BRIT Award Losers

A number of enormous artists have never won a BRIT, and some have even been tantalisingly nominated a large number of times. Here’s a list of some of the biggest:

Bob Dylan

As with many of the artists on this list, he had completed much of his career prior to the start of the BRITs, and also as an “international” artist he was never going to be quite so favoured, but he’s still received surprisingly few nominations.

Nominated in 2002 for Best International Male Solo Artist, and in 2007 for the same award and also Best International Album for Modern Times.

Gorillaz

Despite being pretty enormous, they have remained almost entirely unrecognised by the BRITs. Nominated in 2002 for Best British Newcomer, Best British Dance Act, Best British Single, and Best British Video (the latter two for Clint Eastwood), then in 2006 for Best British Group and Best British Album for Demon Days, and most recently in 2011 for Best British Group. Each was won by someone else.

PJ Harvey

One of the BRITs’ regulars for the Best British Female award, alongside Alison Moyet and Annie Lennox (nominated in 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2008), she has never actually managed to win. Also nominated in 2012 for Best British Album for Let England Strike.

Madness

Despite being very active during the early years of the BRITs, they managed just three nominations – Best British Group in 1982 and 1984, and Best British Album for Complete Madness in 1983.

Pink Floyd

Nominated just four times – twice for Best British Group, and twice for Best British Album. The first pair was in 1977, for Dark Side of the Moon, and the second in 1995 for The Division Bell. None won.

Pulp

Surprisingly nominated only four times too, all in 1996 – for Best British Group, Best British Album for Different Class, Best British Single for Common People, and Best British Video, also for Common People.

Rolling Stones

Nominated a paltry three times – in 1977 for Best British Group, in 1995 for Best British Video for Love is Strong, and again in 1996 for Like a Rolling Stone.

Bruce Springsteen

Nominated for the Best International Male Solo Artist award eight times – in 1985, 1987, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011. With no wins, and no other nominations.

Tina Turner

Nominated in 1986, 1990, 1991, and 1994 for Best International Female Solo Artist, plus in 1977 for Best International Pop Single for River Deep, Mountain High, and in 1990 for Best Video for Simply the Best. Again, none of them won.

Stevie Wonder

Not only has Stevie Wonder never Won; he’s barely even managed any nominations. In 1985 he snuck a nomination in for The Woman in Red with Dionne Warwick, in the Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording category. In 2010, he was nominated for a BRITs Hits 30, in duet with Annie Lennox on There Must Be An Angel (Playing with My Heart). In fact, he has managed just two nominations: Best International Pop Album in 1977 for Songs in the Key of Life, and Best International Solo Artist in 1986.

The Top Three

Three artists have been nominated an astonishing number of times, and have also managed to fail an astonishing number of times.

  1. Radiohead – nominated 15 times
  2. Jamiroquai – nominated 14 times
  3. Craig David – nominated 13 times

It was probably Bo Selecta‘s fault.

The BRIT Awards 2002

In 2002, Frank Skinner and Zoë Ball presented the BRITs at Earls Court in London. The awards took place on 20th February.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2001 ceremony here, and the 2003 ceremony here.

Best British Album

Presented by Sol Campbell. Nominees:

  • Craig David – Born to Do it
  • Dido – No Angel
  • Gorillaz – Gorillaz
  • Radiohead – Kid A
  • Travis – The Invisible Band

Winner: Dido

Best British Dance Act

Presented by the stars of Smack the Pony. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx
  • Craig David
  • Faithless
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Gorillaz

Winner: Basement Jaxx

Best British Female

Presented by Johnny Vegas. Nominees:

  • Dido
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor
  • Geri Halliwell
  • PJ Harvey
  • Sade

Winner: Dido

Best British Group

Presented by Heidi Klum. Nominees:

  • Gorillaz
  • Jamiroquai
  • Radiohead
  • Stereophonics
  • Travis

Winner: Travis

Best British Male

Presented by Susie Amy. Nominees:

  • Aphex Twin
  • Ian Brown
  • Craig David
  • Elton John
  • Robbie Williams

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. The initial announcement included Dido, but she seems to have been replaced by Tom McRae for some reason. Probably just a mistake on somebody’s part. Presented by Trevor Nelson. Nominees:

  • Atomic Kitten
  • Blue
  • Elbow
  • Gorillaz
  • Tom McRae
  • Mis-Teeq
  • So Solid Crew
  • Starsailor
  • Turin Brakes
  • Zero 7

Winner: Blue

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Simon Cowell. Nominees:

  • Atomic Kitten – Whole Again
  • Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This
  • Bob the Builder – Mambo No. 5
  • Dido – Thank You
  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  • Geri Halliwell – It’s Raining Men
  • Hear’Say – Pure and Simple
  • DJ Pied Piper – Do You Really Like It
  • S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin’
  • So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
  • Robbie Williams – Eternity / The Road to Mandalay

Winner: S Club 7

Best British Video

Presented by Michael Madsen. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At?
  • Coldplay – Trouble
  • Dido – Thank You
  • Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice
  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
  • Elton John – I Want Love
  • So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
  • Travis – Sing
  • Robbie Williams – Supreme
  • Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue – Kids

Winner: So Solid Crew

Best International Album

Presented by Eddie Irvine. Nominees:

  • Daft Punk – Discovery
  • Destiny’s Child – Survivor
  • Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
  • Kylie Minogue – Fever
  • The Strokes – Is This It

Winner: Kylie Minogue

Best International Female

Presented by Russell Crowe. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • Björk
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue

Winner: Kylie Minogue

Best International Group

Presented by Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet. Nominees:

  • Daft Punk
  • Destiny’s Child
  • Limp Bizkit
  • R.E.M.
  • The Strokes

Winner: Destiny’s Child

Best International Male

Presented by Daryl Hannah. Nominees:

  • Ryan Adams
  • Dr. Dre
  • Bob Dylan
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Shaggy

Winner: Shaggy

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Samantha Mumba. Nominees:

  • Anastacia
  • The Avalanches
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Linkin Park
  • The Strokes

Winner: The Strokes

Best Pop Act

Voted for by readers of The Sun. Presented by Sophie Ellis Bextor. Nominees:

  • Blue
  • Hear’Say
  • Kylie Minogue
  • S Club 7
  • Westlife

Winner: Westlife

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Kylie Minogue.

Winner: Sting

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2000

Davina McCall presented the 2000 awards at Earls Court on March 3rd. I believe she did manage not to swear, although it’s doubtful everyone was so courteous. This was the year of pop, and the year that Brandon Block turned up onstage to collect the Best Soundtrack award.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1999 ceremony here, and the 2001 ceremony in a couple of days’ time.

Best British Album

Presented by Vinnie Jones. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Remedy
  • The Chemical Brothers – Surrender
  • Gomez – Liquid Skin
  • Stereophonics – Performance and Cocktails
  • Travis – The Man Who

Winner: Travis

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Paul Whitehouse and Mark Williams. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Jamiroquai
  • Leftfield

Winner: The Chemical Brothers

Best British Female

Presented by Tom Jones and Robbie Williams. Nominees:

  • Melanie C
  • Gabrielle
  • Geri Halliwell
  • Beverley Knight
  • Beth Orton

Winner: Beth Orton

Best British Group

Presented by Lou Reed. Nominees:

  • Blur
  • Gomez
  • Stereophonics
  • Texas
  • Travis

Winner: Travis

Best British Male

Presented by Ben Elton. Nominees:

  • David Bowie
  • Ian Brown
  • Tom Jones
  • Van Morrison
  • Sting

Winner: Tom Jones

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. In an unnecessarily complicated voting system, the first round was split into four categories:

Best R&B / Urban Newcomer:

  • Fierce
  • Glamma Kid
  • Honeyz
  • Jamelia
  • Kele le Roc

Best Dance Newcomer:

  • Blockster
  • Groove Armada
  • Phats and Small
  • Shanks and Bigfoot
  • Spacedust

Best Indie / Rock Newcomer:

  • Beta Band
  • Death in Vegas
  • Gay Dad
  • UNKLE
  • Wiseguys

Best Pop Newcomer:

  • Charlotte Church
  • Ann Lee
  • Martine McCutcheon
  • Adam Rickitt
  • S Club 7

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 Sara Cox and Zoë Ball.

  • Groove Armada
  • Honeyz
  • Phats and Small
  • S Club 7
  • Wiseguys

Winner: S Club 7

Best British Pop Act

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

  • Five – Keep on Movin’
  • Geri Halliwell – Mi Chico Latino
  • Ann Lee – 2 Times
  • Martine McCutcheon – Perfect Moment
  • S Club 7 – Bring it All Back
  • Steps – Heartbeat / Tragedy

Winner: Five

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Red Alert
  • Blur – Tender
  • The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl
  • Fatboy Slim – Praise You
  • Manic Street Preachers – You Stole the Sun from My Heart
  • Moloko – Sing it Back
  • Shanks and Bigfoot – Sweet Like Chocolate
  • Supergrass – Moving
  • Travis – Why Does it Always Rain on Me?
  • Robbie Williams – She’s the One

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best British Video

Voted for by viewers of VH-1. Presented by Richard Blackwood and Donna Air. Nominees:

  • Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
  • The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
  • Fatboy Slim – Praise You
  • Supergrass – Pumping on Your Stereo
  • Robbie Williams – She’s the One

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best International Female

Presented by Sacha Baron Cohen in character as Ali G. Nominees:

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Macy Gray
  • Whitney Houston
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Britney Spears

Winner: Macy Gray

Best International Group

Presented by Andrea Corr and Jim Corr from The Corrs. Nominees:

  • Beastie Boys
  • The Cardigans
  • Mercury Rev
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • TLC

Winner: TLC

Best International Male

Presented by Caprice and Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Eminem
  • Ricky Martin
  • Moby
  • Will Smith

Winner: Beck

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Kylie Minogue and Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Eminem
  • Macy Gray
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Semisonic
  • Britney Spears

Winner: Macy Gray

Best Live Act

Presented by Cerys Matthews from Catatonia.

Winner: Steps

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Presented by Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones, and Thora Birch. Nominees:

  • The Dust Brothers – Fight Club
  • John Williams – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Various Artists – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Various Artists – The Matrix
  • Various Artists – Notting Hill

Winner: Notting Hill

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Will Smith.

Winner: Spice Girls

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: this post originally listed Shanks and Bigfoot rather than Groove Armada in the final listing for Best Newcomer – this appears to be an error on Wikipedia, and was accidentally included on this post too.

The BRIT Awards 1999

In 1999 Johnny Vaughan took over as the host at London Arena. The ceremony took place on 16th February 1999.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1998 ceremony here, and the 2000 ceremony in a couple of days’ time.

Best British Album

Presented by Mariella Frostrup and Prince Naseem. Nominees:

  • Catatonia – International Velvet
  • Gomez – Bring it On
  • Manic Street Preachers – This is My Truth, Tell Me Yours
  • Massive Attack – Mezzanine
  • Robbie Williams – I’ve Been Expecting You

Winner: Manic Street Preachers

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Sharleen Spiteri from Texas and Boy George. Nominees:

  • All Saints
  • Faithless
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Jamiroquai
  • Massive Attack

Winner: Fatboy Slim

Best British Female

Presented by Smita Smitten and Chunky Lafanga. Nominees:

  • Des’ree
  • PJ Harvey
  • Hinda Hicks
  • Billie Myers
  • Billie Piper

Winner: Des’ree

Best British Group

Presented by Kylie Minogue and Lee Evans. Nominees:

  • Beautiful South
  • Catatonia
  • Gomez
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Massive Attack

Winner: Manic Street Preachers

Best British Male

Presented by Jools Holland and Ian Dury. Nominees:

  • Ian Brown
  • Bernard Butler
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Lynden David Hall
  • Robbie Williams

Winner: Robbie Williams

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. Presented by Huey Morgan from Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Zoë Ball. Nominees:

  • Another Level
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Cleopatra
  • Cornershop
  • Five
  • Gomez
  • Hinda Hicks
  • Billie Piper
  • Propellerheads
  • Steps

Winner: Belle and Sebastian

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Sheryl Crow and Meat Loaf. Nominees:

  • Beautiful South – Perfect 10
  • Catatonia – Road Rage
  • Cornershop – Brimful of Asha
  • Des’ree – Life
  • Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank
  • Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
  • Massive Attack – Teardrop
  • George Michael – Outside
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Robbie Williams – Millennium

Winner: Robbie Williams – Angels

Best British Video

Voted for by viewers of VH-1. Presented by Helen Baxendale and John Thompson. Nominees:

  • All Saints – Under the Bridge
  • Melanie B feat. Missy Elliott – I Want You Back
  • Cornershop – Brimful of Asha
  • Jamiroquai – Deeper Underground
  • Massive Attack – Teardrop
  • George Michael – Outside
  • Placebo – Pure Morning
  • Radiohead – No Surprises
  • Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You
  • Robbie Williams – Millennium

Winner: Robbie Williams – Millennium

Best International Female

Presented by Lionr Abargil and Ian Wright. Nominees:

  • Sheryl Crow
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Madonna
  • Alanis Morissette

Winner: Natalie Imbruglia

Best International Group

Presented by Björn Ulvaeus from Abba. Nominees:

  • Air
  • Beastie Boys
  • The Corrs
  • Fun Lovin’ Criminals
  • R.E.M.

Winner: The Corrs

Best International Male

Presented by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Eagle Eye Cherry
  • Neil Finn
  • Pras Michel
  • Will Smith

Winner: Beck

Best International Newcomer

Presented by All Saints. Nominees:

  • Air
  • B*Witched
  • Eagle Eye Cherry
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Savage Garden

Winner: Natalie Imbruglia

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Presented by Mark Morrison. Nominees:

  • James Horner – Titanic
  • Various Artists – Boogie Nights
  • Various Artists – Jackie Brown
  • Various Artists – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Various Artists – The Wedding Singer

Winner: Titanic. Collected by Celine Dion.

The Freddie Mercury Award

Presented by Johnny Vaughan.

Winner: Jubilee 2000. Collected by Bono from U2.

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Stevie Wonder.

Winner: Eurythmics

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

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

The BRIT Awards 1995

Alexandra Palace in London was the venue on 20th February 1995, and Chris Evans took to the stage to present the awards, now with a “voting academy” (I’m sure you were just as excited as everyone else was).

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1994 ceremony here, and the 1996 ceremony in a couple of days’ time.

Best British Album

Presented by Cindy Lauper. Nominees:

  • Blur – Parklife
  • Eternal – Always and Forever
  • Massive Attack – Protection
  • Oasis – Definitely Maybe
  • Pink Floyd – The Division Bell

Winner: Blur

Best British Dance Act

Nominees:

  • Brand New Heavies
  • Eternal
  • M People
  • Massive Attack
  • The Prodigy

Winner: M People

Best British Female

Presented by Jarvis Cocker. Nominees:

  • Kate Bush
  • Des’ree
  • Michelle Gayle
  • Eddi Reader
  • Lisa Stansfield

Winner: Eddi Reader

Best British Group

Presented by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Nominees:

  • Blur
  • Eternal
  • M People
  • Oasis
  • Pink Floyd

Winner: Blur

Best British Male

Nominees:

  • Eric Clapton
  • Elvis Costello
  • Morrissey
  • Seal
  • Paul Weller

Winner: Paul Weller

Best British Newcomer

Presented by Ray Davis. Nominees:

  • Echobelly
  • Eternal
  • Oasis
  • PJ and Duncan
  • Portishead

Winner: Oasis

Best British Producer

Nominees:

  • Ed Buller
  • Flood
  • Nellee Hooper
  • Trevor Horn
  • Stephen Street

Winner: Nellee Hooper

Best British Single

Presented by Lisa I’Anson. Nominees:

  • Blur – Girls and Boys
  • Blur – Parklife
  • China Black – Searching
  • D:Ream – Things Can Only Get Better
  • East 17 – Stay Another Day
  • Michelle Gayle – Sweetness
  • Tom Jones – If I Only Knew
  • Oasis – Whatever
  • The Grid – Texas Cowboys
  • Wet Wet Wet – Love is All Around

Winner: BlurParklife

Best British Video

Presented by Simone Angel and Tommy Vance. Nominees:

  • Blur – Parklife
  • Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy
  • The Rolling Stones – Love is Strong
  • Seal – Prayer for the Dying
  • Suede – The WIld Ones

Winner: Blur

Best International Female

Presented by Jimmy Nail. Nominees:

  • Tori Amos
  • kd lang
  • Madonna
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Sinéad O’Connor

Winner: kd lang

Best International Group

Presented by Des’ree. Nominees:

  • Counting Crows
  • The Cranberries
  • Crash Test Dummies
  • R.E.M.
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Winner: R.E.M.

Best International Male

Nominees:

  • Bryan Adams
  • Warren G
  • Youssou N’Dour
  • Prince
  • Luther Vandross

Winner: Prince

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Tom Jones. Nominees:

  • Carleen Anderson
  • Counting Crows
  • Marcella Detroit
  • Warren G
  • Lisa Loeb

Winner: Lisa Loeb

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Nominees:

  • Elton John and Hans Zimmer – The Lion King
  • Various Artists – Forrest Gump
  • Various Artists – Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Various Artists – Philadelphia
  • Various Artists – Pulp Fiction

Winner: Pulp Fiction

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Sting.

Winner: Elton John

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: corrected Echobelly’s entry and added Tom Jones’s missing nomination.

Five More Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts

Well you’ll have seen the ceremony by now of course, so here are some more of my “fascinating” facts…

Recognising the “Rest of the World”

Apart from one award in 1983, the BRITs didn’t fully separate Britain from the rest of the world until 1986, when Huey Lewis & the News received the first Best International Artist award. In 1989, Michael Jackson and Tracy Chapman were named the first Best International Solo Artists, but then in 1990, 1992, and 1993, there was only space for one combined Best International Solo Artist award, won by Neneh CherryPrince, and Prince respectively.

The International Breakthrough Artist (or Best International Newcomer) first turned up in 1988, and was won by Terence Trent D’Arby. The Best International Album award didn’t arrive until 2002, and the first winner was Kylie Minogue for Fever, although Michael Jackson had already won the Best Album award for Thriller in 1984.

BRIT Awards Luvvies

Some people just seem to walk the awards, and get nominated almost annually for the same award. Some of them even seem to win it annually. Here’s a quick selection:

  • Robbie Williams – won British Male Solo Artist in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2003, as well as a whole heap of other stuff and nominations in the same category in 1998, 2006, and 2010. Phil Collins had been his predecessor for that award, winning in 1986, 1989, and 1990 with further nominations in 1992 and 1993.
  • Annie Lennox – astoundingly, won British Female Solo Artist in 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1996, plus a nomination in 2004, making her the most successful artist to win any single award. Lisa Stansfield (one win in 1991 but nominations in 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1998) and Alison Moyet (wins in 1985 and 1988) also tried to topple her crown but failed. PJ Harvey tried her hardest with nominations in 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2008, but failed to win any of them.
  • Jamiroquai – managed a Best Dance Act nomination 6 out of the 11 times it was awarded despite not even really being a dance act.
  • Robbie Williams again – won Best British Single with Take That in 1993, 1994, and 1996, and then solo in 1999, 2000, and 2001. And then again with Take That in 2007 and 2008, giving him a shelf full of eight awards in this category. He also got a good set of Best Video awards to go on the shelf below.
  • You might think there would be enough International Male Solo Artists for a bit of variety, but apparently not. Prince won in 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1996 (the last time as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, and then he was nominated as The Artist in 1997 before he ran out of silly names). Then Beck took over, winning in 1997, 1999, and 2000 and being nominated in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009. Eminem won in 2001, 2003, and 2005, with two further nominations. Most recently, Kanye West won in 2006, 2008, and 2009. In the International Female Solo Artist category, things are nearly as repetitive, with multiple wins for BjörkKylie MinogueMadonna, and RihannaAlicia Keys has taken six nominations but no wins as yet.
  • U2 – won International Group in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1998, and 2001, with further nominations basically every year: 1992, 1993, 1994, 2005, and 2006. While they were taking a break, R.E.M. stepped in in 1992, 1993, and 1995 plus nominations in 1997, 1999, and 2000, before being replaced by Foo Fighters for 2008 and 2012 after unsuccessful nominations in 1996 and 2003.
  • Finally, the Outstanding Contribution is normally pretty free of repetition, right? Nope. The Beatles shared the award in 1977. Then John Lennon grabbed it posthumously in 1982. Then they came back again for it as a group in 1983. George Martin got it in 1984. Finally, Paul McCartney broke two decades of silence by grabbing it in 2008. The other people who think it’s OK to take it home more than once are Elton John and Queen.

Best Soundtrack or Original Cast Recording

It’s a bit of a shame that this award hasn’t been given since 2001. For sixteen years, it was handed out to the likes of Top GunPhantom of the OperaBatman (in 1990 and 1996), Twin PeaksTrainspotting, and American Beauty.

But soundtracks are a key part of music, so I think it is a shame that they don’t do this one any more…

Back from the Dead

From 1990 to 1998, there was a Best Producer award. Then from 1999 to 2010, there wasn’t. But now it’s back, and rightfully so. Previous winners include Dave Stewart out of EurythmicsTrevor HornPeter GabrielBrian Eno (twice), Nellee Hooper, and Youth.

The people behind the music generally remain forgotten by the BRITs. The first ever Outstanding Contribution award in 1977 was shared between The Beatles and EMI boss LG Wood. In 2011 Tony Visconti was given a rare special award for Innovation in Production. But the biggest surprise for me was the same year, and was largely forgotten about by the mainstream media, maybe because they didn’t know who he was. But the Outstanding Contribution award in 2011 was quite rightly given to Daniel Miller.

Also back from the dead is the Best Live Act award, won by U2 in 1993, Spice Girls (as Best Selling British Live Act) in 2000, and then MuseKaiser ChiefsMuse again, Take That, and Iron Maiden from 2005 to 2009, before inexplicably being axed again just as live music exploded in popularity.

Special Awards and Long Forgotten Awards

Occasionally, the BRITs decide to give an award to somebody just because they want to. Some of them are for charity deeds, or just generally for selling pretty well. Here’s a summary:

  • 1994 – Special Sales Award – Meat Loaf
  • 1996 – Freddie Mercury Award – Help! Project
  • 1996 – Artist of a Generation – Michael Jackson
  • 1998 – Freddie Mercury Award – Elton John
  • 1999 – Freddie Mercury Award – Jubilee 2000
  • 2005 – BRITs 25 – The Best Song Award – Robbie Williams – Angels
  • 2010 – BRITs Hits 30 – Spice Girls – Wannabe / Who Do You Think You Are
  • 2010 – BRITs Album of 30 Years – Oasis(What’s the Story) Morning Glory
  • 2011 – Innovation in Production – Tony Visconti

But to me a really fascinating moment was when I discovered by accident that there had once been a Best Comedy Recording award at the BRITs. I’m still not clear how long it went on for, or who most of the winners were, as it was largely undocumented, but I’d love to see that one come back.

Awards Week will continue tomorrow with something else that I make up on the spot.

Incidentally, apologies about some of the missing videos on recent posts – the BRITs official website got remodelled after I’d written the pieces, and some of the YouTube ones got removed. Never mind…

Edit: this post originally said the first international award was in 1986 – in fact there was one in 1983.