The BRIT Awards 2015

Closing Awards Week for this year (apart from a brief chart tomorrow) is our round-up of this year’s BRIT Award ceremony. The event took place on Wednesday night (the 25th) at the O2 Arena in London, and the hosts were Ant & Dec, for the first time since 2001.

Of course, the most exciting thing that happened was when Madonna fell down three stairs, but she bravely soldiered on, through a pretty lacklustre song. And Kanye West was the victim of a bit of censorship, while some of his naughty words escaped the censors, but I’m not entirely clear why we should care about either of these facts.

Anyway, here are the winners of the 2015 BRIT Awards. The first two awards were announced before the actual ceremony…

Critics’ Choice Award

Always an influential award, handed out a couple of months before the big night. Nominees:

  • James Bay
  • George The Poet
  • Years & Years

Winner: James Bay

British Producer

In association with The MPG Awards. Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood
  • Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory
  • Jake Gosling

Winner: Paul Epworth

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Rita Ora and Orlando Bloom. The nominees:

  • Damon Albarn
  • George Ezra
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Sam Smith

Winner: Ed Sheeran.

British Group

Presented by Jimmy Page. The nominees:

  • Alt-J
  • Clean Bandit
  • Coldplay
  • One Direction
  • Royal Blood

Winner: Royal Blood

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Lewis Hamilton and Ellie Goulding. Nominees:

  • Beyoncé
  • Lana del Rey
  • Sia
  • St. Vincent
  • Taylor Swift

Winner: Taylor Swift

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Mark Ronson. Nominees:

  • Lily Allen
  • Paloma Faith
  • FKA twigs
  • Ella Henderson
  • Jessie Ware

Winner: Paloma Faith, who went on forever about floors for some reason

Global Success Award

The British artist whose global releases sold the most outside the UK. Presented by Kim Kardashian-West. What’s up, London?

Winner: Sam Smith

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Cara Delevigne. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Hozier
  • John Legend
  • Jack White
  • Pharrell Williams

Winner: Pharrell Williams

British Single

Presented by Lisa Snowden and Lionel Richie. Nominees:

  • Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • George Ezra – Budapest
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • Ella Henderson – Ghost
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

Winner: Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

International Group

Presented by John Bishop. Nominees:

  • The Black Keys
  • First Aid Kit
  • Foo Fighters
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • The War on Drugs

Winner: Foo Fighters

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Fearne Cotton and Charli XCX. Nominees:

  • Chvrches
  • FKA twigs
  • George Ezra
  • Royal Blood
  • Sam Smith

Winner: Sam Smith

British Artist Video of the Year

Yes, that’s the confusing name for the Best Video award now. Voted for using tweets, which is novel. They started with the ten most viewed videos on YouTube, apparently:

  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • One Direction – You and I
  • Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me
  • Charli XCX – Boom Clap

The final shortlist of five, presented by the tiny Jimmy Carr and the enormous

  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • One Direction – You and I
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

Winner: One Direction, accepted by Simon Cowell

MasterCard British Album

The award that, in the absence of an Outstanding Contribution award, is considered the biggie. Supported by The Sun’s Bizarre column. Presented by Russell Crowe from off of Neighbours.

  • Alt-J – This is All Yours
  • George Ezra – Wanted on Voyage
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Ed Sheeran – X
  • Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

Winner: Ed Sheeran


  • Taylor Swift – Blank Space
  • Sam Smith – Lay Me Down
  • Royal Blood – Figure it Out
  • Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
  • Kanye West – All Day
  • Take That – Let in the Sun
  • George Ezra – Budapest
  • Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
  • Madonna – Living for Love

The Stowaway Awards 2015

After we announced the nominees a few weeks back, the internet has been abuzz with excitement about the 2015 Stowaways. Who will win these coveted non-existent awards?

Best Track

  • Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument

This was of course already revealed a few weeks back with a full countdown. Despite two exceptional back catalogues to draw upon, this is the first Best Track award for either artist.

Best Album

  • William Orbit – Strange Cargo 5

He has a few past wins under his belt for Best Artist and Best Producer but this is his first Best Album. The full list of nominees was covered in the previous post above.

Best Reissue / Compilation

  • David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed

Grabbing his first ever Stowaway award, after only ever having been nominated previously. The full list of nominees was covered in the previous post above.

Best Video

  • Erlend Øye – Garota

It’s been quiet for Erlend since his 2004 Best International Artist win, but 2015 sees him grab the Best Video.

Best Newcomer

  • Diamond Version

The full list of nominees was covered in the previous post above.

Best Artist

  • William Orbit

Orbit won this award in 2001 and 2011, so now takes home his third Stowaway for Best Artist. The full list of nominees was covered in the previous post above.

Best Live Act

  • Massive Attack

Beating off stiff competition with their exceptional tour. The full list of nominees was covered in the previous post above.

Best Remix

  • Röyksopp & Robyn “Do It Again” (Moby Remix)

Röyksopp won this award previously way back in 2003 with the Someone Else’s remix of Remind Me.

Best Dance Act / Remixer

  • Shit Robot

With only one previous nomination, Shit Robot makes his Stowaways debut.

Outstanding Contribution

  • Röyksopp

Well-deserved winners of the 2015 Stowaway Outstanding Contribution award, Röyksopp‘s final album (in that format) and penultimate album (not quite in that format) both rode high on the Chart for stowaways for months on end last year.

The 2014 Stowaways were announced here, and the 2013 Stowaways here.

The Grammy Awards 2015

As we saw last year, it’s pretty painful to try and untangle all the winners and nominees for the Grammy Awards. Quite simply, there are way too many of them. But, there are always a few interesting ones, and this year is no exception, although the list does appear to be a little short compared to previous years.

Best Dance Recording saw nominations for Basement Jaxx with ETML‘s Never Say Never, but they lost to someone else. On the plus side, Aphex Twin did manage to win Best Dance / Electronic Album for Syro, beating off swift competition from Röyksopp & Robyn for Do It Again.

U2 didn’t manage to grab the Best Rock Album (Beck did, winning a whole pile of other stuff). They also didn’t receive the brilliantly named Best Tropical Latin Album, which was won by someone called Carlos Vives instead.

Daft Punk won the tenuous Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella, but it was the five-piece acapella group Pentatonix who got to take the award home while wearing some very scary contact lenses. DJ Tiësto managed to grab the unnecessarily specific Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, while Pink Floyd lost Best Surround Sound Album to Beyoncé.

And that’s about all I could find this year. You can see the full list if you look here. It might take you a while, but do let me know below if I missed anything major…

The Complete Guide to the BRIT Awards

Every year recently, on the run up to the BRIT Awards, we’ve celebrated by re-examining the history of the ceremony, with videos, pictures, and full lists of the nominees. It’s been an educational experience, but we seem to have now reached the end, with a complete look back at the 38 year history of the awards.

Please click through the links to explore the history of the BRITs – and tread a little carefully, as some of the videos on the older articles have probably long since expired.

The 1970s

The 1980s

The 1990s

The 2000s

The 2010s

You may also enjoy The Top Twenty BRIT Award Artists, The Top Twenty BRIT Award Artists (by nominations), Five Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts, Five More Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts, or Another Five Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts. And don’t forget – the next part of this series will appear in a day or two, when we look at the 2015 awards!

The BRIT Awards 2012

Tuesday 21st February 2012 saw James Corden hosting the BRIT Awards, for the second time at The O2 Arena in London.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2011 ceremony here, and the 2013 ceremony here.

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Plan B. Nominees:

  • James Blake
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • James Morrison
  • Professor Green
  • Ed Sheeran

Winner: Ed Sheeran

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Kate Bush
  • Florence and the Machine
  • Jessie J
  • Laura Marling

Winner: Adele

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Cesc Fàbregas and Nicole Scherzinger. Nominees:

  • Anna Calvi
  • Jessie J
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Ed Sheeran
  • The Vaccines

Winner: Ed Sheeran

British Group

Presented by Jo Whiley and Huey Morgan. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Chase & Status
  • Coldplay
  • Elbow
  • Kasabian

Winner: Coldplay

British Single

Presented by Tinie Tempah. Nominees:

  • Adele – Someone Like You
  • Ed Sheeran – The A Team
  • Example – Changed the Way You Kiss Me
  • Jessie J feat. B.o.B – Price Tag
  • JLS featuring Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
  • Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
  • Military Wives / Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
  • Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips a Beat
  • One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
  • The Wanted – Glad You Came

Winner: One Direction

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by George Michael. Nominees:

  • Adele – 21
  • Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  • Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
  • PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  • Ed Sheeran – +

Winner: Adele. Famously she banged on for a bit too long without really saying anything and got cut off without warning.

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Jessie J and Jack Whitehall. Nominees:

  • Ryan Adams
  • Aloe Blacc
  • David Guetta
  • Bon Iver
  • Bruno Mars

Winner: Bruno Mars

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Jenson Button. Nominees:

  • Beyoncé
  • Björk
  • Feist
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna

Winner: Rihanna

International Group

Presented by Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen. Nominees:

  • Fleet Foxes
  • Foo Fighters
  • Jay Z and Kanye West
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Maroon 5

Winner: Foo Fighters

International Breakthrough Act

Presented by and Rob Brydon. Nominees:

  • Aloe Blacc
  • Bon Iver
  • Lana del Rey
  • Foster The People
  • Nicki Minaj

Winner: Lana del Rey

Critics’ Choice

Presented by James Corden and Jessie J. Nominees:

  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Maverick Sabre
  • Emeli Sandé

Maverick Sabre came in second place. Winner: Emeli Sandé

British Producer

Presented by Laura Marling. Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood
  • Ethan Johns

Winner: Ethan Johns

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Ray Winstone.

Winner: Blur

You should be able to watch the entire show here.


Further Reading / Viewing

Awards Week 2015

With the 2015 BRIT Awards coming up this week, it’s time for the third annual Awards Week here at Music for stowaways. Every post this week is award ceremony related! We’ll mainly focus on the BRIT Awards, taking our history of the BRITs right up to the present day, before culminating on Saturday with our very own Stowaway Awards 2015!

Retro chart for stowaways – 28 February 2004

Here are the top ten singles from eleven years ago this week:

  1. Delerium feat. Nerina Pallot – Truly
  2. Ferry Corsten – Rock Your Body
  3. Basement Jaxx – Good Luck
  4. Sugababes – Too Lost in You
  5. Chicane – Don’t Give Up 2004
  6. Voodoo Child (Moby) – Light is in Your Eyes / Electronics
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Miracles
  8. Girls Aloud – Jump
  9. Wolfsheim – Kein Zurück
  10. Voodoo Child (Moby) – Take it Home / Strings