The BRIT Awards 2015

Closing Awards Week for this year (apart from a brief chart tomorrow) is our round-up of this year’s BRIT Award ceremony. The event took place on Wednesday night (the 25th) at the O2 Arena in London, and the hosts were Ant & Dec, for the first time since 2001.

Of course, the most exciting thing that happened was when Madonna fell down three stairs, but she bravely soldiered on, through a pretty lacklustre song. And Kanye West was the victim of a bit of censorship, while some of his naughty words escaped the censors, but I’m not entirely clear why we should care about either of these facts.

Anyway, here are the winners of the 2015 BRIT Awards. The first two awards were announced before the actual ceremony…

Critics’ Choice Award

Always an influential award, handed out a couple of months before the big night. Nominees:

  • James Bay
  • George The Poet
  • Years & Years

Winner: James Bay

British Producer

In association with The MPG Awards. Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood
  • Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory
  • Jake Gosling

Winner: Paul Epworth

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Rita Ora and Orlando Bloom. The nominees:

  • Damon Albarn
  • George Ezra
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Sam Smith

Winner: Ed Sheeran.

British Group

Presented by Jimmy Page. The nominees:

  • Alt-J
  • Clean Bandit
  • Coldplay
  • One Direction
  • Royal Blood

Winner: Royal Blood

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Lewis Hamilton and Ellie Goulding. Nominees:

  • Beyoncé
  • Lana del Rey
  • Sia
  • St. Vincent
  • Taylor Swift

Winner: Taylor Swift

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Mark Ronson. Nominees:

  • Lily Allen
  • Paloma Faith
  • FKA twigs
  • Ella Henderson
  • Jessie Ware

Winner: Paloma Faith, who went on forever about floors for some reason

Global Success Award

The British artist whose global releases sold the most outside the UK. Presented by Kim Kardashian-West. What’s up, London?

Winner: Sam Smith

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Cara Delevigne. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Hozier
  • John Legend
  • Jack White
  • Pharrell Williams

Winner: Pharrell Williams

British Single

Presented by Lisa Snowden and Lionel Richie. Nominees:

  • Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • George Ezra – Budapest
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • Ella Henderson – Ghost
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

Winner: Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

International Group

Presented by John Bishop. Nominees:

  • The Black Keys
  • First Aid Kit
  • Foo Fighters
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • The War on Drugs

Winner: Foo Fighters

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Fearne Cotton and Charli XCX. Nominees:

  • Chvrches
  • FKA twigs
  • George Ezra
  • Royal Blood
  • Sam Smith

Winner: Sam Smith

British Artist Video of the Year

Yes, that’s the confusing name for the Best Video award now. Voted for using tweets, which is novel. They started with the ten most viewed videos on YouTube, apparently:

  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • One Direction – You and I
  • Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me
  • Charli XCX – Boom Clap

The final shortlist of five, presented by the tiny Jimmy Carr and the enormous

  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • One Direction – You and I
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

Winner: One Direction, accepted by Simon Cowell

MasterCard British Album

The award that, in the absence of an Outstanding Contribution award, is considered the biggie. Supported by The Sun’s Bizarre column. Presented by Russell Crowe from off of Neighbours.

  • Alt-J – This is All Yours
  • George Ezra – Wanted on Voyage
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Ed Sheeran – X
  • Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Performances

  • Taylor Swift – Blank Space
  • Sam Smith – Lay Me Down
  • Royal Blood – Figure it Out
  • Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
  • Kanye West – All Day
  • Take That – Let in the Sun
  • George Ezra – Budapest
  • Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
  • Madonna – Living for Love
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The BRIT Awards 2011

For the first time, the BRIT Awards took place at The O2 Arena on 15th February 2011, now, according to the official website, with more live music than ever before. James Corden was the host, and the award was designed by Vivienne Westwood.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2010 ceremony here, and the 2012 ceremony next time.

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by Roger Daltrey from The Who. Nominees:

  • Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
  • Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks
  • Take That – Progress
  • Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy
  • The xx – xx

Winner: Mumford & Sons

British Single

Voted for by listeners of Capital Radio and users of iTunes, and presented by Alan Carr. Nominees:

  • Alexandra Burke feat. Pitbull – All Night Long
  • Matt Cardle – When We Collide
  • Cheryl Cole – Parachute
  • Taio Cruz – Dynamite
  • Florence + The Machine – You Got the Love
  • Olly Murs – Please Don’t Let Me Go
  • Plan B – She Said
  • Scouting for Girls – This Ain’t a Love Song
  • Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
  • The Wanted – All Time Low

Winner: Tinie Tempah

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Dizzee Rascal. Nominees:

  • Plan B
  • Robert Plant
  • Mark Ronson
  • Tinie Tempah
  • Paul Weller

Winner: Plan B

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Boy George. Nominees:

  • Cheryl Cole
  • Paloma Faith
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Laura Marling
  • Rumer

Winner: Laura Marling

British Group

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 2, and presented by Dermot O’Leary. Nominees:

  • Biffy Clyro
  • Gorillaz
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Take That
  • The xx

Winner: Take That

British Breakthrough Act

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1, and presented by Fearne Cotton. Nominees:

  • Ellie Goulding
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Rumer
  • Tinie Tempah
  • The xx

Winner: Tinie Tempah

British Producer

Awarded alongside a couple of other producer awards at the Music Producers Guild Awards the week before the main ceremony. Nominees:

  • Markus Dravs
  • Ethan Johns
  • John Leckie
  • Mike Pela
  • Stuart Price

Winner: Markus Dravs

International Album

Presented by Boris Becker. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  • Eminem – Recovery
  • Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
  • Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
  • Katy Perry – Teenage Dream

Winner: Arcade Fire

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Lewis Hamilton. Nominees:

  • Eminem
  • Cee Lo Green
  • David Guetta
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Kanye West

Winner: Cee Lo Green

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Cheryl Cole. Nominees:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna
  • Robyn

Winner: Rihanna

International Group

Presented by Simon Le Bon and John Taylor from Duran Duran. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Kings of Leon
  • The Script
  • Vampire Weekend

Winner: Arcade Fire

International Breakthrough Act

Voted for by viewers of MTV, and presented by Avril Lavigne and Will Young. Nominees:

  • Justin Bieber
  • Glee Cast
  • Bruno Mars
  • The National
  • The Temper Trap

Winner: Justin Bieber

Critics’ Choice

In association with War Child, and presented by Mark Ronson and Ellie Goulding. Nominees:

  • James Blake
  • Jessie J
  • The Vaccines

Winner: Jessie J

Outstanding Contribution

The BBC’s coverage (linked below) of the previous week’s Music Producers Guild Awards is a little confusing, as the entire event must have been. Was the Outstanding Contribution award part of the BRITs or of the Music Producers Guild event? Wikipedia thinks it was part of the BRITs…

My own interpretation of the situation is that there was no outstanding contribution award at the BRITs this year, but either way, the entirely justified winner was the founder of Mute Records, Daniel Miller, presented by Alison Goldfrapp, while Tony Visconti won the Innovation in Production award.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2015 – Nominations

Finally, the nominees have been announced for the 2015 BRIT Awards.

MasterCard British Album

  • Alt-J – This is All Yours
  • George Ezra – Wanted on Voyage
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  • Ed Sheeran – X
  • Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

British Female Solo Artist

  • Lily Allen
  • Paloma Faith
  • FKA Twigs
  • Ella Henderson
  • Jessie Ware

British Male Solo Artist

  • Damon Albarn
  • George Ezra
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Sam Smith

British Group

  • Alt-J
  • Clean Bandit
  • Coldplay
  • One Direction
  • Royal Blood

International Male Solo Artist

  • Beck
  • Hozier
  • John Legend
  • Jack White
  • Pharrell Williams

International Female Solo Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Lana del Rey
  • Sia
  • St. Vincent
  • Taylor Swift

International Group

  • The Black Keys
  • First Aid Kit
  • Foo Fighters
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • The War on Drugs

Critics’ Choice Award

This is the one that’s already been announced. The nominees were:

  • James Bay
  • George The Poet
  • Years & Years

And the winner: James Bay

British Producer

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood
  • Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory
  • Jake Gosling

Yes, the one award that’s really worth caring about includes a nomination for Goldfrapp this year! Could be interesting…

British Single

  • Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • George Ezra – Budapest
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • Ella Henderson – Ghost
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

British Video

  • Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • One Direction – You and I
  • Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Sigma – Nobody to Love
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me
  • Charli XCX – Boom Clap

British Breakthrough Act

  • Chvrches
  • FKA Twigs
  • George Ezra
  • Royal Blood
  • Sam Smith

No Outstanding Contribution again unfortunately – we’ll have to just pick an aging rock act for ourselves. Anyway, the ceremony takes place on February 25th, and we’ll walk through the results here on this very blog shortly afterwards.

Q Awards 2014

A few weeks ago, we ran through all the “shortlist” for the 2014 Xperia Access Q Awards (for that is what they are apparently now called), and last week the ceremony took place, with Jimmy Carr presenting, and upsetting Daily Mail readers for making slightly off-colour jokes in the process.

The winners were as follows:

Q Best New Act presented by Xperia Access

  • Ella Eyre
  • George Ezra
  • The Fat White Family
  • FKA Twigs
  • Hozier
  • London Grammar
  • The 1975
  • Royal Blood
  • Sam Smith
  • Temples

Winner: Sam Smith.

Q Best Track presented by Absolute Radio

  • Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home
  • Kasabian – Eez-eh
  • Lorde – Royals
  • Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

Winner: Paolo Nutini.

Q Best Video

  • Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
  • Coldplay – Magic
  • Elbow – New York Morning
  • Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
  • Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

Winner: Jamie xx.

Q Best Album presented by RAYMOND WEIL

  • Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
  • The Black Keys – Turn Blue
  • Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything
  • Kasabian – 48:13
  • Manic Street Preachers – Futurology

Winner: Elbow.

Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club

  • Arcade Fire
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Kate Bush
  • Kasabian
  • Jack White

Winner: Kasabian.

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroën

  • Damon Albarn
  • Jake Bugg
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Ed Sheeran
  • St Vincent

Winner: Ed Sheeran.

Q Best Act in the World Today presented by Buster + Punch

  • Arcade Fire
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Kate Bush
  • Kasabian
  • Pharrell Williams

Winner: Kasabian.

Q Classic Songwriter

Winner: Andy Partridge.

Gibson Les Paul Award

Winner: Johnny Marr.

Q Outstanding Contribution to Music

Winner: Richard Russell.

Q Inspiration

Winner: Simple Minds.

Q Hero

Winner: The Charlatans.

Q Innovation in Sound presented by Xperia Access

Winner: Jean Michel Jarre.

Q Icon presented by Carling’s Black Label Project

Winner: Wilko Johnson.

Q Hero

Winner: The Charlatans.

Q Classic Album

Winner: Pink Floyd for The Dark Side of the Moon

Q Idol

Winner: Culture Club.

There’s always something a little strange about those latter categories, which seem to mainly consist of hundreds of different ways of honouring artists who haven’t done much for a couple of decades, but it is admittedly nice to see Culture Club receive something (see video here), and Jean Michel Jarre‘s award for innovation was definitely well deserved (see video here), and it’s great to hear zat ‘e’s in ze studio right now. He’s also looking disconcertingly young…

You can read Q Magazine’s own coverage of the awards here.

See also Q Awards 2013 and Q Awards 2012.

Q Awards 2014 – Nominations

Just a few days ago, the nominees for the 2014 Q Awards were announced. Except they’re now somewhat inexplicably called the Xperia Access Q Awards, and they’re not “nominees,” it’s a “shortlist.” But you get the general idea.

Q Best New Act presented by Xperia Access

  • Ella Eyre
  • George Ezra
  • The Fat White Family
  • FKA Twigs
  • Hozier
  • London Grammar
  • The 1975
  • Royal Blood
  • Sam Smith
  • Temples

Including many Mercury Prize nominees (more on that next week). Won last year by Jake Bugg.

Q Best Track presented by Absolute Radio

  • Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home
  • Kasabian – Eez-eh
  • Lorde – Royals
  • Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky
  • Sam Smith – Stay with Me

Q Best Video

  • Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
  • Coldplay – Magic
  • Elbow – New York Morning
  • Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
  • Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

Q favourites Arctic Monkeys won the Q Best Track award last year.

Q Best Album presented by RAYMOND WEIL

  • Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
  • The Black Keys – Turn Blue
  • Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything
  • Kasabian – 48:13
  • Manic Street Preachers – Futurology

Manic Street Preachers grabbed the Q Best Video award in 2013.

Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club

  • Arcade Fire
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Kate Bush
  • Kasabian
  • Jack White

Arctic Monkeys lost out to Foals in this category last year.

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroën

  • Damon Albarn
  • Jake Bugg
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Ed Sheeran
  • St Vincent

Jake Bugg lost this one to Ellie Goulding in 2013.

Q Best Act in the World Today presented by Buster + Punch

  • Arcade Fire
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Kate Bush
  • Kasabian
  • Pharrell Williams

Last year Arctic Monkeys were nominated for this one too, as they were for pretty much everything, but it was Vampire Weekend who grabbed it.

You can vote for all of these via the Xperia Access Q website, or by reading Xperia Access Q Magazine. Which is, I assume, what it’s going to be called from now on.

See also Q Awards 2013 and Q Awards 2012.

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!