It seems that dance music is on the decline in the UK, at least in the eyes of the Brit Awards. Kids have put away their turntables and picked up guitars, and the organizers of this particular awards show have decided to take action. In the 2005 Brits there will be no award for Best Dance Act. The replacement category will be for Best British Live Act. The removal of an entire genre is pretty lame, but I guess the kids in the UK have given up on ecstasy and are back on the smack. According to XFM, the new trophy will recognize the "exceptionally vibrant live music scene.” Thanks for clearing that up. Expect Sasha and Paul Oakenfold to toilet paper the organizers’ homes over the next few weeks.
Nominations for the new award will be announced on January 10th. The qualifications are simple: The band must be British, and must have performed at a British venue this year. Artists nominated last year included Basement Jaxx, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, and Lemon Jelly.