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POLL: Golden Bop Awards and Songs of the Year 2020

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In what seemed like a good idea until I started trawling through thousands and thousands of surveys, the GOLDEN BOP AWARDS are here to mark what has – generally speaking – been a very good year for pop music, amidst a very shit year for the world at large.

Once spammy duplicates and the like were filtered out, a total of 2,791 ballots were counted (yes, ballots, he’s fancy!), and the results are… *dramatic pause*… as follows.

Remember firstly that Songs of the Year was technically a separate beast; more on that below. And remember secondly that all this is in aid of the LGBTQ+ housing and homelessness charity akt (the Albert Kennedy Trust). Over a thousand pounds has already been raised, so thanks so much – please do give here if you can.

All right, enough chat, here we go.

[Updated on December 28 to include the Singles of the Year results]


SONGS OF THE YEAR

(NB: There was a separate survey and points system for this one – voters could give 3pts to their fave song of the year, 2pts to up to three others, and 1pt to up to six others. The voting was on a separate survey to the rest of the categories, and had 348 completed ballots.)

  1. Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (272 pts)
  2. Dua Lipa – Physical (235 pts)
  3. Little Mix – Sweet Melody (230 pts)
  4. Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (141 pts)
  5. Kylie Minogue – Say Something (133 pts)
  6. The Pussycat Dolls – React (112 pts)
  7. Kylie Minogue – Magic (109 pts)
  8. Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP (95 pts)
  9. Steps – What The Future Holds (94 pts)
  10. Steps – Something In Your Eyes (87 pts)

You can see the full list of songs and points here, and Spotify playlist here.


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  1. Kylie Minogue – DISCO (13.92%)
  2. Katy Perry – Smile (13.13%)
  3. 5 Seconds of Summer – CALM (7.52%)
  4. Lady Gaga – Chromatica (6.73%)
  5. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia (6.40%)
  6. Ariana Grande – positions (5.87%)
  7. Taylor Swift – folklore (5.67%)
  8. Little Mix – Confetti (4.88%)
  9. Selena Gomez – Rare (4.09%)
  10. Rina Sawayama – Sawayama (3.69%)
  11. Miley Cyrus – Plastic Hearts (3.10%)
  12. Tom Aspaul – Black Country Disco (2.77%)
  13. Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure? (2.11%)
  14. Melanie C – Melanie C (1.91%)
  15. Beyonce – The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe) (1.85%)
  16. Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour (1.65%)
  17. Megan Thee Stallion – Good News (1.19%)
  18. The Weeknd – After Hours (1.12%)
  19. Harry Styles – Fine Line (1.06%)
  20. Steps – What The Future Holds (0.99%)
    All others – 10.36%
    (83 entrants, 1516 votes)

Oddly this was the quietest category (Single of the Year aside), in terms of volume of votes – I assume because it’s the only one that wasn’t multiple choice. Kylie was on course for a landslide before some dedicated Katy Perry and 5SOS stans gave her a good scrap – and in the end there was less than 1% in it.

The Harry Styles album came out mid-December 2019, but because it only had two weeks of action in 2019 (and it wasn’t challenging for the top spot anyway so it’s kinda moot), I left it in.


BEST SOLO ARTIST

  1. Kylie Minogue (13.11%)
  2. Harry Styles (12.34%)
  3. Dua Lipa (12.10%)
  4. Selena Gomez (8.98%)
  5. Lady Gaga (8.94%)
  6. Taylor Swift (7.25%)
  7. Miley Cyrus (5.21%)
  8. Megan Thee Stallion (4.77%)
  9. Ariana Grande* (3.85%)
  10. Katy Perry* (3.81%)
    All others – 19.64%
    *Act was not on the given shortlist and was voted for via the ‘Other’ box
    (65 entrants, 2495 votes)

Kylie’s win here may have been narrow, but Christ how brilliant that someone who’s been doing this for literally decades is still on such a hot streak?! For this one I gave voters a shortlist of 15 and added an ‘Other’ box at the bottom – Ariana and Katy both picked up enough support in said box to overtake many of the given nominees, and without them, The Weeknd and Rina Sawayama would have been in 9th and 10th place respectively.


BEST GROUP

  1. Little Mix (21.57%)
  2. BLACKPINK (20.93%)
  3. 5 Seconds of Summer (17.81%)
  4. Chloe x Halle (11.06%)
  5. BTS (6.36%)
  6. Steps (5.68%)
  7. The Pussycat Dolls (3.03%)
  8. HAIM (2.86%)
  9. Pet Shop Boys (2.78%)
  10. The 1975 (2.52%)
    All others – 5.38%
    (42 entrants, 2341 votes)

I expected a Little Mix landslide here, but BLACKPINK and 5SOS – who have both been on stellar form – put up a very good challenge. The X Factor’s greatest-ever exports have defined ‘it was the best of times, it was the blurst of times’ in 2020, but above all they’ve delivered their most exciting music for a few years, and shown that – after 9 years – there’s still plenty of fuel in the tank.

For what it’s worth: like the Solo category, I gave a shortlist of 15 and stuck an ‘Other’ box on the end, and the top-performing group from that was the inactive One Direction; polling 14th place with 0.34%.


BEST UK NUMBER ONE

  1. Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (27.31%)
  2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights (23.26%)
  3. Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP (18.25%)
  4. Ariana Grande – positions (18.04%)
  5. Billie Eilish – No Time To Die (6.83%)
  6. Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head and Heart (6.32%)
    (2373 votes)

Not to age myself by several decades, but there has been a lot of tosh atop the charts this year – and this category is a lovely reminder that some 10/10 stuff has ‘done the business’ as well.


BEST LEAD SINGLE

  1. Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (41.08%)
  2. Little Mix – Break Up Song (22.32%)
  3. Kylie Minogue – Say Something (17.83%)
  4. Chloe x Halle – Do It (14.60%)
  5. Jessie Ware – Spotlight (3.50%)
  6. Dagny – Come Over (0.67%)
    (2254 votes)

A decisive win for Miley, who not only launched a successful new era but also – in my view – enjoyed her biggest commercial hot-streak since 2013’s chaotic Bangerz campaign. We stan a resurgence!! Very well played.


BEST CHORUS

  1. Dua Lipa – Physical (34.01%)
  2. Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (29.64%)
  3. 5 Seconds of Summer – Wildflower (16.50%)
  4. Little Mix – Break Up Song (10.58%)
  5. BTS – Dynamite (8.10%)
  6. Kiesza – Crave (1.18%)
    (2382 votes)

The SIZE of these choruses (chorii?)!! Any of them would have been a deserving champ (obviously, hence why they were picked), but Physical was the first track of the year to give us a proper power-pop burst of serotonin, and is rewarded accordingly.


BEST BALLAD

  1. Harry Styles – Falling (51.18%)
  2. Sam Smith – To Die For (20.41%)
  3. Dolly Parton – When Life Is Good Again (11.75%)
  4. Hailee Steinfeld – Wrong Direction (10.64%)
  5. Grace Davies – Amsterdam (4.07%)
  6. Florrie – Hell or High Water (1.94%)
    (2161 votes)

Falling had the biggest vote-count across the entire survey, with a rather large 1,106 people picking it. It was used at a particularly emotional moment in one of my Hollyoaks episodes, so I ain’t complaining.


BEST MEGABANGER

  1. Dua Lipa – Physical (37.75%)
  2. Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (31.44%)
  3. Little Mix – Sweet Melody (22.81%)
  4. Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head and Heart (3.53%)
  5. Aly and AJ – Joan Of Arc On The Dancefloor (3.09%)
  6. Becky Hill feat. Shift K3Y – Better Off Without You You (1.39%)
    (2236 votes)

This is the category I saw the most tweets about, in terms of people finding it tough to pick. Rain On Me got a higher percentage than some of the actual winners in other fields, but there was no stopping Dula Peep in the end.


BEST DEBUT ALBUM

  1. Ava Max – Heaven and Hell (43.91%)
  2. Rina Sawayama – Sawayama (26.48%)
  3. Tom Aspaul – Black Country Disco (10.71%)
  4. Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor (10.66%)
  5. Sasha Sloan – Only Child (4.40%)
  6. Dagny – Strangers/Lovers (3.84%)
    (1979 votes)

I’m not that surprised at Ava winning this one, but I am surprised at the fact she won soooo decisively. Heaven And Hell is good, obviously; but this is such a strong field of albums and I just expected it to be a lot closer. Maybe it’s ultimately because she’s currently the best-known, hits-wise…?


BEST EP, MINI-ALBUM OR MIXTAPE

  1. Troye Sivan – In A Dream (47.54%)
  2. Victoria Monét – Jaguar (21.80%)
  3. Raye – Euphoric Sad Songs (10.28%)
  4. Grace Davies – Friends With The Tragic (7.52%)
  5. Bree Runway – 2000and4Eva (6.49%)
  6. Lauren Aquilina – Ghost World (6.38%)
    (1927 votes)

As with Ava, Troye likely got a huge vote share due to his relatively big star power, though In A Dream is a fucking great EP and a deserving winner of this PRESTIGIOUS award. I’m also glad to see Victoria Monét’s Jaguar getting so much love. In fact, I love all these releases so goddamn much.


BEST REINVENTION AND/OR COMEBACK

  1. Taylor Swift – stepping away from the bops (46.21%)
  2. Kylie Minogue – activating Disco mode (28.88%)
  3. The Pussycat Dolls – first single in 11 years (12.89%)
  4. Melanie C – pivot to dance bangers (6.30%)
  5. The Chicks – first album in 14 years (3.29%)
  6. Annie – first album in 11 years (2.43%)
    (2095 votes)

When the voting first opened, Kylie and Taylor were pretty close in this one – but Taylor slowly but surely began taking a more decisive lead, and it’s a nigh-on landslide in the end. TWO albums in one year! TWO!!!!!


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

  1. Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (28.85%)
  2. Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar (25.03%)
  3. Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP (16.93%)
  4. Little Mix – Sweet Melody (15.57%)
  5. Beyonce, Shatta Wale and Major Lazer – Already (11.20%)
  6. Dadi Freyr – Think About Things (2.42%)
    (2357 votes)

Watermelon Sugar was actually ahead here at one point, and WAP looked for a brief while like it might have challenged for a last-minute overtake. But in the end… the sheer force of Gaga x Ari was just too powerful.


BEST EUROBOP

  1. Agnes – Fingers Crossed (24.68%)
  2. The Mamas – Move (18.60%)
  3. Dagny – Somebody (17.58%)
  4. Dadi Freyr – Think About Things (14.99%)
  5. Torine – Make U Cry (14.39%)
  6. Erika Vikman – Cicciolina (9.75%)
    (1661 votes)

This was the most-skipped of the multiple choice categories, but Agnes is a more than deserving winner; Fingers Crossed the kind of belter ABBA might have released if they were coming through now. And as someone who’s been cheerleading for the relatively unknown Torine throughout 2k20, I was happy to see her register any votes at all.


BEST UNDERRATED BOP

  1. Zara Larsson – Love Me Land (39.35%)
  2. Kelly Rowland – Crazy (23.05%)
  3. The Vamps – Married In Vegas (22.15%)
  4. Foxes – Friends In The Corner (7.96%)
  5. Romy – Lifetime (4.01%)
  6. Call Me Loop – Strike (3.48%)
    (1896 votes)

The eligibility here was simply ‘did not chart in the UK Top 100’, and honestly, it still makes me mad that the nation slept on ALL OF THESE MASTERPIECES.


BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE

  1. Dua Lipa – Studio 2054 (32.24%)
  2. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira at the Super Bowl (23.45%)
  3. Kylie Minogue – Infinite Disco (17.99%)
  4. Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour at the VMAs (14.43%)
  5. Rina Sawayama – XS on Fallon (7.22%)
  6. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Kitchen Disco (4.67%)
    (2162 votes)

The AUDACITY of asking you to compare a multi-million-dollar Half Time show with Sophie E-B trying not to step on her children on a livestream!! In the end it was Dua who collected another win – not bad for a ticketed event.


BEST DEEP CUT

  1. Katy Perry – Cry About It Later (33.38%)
  2. Dua Lipa – Cool (18.95%)
  3. Taylor Swift – august (17.44%)
  4. Little Mix – Happiness (15.80%)
  5. Steps – To The Beat Of My Heart (7.72%)
  6. Victoria Monét – Jaguar (6.71%)
    (2190 votes)

This was a five-horse race at one point (sorry, Victoria), but when the Katy Perry stans came a-knockin’, the excellent Cry About It Later had a surge the others just couldn’t keep up with. Imagine if it had been a lead single from the Smile era!! Imagine!!!!


BEST COLLABORATION

  1. Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (47.73%)
  2. Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyonce – Savage Remix (23.19%)
  3. Sam Smith feat. Demi Lovato – I’m Ready (16.33%)
  4. Rina Sawayama feat. Bree Runway – XS Remix (6.17%)
  5. Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head and Heart (5.01%)
  6. Gabrielle Aplin feat. Nina Nesbitt – Miss You 2 (1.58%)
    (2156 votes)

Another landslide win for Rain On Me here; though I have to say that the Savage Remix really was a goddamn MOMENT.


BEST LYRICS

  1. Little Mix – Sweet Melody (34.49%)
  2. Taylor Swift – cardigan (23.97%)
  3. Beyonce – Black Parade (19.31%)
  4. Rina Sawayama – Bad Friend (9.40%)
  5. The 1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) (9.26%)
  6. Raye – Natalie Don’t (3.57%)
    (2128 votes)

It’s ‘he would lie, he would cheat, over syncopated beats’, yes, but it’s not just that. The lyrics of Sweet Melody are fun from top to bottom; they’re fun to track across the whole song. The narrative of it, the little throwaway ‘anyways’ in Jade and Jesy’s verses, the ‘do-do-dodo-do-do’ earworm (and the way it cleverly ties in with what the song’s actually about)… playful, personality-packed pop at its best. Claps for Brian Garcia, Morten Ristorp, Robin Oliver Frid, Tayla Parx and MNEK.


BEST PRODUCTION

  1. Dua Lipa – Physical (26.67%)
  2. Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (24.41%)
  3. Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (17.24%)
  4. Selena Gomez – Rare (16.97%)
  5. The Weeknd – Save Your Tears (10.24%)
  6. Victoria Monét feat. Khalid and SG Lewis – Experience (4.47%)
    (2216 votes)

Only a couple of percentage-points between the two behemoths at the top, but this is yet another win for Physical (specifically Jason Evigan and Koz); and yet another case of ‘deserved better!’ for Victoria Monét.


BEST SAMPLE OR INTERPOLATION

  1. Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (Stevie Nicks, Edge of Seventeen) (28.15%)
  2. Dua Lipa – Break My Heart (INXS, Need You Tonight) (28.06%)
  3. Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP (Frank Ski, Whores In This House) (17.50%)
  4. Ava Max – Kings and Queens (Bonnie Tyler, If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man)) (11.90%)
  5. Hailee Steinfeld – I Love You’s (Annie Lennox, No More I Love You’s) (7.96%)
  6. Megan Thee Stallion feat. Normani – Diamonds (Marilyn Monroe, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend) (6.44%)
    (2160 votes)

More than 2,100 votes cast in this one, and yet only two (2!!!) separated first and second place. My personal favourite, if you’re interested, is the Hailee one – but there are no duds here, no ma’am.


BEST COVER

  1. Miley Cyrus – Heart of Glass (Blondie) (56.32%)
  2. Rina Sawayama – Dance In The Dark (Lady Gaga) (13.21%)
  3. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Crying At The Discotheque (Alcazar) (9.73%)
  4. Tove Lo – I’m Coming (Veronica Maggio) (9.42%)
  5. Steps – Something In Your Eyes (Jenny Silver) (9.32%)
  6. Arlo Parks – Creep (Radiohead) (2.00%)
    (1953 votes)

Harry Styles’ Falling got the highest vote count of the entire survey (in Best Ballad), but here Heart Of Glass picks up the highest percentage share; easily outdoing the rest of the nominees combined and then some. It’s a fantastic live performance that really did help drive Miley’s incredible resurgence over the second half of the year.


BEST SONG FROM A MOVIE

  1. Will Ferrell & My Marianne – Husavik (My Hometown) (from Eurovision: Story of Fire Saga) (33.57%)
  2. Billie Eilish – No Time To Die (from No Time To Die) (18.87%)
  3. Megan Thee Stallion feat. Normani – Diamonds (from Birds of Prey) (18.31%)
  4. Demi Lovato – In The Mirror (from Eurovision: Story of Fire Saga) (10.34%)
  5. Marina – About Love (from To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You) (9.63%)
  6. SZA & Justin Timberlake – The Other Side (from TROLLS World Tour) (9.28%)
    (1993 votes)

I wondered if the two songs from Eurovision would lead to an unfortunate split-vote, but… they did not! Husavik is held back a little by Will Ferrell Will Ferrelling over the second half, but it’s still a massive ballad with one hell of a money note. I was happy to see Diamonds doing well here, too.


BEST REMIX

  1. Dua Lipa feat. Missy Elliott and Madonna – Levitating (Blessed Madonna Remix) (33.45%)
  2. Little Mix – Holiday (MNEK Remix) (24.87%)
  3. Britney Spears – Mood Ring (By Demand) (Pride Remix) (19.15%)
  4. Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure? (Georgia Remix) (10.27%)
  5. The Pussycat Dolls – React (Cash Cash Remix) (7.10%)
  6. Kesha feat. Karim Naas – Little Bit of Love ([Virtual] House Party Mix) (5.16%)
    (1958 votes)

The Levitating Remix is fucking GREAT but I would also strongly urge anyone who hasn’t heard the Georgia take on the Jessie Ware track to do so immediately.


BEST NEW FESTIVE BOP

  1. Mariah Carey feat. Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson – Oh Santa! (47.47%)
  2. Lil Nas X – Holiday (19.87%)
  3. Kelly Clarkson – All I Want For Christmas Is You (18.54%)
  4. Beverley Knight – A Christmas Wish (5.06%)
  5. Delta Goodrem – Only Santa Knows (4.90%)
  6. Tegan and Sara – Make You Mine This Season (4.16%)
    (1877 votes)

Was there any question? And yes I know Holiday lyrically has very little to do with the ~festive ~season, but the video is pretty wintery, so it counts.


QUEER ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  1. Rina Sawayama (17.54%)
  2. Sam Smith (14.69%)
  3. Troye Sivan (12.98%)
  4. Halsey (9.76%)
  5. Lil Nas X (7.00%)
  6. Tom Aspaul (6.03%)
  7. MNEK (5.85%)
  8. Kim Petras (4.97%)
  9. Victoria Monét (4.65%)
  10. Kehlani (2.62%)
    All others – 13.90%
    (65 entrants, 2172 votes)

RINA! One of the defining popstars of 2020, and an extremely deserving winner on a list of extremely deserving candidates. I gave a list of 20 nominees and left an ‘Other’ box for voters to add their own – and while I will always maintain that sexuality is fluid and people’s own labels can change over time, I do want to give a special shout-out to the three people who voted for Louis Tomlinson(?!) and the two who voted for Lea Michele(?!?!).

So there you have it. Check back next week for the Singles of the Year results, and also my personal year-end lists.

Golden Bop Awards

Golden Bop Awards 2020: Full nominations list

The vote! Is now! Open!

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AAAAAAND NOW, the full list of nominees for Electric Angels’ extremely extra Golden Bop Awards can be revealed; celebrating the pop music that has kept us going in what I think we can all agree has been a pretty shite year.

Across 26 categories, the most-nominated artists are Little Mix, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande with eight apiece; marginally ahead of Lady Gaga, Rina Sawayama and Megan Thee Stallion with seven. MNEK is the most-nominated male artist, with six (four as a performer and two as a producer); while Miley Cyrus has five, and Dagny, Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift and Victoria Monét have four each.

The unique prizes include Best Megabanger, Best Reinvention And/Or Comeback, Best Eurobop, Best Song from a Movie, Best Cover Version, Best Deep Cut, Queer Artist of the Year, and many more – including, of course, Single and Album of the Year. Scroll down for the full list.

The winners will be revealed on Electric Angels’ radio station on the morning of Christmas Eve, and published online thereafter. They’ll all be decided by a public vote, which is open now until 11am on Tuesday, December 22. Vote HERE.

(The exception is Single Of The Year, which has its own voting system and will get its own countdown results show on Monday, December 28. Voting for that closes on December 27. Vote for it here if you haven’t already).

The Golden Bop Awards are just a bit of fun, but they are fundraising for the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ homelessness and housing charity, akt (the Albert Kennedy Trust). With the festive season approaching, and amid a brutal ongoing pandemic, their services are needed now more than ever.

akt said: “As Covid restrictions remain across the UK, akt has continued to see a high volume of young people needing support, either because they’re homeless or because their living situation at home is becoming increasingly volatile.

“We’ve seen a 118% increase in new referrals from April – August this year, compared to the same period last year. akt are dedicated to being there for these young people, offering national virtual support via Live web chat, email, and telephone.”

Listeners will be urged to donate anything they can. You don’t have to wait, though: you can donate right now to our JustGiving appeal here.

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Full list appears below. Categories with an asterisk (*) have an ‘Other’ option, in case your fave isn’t shortlisted.

Single and Album of the Year
Open fields – vote for whatever you fancy

Best Solo Artist*
Dagny
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Jessie Ware
Kiesza
Kylie Minogue
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Miley Cyrus
Raye
Rina Sawayama
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd
Tom Aspaul

Best Group*
5 Seconds of Summer
BLACKPINK
BTS
Chloe x Halle
HAIM
Little Mix
Pet Shop Boys
Steps
The 1975
The Aces
The Chicks
The Mamas
The Naked and Famous
The Pussycat Dolls
The Vamps

Best UK Number One
Ariana Grande – positions
Billie Eilish – No Time To Die
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head and Heart
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Best Lead Single
Where ‘lead single’ is the first official single from a 2020 album campaign
Chloe x Halle – Do It
Dagny – Come Over
Jessie Ware – Spotlight
Kylie Minogue – Say Something
Little Mix – Break Up Song
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky

Best Chorus
5 Seconds of Summer – Wildflower
BTS – Dynamite
Dua Lipa – Physical
Kiesza – Crave
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Little Mix – Break Up Song

Best Ballad
Dolly Parton – When Life Is Good Again
Florrie – Hell or High Water
Grace Davies – Amsterdam
Hailee Steinfeld – Wrong Direction
Harry Styles – Falling
Sam Smith – To Die For

Best Megabanger
Aly & AJ – Joan Of Arc On The Dancefloor
Becky Hill feat. Shift K3y – Better Off Without You
Dua Lipa – Physical
Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head And Heart
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Little Mix – Sweet Melody

Best Debut Album
Ava Max – Heaven and Hell
Dagny – Strangers/Lovers
Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Sasha Sloan – Only Child
Tom Aspaul – Black Country Disco

Best EP, Mini-Album or Mixtape
As defined by the artist, not by a specific length/number of songs
Bree Runway – 2000and4Eva
Grace Davies – Friends With The Tragic
Lauren Aquilina – Ghost World
Raye – Euphoric Sad Songs
Troye Sivan – In A Dream
Victoria Monét – Jaguar

Best Reinvention or Comeback
Annie – first album in 11 years
Kylie Minogue – activating Disco mode
Melanie C – pivot to dance bangers
Taylor Swift – stepping away from the bops
The Chicks – first album in 14 years
The Pussycat Dolls – first single in 11 years

Best Music Video
Beyoncé, Shatta Wale and Major Lazer – Already
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Daði Freyr – Think About Things
Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Little Mix – Sweet Melody

Best Eurobop
Artist and producer(s) must identify as being from any European nation (not UK)
Agnes – Fingers Crossed ??
Daði Freyr – Think About Things ??
Dagny – Somebody ??
Erika Vikman – Cicciolina ??
The Mamas – Move ??
Torine – Make U Cry ??

Best Underrated Bop
A song that did not chart in the UK Top 100
Call Me Loop – Strike
Foxes – Friends In The Corner
Kelly Rowland – Crazy
Romy – Lifetime
The Vamps – Married In Vegas
Zara Larsson – Love Me Land

Best Live Performance
Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour at the VMAs
Dua Lipa – Studio 2054
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira – Half Time Show at the Super Bowl
Kylie Minogue – Infinite Disco
Rina Sawayama – XS on Fallon
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Kitchen Discos

Best Deep Cut
A song from a 2020 album//EP that has not yet been released as a single
Dua Lipa – Cool (from Future Nostalgia)
Katy Perry – Cry About It Later (from Smile)
Little Mix – Happiness (from Confetti)
Steps – To The Beat Of My Heart (from What The Future Holds)
Taylor Swift – august (from folklore)
Victoria Monét – Jaguar (from Jaguar)

Best Collaboration
Gabrielle Aplin feat. Nina Nesbitt – Miss You 2
Joel Corry feat. MNEK – Head and Heart
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé – Savage (Remix)
Rina Sawayama feat. Bree Runway – XS (Remix)
Sam Smith feat. Demi Lovato – I’m Ready

Best Lyrics
Beyonce – Black Parade (Beyoncé, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Brittany Coney, Denisia Andrews, Kim Krysiuk, Rickie Tice, Jay-Z)
Little Mix – Sweet Melody (Tayla Parx, Oliver Frid, MNEK, Rissi, Peoples)
Raye – Natalie Don’t (Raye, John Blanda, John Hill)
Rina Sawayama – Bad Friend (Rina Sawayama, Jonny Lattimer)
Taylor Swift – cardigan (Taylor Swift, Aaron Dessner)
The 1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) (The 1975)

Best Production
Dua Lipa – Physical (Jason Evigan, Koz)
Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (BloodPop, Burns)
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (Andrew Watt, Louis Bell)
Selena Gomez – Rare (Sir Nolan, Simon Says)
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears (Max Martin, Oscar Holter, The Weeknd)
Victoria Monét feat. Khalid and SG Lewis – Experience (SG Lewis)

Best Song with Sample or Interpolation
Ava Max – Kings and Queens (Bonnie Tyler, If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man))
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP (Frank Ski, Whores In This House)
Dua Lipa – Break My Heart (INXS, Need You Tonight)
Hailee Steinfeld – I Love You’s (Annie Lennox, No More I Love You’s)
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Normani – Diamonds (Marilyn Monroe, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend)
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky (Stevie Nicks, Edge of Seventeen)

Best Cover Version
Cover must have been released as a single. ‘Promotional singles’ are also allowed in this field.
Arlo Parks – Creep (originally Radiohead)
Miley Cyrus – Heart Of Glass (originally Blondie)
Rina Sawayama – Dance In The Dark (originally Lady Gaga)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Crying At The Discotheque (originally Alcazar)
Steps – Something In Your Eyes (originally Jenny Silver)
Tove Lo – I’m Coming (originally Veronica Maggio)

Best Song for a Movie
Billie Eilish – No Time To Die (from No Time To Die)
Demi Lovato – In The Mirror (from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)
Marina – About Love (from To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You)
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Normani – Diamonds (from Birds Of Prey)
SZA & Justin Timberlake – The Other Side (from TROLLS World Tour)
Will Ferrell & My Marianne – Husavik (My Hometown) (from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)

Best Remix
Where the gist of a ‘remix’ is essentially just adding another vocalist, those songs are considered for Best Collaboration rather than Best Remix
Britney Spears – Mood Ring (By Demand) (Pride Remix)
Dua Lipa feat. Madonna and Missy Elliott – Levitating (The Blessed Madonna Remix)
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure? (Georgia Remix)
Kesha feat. Karim Naas – Little Bit of Love ([Virtual] House Party Mix)
Little Mix – Holiday (MNEK Remix)
The Pussycat Dolls – React (Cash Cash Remix)

Best Festive Bop
Beverley Knight – A Christmas Wish
Delta Goodrem – Only Santa Knows
Kelly Clarkson – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Lil Nas X – Holiday
Mariah Carey feat. Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande – Oh Santa
Tegan and Sara – Make You Mine This Season

Queer Artist of the Year*
Alex Newell
Arlo Parks
Bright Light Bright Light
Emily Burns
Josef Salvat
Halsey
Kehlani
Kim Petras
King Princess
L Devine
Lil Nas X
MNEK
Neil Tennant
Phoebe Bridgers
Rina Sawayama
Sam Smith
Shea Diamond
Tom Aspaul
Troye Sivan
Victoria Monét

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Golden Bop Awards

Here come the Golden Bop Awards

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Presenting Electric Angels’ first ever, extremely extra Golden Bop Awards.

Across 26… shall we say ‘unique’ categories, we’ll pay homage to the stellar pop music that has kept us all going in what has truly been a godawful year. And! Raise some much-needed money for the LGBTQ+ homelessness charity, akt [the Albert Kennedy Trust].

The awards will all be decided by a public vote – and you can see who’s nominated for what and pick your winners from Thursday, December 10 at about 2pm. Ish.

For all bar one of the categories, the vote will close at 11am on Tuesday, December 22; and the results will be revealed as part of a special show on Electric Angels’ radio station on the morning of Christmas Eve.

The exception of course is the previously-announced Single Of The Year; the vote for which is already open. Those results will be revealed in a Top 40 countdown format on Monday, December 28; and the vote shuts at midday on December 27. Head here if you haven’t voted already.

The Golden Bop Awards are just a bit of fun, but they are fundraising for akt – and with the festive season approaching, and amid an ongoing brutal pandemic, their services are needed now more than ever. Listeners who tune in on December 24 will be urged to give anything they can, but if you want to, you can donate to our JustGiving appeal right now here.

akt said: “As Covid restrictions remain across the UK, akt has continued to see a high volume of young people needing support, either because they’re homeless or because their living situation at home is becoming increasingly volatile.

“We’ve seen a 118% increase in new referrals from April – August this year, compared to the same period last year. akt are dedicated to being there for these young people, offering national virtual support via Live web chat, email, and telephone.”

Check back tomorrow for the full list of nominations, and join us on the radio for a whole load of festive fun from Monday 21-Thursday 24 December.

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