The Vaccines’ Justin Young: ‘We won’t win a BRIT’

Frontman isn't hopeful of picking up an award in the face of mainstream opposition

The Vaccines have revealed they don’t hold out much hope of winning a BRIT Award in February.

Despite getting to Number One with second album ‘Come Of Age’ in September, beating Two Door Cinema Club to the position after selling more than 44,000 copies in its first week of release, frontman Justin Young doesn’t think his band will get a look in.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: “We’ve never claimed to be innovative. A band like us would only be recognised if we’d sold 10 million records.”

Although we made a really great record I think pop bands are only really recognised. We’re weird because we’re too alternative for the pop world, and too pop for the alternative world. I don’t see us as an alternative band in the songwriting or even in ethos.

The four-piece also played their biggest-ever headline show at London’s Alexandra Palace in November last year, and will beat that record when they play the O2 Arena in May.

Young caused controversy last year when he was reported to have criticised Rihanna‘s music. He later cleared up his statements in an interview NME.COM, when he claimed no artist was more important than another, and that Rihanna’s output was every bit as valid as that of Radiohead‘s.

The Vaccines were nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the 2012 event alongside Anna Calvi, Emeli Sande and Jessie J, but lost out to Ed Sheeran. The 2013 BRIT nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 10.