The BRIT Awards 2012

Tuesday 21st February 2012 saw James Corden hosting the BRIT Awards, for the second time at The O2 Arena in London.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2011 ceremony here, and the 2013 ceremony here.

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Plan B. Nominees:

  • James Blake
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • James Morrison
  • Professor Green
  • Ed Sheeran

Winner: Ed Sheeran

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Kate Bush
  • Florence and the Machine
  • Jessie J
  • Laura Marling

Winner: Adele

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Cesc Fàbregas and Nicole Scherzinger. Nominees:

  • Anna Calvi
  • Jessie J
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Ed Sheeran
  • The Vaccines

Winner: Ed Sheeran

British Group

Presented by Jo Whiley and Huey Morgan. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Chase & Status
  • Coldplay
  • Elbow
  • Kasabian

Winner: Coldplay

British Single

Presented by Tinie Tempah. Nominees:

  • Adele – Someone Like You
  • Ed Sheeran – The A Team
  • Example – Changed the Way You Kiss Me
  • Jessie J feat. B.o.B – Price Tag
  • JLS featuring Dev – She Makes Me Wanna
  • Pixie Lott – All About Tonight
  • Military Wives / Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
  • Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks – Heart Skips a Beat
  • One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
  • The Wanted – Glad You Came

Winner: One Direction

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by George Michael. Nominees:

  • Adele – 21
  • Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  • Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
  • PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  • Ed Sheeran – +

Winner: Adele. Famously she banged on for a bit too long without really saying anything and got cut off without warning.

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Jessie J and Jack Whitehall. Nominees:

  • Ryan Adams
  • Aloe Blacc
  • David Guetta
  • Bon Iver
  • Bruno Mars

Winner: Bruno Mars

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Jenson Button. Nominees:

  • Beyoncé
  • Björk
  • Feist
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna

Winner: Rihanna

International Group

Presented by Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen. Nominees:

  • Fleet Foxes
  • Foo Fighters
  • Jay Z and Kanye West
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Maroon 5

Winner: Foo Fighters

International Breakthrough Act

Presented by will.i.am and Rob Brydon. Nominees:

  • Aloe Blacc
  • Bon Iver
  • Lana del Rey
  • Foster The People
  • Nicki Minaj

Winner: Lana del Rey

Critics’ Choice

Presented by James Corden and Jessie J. Nominees:

  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Maverick Sabre
  • Emeli Sandé

Maverick Sabre came in second place. Winner: Emeli Sandé

British Producer

Presented by Laura Marling. Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood
  • Ethan Johns

Winner: Ethan Johns

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Ray Winstone.

Winner: Blur

You should be able to watch the entire show here.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

The BRIT Awards 2014

On February 19th at the O2 Arena in London it was time for this year’s BRIT Awards, presented once again by James Corden. Here’s a round-up…

Best Producer

Nominees:

  • Paul Epworth
  • Flood & Alan Moulder
  • Ethan Johns

Winner: Flood & Alan Moulder.

Critics’ Choice Award

Nominees:

  • Ella Eyre
  • Chlöe Howl
  • Sam Smith

Winner: Sam Smith.

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Tinie Tempah and Fearne Cotton. Nominees:

  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • Laura Mvula
  • London Grammar
  • Tom Odell

Winner: Bastille.

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Nick Grimshaw. Nominees:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Lorde
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Katy Perry
  • Pink

Winner: Lorde.

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Prince. Nominees:

  • Birdy
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Jessie J
  • Laura Marling
  • Laura Mvula

Winner: Ellie Goulding.

International Group

Presented by footballer Cesc Fàbregas and Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Daft Punk
  • Haim
  • Kings of Leon
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Winner: Daft Punk, collected by Nile Rodgers.

British Group

Presented by Lily Allen. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • One Direction
  • Rudimental

Winner: Arctic Monkeys.

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Pharrell Williams and Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • John Grant
  • Justin Timberlake

Winner: Bruno Mars.

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Noel Gallagher. Nominees:

  • James Blake
  • David Bowie
  • Jake Bugg
  • John Newman
  • Tom Odell

Winner: David Bowie, although he looked suspiciously like Kate Moss. That’s Bowie’s third win at the BRITs – he also won this award in 1984 and the coveted Outstanding Contribution award in 1996.

British Video

This didn’t seem to have any nominees at the time of my previous post, which is how it got forgotten. It’s particularly special, though, since this is the first time this has been awarded since 2002! Voted for via YouTube, and presented by Jimmy Carr. Nominees:

  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
  • Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith – La La La
  • John Newman – Love Me Again
  • One Direction – Best Song Ever

Winner: One Direction.

British Single of the Year

Awarded based on sales, and presented by Katy Perry. Nominees:

  • Bastille – Pompei
  • Disclosure – White Noise
  • Ellie Goulding – Burn
  • Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
  • Olly Murs – Dear Darlin’
  • Naughty Boy – La, La, La
  • John Newman – Love Me Again
  • One Direction – One Way or Another
  • Passenger – Let Her Go
  • Rudimental – Waiting All Night

Winner: Rudimental.

MasterCard British Album of the Year

Presented by Emeli Sandé. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – AM
  • Bastille – Bad Blood
  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Rudimental – Home

Winner: Arctic Monkeys.

Global Success

Presented by model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Winner: One Direction.

So that’s it for another year! More in 2015!

Performances

  • Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  • Katy Perry – Dark Horse
  • Bruno Mars – Treasure
  • Beyoncé – XO
  • Disclosure / Lorde / AlunaGeorge – Royals / White Noise
  • Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love / Burn
  • Bastille / Rudimental / Ella Eyre – Pompeii / Waiting All Night
  • Pharrell Williams / Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky / Good Times / Happy

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!

Q Awards 2012

In a world of disappearing music magazines, it’s perhaps surprising that Q is still running. Not having read it for about a decade, I’ve no idea, but it used to be pretty good – they always had a wonderfully flippant attitude and open-minded review section. I wonder if that’s still true…

Anyway, their award ceremony is still going, and happened last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, hosted by pub landlord Al Murray, with lots of awards with almost identical names. The full list of nominations and winners follow.

Q Best New Act presented by Merc

Actually presented by Nick Grimshaw. Nominees:

  • Alabama Shakes
  • Alt-J
  • Django Django
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Frank Ocean

Winner: Django Django.

Q Best Track presented by Q Radio

Presented by Chas Smash out of Madness and his daughter. Nominees:

  • Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
  • Fun – We Are Young
  • Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
  • Plan B – Ill Manors
  • Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump

Winner: Plan B.

Q Best Album presented by Red Stag by Jim Beam

Actually presented by Example. Nominees:

  • The Black Keys – El Camino
  • Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
  • The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
  • Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
  • Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe

Winner: Bobby Womack.

Q Best Live Act presented by Zeo

Presented by The Horrors. Nominees:

  • Blur
  • The Cribs
  • Radiohead
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • The Stone Roses

Winner: Blur.

Q Best Video presented by Café de Paris

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Everybody’s On The Run
  • Keane – Disconnected
  • The Killers – Runaways
  • Nicki Minaj – Starships

Winner: Keane.

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroen

Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Emeli Sandé
  • Florence Welch

Winner: Emeli Sandé.

Q Best Act In The World Today

Presented by Kylie Minogue. Nominees:

  • Blur
  • Coldplay
  • Lady Gaga
  • Muse
  • The Stone Roses

Winner: Muse.

Q Classic Song

Presented by Tim Burgess.

Winner: Dionne Warwick – Walk on By.

Q Idol

Presented by the original Sugababes, although that may not be what they’re called at the moment.

Winner: Brandon Flowers out of The Killers.

Q Spirit of Independence

Presented by Matt Berry and Rachel Riley.

Winner: The Cribs.

Q Innovation in Sound presented by Beats By Dr Dre

Presented by Danny Boyle.

Winner: Underworld.

Q Inspiration Award

Presented by Mrs. John Peel Sheila Ravenscroft and Richard Herring off of the 1990s.

Winner: Pulp.

Q Icon Award

Presented by Geno Washington.

Winner: Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Fascinating beard.

Q Classic Album

Presented by Alice Cooper.

Winner: Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists.

Q Hero

Winner: Johnny Marr.

Further Reading / Viewing