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Little Mix miss out on BRIT Awards

The Little Mix girls missed out on two BRIT Awards for Best Video and Best Single. They were nominated for Black Magic. Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards from South Shields took their mothers to the event. The group lost out to One Direction for Video and Adele for Single, but were the hot topic on social media for their performance.

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Another North East talent, Jin Jin was nominated alongside Jess Glynne for her work on Hold My Hand. Jin Jin, who is the daughter of the former Sunderland footballer Gary Bennett, went home empty handed too.

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Sunderland fan favourite's daughter up for BRIT

The daughter of former Sunderland footballer Gary Bennett is preparing to find out whether or not she'll join the successful nominees at the BRIT Awards. Jin Jin co-wrote Hold My Hand with Jess Glynne and the track is up for Best British Single. Jin Jin is up against Little Mix, including South Shields girls Perrie and Jade, Adele and Ellie Goulding.

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"Jin Jin discovered 5 x No. 1 selling artist Jess Glynne whilst at college, the pair, alongside producer Bless Beats, set about writing the singer’s debut album. Working on tracks such as 'Home' before Jess successfully signed to Atlantic Records, their relationship in the studio has left them in demand across the musical world. Jin Jin later penned Jess’ first official single release 'Right Here' (UK No. 6), going on to further success with singles ‘Real Love’ (UK No. 2) ‘Hold My Hand’ and 'Not Letting Go' featuring Tinie Tempah which topped the UK charts."

– Universal Music

Little Mix thank North East supporters ahead of BRITs

The Little Mix singers are up for two BRIT Awards and they have thanked North East fans for supporting them this far.

Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards are from South Shields and are very vocal when it comes to their appreciation of home support.

Black Magic is up for Best British Video and Best Single.

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Newcastle rock band beat hundreds in music competition

A Newcastle based rock band has had a taste of the big time after winning a North East competition.

The Heavy Jets, who are a brit pop rock act, reached the final of the SoundWave Music Competition at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. The band successfully saw off competition from hundreds of acts.

Winners - The Heavy Jets

The band is made up of Rhys Breen, Liam O’Brien, Matt Johnson and Scott McCall. They have been together since 2011 and the judges compared them to the likes of The Black Keys and Oasis.

They won recording time, radio airplay, and more.

"It was a cracking night, we were up against some great competition too so it makes it all the more rewarding to have won. "Thanks to everyone who voted for us or came along on the night, there couldn't have been a better atmosphere."

– The Heavy Jets
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