The BRIT Awards 1997

Girl power and all that. Ben Elton took the reins at Earls Court on 24th February 1997.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1996 ceremony here, and the 1998 ceremony here.

Best British Album

Presented by Zoë Ball. Nominees:

  • Kula Shaker – K
  • Lighthouse Family – Ocean Drive
  • Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
  • George Michael – Older
  • Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

Winner: Manic Street Preachers

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Samantha Fox. Nominees:

  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Jamiroquai
  • Mark Morrison
  • The Prodigy
  • Underworld

Winner: The Prodigy

Best British Female

Presented by Naomi Campbell. Nominees:

  • Dina Carroll
  • Gabrielle
  • Donna Lewis
  • Louise
  • Eddi Reader

Winner: Gabrielle

Best British Group

Presented by Colin Jackson and Vinnie Jones. Nominees:

  • Kula Shaker
  • Lightning Seeds
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Ocean Colour Scene
  • Spice Girls

Winner: Manic Street Preachers

Best British Male

Presented by Elton John. Nominees:

  • Mick Hucknall
  • George Michael
  • Mark Morrison
  • Sting
  • Tricky

Winner: George Michael

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. Presented by Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • Alisha’s Attic
  • Ash
  • Babybird
  • The Bluetones
  • Kula Shaker
  • Lighthouse Family
  • Longpigs
  • Mansun
  • Mark Morrison
  • Skunk Anansie
  • Space
  • Spice Girls

Winner: Kula Shaker

Best British Producer

Presented by Sharleen Spiteri from Texas. Nominees:

  • Absolute and Richard Stannard
  • Mike Hedges
  • Hugh Jones
  • John Leckie
  • Tricky

Winner: John Leckie

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Mrs. Merton. Nominees:

  • Babybird – You’re Gorgeous
  • Kula Shaker – Tattva
  • Lighthouse Family – Lifted
  • Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life
  • George Michael – Fastlove
  • Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger
  • The Prodigy – Firestarter
  • Spice Girls – Wannabe
  • Underworld – Born Slippy

Winner: Spice Girls

Best British Video

Presented by Frank Skinner. Voted for by viewers of VH-1. Nominees:

  • The Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun
  • Dodgy – Good Enough
  • Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
  • Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life
  • George Michael – Fastlove
  • Orbital – The Box
  • The Prodigy – Breathe
  • The Prodigy – Firestarter
  • Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There
  • Spice Girls – Wannabe

Winner: Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There

Best International Female

Presented by Eddie Izzard. Nominees:

  • Toni Braxton
  • Neneh Cherry
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Celine Dion
  • Joan Osborne

Winner: Sheryl Crow

Best International Group

Presented by Lennox Lewis. Nominees:

  • Boyzone
  • The Fugees
  • The Presidents of the United States of America
  • R.E.M.
  • Smashing Pumpkins

Winner: The Fugees

Best International Male

Nominees:

  • Bryan Adams
  • Babyface
  • Beck
  • Robert Miles
  • Prince

Winner: Beck

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Gary Barlow from Take That and Louise from Eternal. Nominees:

  • Fun Lovin’ Criminals
  • Robert Miles
  • Joan Osborne
  • The Presidents of the United States of America
  • The Tony Rich Project

Winner: Robert Miles

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Presented by Lenny Henry. Nominees:

  • Madonna / Various Artists – Evita
  • Chris Rea – La Passione
  • Various Artists – Dangerous Minds
  • Various Artists – Mission: Impossible
  • Various Artists – Trainspotting

Winner: Trainspotting

Freddie Mercury Award

Winner: Elton John for Candle in the Wind 1996

International Sales Award

Winner: Spice Girls

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Tim Rice.

Winner: Bee Gees

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

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Mercury Music Prize 1992-1994

The Mercury Music Prize launched in 1992, and has always stuck to its guns – in September, a list of the finest albums of the year will be nominated, and then in October a winner is announced. Simple as that. Despite some speculation in recent years that it may have lost its way somewhat, it’s still a good guide to what might be going on in the world of “real” music. Here’s a guide to what happened over its first three years…

Mercury Music Prize 1992

According to The Guardian, the award was devised by Jon Webster, the Managing Director at Virgin Records, who hoped it might become “the Booker Prize of the music industry”, independent of the music industry but with its endorsement. The panel is led by Professor Simon Frith, and chosen by the event’s organiser David Wilkinson.

The prize name, by the way, is purely from the event’s sponsor, the now largely defunct telecoms company Mercury. The first awards took place at The Savoy Hotel, 8th September 1992.

Nominees:

  • Barry Adamson – Soul Murder
  • Jah Wobble – Rising Above Bedlam
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain – Honey’s Dead
  • Bheki Mseleku – Celebration
  • Primal Scream – Screamadelica
  • Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha
  • Simply Red – Stars
  • John Tavener and Steven Isserlis – The Protecting Veil
  • U2 – Achtung Baby
  • Young Disciples – Road to Freedom

Winner: Primal Scream

Mercury Music Prize 1993

Nominees:

  • Apache Indian – No Reservations
  • The Auteurs – New Wave
  • Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
  • Dina Carroll – So Close
  • PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
  • New Order – Republic
  • Stereo MCs – Connected
  • Sting – Ten Summoner’s Tales
  • Suede – Suede
  • Stan Tracey – Portraits Plus

Winner: Suede

Mercury Music Prize 1994

The 1994 awards were controversial, as nobody actually seemed to like the winners very much. The Independent even suggested that they might have won due to positive discrimination. Took place on 13th September 1994.

Nominees:

  • Blur – Parklife
  • M People – Elegant Slumming
  • Ian McNabb – Head Like a Rock
  • Shara Nelson – What Silence Knows
  • Michael Nyman – The Piano Concerto / MGV
  • The Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation
  • Pulp – His ‘n’ Hers
  • Take That – Everything Changes
  • Therapy? – Troublegum
  • Paul Weller – Wild Wood

Winner: M People, although Paul Weller thought he should have won

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The BRIT Awards 1994

The fourteenth BRIT Awards, on the fourteenth of February 1994, were something of a turning point for the BRITs. After corporate suits, total unmitigated chaos, and The 1980s, they had been through a number of incarnations, but somehow in 1994 the BRITs came of age. Since then, it has been essential annual viewing (or avoiding) for any fan of music.

In 1994, they were presented by Elton John and RuPaul, and took place at Alexandra Palace, in London.

Best British Newcomer

Presented by Tori Amos. Nominees:

  • Apache Indian
  • Gabrielle
  • Jamiroquai
  • Shara Nelson
  • Suede

Winner: Gabrielle.

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • 4 Non Blondes
  • Björk
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Spin Doctors
  • SWV

Winner: Björk.

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Seal. Nominees:

  • Apache Indian
  • Jamiroquai
  • M People
  • Stereo MCs
  • The Shamen

Winner: M People.

Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording

Presented by Rozalla. Nominees:

  • Reservoir Dogs (various artists)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (various artists)
  • The Bodyguard (Whitney Houston / various artists)
  • The Jungle Book (various artists)
  • Whats Love Got To Do With It (Tina Turner)

Winner: The Bodyguard, accepted by Whitney Houston.

Best International Female Solo Artist

Presented by ze Jean-Paul Gauthier. Ze nominees:

  • Björk
  • Janet Jackson
  • Mariah Carey
  • Nanci Griffith
  • Tina Turner

Longeur vidéo ere.

Winner: Björk.

Best International Group

Presented by Kiki Dee. Nominees:

  • Crowded House
  • Nirvana
  • Pearl Jam
  • Spin Doctors
  • U2

Winner: Crowded House.

Best Selling Single and Album of 1993

Video here. Look at the size of his mouth!

Winner: Meat Loaf.

Best British Producer

Nominees:

  • Brian Eno
  • Flood
  • M People
  • Nellee Hooper
  • Youth

Winner: Brian Eno.

Best Music Video

Voted for by viewers of MTV Europe, and presented by Pip Dann. Nominees:

  • Gabrielle – Dreams
  • Jamiroquai – Too Young To Die
  • New Order – Regret
  • Peter Gabriel – Steam
  • Suede – Animal Nitrate

Shortlist:

  • Take That – Pray
  • Pet Shop Boys – Go West
  • Depeche Mode – I Feel You
  • David Bowie – Jump They Say
  • Sting – Fields of Gold

Winner: Take That.

Best International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Vivienne Westwood. Nominees:

  • Billy Joel
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Meat Loaf
  • Neil Young
  • Terence Trent D’Arby

Winner: Lenny Kravitz.

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Steve Wright. Nominees:

  • Apache Indian – Boom Shak-A-Lak
  • Dina Carroll – Don’t Be a Stranger
  • Gabrielle – Dreams
  • M People – Moving On Up
  • New Order – Regret
  • Paul Weller – Wild Wood
  • Radiohead – Creep
  • Shaggy – Oh Carolina
  • Suede – Animal Nitrate
  • Take That – Pray

Winner: Take That.

Best British Album

Presented by Jack Dee. Nominees:

  • Dina Carroll – So Close
  • Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth
  • Stereo MCs – Connected
  • Sting – Ten Summoners Tales
  • Suede – Suede

Winner: Stereo MCs.

Best British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Nominees:

  • Beverley Craven
  • Dina Carroll
  • Gabrielle
  • PJ Harvey
  • Shara Nelson

Winner: Dina Carroll.

Best British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Neneh Cherry. Nominees:

  • Apache Indian
  • Paul Weller
  • Rod Stewart
  • Sting
  • Van Morrison

Winner: Sting.

Best British Group

Presented by Paula Yates. Nominees:

  • Jamiroquai
  • M People
  • Stereo MCs
  • Suede
  • Take That

Winner: Stereo MCs.

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by John McCarthy and Jill Morrell.

Winner: Van Morrison.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: removed numerous videos that are no longer available (13 August 2017).

The BRIT Awards 1993

The BRIT Awards 1993 were, by relative standards, uncontroversial and reasonably unexciting. To tell the truth, I only picked this year because of the host. The show took place at London’s glittering Alexandra Palace on February 16th 1993. Here’s a quick introduction, and here’s your host, fresh out of the Crystal Maze, Richard O’Brien.

If you thought he was an odd choice of presenter, you wait till you see the award presenters!

Best British Group

Brilliantly presented by Vic and Bob. Nominees:

  • The Cure
  • Erasure
  • Right Said Fred
  • Shakespears Sister
  • Simply Red

Winner: Simply Red.

Best British Newcomer

Presented by Lenny Kravitz. Nominees:

  • Dina Carroll
  • KWS
  • Take That
  • Tasmin Archer
  • Undercover

Yes, that’s KWS and Undercover up against Take That. Wow.

Winner: Tasmin Archer.

Best British Video

Voted for by the audience of Going Live, and presented by exotic protoplasm par excellence Naomi Campbell. Nominees:

  • Simply Red – For Your Babies
  • Genesis – Jesus He Knows Me
  • Erasure – Take A Chance On Me
  • Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass
  • Shakespears Sister – Stay

The BRITs website also lists the following, which I assume were weeded out in earlier phases of the contest:

  • George Michael – Too Funky
  • Lisa Stansfield – All Woman
  • Peter Gabriel – Digging in the Dirt
  • Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite
  • The Cure – I’m in Love

Winner: Shakespears Sister.

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. Presented by Simon Mayo and Jaki Brambles out of BBC Radio 1. The top five nominees:

  • 5. Wet Wet Wet – Goodnight Girl
  • 4. Take That – It Only Takes a Minute
  • 3. Take That – A Million Love Songs
  • 2. Shakespears Sister – Stay

A soppy bunch of singles this year. Note that already darlings of the music biz, Take That managed to grab three of the top five nominations! They really were that big from day one.

Winner: Take That for Could it Be Magic.

Best Classical Recording

Presented by Meat Loaf while everyone else smiled politely. Nominees:

  • Nicholas Parnacourt – Beethoven – 9th Symphony
  • Cecelia Bartoli – Puccini – Heroines
  • Gorecki – Symphony No. 3
  • John Taverner – The Protecting Veil
  • Nigel Kennedy – Violin Concerto – Beethoven

Winner: Nigel Kennedy.

Best British Female

Presented by Lulu. Nominees:

  • Annie Lennox
  • Kate Bush
  • Lisa Stansfield
  • Siobhan Fahey
  • Tasmin Archer

Winner: Annie Lennox.

Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording

Presented by Roger Taylor out of Queen. Nominees:

  • Bugsy (Ennio Morricone)
  • Frankie and Johnny (various artists)
  • Hook (John Williams)
  • Mo’ Money (various artists)
  • Wayne’s World (various artists)

Winner: Wayne’s World.

Best International Group

Presented by Chrissie Hynde. Nominees:

  • Crowded House
  • En Vogue
  • Nirvana
  • R.E.M.
  • U2

Winner: R.E.M.

Best British Album

Sponsored by the Britannia Music Club, and presented by Ruby Wax. Nominees:

  • Annie Lennox – Diva
  • Elton John – The One
  • Genesis – We Can’t Dance
  • Right Said Fred – Up
  • Shakespears Sister – Hormonally Yours
  • The Orb – U.F. Orb

Winner: Annie Lennox.

Best British Male

Presented by Lisa Stansfield. Nominees:

  • Elton John
  • Eric Clapton
  • George Michael
  • Joe Cocker
  • Mick Hucknall
  • Phil Collins

Winner: Mick Hucknall.

Best International Newcomer

Quite literally presented, in character, by Smashie and Nicey (Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse), and I’d agree that The Shamen should have been up for every award. Nominees:

  • Arrested Development
  • Boyz II Men
  • Curtis Stigers
  • Nirvana
  • Tori Amos

Curtis Stigers, you will remember, had The One and Only one hit.

Winner: Nirvana.

Best British Producer

Presented by Paul Young. Nominees:

  • Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne
  • Pete Waterman
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Steve Lipsom
  • Trevor Horn

Winner: Peter Gabriel.

Best International Solo Artist

Presented by Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • Curtis Stigers
  • Enya
  • kd lang
  • Madonna
  • Prince

Winner: Prince.

Most Successful Live Act

Presented by Billy Bragg in honour of the most successful live act of 1992.

Winner: U2.

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Long John Baldry.

Winner: Rod Stewart.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: removed numerous videos that are no longer available (13 August 2017).