Bookies close bets on Adele for Brit Awards 2012

by Lisa McGarry

Paddy Power has announced it will not be taking bets on the Best British Female award because of Adele’s dominance in record sales during 2011.

Despite having a tough year with an illness which stopped her touring, she has squatted at number one in the album charts for most of the year – making it difficult to see any realistic challenger. The ‘Someone Like You’ singer is expected to have an armful of gongs by the end of the night – with Paddy Power pricing it at 5/1 that she will walk away with three by the end of the awards night.

Paddy Power said: “It would be unfair to take a penny of anyone’s money when it comes to the Best Brit Female Award because Adele is such a shoe-in for it. We can’t see a way on for anyone else and we would be offering ridiculous odds if we did price the market.”

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran could end up pipping Adele to the most awards, as he is up for four of them. But it’s Noel Gallagher who is our favourite for Best British Male at 4/6. Ed is next at 6/4. One Direction with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ could beat Ed to Best British Single. They are priced at 7/2, whilst Ed is at 6/1 for ‘The A Team’.

Coldplay are hot favourites at 1/5 for Best British Group, with Chase & Status and Kasabian behind them at 9/1.

British Group
1/5 Coldplay
9/1 Chase & Status
9/1 Kasabian
10/1 Elbow
12/1 Arctic Monkeys

British Male
4/6 Noel Gallagher
6/4 Ed Sheeran
9/1 James Blake
9/1 Professor Green
14/1 James Morrison

British Single
7/2 One Direction (What Makes You Beautiful)
4/1 JLS feat. Dev (She Makes Me Wanna)
9/2 The Wanted (Glad You Came)
6/1 Adele (Someone Like You)
6/1 Ed Sheeran (The A Team)
6/1 Jessie J feat. B.O.B (Price Tag)
10/1 Example (Changed The Way You Kissed Me)
10/1 Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks (Heart Skips A Beat)
10/1 Pixie Lott (All About Tonight)
16/1 Military Wives / Gareth Malone (Wherever You Are)

British Album
8/11 Adele (21)
9/4 Florence & The Machine (Ceremonials)
9/2 Coldplay (Mylo Xyloto)
7/1 PJ Harvey (Let England Shake)
7/1 Ed Sheeran (+)