The Best of the BRIT Awards

The 2016 BRIT Awards take place tonight, but unfortunately (well, fortunately, for me) I’m actually on holiday right now, so I’ll have to catch up when I’m back. In the meantime, here’s something I knocked up a few weeks ago – you could call it The BRIT Award Awards, or perhaps The Best of the BRIT Awards.

I’ve gone through each of the previous ceremonies, and worked out the most nominated and winning artists for each category. So here goes! For the most part, we’ll be using the current awards and names.

British Male Solo Artist

  • Phil Collins. Won 1986, 1989, 1990.
  • George Michael. Won 1988, 1997.
  • Cliff Richard. Won 1977, 1982. Nominated 1983, 1984, 1988, 1990.
  • Paul Weller. Won 1995, 1996, 2009.
  • Robbie Williams. Won 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003.

The winner is Robbie Williams, with four wins. Honourable mention to Ed Sheeran for scraping into sixth place.

International Male Solo Artist

  • Beck. Won 1997, 1999, 2000.
  • Eminem. Won 2001, 2003, 2005.
  • Prince. Won 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996.
  • Justin Timberlake. Won 2004, 2007. Nominated 2014.
  • Kanye West. Won 2006, 2008, 2009.

Winner: Prince, and an honourable mention for Bruno Mars, for just missing out on the nominations.

British Female Solo Artist

  • Kate Bush. Won 1987. Nominated 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2006, 2012.
  • Dido. Won 2002, 2004. Nominated 2001.
  • Annie Lennox. Won 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996.
  • Alison Moyet. Won 1985, 1988. Nominated 1984, 1986, 2003.
  • Lisa Stansfield. Won 1991, 1992. Nominated 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998.

The winner is Annie Lennox, a tearaway success with six wins.

International Female Solo Artist

  • Beyoncé. Won 2004. Nominated 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015.
  • Björk. Won 1994, 1996, 1998. Nominated 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2016.
  • Madonna. Won 2001, 2006. Nominated 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999.
  • Kylie Minogue. Won 2002, 2008. Nominated 1989, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2011.
  • Rihanna. Won 2011, 2012. Nominated 2008, 2010, 2013.

The winner is Björk, much loved and much deserved.

British Group

  • Arctic Monkeys. Won 2007, 2008, 2014. Nominated 2012.
  • Coldplay. Won 2001, 2003. 2012. Nominated 2006, 2009, 2015, 2016.
  • Manic Street Preachers. Won 1997, 1999.
  • Simply Red. Won 1993, shared win 1992.
  • Travis. Won 2000, 2002.

The winner, with three wins and rather more nominations than Arctic Monkeys, is Coldplay!

International Group

  • Bon Jovi. Won 1996. Nominated 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990.
  • Foo Fighters. Won 2008, 2012, 2015. Nominated 1996, 2003.
  • Kings of Leon. Won 2009. Nominated 2004, 2008, 2011, 2014.
  • R.E.M. Won 1992, 1993, 1995. Nominated 1997, 1999, 2002.
  • U2. Won 1988, 1989, 1990, 1998, 2001. Nominated 1992, 1993, 1994, 2005, 2006, 2016. Nominated for British Group 1985, 1986.

Winner: with five wins, U2.

British Producer of the Year

  • Brian Eno. Won 1994, 1996. Nominated 1988.
  • Flood. Co-won 2014. Nominated 1994, 1995, 2012, 2013.
  • Trevor Horn. Won 1983, 1985, 1992. Nominated 1984, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1995.
  • David A. Stewart. Won 1986, 1987, 1990. Nominated 1992.
  • Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Won 1988. Nominated 1987, 1990, 1992. Pete Waterman nominated separately in 1993.

Winner: Trevor Horn.

British Single

Adele and Coldplay tie for fifth and sixth place in the nominations, so we have six nominees:

  • Adele. Won 2013. Nominated 2009, 2012, 2016.
  • Blur. Won 1995. Nominated 1995 (again), 1996, 1998, 2000.
  • Coldplay. Won 2006. Nominated 2001, 2009, 2013.
  • Queen. Won 1977, 1992.
  • Take That. Won 1993, 1994, 1996, 2007, 2008. Nominated 1993 (twice more!)
  • Robbie Williams. Won 1999, 2000, 2001. Nominated 1998, 1999 (again), 2002, 2013.

Winner: Take That, with an honourable mention for Robbie Williams for taking part in several of their wins too.

British Artist Video

There are seven nominees in this category, because four artists are tied for the bottom position, with one win and two nominations.

  • All Saints. Won 1998. Nominated 1999, 2001.
  • Blur. Won 1995. Nominated 1996 (twice), 1998.
  • The Cure. Won 1990. Nominated 1991, 1993.
  • Peter Gabriel. Won 1987. Nominated 1993, 1994.
  • One Direction. Won 2014, 2015. Nominated 2016.
  • Spice Girls. Won 1997. Nominated 1997 (again), 1998.
  • Robbie Williams. Won 1999, 2000, 2001. Nominated 1999 (again), 2002 (twice).

Winner: Robbie Williams.

British Album

Six nominees again for this one:

  • Arctic Monkeys. Won 2007, 2008, 2014.
  • Blur. Won 1995. Nominated 1996, 2004.
  • Coldplay. Won 2001, 2003. Nominated 2006, 2009, 2012, 2016.
  • Florence + The Machine. Won 2010. Nominated 2012, 2016.
  • Manic Street Preachers. Won 1997, 1999. Nominated 1997.
  • Oasis. Won 1996. Nominated 1995, 1998.

That’s a decisive win for Arctic Monkeys!

And that’s your lot! If it seems a slightly odd list, think of it as a list of the typical nominees and winners at the BRITs. If you’re more interested in the ceremony that’s about to happen, that would be here.

Anyway, enjoy the ceremony tonight, and we’ll catch up on the results here very soon.

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Music for the Masses 20 – 7 June 2000

Apart from the legendary demo tape (more next time), this was the last of the original run of shows, broadcast on Bay Radio, Aberystwyth’s student radio station. It closed with Erasure‘s lovely Piano Song.

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Show 20: Wed 7 June 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 13 tracks). A indicates A-list (9 tracks); B indicates B-list (2 tracks) and C indicates C-list (1 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks which were taken from my own collection (Total 8 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 5 tracks).

  • 1. Richard Ashcroft “Money to Burn” A
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Dubstar “Stars” (Way Out West Remix) R
  • 3. Moby “Porcelain” A
  • 4. Muse “Unintended” A
  • 5. Mo-ho-bish-o-pi “Hear the Air” A
  • 6. Maxim feat. Skin “Carmen Queasy” A
  • 7. Apollo 440 “Heart Go Boom” L
  • 8. Depeche Mode “The Things You Said” R
  • 9. Duran Duran “Someone Else Not Me” L
  • 10. Idlewild “These Wooden Ideas” A
  • 11. Limp Bizkit “Take a Look Around” S
  • [Advert Break]
  • 12. Air “Playground Love” L
  • 13. Pet Shop Boys “Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus” R
  • 14. Dandy Warhols “Get Off” A
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 15. Jean Michel Jarre “Je Me Souviens” R
  • 16. Space Brothers “The Light” (Space Brothers Remix) L
  • 17. Paul van Dyk feat. Saint Etienne “Tell Me Why (The Riddle)” R
  • 18. Tom Jones & Mousse T “Sex Bomb” B
  • 19. Billie Piper “Day & Night” C
  • 20. Phoenix “Too Young” A
  • 21. Beloved “Loving Feeling” R
  • [Charts]
  • 22. Sonique “It Feels So Good” A
  • 23. Olive “Miracle” R
  • [Advert Break]
  • 24. Dum Dums “I Can’t Get You Out of My Thoughts” B
  • 25. Travis “Baby One More Time” L
  • 26. Erasure “Piano Song” R

Producer: Me. Waha! I shall take over the world!

Notes: Not a bad last show (well, for the time being). Pity my co-host never turned up, but there we go. The aim was to get in all my favourites from the last year or so, which I think I managed. Et fin!

Music for the Masses 16 – 5 April 2000

Bay Radio spent its first couple of years broadcasting on a closed loop around the Aberystywth University student union, and my show was no exception. The main advantage of this was being able to raid the “Ents” (Entertainments) record collection and play actual vinyl from the early 1990s, which must have seemed a very long time ago…

show16plShow 16: Wed 5 Apr 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 14 tracks). A indicates A-list (8 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (2 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 5 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 6 tracks). X indicates tracks from ents’ record collection (Total 2 tracks).

  • 1. Planet Perfecto feat. Grace “Not Over Yet 99” L
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Ooberman “Shorley Wall” C
  • 3. Yello “To the Sea” R
  • 4. Dubstar “I (Friday Night)” A
  • 5. Oasis “Who Feels Love?” A
  • 6. Travis “Driftwood” L
  • 7. Jean Michel Jarre “Tout est Bleu” R
  • 8. Space Brothers “The Light” (Space Brothers Remix) L
  • [Top 10 Album Chart]
  • 9. David Arnold & Nina Persson “Randall & Hopkirk Theme” C
  • 10. Erasure “Dreamlike State” R
  • 11. Moby “Natural Blues” L
  • [Advert Break – part one]
  • 12. Rage Against the Machine “Sleep Now in the Fire” A
  • [Advert Break – part two]
  • 13. Richard Ashcroft “Song for the Lovers” S
  • 14. Enigma “Sadness Part One” X
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 15. Death in Vegas “Dirge” A
  • 16. Clinic “The Return of Evil Bill” A
  • 17. Cypress Hill “Superstar” A
  • 18. Freddie Mercury “Living on My Own” X
  • 19. Donna Summer “I Feel Love” L
  • 20. Merz “Lotus” B
  • [Top 10 Single Chart]
  • 21. Animalhouse “Small” A
  • 22. Pala “Cat-Like Creatures” B
  • 23. The Simpsons “Do the Bartman” X
  • 24. Bellatrix “Sweet Surrender” B
  • [Advert Break]
  • 25. Pet Shop Boys “Radiophonic” R
  • 26. Sash! “Colour the World” L
  • 27. Ouch “Seen the Light” A

Producer: None.

Notes: Mmmm, well, deliberate bloopers of the week include splitting up the first advert break due to thinking there were 2 less than there were and inadvertantly playing the last Sash? single – which featured Dr. All Bran on vocals. Ooops. Odd show, really, as I had twice as much music as I needed and also rather a lot more other material. D’oh! Still, better too little than too much. No, other way round…

Music for the Masses 15 – 29 March 2000

Bay Radio, like any student radio station, suffered a little from bad student taste, and the student union was often pretty much empty at 10.55 in the morning, for reasons which are very obvious indeed. So if anything particularly dreadful turned up on the playlist, I would often try to hide it at 10.55am, before the show started properly.

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Show 15: Wed 29 Mar 2000, from 10.55am-1.05pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 14 tracks). A indicates A-list (7 tracks); B indicates B-list (4 tracks) and C indicates C-list (2 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 8 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 5 tracks).

  • 1. Clinic “The Return of Evil Bill” A
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. David Arnold & Nina Persson “Randall & Hopkirk Theme” A
  • 3. Dubstar “Stars” R
  • 4. Death in Vegas “Dirge” A
  • 5. Timo Maas “Der Schieber” A
  • 6. Enigma “Push the Limits” R
  • 7. Travis “Turn” A
  • [Coming Events Feature]
  • 8. Echoboy “Kit & Holly” A
  • 9. Beck “Mixed Bizness” S
  • 10. Planet Perfecto feat. Grace “Not Over Yet 99” R
  • [Advert Break]
  • 11. Shamen “Indica” R
  • 12. Fragma “Toca’s Miracle” B
  • 13. Merz “Lotus” B
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 14. Everything But the Girl “Hatfield 1980” R
  • 15. Moby “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” L
  • 16. Richard Ashcroft “Song for the Lovers” A
  • 17. Asian Dub Foundation “Real Great Britain” C
  • 18. Pala “Cat-Like Creatures” B
  • 19. Bloodhound Gang “The Bad Touch” L
  • 20. O.M.D. “Walking on the Milky Way” R
  • [Top 10 Single & Album Charts]
  • 21. York “The Awakening” L
  • 22. The Clarke & Ware Experiment “Music for Multiple Dimensions” (Technology) R
  • 23. Big Yoga Muffin “Is that How You?” C
  • [Advert Break]
  • 24. Ouch “Seen the Light” A
  • 25. Rage Against the Machine “Sleep Now in the Fire” A
  • 26. Komputer “The World of Tomorrow” R
  • [IRN 1.00 News]
  • 27. Depeche Mode “Only When I Lose Myself” R

Producer: None.

Notes: Well that was fun, wasn’t it, kiddies. No, I didn’t think so, either. Well, it went about averagely, with me stopping a record half way through (never done that before) and also playing the track I’d just played (never done that either actually). So I think I’ve done about all the big mistakes possible now. Well, except for missing the news, which everyone else seems to be managing with considerable enthusiasm. Mind you, I did manage to overlap it with a jingle…

Music for the Masses 13 – 15 March 2000

Very much in the spirit of recycling, Bay Radio playlists used to be printed on the back of scrap paper. So comments like, “Eat chips. Ooh baby,” should come as no surprise.

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Show 13: Wed 15 Mar 2000, from 10.55am-1.00pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 13 tracks). A indicates A-list (7 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (2 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 7 tracks). L indicates the ones from the “library” (Total 7 tracks).

  • 1. Bellatrix “The Girl with the Sparkling Eyes” C
  • [IRN 11.00 News]
  • 2. Madonna “American Pie” L
  • 3. Faithless “Salva Mea” R
  • 4. Ooberman “Shorley Wall” S
  • 5. Richard Ashcroft “Song for the Lovers” A
  • 6. Mishka “Give You All the Love” L
  • 7. Travis “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?” L
  • 8. Charlatans “Scorched” B
  • 9. Robert Miles “Children” R
  • [Entertainment Feature]
  • 10. Clinic “The Return of Evil Bill” A
  • 11. Human League “Stay With Me Tonight” R
  • 12. Chicane “Don’t Give Up” A
  • 13. Air “Playground Love” L
  • 14. Sparks “When Do I Get to Sing ‘My Way'” R
  • [IRN 12.00 News]
  • 15. Muse “Sunburn” C
  • 16. Andreas Johnson “Glorious” L
  • 17. David Arnold & Nina Persson “Randall & Hopkirk Theme” A
  • 18. Saint Etienne “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” R
  • 19. Beth Orton “Central Reservation” (The Then Again Mix by Ben Watt & chums) L
  • 20. Coldplay “Shiver” B
  • [Sport Feature]
  • 21. Beck “Mixed Bizness” A
  • 22. Patti Smith “Glitter in their Eyes” B
  • 23. Gene “As Good as It Gets” L
  • 24. Monaco “What Do You Want from Me?” R
  • 25. U2 “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” A
  • 26. Moby “Natural Blues” A
  • 27. Heaven 17 “Being Boiled” (Live) R

Producer: None.

Notes: To be honest, I can’t remember – maybe it was so bad… actually I can remember. There were lighting people there for ages at the start, making lots of noise, hence the lack of talking in the first half hour. The sports feature was appallingly bad (mistakes, mispronunciations… I mean, how many ways of pronouncing Basel are there? Baysel, indeed…) and beyond that I can’t remember a thing, so it must have been quite bad. It was nice to have features for a change though…

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

Music for the Masses 2 – 24 November 1999

My second ever radio show took place fifteen years ago today, on Aberystwyth’s student radio station Bay Radio. It may be a little self-indulgent, but as a celebration, this is roughly what the show looked like.

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Tracks played on the second show, Wed 24 Nov 1999, from 11am-1pm

Tracks taken from the playlist (Total 12 tracks). A indicates A-list (6 tracks); B indicates B-list (3 tracks) and C indicates C-list (2 tracks). S indicates the Single of the Week. R indicates tracks taken from my own collection (Total 10 tracks). L indicates tracks we grabbed at random in the vain hope of impressing people (Total 8 tracks).

  • 1. William Orbit “Barber’s Adagio for Strings” L
  • 2. Underworld “Bruce Lee” B
  • 3. Faithless “Salva Mea” R
  • 4. Cassius “Cassius 1999” L
  • 5. Fun Lovin’ Criminals “Couldn’t Get It” B
  • 6. Gene “Town Called Malice” L
  • 7. Offspring “She’s Got Issues” A
  • 8. Dubstar “Stars” R
  • [Advert Break]
  • 9. Blur “No Distance Left To Run” C
  • 10. David Bowie “Thursday’s Child” L
  • 11. Enigma “Beyond The Invisible” R
  • 12. Travis “Turn” L
  • 13. James “I Know What I’m Here For” (Should have been “We’re Going To Miss You” (A)) L
  • 14. Depeche Mode “Enjoy the Silence” R
  • 15. Murry The Hump “Colouring Book” S
  • 16. Grid “Rollercoaster” R
  • 17. Cuban Boys “Cognoscenti vs. Intelligentsia” A
  • 18. White Town “Wanted” (Vince Clarke Remix 2) R
  • 19. Chicane “Offshore” L
  • 20. Massive Attack & Tracey Thorn “Protection” R
  • 21. Groove Armada “I See You Baby” A
  • 22. Apollo 440 “Heart Go Boom” L
  • [Advert Break]
  • 23. Shamen “Move Any Mountain 96” R
  • 24. Younger Younger 28s “Two Timer” B
  • 25. Rialto “Monday Morning 5:19” L
  • 26. O.D.B. “Got Your Money” A
  • 27. Electronic “Disappointed” R
  • 28. Supergrass “Mary” A
  • 29. Monaco “Sweet Lips” R
  • 30. Muse “Muscle Museum” A

Producer: Karl Homer (I can only presume, unofficially)

Notes: Went very badly on the whole, which is a nuisance. That play button on CD1 is annoying, and it wasn’t just my tools that went wrong – I did too. Still, on the whole a slightly better flow, with a slightly more normal amount of chatter.