Taylor Swift to receive BRIT Awards Global Icon award

Taylor Swift is to receive the BRIT Awards Global Icon award for 'her immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date'.

Taylor Swift to receive BRIT Awards Global Icon award

Taylor Swift, 31, will become the first woman to be presented with the gong at the ceremony on Tuesday night 11 May at London’s The O2 arena, and the Cardigan hitmaker has been recognised for “her immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date”.

A Brits statement read: “Taylor’s career is unparalleled and her music and influence has resonated with millions of people all over the world.

Taylor Swift applauded for LGBTQ efforts

“She’s used her platform to highlight many issues globally and recently has been applauded for her work promoting acceptance of the LGBTQ community.”

According to the Official Charts Company, Taylor is the UK’s biggest selling artist of the year to date in 2021.

Female solo artist: Up against Ariana Grande, Billie Elish, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus

The Fearless singer – who has won 11 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 114 million albums – is also up for the International Female Solo Artist accolade at the spectacle.

But she will face stiff competition from Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Cardi B, and Miley Cyrus.

Who’s up for BRIT hat-tricks?

What’s more, Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Joel Corry and Young T & Bugsey are all up for a hat-trick of awards at this year’s ceremony.

Dua has been shortlisted in the Female Solo Artist category and she is also up for British Single with Mastercard for her hit ‘Physical’ and the Mastercard Album accolade for her second LP ‘Future Nostalgia’.

British songstress Dua Lipa. Image Warner Records

Arlo, 20, is up for the Breakthrough Artist prize and she will battle the New Rules hitmaker for the Female Solo Artist gong and the Mastercard Album award as her debut record Collapsed in Sunbeams has been nominated.

Joel – who previously featured on reality TV show Geordie Shore – is up for Male Solo Artist, British Single for Head & Heart, his collaboration with MNEK, and Breakthrough Artist.

Young T & Bugsey are nominated for British Single and Breakthrough Artist, and they will face The 1975, Little Mix, Bicep and Biffy Clyro in the British Group category.

The BRIT Awards 2021 with Mastercard will take place live at The O2 arena on 11 May with comedian Jack Whitehall presenting for fourth year in a row.

Source : The South African More   

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AmaZulu preparing Siphiwe Tshabalala for life after football?

Amazulu has reportedly been preparing former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana international, Siphiwe Tshabalala for an off the field role at the club next season.

AmaZulu preparing Siphiwe Tshabalala for life after football?

AmaZulu has reportedly been preparing former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana international, Siphiwe Tshabalala for an off the field role at the club next season.

Following his much-publicized signing by AmaZulu, the veteran winger has failed to make an impact at Usuthu, only featuring twice in all competitions for the club. Those appearances came in the DStv Premiership and the Nedbank Cup but he has struggled to kick on from those two matches.

It is worth noting, however, that Tshabalala has not enjoyed the best of luck with injuries and health along the way. He had joined the Durban-based side already carrying an injury, and upon recovering from that he would suffer from Covid-19.

READ | AMAZULU BOMBSHELL: SIPHIWE TSHABALALA WASN’T REALLY SIGNED TO PLAY

During that period, Tshabalala’s former Bafana Bafana team-mate Benni McCarthy would arrive in KwaZuluNatal and take over the helm from Ayanda Dhlamini. The national team record goalscorer has then gone on to assemble a well-oiled machine at AmaZulu which has seen Tshabalala fall further and further behind the pecking order to such an extent that, the club has asked him to consider his future in the game altogether.

Tshabalala doesn’t appear to be in AmaZulu’s plans

It was initially reported by certain media publications that upon McCarthy informing AmaZulu of his transfer plans for next season, he also made it clear that Tshabalala as well as his former national team and Kaizer Chiefs team-mate Tsepho Masilela were not in his plans for next season. However, unlike Masilela, the club has found a way they feel could be suitable to use Tshabalala and his stature in the game to their advantage.

They could offer him a position off the field

Now an insider has since informed Kickoff that the club boss still sees value in Tshabalala in a different capacity for the club. “Shabba will be moved to the club’s marketing department while Tsepo Masilela will be released,” said the source in a short and simple conversation with the publication.

Whether that proves accurate or not, remains to be seen, what one thing does seem apparent and that is Tshabalala doesn’t seem like he will be wearing the green of AmaZulu as a player next season.

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