Haim and Drake nominated for Brit Awards

By Sandy Rashty and Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2014
Sister act: American group Haim

Sister act: American group Haim

A host of Jewish music stars are in the running for this year’s Brit awards.

Nominees announced on Thursday include Canadian rapper Drake and leading all-girl band Haim.

Drake, who has regularly spoken of his Jewish roots, was nominated for International male solo artist.

He even had a "re-barmitzvah", footage of which was viewed more than one million time on YouTube - "the most watched barmitzvah film clip in human history", as one website described it.

Californian singers Danielle, Este and Alana Haim were overjoyed to learn they had been nominated for International Group.

They tweeted: “So honoured to be nominated for best international act at the Brits this year. We kinda can’t believe it.”

The Haim sisters, whose father Mordechai is Israeli, are aged between 21 and 26 and once considered calling themselves “The Bagel Bitches”.

Their first taste of the spotlight was in a family band called “Rockinhaim”, singing covers with their parents.

Canadian rapper Drake

Canadian rapper Drake

For their first ever show as a family they played at a Jewish deli in Hollywood and were paid in matzah ball soup.

Hip hop trio London Grammar are nominated in the British Breakthrough Act category.

The band's guitarist, Dan Rothman, was a pupil at JFS. On Twitter the band said it was "thrilled" to be up for the award.

The winners will be announced at the Brits ceremony next month.

Last updated: 12:35pm, January 10 2014