Another Five Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts

You may have seen the previous posts: Five Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts, and Five More Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts. Admittedly, they’re not always as fascinating as the title may suggest.

Hedging Their Bets

Every once in a while, an artist will manage to fill up the nominations with several instances of their own name. This has happened a number of times:

  • Adam and the Ants, 1982, Best British Single – Prince Charming and Stand and Deliver. Won by the only other record in the caregory, Tainted Love by Soft Cell
  • Angelo Badalamenti, 1991, Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording – Twin Peaks and Wild at Heart
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 1985, Best British Single – Relax and Two Tribes. Won by Relax
  • Gareth Gates, 2003, Best British SingleAnyone of Us and Unchained Melody. Won by Liberty X‘s Just a Little
  • The Prodigy, 1997, Best British Video – Breathe and Firestarter. Won by Spice Girls (below)
  • Spice Girls, 1997, Best British Video – Say You’ll Be There and Wannabe. Won by Say You’ll Be There
  • Wham!, 1985, Best British VideoLast Christmas and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. Lost to Duran Duran‘s Wild Boys
  • Robbie Williams, 1999, Best British Single – Angels and Millennium. Won by Angels. Also, the same year, Best British Video – Let Me Entertain You and Millennium. Won by Millennium. Then in 2002, Best British Video – Supreme and Kids. Lost to So Solid Crew‘s 21 Seconds

Just twice, an artist has managed three nominations in a single category:

  • Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers, 1990, Best British SingleSwing the Mood, That’s What I Like, and Let’s Party. All three lost to Phil Collins‘s Another Day in Paradise
  • Take That, 1993, Best British SingleCould it Be MagicA Million Love Songs, and It Only Takes a MinuteCould it Be Magic won

Define “Newcomer”

Logically, it should also be impossible to be nominated for Best Breakthrough Act (or Newcomer) more than once. But a few acts have snuck around that technicality:

  • Atomic Kitten – nominated for Best British Newcomer in both 2001 and 2002
  • Death in Vegas – nominated for the first round of the Best British Newcomer award in both 2000 and 2001
  • Seal – nominated for Best British Newcomer in 1992, despite a nomination for Best British Video (for Crazy) the previous year

Also, in normal circumstances, you might expect a newcomer to keep coming back for more, but a surprising number of acts have won a Best Newcomer award (British or international), and have never received any other nominations:

  • A1 (British, 2001)
  • Belle and Sebastian (British, 1999)
  • Julie Covington (British Female, 1977)
  • Lisa Loeb (International, 1995)
  • Graham Parker (British Male, 1977)
  • PM Dawn (International, 1992)

Best Solo Artist?

  • Roland Gift from Fine Young Cannibals – nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist in 1990, despite not releasing solo material until 2002
  • Mick Hucknall from Simply Red – nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist in 1993, despite not releasing solo material until 2008
  • Annie Lennox – nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, and 1992, despite not beginning her solo career in earnest until 1992
  • Robert Smith from The Cure – nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist in 1991, despite never having released a solo album

A Second Chance

Normally, BRITs rules dictate that you can only be nominated if you released an album the preceding year. But it doesn’t always seem to work like that:

  • Adamski – Killer was nominated for Best British Video in 1991, and then proceeded to win in 1992
  • Craig David – nominated for Born to Do It in the Best British Album category in both 2001 and 2002
  • Dire Straits – nominated for Brothers in Arms in the Best British Album category in 1986, and then again in 1987. It won the second time
  • Alicia Keys – nominated for Best International Album for Songs in A Minor in 2002 and 2003. Neither won
  • Outkast – nominated twice for Best International Album for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in both 2004 and 2005
  • Radiohead – nominated for Best British Album for Kid A in both 2001 and 2002

British or not British?

Irish group U2 must have been a little taken aback in 1985, when they were nominated for Best British Group, and also Best British Album for The Unforgettable Fire. The following year, they were nominated again for Best British Group.

Then in 1988, they dramatically ceased to be British, with a nomination (and win) in the Best International Artist category. They proceeded to win that or the Best International Group award for most of the next couple of decades.

Finally, many wins down the line, they were nominated for Best British Single in 2005, thanks to their collaboration (in the loosest sense) with LMC on Take Me to the Clouds Above.

The BRIT Awards 2001

On 26th February 2001, the presenters Ant and Dec took over to present the BRIT Awards at Earls Court in London.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2000 ceremony here, and the 2002 ceremony in a couple of days’ time.

Best British Album

Presented by Samuel L. Jackson. Nominees:

  • Coldplay – Parachutes
  • Craig David – Born to Do it
  • David Gray – Lost Songs
  • Radiohead – Kid A
  • Robbie Williams – Sing When You’re Winning

Winner: Coldplay

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Audley Harrison and Denise Lewis. Nominees:

  • Artful Dodger
  • Craig David
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Moloko
  • Sonique

Winner: Fatboy Slim

Best British Female

Presented by Jamie Oliver and, for some reason, his wife. Nominees:

  • Dido
  • PJ Harvey
  • Jamelia
  • Sade
  • Sonique

Winner: Sonique

Best British Group

Presented by Fay Ripley. Nominees:

  • All Saints
  • Coldplay
  • Moloko
  • Radiohead
  • Toploader

Winner: Coldplay

Best British Male

Presented by Geri Halliwell. Nominees:

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Craig David
  • Fatboy Slim
  • David Gray
  • Robbie Williams

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. Again, the complex voting system of the previous year was reused:

Best Pop Newcomer:

  • A1
  • Atomic Kitten
  • Richard Blackwood
  • Lolly
  • Point Break

Best Dance Newcomer:

  • Artful Dodger
  • Chicane
  • Oxide and Neutrino
  • Shaft
  • Sonique

Best R&B / Urban Newcomer:

  • Architechs
  • MJ Cole
  • Craig David
  • DJ Luck and MC Neat
  • Sweet Female Attitude

Best Indie / Rock Newcomer:

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Coldplay
  • Death in Vegas
  • Muse
  • Toploader

Of these, the winner of each category and the most voted for act overall were carried through to the list of final nominees. The award was presented by Sarah Cox and Pete Tong. We continue.

  • A1
  • Artful Dodger
  • Coldplay
  • Craig David
  • Toploader

Winner: A1

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by David Ginola and Joely Richardson. Nominees:

  • All Saints – Pure Shores
  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • Craig David – 7 Days
  • David Gray – Babylon
  • Moloko – The Time is Now
  • Sonique – It Feels So Good
  • Spiller – Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)
  • Sugababes – Overload
  • Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
  • Robbie Williams – Rock DJ

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best British Video

Voted for by viewers of VH-1. Presented by Jane Horrocks and Graham Norton. Nominees:

  • All Saints – Pure Shores
  • Coldplay – Yellow
  • Craig David – 7 Days
  • Jamelia – Money
  • Moloko – The Time is Now
  • Sonique – It Feels So Good
  • Texas – In Demand
  • Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight
  • Travis – Coming Around
  • Robbie Williams – Rock DJ

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best International Female

Presented by Donny Osmond from The Osmonds and Helena Christensen. Nominees:

  • Madonna
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Pink
  • Jill Scott
  • Britney Spears

Winner: Madonna

Best International Group

Presented by Kylie Minogue and Huey Morgan from Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Nominees:

  • The Corrs
  • Santana
  • Savage Garden
  • U2
  • Westlife

Winner: U2

Best International Male

Presented by Elton John. Nominees:

  • Eminem
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Ronan Keating
  • Ricky Martin
  • Sisqo

Winner: Eminem

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Hear’Say. Nominees:

  • Kelis
  • Lene Marlin
  • Pink
  • Jill Scott
  • Westlife

Winner: Kelis

Best Pop Act

Voted for by readers of The Sun. Presented by Cat Deeley. Nominees:

  • Ronan Keating
  • S Club 7
  • Britney Spears
  • Steps
  • Westlife

Winner: Westlife

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

In its infinite wisdom, Wikipedia gives an incorrect listing of nominees:

  • Air – The Virgin Suicides
  • Various Artists – American Beauty
  • Various Artists – The Beach
  • Various Artists – Billy Elliot
  • Various Artists – Little Voice

My records from 2001 don’t have The Beach or Little Voice, whereas the BRITs website archive gives the correct listing as:

  • Air – The Virgin Suicides
  • Björk – Dancer in the Dark
  • Various Artists – American Beauty
  • Various Artists – The Beach
  • Various Artists – Billy Elliot
  • Various Artists – Shaft

Winner: American Beauty

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Noel Gallagher from Oasis.

Winner: U2

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit, 6 Aug 2018 – removed U2 performance video which no longer works.