The BRIT Awards 2004

Finally, our journey through the history of the BRITs ends, and we’re only a decade behind now! The 2004 BRIT Awards ceremony took place at Earls Court in London on February 17th, where the host was Cat Deeley.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2003 ceremony here, and the 2005 ceremony next time.

Mastercard British Album

Presented by Scarlett Johansson. Nominees:

  • Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This
  • Blur – Think Tank
  • The Coral – Magic and Medicine
  • The Darkness – Permission to Land
  • Dido – Life for Rent

Winner: The Darkness

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Demot O’Leary. Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx
  • Goldfrapp
  • Groove Armada
  • Kosheen
  • Lemon Jelly

Winner: Basement Jaxx

Best British Female

Presented by Ronan Keating. Nominees:

  • Dido
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor
  • Jamelia
  • Annie Lennox
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Dido

Best British Group

Presented by Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet. Nominees:

  • Busted
  • The Coral
  • The Darkness
  • Radiohead
  • Sugababes

Winner: The Darkness

Best British Male

Presented by Kerry Katona from Atomic Kitten. Nominees:

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • David Bowie
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Will Young

Winner: Daniel Bedingfield

Best British Breakthrough Artist

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1. Presented by Chris Moyles. Nominees:

  • Busted
  • Jamie Cullum
  • The Darkness
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Lemar

Winner: Busted

Best British Rock Act

Voted for by viewers of Kerrang TV. Presented by legendary heavy rocker Jamelia. Nominees:

  • The Darkness
  • Feeder
  • Muse
  • Primal Scream
  • Stereophonics

Winner: The Darkness

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio. Presented by Neil “Doctor” Fox. Nominees:

  • Dido – White Flag
  • Gareth Gates feat. The Kumars – Spirit in the Sky
  • Jamelia – Superstar
  • Mis-Teeq – Scandalous
  • Rachel Stevens – Sweet Dreams My LA Ex

Winner: Dido

Best British Urban Act

Presented by N.E.R.D. Nominees:

  • Big Brovaz
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Lemar
  • Mis-Teeq
  • Amy Winehouse

Winner: Lemar

Best International Album

Presented by Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal from No Doubt. Nominees:

  • Christina Aguilera – Stripped
  • Beyoncé – Dangerously in Love
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
  • Justin Timberlake – Justified
  • The White Stripes – Elephant

Winner: Justin Timberlake

Best International Female

Presented by LL Cool J. Nominees:

  • Christina Aguilera
  • Beyoncé
  • Missy Elliott
  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue

Winner: Beyoncé

Best International Group

Presented by Lionel Richie. Nominees:

  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Kings of Leon
  • Outkast
  • The Strokes
  • The White Stripes

Winner: The White Stripes

Best International Male

Presented by Shania Twain. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • 50 Cent
  • Sean Paul
  • Damien Rice
  • Justin Timberlake

Winner: Justin Timberlake

Best International Breakthrough Artist

Presented by Alicia Keys. Nominees:

  • Evanescence
  • 50 Cent
  • Kings of Leon
  • Sean Paul
  • The Thrills

Winner: 50 Cent

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK. Presented by Bo Selecta‘s Leigh Francis in character as Mel B from Spice Girls. Nominees:

  • Christina Aguilera
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Busted
  • Justin Timberlake

Winner: Busted

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Justin Timberlake.

Winner: Duran Duran

Performances

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The BRIT Awards 1998

“If,” said Chumbawamba, “John Prescott has the nerve to turn up at events like the BRIT Awards in a vain attempt to make Labour seem cool and trendy, then he deserves all we can throw at him.”

Indeed. For it was in 1998 that they put this unusually specific philosophy into practice by emptying a bucket of iced water over the Labour fatty.

But despite a bit of anarchy here and there, things remained pretty corporate. It was February 9th 1998, the venue was London Arena, and our host for the evening was Ben Elton out of comedy. Watch the opening here, and the introduction here.

Best International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Matthew Modine and Chaudia Schiffer. Nominees:

  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Coolio
  • DJ Shadow
  • LL Cool J
  • Sash!

“Why,” you may ask, “Did Jon Bon Jovi merit a solo award nomination?” No idea. Video here.

Winner: Jon Bon Jovi.

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Max Beesley and Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • All Saints
  • Shola Ama
  • Embrace
  • Olive
  • Beth Orton
  • Finley Quaye
  • Conner Reeves
  • Roni Size/Reprazent
  • Stereophonics
  • Travis

Winner: Stereophonics.

Best International Female Solo Artist

Was to be presented by Dusty Springfield, but sadly she was too unwell to do so (and would pass away a year later), so it was presented by Alexander McQueen and Honor Fraser. Nominees:

  • Erykah Badu
  • Björk
  • Meredith Brooks
  • Celine Dion
  • Janet Jackson

I am grateful grapefruit.

Winner: Björk.

Best British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Richard Branson. Nominees:

  • Shola Ama
  • Michelle Gayle
  • Louise
  • Beth Orton
  • Lisa Stansfield

Winner: Shola Ama.

International Sales Award

A special award for the best selling international album.

Winner: Spice Girls.

Best British Video

Voted for by viewers of The Box, and presented in character by Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan). Nominees:

  • All Saints – Never Ever
  • Blur – Song 2
  • David Bowie – Little Wonder
  • Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats
  • Dario G – Sunchyme
  • Oasis – D’You Know What I Mean?
  • Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Spice Girls – Spice up Your Life
  • Supergrass – Late in the Day
  • The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

Winner: All Saints.

Best British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Errol Brown and Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Gary Barlow
  • Elton John
  • Finley Quaye
  • Paul Weller
  • Robbie Williams

Winner: Finley Quaye.

Best International Group

Presented by Heather Small from M. People with unusually small hair and Jay Kay out of Jamiroquai. Nominees:

  • Daft Punk
  • Eels
  • Hanson
  • No Doubt
  • U2

Although Ben Elton introduces Jamiroquai as a former BRIT winner, this is in fact not true – he’s never won one in the entire history of the awards.

Winner: U2.

The Freddie Mercury Award

A special award for Doing A Song About Princess Diana. Presented by Tony Blair out of Starting Illegal Wars, on video from Washington DC. Cringeworthy video here.

Winner: Elton John.

Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording

Presented using the medium of song by Cleopatra (comin’ atcha). Nominees:

  • The Full Monty (various artists)
  • Men in Black (various artists)
  • Romeo + Juliet (various artists)
  • Space Jam (various artists)
  • Trainspotting 2 (various artists)

Winner: The Full Monty.

Best British Group

Presented by Frank Skinner and David Baddiel. Nominees:

  • Oasis
  • The Prodigy
  • Radiohead
  • Texas
  • The Verve

Winner: The Verve.

Best Dance Act

Nominees:

  • Brand New Heavies
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Eternal
  • Jamiroquai
  • The Prodigy

Oh yes, the Dance Act award, which was sadly dropped in later years, and which inexplicably featured an annual nomination for not-very-dancey-and-frankly-pretty-lousy Jamiroquai.

Winner: The Prodigy.

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio, and presented by Pam Grier and Samuel L. Jackson. Big up to the UK. Nominees:

  • All Saints – Never Ever
  • Blur – Song 2
  • Chumbawumba – Tubthumping
  • Eternal feat. Bebe Winans – I Wanna Be the Only One
  • Elton John – Candle in the Wind
  • Olive – You’re Not Alone
  • Radiohead – Paranoid Android
  • Texas – Say What You Want
  • The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
  • Robbie Williams – Old Before I Die

Singles, according to Ben Elton, had experienced a big revival in 1997. Of course, as we now know, the draconian chart rules introduced later in 1998 would kill them in a way that they could never recover.

Winner: All Saints.

Best International Newcomer

Nominees:

  • Erykah Badu
  • Daft Punk
  • Eels
  • Hanson
  • No Doubt

Winner: Eels.

Best Producer

Nominees:

  • Nigel Godrich / Radiohead
  • Liam Howlett
  • Roni Size
  • Stephen Street
  • The Verve / Chris Potter / Youth

Winner: The Verve / Chris Potter / Youth.

Mastercard British Album

Presented by Zoë Ball. Nominees:

  • Oasis – Be Here Now
  • The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
  • Radiohead – OK Computer
  • Texas – White on Blonde
  • The Verve – Urban Hymns

Winner: The Verve.

Outstanding Achievement

Presented by Sir George Martin.

Winner: Fleetwood Mac.

Performances

  • All Saints – Never Ever
  • Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
  • Finlay Quaye – Sun is Shining
  • Fleetwood Mac – The Chain and Don’t Stop
  • Robbie Williams and Tom Jones – Come Up and See Me
  • Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody
  • Spice Girls – Stop
  • Texas featuring The Method Man – Say What You Want
  • The Verve – Lucky Man

Further Reading / Viewing

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