BRIT Awards 2017

This is one of those all-too-common posts where you probably know more about the subject than I do, but I still feel as though we should pay some lip service to the fortieth anniversary BRIT Awards!

This year’s ceremony was the 37th altogether, and celebrated many late geniuses, with statuette designed by Zaha Hadid, a tribute to George Michael, and several wins for David Bowie. It took place at The O2 in London on 22nd February, and was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis, who stepped in for Michael Bublé at the last minute.

Performances at the show came from Little MixBruno MarsEmeli SandéThe 1975Chris MartinKaty Perry and Skip MarleyThe Chainsmokers and Coldplay, Ed Sheeran feat. Stormzy, and Robbie Williams.

British Artist Video

Presented by Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger. The nominees:

  • Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
  • James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  • Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye
  • Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
  • Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
  • Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – Fast Car
  • Little Mix feat. Sean Paul – Hair
  • One Direction – History
  • Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson – Girls Like
  • Zayn – Pillowtalk

Winner: One Direction

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. The nominees:

  • Anne-Marie
  • Blossoms
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
  • Skepta
  • Stormzy

The winner: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Critics’ Choice Award

Presented by Emeli Sandé. The nominees:

  • Anne-Marie
  • Dua Lipa
  • Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

The winner: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, which surely must be cheating?

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by Noel Gallagher. The nominees:

  • Davie Bowie – Blackstar
  • Kano – Made in the Manor
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  • The 1975 – i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
  • Skepta – Konnichiwa

The winner: David Bowie

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by David Tennant. The nominees:

  • Anohni
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Nao
  • Emeli Sandé

The winner: Emeli Sandé

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Zane Lowe. The nominees:

  • David Bowie
  • Craig David
  • Kano
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Skepta

The winner: David Bowie

British Group

Presented by Maisie Williams and Romesh Ranganathan. The nominees:

  • Bastille
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Little Mix
  • The 1975
  • Radiohead

The winner: The 1975

British Single

Presented by Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby. The nominees:

  • James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  • Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
  • Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye
  • Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
  • Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
  • Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – Fast Car
  • Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
  • Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson – Girls Like
  • Alan Walker – Faded
  • Zayn – Pillowtalk

Winner: Little Mix

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Alice Levine, Clara Amfo, and Laura Jackson. The nominees:

  • Beyoncé
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Rihanna
  • Sia
  • Solange

The winner: Beyoncé

International Male Solo Artist

Also, presented by Alice Levine, Clara Amfo, and Laura Jackson. The nominees:

  • Bon Iver
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Drake
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Weeknd

The winner: Drake

International Group

Since they were still around, this was also presented by Alice Levine, Clara Amfo, and Laura Jackson. The nominees:

  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  • Drake & Future
  • Kings of Leon
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Twenty One Pilots

The winner: A Tribe Called Quest

BRITs Global Success

Presented by Naomi Campbell and Jonathan Ross

The winner: Adele

BRITs Icon Award

Because this is getting like the Q Awards with its multitude of identically-named awards. Presented by Take That.

Winner: Robbie Williams. Which I can’t help but feel reflects his success at the BRITs more than it does his performance generally, but well done to him anyway!

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The BRIT Awards 2010

The 2010 BRIT Awards were hosted by Peter Kay at Earls Court, in London, on Tuesday 16th February. Complicatedly, this was the thirtieth ceremony, although not the thirtieth anniversary, but this was celebrated by the special Brits Hits 30 award.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2009 ceremony here, and the 2011 ceremony next time.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Tom Ford. Nominees:

  • Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You
  • Dizzee Rascal – Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
  • Florence + The Machine – Lungs
  • Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
  • Paolo Nutini – Sunny Side Up

Winner: Florence + The Machine

British Single

Voted for by listeners of UK commercial radio and readers of The Sun, and presented by Alan Carr. Nominees:

  • Lily Allen – The Fear
  • Alexandra Burke feat. Flo Rida – Bad Boys
  • Cheryl Cole – Fight for This Love
  • Taio Cruz – Break Your Heart
  • Alesha Dixon – Breathe Slow
  • JLS – Beat Again
  • La Roux – In for the Kill
  • Pixie Lott – Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)
  • Joe McElderry – The Climb
  • Tinchy Stryder feat. N-Dubz – Number 1

Winner: JLS

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Andy Serkis. Nominees:

  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Calvin Harris
  • Mika
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Robbie Williams

Winner: Dizzee Rascal

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Shirley Bassey. Nominees:

  • Lily Allen
  • Bat for Lashes
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Leona Lewis
  • Pixie Lott

Winner: Lily Allen

British Group

Presented by Idris Elba. Nominees:

  • Doves
  • Friendly Fires
  • JLS
  • Kasabian
  • Muse

Winner: Kasabian

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Geri Halliwell. Nominees:

  • Florence + The Machine
  • Friendly Fires
  • JLS
  • La Roux
  • Pixie Lott

Winner: JLS

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Melanie Brown. Nominees:

  • Michael Bublé
  • Eminem
  • Jay Z
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Seasick Steve

Winner: Jay Z

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Jonathan Ross. Nominees:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Ladyhawke
  • Norah Jones
  • Rihanna
  • Shakira

Winner: Lady Gaga

International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Cat Deeley. Nominees:

  • Animal Collective
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Lady Gaga
  • Daniel Merriweather
  • Taylor Swift

Winner: Lady Gaga

International Album

Presented by Mika. Nominees:

  • Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • The Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D.
  • Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream
  • Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
  • Lady Gaga – The Fame

Winner: Lady Gaga

Critics Choice

Presented by Courtney Love. Nominees:

  • Delphic
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Marina and the Diamonds

Winner: Ellie Goulding

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Winner: Robbie Williams

BRITs Hits 30 – Best Live Performance at the BRIT Awards

Voted for by viewers of GMTV, and presented by Samantha Fox. The year of each original performance is shown below. Nominees:

  • Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive / How Deep Is Your Love (1997)
  • Bros – I Owe You Nothing (1989)
  • Coldplay – Clocks (2003)
  • Eurythmics and Stevie Wonder – There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart) (1999)
  • Girls Aloud – The Promise (2009)
  • Michael Jackson – Earth Song (1996)
  • Paul McCartney and Wings – Live and Let Die (2008)
  • Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out of My Head (2002)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Go West (1994)
  • Scissor Sisters – Take Your Mama (2005)
  • Spice Girls – Wannabe / Who Do You Think You Are (1997)
  • Take That – The Beatles Medley (1994)
  • Kanye West – Gold Digger (2006)
  • The Who – Who Are You (1977)
  • Robbie Williams and Tom Jones – The Full Monty Medley (1998)

Winner: Spice Girls

BRITs Album of 30 Years

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 2, and presented by Noddy Holder from Slade. Nominees:

  • Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • Phil Collins – No Jacket Required
  • Dido – No Angel
  • Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
  • Duffy – Rockferry
  • Keane – Hopes and Fears
  • Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
  • Sade – Diamond Life
  • Travis – The Man Who
  • The Verve – Urban Hymns

Winner: Oasis

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2008

February 9th 2008 saw The Osbournes in their entirety presenting 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 2007 ceremony here, and the 2009 ceremony here.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Vic Reeves. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
  • Leona Lewis – Spirit
  • Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion
  • Mark Ronson – Version
  • Take That – Beautiful World

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

British Single

Voted for by listeners of hit40uk, and presented by Alan Carr. Nominees:

  • James Blunt – 1973
  • Mutya Buena – Real Girl
  • The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
  • Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
  • Mika – Grace Kelly
  • Kate Nash – Foundations
  • Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – Valerie
  • Sugababes – About You Now
  • Take That – Shine

Wikipedia lists Mutya Buena as having been eliminated on 15th February, James Blunt on the 16th, Kate Nash on the 17th, and Kaiser Chiefs and Sugababes on the 18th, leaving the following nominees on the night:

  • The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
  • Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
  • Mika – Grace Kelly
  • Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – Valerie
  • Take That – Shine

Winner: Take That

British Male

Presented by Beth Ditto. Nominees:

  • Newton Faulkner
  • Richard Hawley
  • Mika
  • Mark Ronson
  • Jamie T

Winner: Mark Ronson

British Female

Presented by James Nesbitt. Nominees:

  • Bat for Lashes
  • PJ Harvey
  • Leona Lewis
  • Kate Nash
  • KT Tunstall

Winner: Kate Nash

British Group

Presented by Sir Ian McKellen. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Editors
  • Girls Aloud
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Take That

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

British Breakthrough Act

Chosen by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Jonathan Rhys Myers. Nominees:

  • Bat for Lashes
  • Klaxons
  • Leona Lewis
  • Mika
  • Kate Nash

Winner: Mika

British Live Act

Chosen by listeners of BBC Radio 2, and presented by Chris Moyles. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Klaxons
  • Muse
  • Take That

Winner: Take That

International Male

Presented by Kelly Rowland. Nominees:

  • Michael Bublé
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Timbaland
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Kanye West

Winner: Kanye West

International Female

Presented by David Tennant. Nominees:

  • Björk
  • Feist
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Rihanna

Winner: Kylie Minogue

International Group

Presented by Denise Van Outen and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Eagles
  • Foo Fighters
  • Kings of Leon
  • The White Stripes

Winner: Foo Fighters

International Album

Presented by Michelle Ryan. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
  • Eagles – Long Road Out of Eden
  • Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
  • Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
  • Kylie Minogue – X

Winner: Foo Fighters

Critics Choice

A new award, chosen by a panel of music experts, and presented by Will Young. Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Duffy
  • Foals

Winner: Adele

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Kylie Minogue.

Winner: Sir Paul McCartney

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2013

We looked at the nominations in detail a few weeks ago, and now the winners are in!

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Ed Sheeran. Nominees:

  • Ben Howard
  • Calvin Harris
  • Olly Murs
  • Richard Hawley
  • Plan B

Winner: Ben Howard. Whoever he is.

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Nick Grimshaw.

  • Alt-J
  • Ben Howard
  • Jake Bugg
  • Jessie Ware
  • Rita Ora

Winner: Ben Howard. Whoever he is.

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Taylor Swift. Nominees:

  • Amy Winehouse
  • Bat for Lashes
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Jessie Ware
  • Paloma Faith

Winner: Emeli Sandé

British Group

Presented by Simon Pegg and someone called Bérénice Mariohe. Nominees:

  • Alt-J
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Muse
  • One Direction
  • The XX

Winner: Mumford and Sons

British Live Act

It’s back! Presented by Louis Smith and Jack Whitehall. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Vaccines
  • Muse

Winner: Coldplay

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Dermot O’Leary and Sharon Osbourne. Nominees:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Cat Power
  • Lana del Rey
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift

Winner: Lana del Rey

International Group

Presented by Dave Grohl. Nominees:

  • Alabama Shakes
  • The Black Keys
  • Fun.
  • The Killers
  • The Script

Winner: The Black Keys

British Producer of the Year

A secret award, because producers shouldn’t be allowed out in front of the general public. Nominees:

  • Damon Albarn
  • Paul Epworth
  • Jake Gosling

Winner: Paul Epworth

BRITs Global Success

Presented by Robbie Williams. Nominees:

  • Mumford and Sons
  • Adele
  • One Direction

Winner: One Direction

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by Bryan Ferry. Nominees:

  • Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  • Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
  • Mumford and Sons – Babel
  • Paloma Faith – Fall from Grace
  • Plan B – Ill Manors

Winner: Emeli Sandé

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Jourdan Dunn and Rafe Spall. Nominees:

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Gotye
  • Jack White
  • Frank Ocean
  • Michael Bublé

Winner: Frank Ocean

British Single of the Year

Presented by Tom Daley and Jonathan Ross. Nominees:

  • Adele – Skyfall
  • Alex Clare – Too Close
  • Coldplay and Rihanna – Princess of China
  • Rita Ora / DJ Fresh – Hot Right Now
  • Emeli Sandé – Next to Me
  • Florence + The Machine – Spectrum
  • Jessie J – Domino
  • Labirinth feat. Emeli Sandé – Beneath Your Beautiful
  • Olly Murs – Troublemaker
  • Rita Ora – RIP
  • Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump
  • Robbie Williams – Candy
  • Rudimental – Feel the Love
  • Stooshe – Black Heart
  • James Arthur – Impossible

Winner: Adele

Critics’ Choice

Nominees:

  • Tom Odell
  • AlunaGeorge
  • Laura Mvula

Winner: Tom Odell

Special Recognition Award

Winner: War Child

Performers

  • Muse – “Supremacy”
  • Robbie Williams – Candy
  • Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
  • One Direction – One Way of Another (Teenage Kicks)
  • Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
  • Ben Howard – Only Love
  • Emeli Sandé – Clown / Next to Me
  • Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait

Being out of the country I haven’t had a chance to actually watch it yet, but I hope you enjoyed it!

The BRIT Awards 2013 – Nominations

The nominations are finally in for this year’s BRIT awards! Here they are…

British Male Solo Artist

Always a rather odd list, and this year is no exception.

  • Ben Howard
  • Calvin Harris
  • Olly Murs
  • Richard Hawley
  • Plan B

British Breakthrough Act

Whatever…

  • Alt-J
  • Ben Howard
  • Jake Bugg
  • Jessie Ware
  • Rita Ora

British Female Solo Artist

An award for which the judges seem to have always struggled to find nominees. No Alison Moyet or Annie Lennox this year though.

  • Amy Winehouse
  • Bat for Lashes
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Jessie Ware
  • Paloma Faith

British Group

An unusually creative list of groups. Should be an interesting category.

  • Alt-J
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Muse
  • One Direction
  • The XX

British Live Act

Pick between dull and outdated…

  • Coldplay
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Vaccines
  • Muse

International Female Solo Artist

Some foreign ladies.

  • Alicia Keys
  • Cat Power
  • Lana del Rey
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift

International Group

A typically boring selection…

  • Alabama Shakes
  • The Black Keys
  • FUN.
  • The Killers
  • The Script

British Producer of the Year

Good to see this award solidly back as a regular fixture…

  • Damon Albarn
  • Paul Epworth
  • Jake Gosling

Global Success

A new award with a typically meaningless name. I wonder if One Direction will win?

  • Mumford and Sons
  • Adele
  • One Direction

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Erm…

  • Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  • Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
  • Mumford and Sons – Babel
  • Paloma Faith – Fall from Grace
  • Plan B – Ill Manors

International Male Solo Artist

A well deserved nomination for Gotye.

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Gotye
  • Jack White
  • Frank Ocean
  • Michael Bublé

British Single

A huge list of nominations for this once forgotten award, including an inexplicable return for BRITs luvvie Robbie Williams.

  • Adele – Skyfall
  • Alex Clare – Too Close
  • Coldplay and Rihanna – Princess of China
  • Rita Ora / DJ Fresh – Hot Right Now
  • Emeli Sandé – Next to Me
  • Florence + the Machine – Spectrum
  • Jessie J – Domino
  • Labirinth feat. Emili Sandé – Beneath Your Beautiful
  • Olly Murs – Troublemaker
  • Rita Ora – RIP
  • Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump
  • Robbie Williams – Candy
  • Rudimental – Feel the Love
  • Stooshe – Black Heart
  • James Arthur – Impossible

Critics’ Choice

The winner, Tom Odell was already announced in December.

  • Tom Odell
  • AlunaGeorge
  • Laura Mvula

Special Prize

Replacing the Outstanding Contribution award for this year only.

  • War Child

Performers

Robbie who?

  • Ben Howard
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Muse
  • One Direction
  • Robbie Williams

On the run-up to the award ceremony on February 20th, starting tomorrow I’m going to run through a selection of ten of my favourite BRITs ceremonies from previous years. Prior to 1994, the internet doesn’t do a great job of documenting exactly what happened, so I’ve donned my researching shoes and we’ll have a fun wander through the history of the BRITs!

Thirty years of CDs

Happy birthday! The compact disc celebrates its thirtieth birthday this month, just a matter of months after CD sales were finally overtaken by downloads in the USA, and also the same month that the UK singles chart turns sixty.

The Official Charts Company (OCC) has celebrated this by compiling a chart of the top 30 UK CDs of all time, which I hope they won’t mind me reproducing here:

  1. Abba – Gold (1992)
  2. Adele – 21 (2011)
  3. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
  4. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (2006)
  5. James Blunt – Back to Bedlam (2004)
  6. Dido – No Angel (2000)
  7. Shania Twain – Come on Over (1997)
  8. Leona Lewis – Spirit (2007)
  9. The Verve – Urban Hymns (1997)
  10. David Gray – White Ladder (1998)
  11. Dido – Life for Rent (2003)
  12. The Beatles – 1 (2000)
  13. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
  14. Take That – Beautiful World (2006)
  15. Keane – Hopes and Fears (2004)
  16. Michael Bublé – Crazy Love (2009)
  17. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters (2004)
  18. The Corrs – Talk on Corners (1997)
  19. Coldplay – X&Y (2005)
  20. Travis – The Man Who (1999)
  21. Coldplay – Parachutes (2000)
  22. Lady Gaga – The Fame (2008)
  23. Norah Jones – Come Away with Me (2002)
  24. Kings of Leon – Only by the Knight (2008)
  25. Robbie Williams – I’ve Been Expecting You (1998)
  26. Robbie Williams – Greatest Hits (2004)
  27. Robbie Williams – Swing When You’re Winning (2001)
  28. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
  29. Snow Patrol – Eyes Open (2006)
  30. George Michael – Ladies and Gentlemen – The Best Of (1998)

Abba Gold has sold over four million copies! There are a number of interesting things about this list actually. The first thing I noticed was the British bias – by far the vast majority are British artists, which surprised me. There’s only one album older than fifteen years on there, and also only one from the last three, which says a lot about the popularity of CDs. But then there’s Adele selling 3.6 million copies of an album which came out last year, and you realise just how much hold the humble CD still has.

More at the OCC’s website here.