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 2003

With only a couple of weeks left until this year’s ceremony, I decided we should think about taking a trip back ten whole years to 2003. It was February 20th, the venue was Earls Court in London, and your host was Davina McCall. It was lively but alcohol-free. Largely free of cock-ups and controversy, the ceremony went something like this…

Watch the show introduction video here and Davina going on about innovations here.

Best British Breakthrough Act

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1 and presented by Sara Cox. Nominees:

  • The Coral
  • Liberty X
  • Ms Dynamite
  • The Streets
  • Will Young

Winner: Will Young.

Best International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Mis-teeq. Nominees:

  • Avril Lavigne
  • Nickelback
  • Norah Jones
  • Shakira
  • The White Stripes

Winner: Norah Jones.

Best British Male Solo Artist

Breast British Male, apparently. Presented by David Walliams and Matt Lucas, in character as Charlotte Church and Eminem. Nominees:

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Craig David
  • David Gray
  • Robbie Williams
  • The Streets (Mike Skinner)

Winner: Robbie Williams.

Best International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Eminem
  • Moby
  • Nelly

Winner: Eminem.

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK and The Sun. Presented by Cat Deeley. Nominees:

  • Blue
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Gareth Gates
  • Pink
  • Will Young

Winner: Blue.

Best International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Ben Elton. Nominees:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Missy Elliott
  • Norah Jones
  • Pink

Winner: Pink.

Best British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Vernon Kay. Nominees:

  • Alison Moyet
  • Beth Orton
  • Beverley Knight
  • Ms Dynamite
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor

Winner: Ms Dynamite.

Best British Urban Act

Voted for by viewers of MTV Base, and presented by Trevor Nelson. Nominees:

  • Beverley Knight
  • Big Brovaz
  • Craig David
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • Mis-teeq
  • Ms Dynamite
  • Romeo
  • Roots Manuva
  • So Solid Crew
  • The Streets

Winner: Ms Dynamite.

Best International Group

Presented by Denise van Outen. Nominees:

  • Foo Fighters
  • Nickelback
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Röyksopp
  • The White Stripes

 

Winner: Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Tess Daly. Nominees:

  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Groove Armada
  • Jamiroquai
  • Kosheen
  • Sugababes

A curious winner this time…

 

Winner: Sugababes.

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio, and presented by Robin Gibb out of the Bee Gees. The nominees were the best selling five singles of 2002:

  • Atomic Kitten – The Tide Is High
  • Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody
  • Gareth Gates – Anyone of Us
  • Liberty X – Just a Little
  • Will Young – Anything is

Winner: Liberty X.

Best British Group

Presented by Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Nominees:

  • Blue
  • Coldplay
  • Doves
  • Oasis
  • Sugababes

Winner: Coldplay.

Best International Album

Presented by Rob Brydon. Nominees:

  • Eminem – The Eminem Show
  • Norah Jones – Come Away with Me
  • Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
  • Pink – Missundaztood
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way

Winner: Eminem.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Justin Timberlake. Nominees:

  • Coldplay – Rush of Blood to the Head
  • The Coral – The Coral
  • Ms Dynamite – A Little Deeper
  • The Streets – Original Pirate Material
  • Sugababes – Angels With Dirty Faces

Winner: Coldplay.

Outstanding Contribution

Winner: Tom Jones.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: removed the duplicated International Breakthrough Act category.

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

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.