The BRITs are coming! Tonight!
Here’s my compendium of fascinating BRIT Awards facts based on things I learnt while researching the previous BRITs posts…
The Sad Loss of the Best Video Award
For the last time in 2002, the Best Video award was given to So Solid Crew. With that following the previous three years’ consecutive wins by Robbie Williams for Millennium, She’s the One and Rock DJ, it perhaps isn’t surprising that it was axed, but previous years had seen wins for Adamski‘s Killer, Michael Jackson‘s Smooth Criminal, New Order‘s True Faith and Peter Gabriel‘s Sledgehammer.
The Second Biggest BRIT Award Failure of All Time
Poor Jamiroquai. Somebody must like them. Even so, it’s pretty astonishing that they have managed quite so many nominations without ever managing to win a BRIT. Here’s the full list of shame:
- 1994 – Best British Group, won by Stereo MCs
- 1994 – Best British Album for Emergency on Planet Earth, won by Stereo MCs
- 1994 – Best Dance Act, won by M. People
- 1994 – Best Video for Too Young to Die, won by Take That
- 1994 – Best British Newcomer, won by Gabrielle
- 1995 – Best Video for Return of the Space Cowboy, won by Blur
- 1997 – Best Video for Virtual Insanity, won by Spice Girls
- 1997 – Best Dance Act, won by The Prodigy
- 1998 – Best Dance Act, won by The Prodigy
- 1999 – Best Dance Act, won by Fatboy Slim
- 1999 – Best Video for Deeper Underground, won by Robbie Williams
- 2000 – Best Dance Act, won by The Chemical Brothers
- 2002 – Best British Group, won by Travis
- 2003 – Best Dance Act, won by Sugababes
Speaking personally, I don’t think there’s a single one of those that I don’t agree with! But believe it or not, there’s an even bigger failure to come.
Awards come and go at the BRITs. A lot of the less popular ones were specifically genre-based, and included:
- Pop Act – awarded from 2000 to 2006 and won by Five, Westlife (twice), Blue, Busted, McFly, and James Blunt. And then for some reason nobody else.
- Dance Act – always a curious award, as Jamiroquai were nominated nearly every year but never won (see below). Awarded from 1994 to 2004 and won by M. People (twice), Massive Attack, The Prodigy (twice), Fatboy Slim (twice), The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, and, as we saw above, erm… Sugababes. Some good winners, but no great loss really given how out of touch the awards committee really were.
- Rock Act – awarded just three times between 2004 and 2006, and won by The Darkness, Franz Ferdinand, and Kaiser Chiefs.
- Urban Act – awarded four times between 2003 and 2006, and won by Ms Dynamite, Lemar (twice), and Joss Stone.
Speaking of which…
The Classical BRIT Awards
Until 1993, there was a strange quiet patch during the ceremony in which the pop star of the day attempted to pronounce classical composers and musicians with strange names. But Nigel Kennedy‘s Violin Concerto was the last winner of the Best Classical Recording award. Until 2000, when Sir Trevor McDonald turned up to present a ceremony all of their own.
The Biggest BRIT Award Failure of All Time
Even less successful than Jamiroquai, and infinitely more surprising, is the sorry tale of Radiohead. Nominated for no less than fifteen awards, they have somehow managed never to win a single thing at the BRITs. A conspiracy perhaps? Who knows – perhaps they have just been unlucky…
- 1994 – Best British Single for Creep, won by Take That
- 1996 – Best British Group, won by Oasis
- 1996 – Best British Album for The Bends, won by Oasis
- 1996 – Best Video for Just, won by, erm, Oasis
- 1998 – Best British Group, won by The Verve
- 1998 – Best British Album for OK Computer, won by The Verve
- 1998 – Best British Single for Paranoid Album, won by All Saints
- 1999 – Best Video for No Surprises, won by Robbie Williams
- 2001 – Best British Group, won by Coldplay
- 2001 – Best British Album for Kid A, won by Coldplay
- 2002 – Best British Group, won by Travis
- 2002 – Best British Album for Kid A, again. To add insult to injury, this time it was won by Dido
- 2004 – Best British Group, won by The Darkness
- 2009 – Best British Group, won by Elbow
- 2009 – Best British Album for In Rainbows, won by Duffy
Well that’s all for now, but I might pick this up again later in the week. Enjoy the awards tonight!