Another Five Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts

You may have seen the previous posts: Five Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts, and Five More Fascinating BRIT Awards Facts. Admittedly, they’re not always as fascinating as the title may suggest.

Hedging Their Bets

Every once in a while, an artist will manage to fill up the nominations with several instances of their own name. This has happened a number of times:

  • Adam and the Ants, 1982, Best British Single – Prince Charming and Stand and Deliver. Won by the only other record in the caregory, Tainted Love by Soft Cell
  • Angelo Badalamenti, 1991, Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording – Twin Peaks and Wild at Heart
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 1985, Best British Single – Relax and Two Tribes. Won by Relax
  • Gareth Gates, 2003, Best British SingleAnyone of Us and Unchained Melody. Won by Liberty X‘s Just a Little
  • The Prodigy, 1997, Best British Video – Breathe and Firestarter. Won by Spice Girls (below)
  • Spice Girls, 1997, Best British Video – Say You’ll Be There and Wannabe. Won by Say You’ll Be There
  • Wham!, 1985, Best British VideoLast Christmas and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. Lost to Duran Duran‘s Wild Boys
  • Robbie Williams, 1999, Best British Single – Angels and Millennium. Won by Angels. Also, the same year, Best British Video – Let Me Entertain You and Millennium. Won by Millennium. Then in 2002, Best British Video – Supreme and Kids. Lost to So Solid Crew‘s 21 Seconds

Just twice, an artist has managed three nominations in a single category:

  • Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers, 1990, Best British SingleSwing the Mood, That’s What I Like, and Let’s Party. All three lost to Phil Collins‘s Another Day in Paradise
  • Take That, 1993, Best British SingleCould it Be MagicA Million Love Songs, and It Only Takes a MinuteCould it Be Magic won

Define “Newcomer”

Logically, it should also be impossible to be nominated for Best Breakthrough Act (or Newcomer) more than once. But a few acts have snuck around that technicality:

  • Atomic Kitten – nominated for Best British Newcomer in both 2001 and 2002
  • Death in Vegas – nominated for the first round of the Best British Newcomer award in both 2000 and 2001
  • Seal – nominated for Best British Newcomer in 1992, despite a nomination for Best British Video (for Crazy) the previous year

Also, in normal circumstances, you might expect a newcomer to keep coming back for more, but a surprising number of acts have won a Best Newcomer award (British or international), and have never received any other nominations:

  • A1 (British, 2001)
  • Belle and Sebastian (British, 1999)
  • Julie Covington (British Female, 1977)
  • Lisa Loeb (International, 1995)
  • Graham Parker (British Male, 1977)
  • PM Dawn (International, 1992)

Best Solo Artist?

  • Roland Gift from Fine Young Cannibals – nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist in 1990, despite not releasing solo material until 2002
  • Mick Hucknall from Simply Red – nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist in 1993, despite not releasing solo material until 2008
  • Annie Lennox – nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, and 1992, despite not beginning her solo career in earnest until 1992
  • Robert Smith from The Cure – nominated for Best British Male Solo Artist in 1991, despite never having released a solo album

A Second Chance

Normally, BRITs rules dictate that you can only be nominated if you released an album the preceding year. But it doesn’t always seem to work like that:

  • Adamski – Killer was nominated for Best British Video in 1991, and then proceeded to win in 1992
  • Craig David – nominated for Born to Do It in the Best British Album category in both 2001 and 2002
  • Dire Straits – nominated for Brothers in Arms in the Best British Album category in 1986, and then again in 1987. It won the second time
  • Alicia Keys – nominated for Best International Album for Songs in A Minor in 2002 and 2003. Neither won
  • Outkast – nominated twice for Best International Album for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in both 2004 and 2005
  • Radiohead – nominated for Best British Album for Kid A in both 2001 and 2002

British or not British?

Irish group U2 must have been a little taken aback in 1985, when they were nominated for Best British Group, and also Best British Album for The Unforgettable Fire. The following year, they were nominated again for Best British Group.

Then in 1988, they dramatically ceased to be British, with a nomination (and win) in the Best International Artist category. They proceeded to win that or the Best International Group award for most of the next couple of decades.

Finally, many wins down the line, they were nominated for Best British Single in 2005, thanks to their collaboration (in the loosest sense) with LMC on Take Me to the Clouds Above.

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The BRIT Awards 1992

 

On 12th February 1992, the venue shifted to the Hammersmith Odeon in London; Simon Bates once again presented the show via an out-of-body experience; and The KLF brought a dead sheep to the BRITs dinner venue.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 1991 ceremony here, and the 1993 ceremony here.

Best British Album

Presented by Cilla Black. Nominees:

  • Beverley Craven – Beverley Craven
  • The KLF – The White Room
  • Massive Attack – Blue Lines
  • Seal – Seal
  • Simply Red – Stars

Winner: Seal

Best British Female

Presented by Mike Edwards from Jesus Jones. Nominees:

  • Beverley Craven
  • Cathy Dennis
  • Annie Lennox
  • Lisa Stansfield
  • Zoe

Winner: Lisa Stansfield

Best British Group

Presented by Martika, live from her kitchen. Nominees:

  • Dire Straits
  • James
  • The KLF
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Queen
  • Simply Red

Winners: Simply Red and The KLF

Best British Male

Presented by Mike Rutherford from Genesis. Nominees:

  • Phil Collins
  • Elton John
  • George Michael
  • Van Morrison
  • Seal
  • Kenny Thomas

Winner: Seal

Best British Newcomer

Voted for by the British Association of Record Dealers (BARD). Presented by Kim Wilde. Nominees:

  • Beverley Craven
  • Cathy Dennis
  • EMF
  • Seal
  • Kenny Thomas

Winner: Beverley Craven

Best British Producer

Presented by Curtis Stigers. Nominees:

  • Trevor Horn
  • Mark Knopfler
  • Johnny Marr
  • David A. Stewart
  • Stock, Aitken and Waterman
  • Youth

Winner: Trevor Horn

Best British Single

Free vote; voted for by listeners of Dave Lee Travis and Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 1FM. Presented by Simon Mayo. Nominees as listed by the BRITs website:

  • Comic Relief – The Stonk
  • Jason Donovan – Any Dream Will Do
  • The KLF – 3am Eternal
  • Iron Maiden – Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter
  • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / These are the Days of Our Lives
  • Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff – Dizzy

Winner: Queen

Best British Video

Voted for by viewers of Going Live. Nominees:

  • Adamski – Killer
  • Airhead – Funny How
  • Billy Bragg – Sexuality
  • Erasure – Love to Hate You
  • The KLF – Last Train to Transcentral
  • Shakespears Sister – Goodbye Cruel World
  • Simply Red – Stars
  • Lisa Stansfield – Change
  • Midge Ure – Cold Heart
  • The Wonder Stuff – Size of a Cow

Winner: Adamski

Best Classical Recording

Presented, somewhat inexplicably, by Right Said Fred. Nominees:

  • Bernstein – Candide – Bernstein – London
  • John Elliot Gardner – Missa Solemnis – Beethoven
  • Jane Glover – Violin Concertos – Strauss
  • Sir Georg Solti – Otello – Verdi – Chicago
  • Osmo Vanska – Violin Concerto in D Minor

Winner: Sir Georg Solti

Best International Group

Nominees:

  • Extreme
  • Guns ‘n’ Roses
  • INXS
  • R.E.M.
  • U2

Winner: R.E.M.

Best International Newcomer

Presented by Boy George. Nominees:

  • Color Me Badd
  • Harry Connick Jnr
  • Extreme
  • Chris Isaak
  • Jellyfish
  • PM Dawn

Winner: PM Dawn

Best International Solo Artist

Nominees:

  • Bryan Adams
  • Michael Bolton
  • Enya
  • Madonna
  • Prince

Winner: Prince

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording

Presented by Sonia. Nominees:

  • The Doors / Various Artists – The Doors
  • Michael Kamen – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Original Cast Recording – Five Guys Named Moe
  • Barrington Pheloung – Inspector Morse
  • Various Artists – The Commitments

Winner: The Commitments

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Maurice Oberstein, chairman of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Winner: Freddie Mercury

Performances

  • Beverley Craven – Promise Me
  • Extreme – More Than Words
  • Lisa Stansfield – All Woman
  • PM Dawn – Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
  • Seal – Crazy
  • Simply Red – Stars
  • Extreme Noise Terror vs. The KLF – 3am Eternal

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: corrected one video that hadn’t embedded correctly (13 August 2017).