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 Single – Anyone 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 Video – Last 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 Single – Swing 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 Single – Could it Be Magic, A Million Love Songs, and It Only Takes a Minute. Could it Be Magic won
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.