Spill Awards 2015: nominations open

It’s that time of year again, and in the spirit of that ‘Fill Facebook With Music’ whotsit, let’s fight back against the tides of darkness, war, crisis, inequality, environmental crisis, sexism, incompetent and corrupt governments, incompetent and malevolent bosses, celeriac foam and nasturtium puree, Alan Sugar and Simon Cowell and Katie Hopkins, the great Peter Andre judging scandal… I’m sure this was going somewhere… Yes! It’s time for this year’s Spill Awards, in which as ever we demonstrate the cavernous gulf between what we thought was great this year and the recommendations of all those other so-called taste-makers and media hipsters, through the exciting process of working out whether there are any records that more than one of us has listened to.

How this works: this is the nomination stage, where you all send me your suggestions for what should be on the shortlist, as follows:

(1) The categories are, as ever: Album of the Year, Film of the Year, TV Show of the Year, Event of the Year, Hero of the Year. I’m tempted to retire Villain of the Year on the grounds of (i) trivialising real villainy and (ii) too much choice, but am open to a write-in campaign. Suggestions for other awards always welcome.

(2) You can, and indeed should, make as many different nominations as you wish, within reason. If you just suggest one album, the chances of putting together a shortlist of records that more than one person has suggested is reduced quite dramatically.

(3) Don’t post suggestions here, but rather send them all to me at abahachi(at)hotmail.co.uk, by Wednesday 16th December.

Once nominations have closed, I’ll compile the shortlists and put up a new post where you can vote for your favourites, which will then inform the actual award ceremony, some time at the end of the month.

14 thoughts on “Spill Awards 2015: nominations open

  1. Before I send off my film nominations could I ask if we are being like the Graun and going for 2015 UK releases? Some of last years USA hits and Oscar nominees/winners weren’t out here until January or even later.

  2. I was having anxiety today about the prospect of compiling my best of list without knowing for sure that no more amazing albums are due to come out this year.

  3. One more, The Revenant is released in the US on 25 December, so I guess that counts also. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s intestine-straighteningly brutal and beautiful new western thriller The Revenant…..GF.

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