDY YANKEE, KAROL G, J BALVIN & OZUNA (China)
ARLO PARKS
BEYONCÉ (Homecoming: The Live Album)
BJÖRK
black midi
BLACKPINK (Kill This Love)
BON IVER
BURIAL (Tunes 2011-2019)
CATE LE BON
CATERINA BARBIERI
CHARLI XCX
DANNY BROWN
DJ PYTHON
DUENDITA
FAT WHITE FAMILY
FLOATING POINTS
FLYING LOTUS
GEORGIA (About Work The Dancefloor)
HELADO NEGRO
iLe
JAI PAUL
JAMILA WOODS
JENNY HVAL
JONAS BROTHERS (Sucker)
JPEGMAFIA
JULIA JACKLIN
KIM PETRAS FEAT. SOPHIE (1,2,3 Dayz Up)
KIT SEBASTIAN
KRYSTAL KLEAR (Euphoric Dreams)
LA CASA AZUL
LIL NAS X FEAT. BILLY RAY CYRUS (Old Town Road)
LITTLE SIMZ
LOW
MICHAEL KIWANUKA
MOODYMANN (I Think Of Saturday)
NILÜFER YANYA
NORMANI
OH SEES
OST/VARIOUS (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
OTHA
PEGGY GOU/VARIOUS
POTTERY
POWDER (New Tribe)
PREFAB SPROUT (I Trawl The Megaherzt)
PRINCE (Originals/1999 Super Deluxe)
RAP
REMA
RICHARD DAWSON
ROBERT FORSTER
SOLANGE
STORMZY (Vossi Bop) (Henry Schofield)
TAYLOR SWIFT (Cruel Summer)
THE COMET IS COMING
TROPKILLAZ FEAT. ANITTA, J BALVIN & MC ZAAC (Bola Rebola)
TYLER, THE CREATOR
VAMPIRE WEEKEND
VANISHING TWIN
VARIOUS (The Daisy Age)