The BRIT Awards 2006

Chris Evans hosted the 2006 BRIT Awards on 14th February at Earls Court in London.

This post is part of a series about the history of the BRIT Awards. You can read about the 2005 ceremony here, and the 2007 ceremony next time.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Madonna. Nominees:

  • James Blunt – Back to Bedlam
  • Kate Bush – Aerial
  • Coldplay – X & Y
  • Gorillaz – Demon Days
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Employment

Winner: Coldplay

Best British Single

Presented by Morten Harket of a-ha. Nominees:

  • James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
  • Tony Christie feat. Peter Kay – (Is This The Way To) Amarillo
  • Coldplay – Speed of Sound
  • Sugababes – Push The Button
  • Shayne Ward – That’s My Goal

Winner: Coldplay

Best British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Wayne Coyne. Nominees:

  • Antony and the Johnsons
  • James Blunt
  • Ian Brown
  • Robbie Williams
  • Will Young

Winner: James Blunt

Best British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Jo Whiley. Nominees:

  • Natasha Bedingfield
  • Kate Bush
  • Charlotte Church
  • Katie Melua
  • KT Tunstall

Winner: KT Tunstall

Best British Group

Presented by Blondie‘s Debbie Harry. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Gorillaz
  • Hard-Fi
  • Kaiser Chiefs

Winner: Kaiser Chiefs

Best British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Chris O’Dowd. Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • James Blunt
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • The Magic Numbers
  • KT Tunstall

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

Best British Rock Act

Presented by Tamsin Greig. Nominees:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Hard-Fi
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Kasabian
  • Oasis

Winner: Kaiser Chiefs

Best British Urban Act

Nominees:

  • Craig David
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Kano
  • Lemar
  • Ms. Dynamite

Winner: Lemar

Best British Live Act

Presented by Thandie Newton. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Oasis
  • KT Tunstall

Winner: Kaiser Chiefs

Best Pop Act

Presented by Harry Hill. Nominees:

  • James Blunt
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Madonna
  • Katie Melua
  • Westlife

Winner: James Blunt

Best International Album

Presented by Paris Hilton. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire – Funeral
  • Green Day – American Idiot
  • Madonna – Confessions on a Dancefloor
  • U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
  • Kanye West – Late Registration

Winner: Green Day

Best International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Boy George. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Jack Johnson
  • John Legend
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Kanye West

Winner: Kanye West

Best International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys. Nominees:

  • Björk
  • Mariah Carey
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Missy Elliott
  • Madonna

Winner: Madonna

Best International Group

Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Green Day
  • U2
  • The White Stripes

Winner: Green Day

Best International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Beth Orton. Nominees:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Jack Johnson
  • John Legend
  • Daniel Powter
  • The Pussycat Dolls

Winner: Jack Johnson

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Presented by Ray Winstone.

Winner: Paul Weller

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Moby – Innocents

It’s tempting to wonder if Moby might have lost his way a little bit recently. The highlights on his last album Destroyed were relatively few and far between, and on Innocents they are pretty much non-existent. It’s almost upsetting that the same person who brought us the perfect Play could churn out something of this quality.

But Innocents starts off promisingly enough with the weird stylings of Everything That Rises, growing gradually into a traditional Moby piece, with enormous swelling strings. It’s nice – probably the best track on the album actually – but somewhat lacking in substance when compared to some of his earlier works.

Much of this album consists of downplayed collaborations, and so it is with the second track A Case for Shame, with Cold Specks on vocals. The instrumentation will again be very familiar to regular Moby listeners, but the lyrics and vocal delivery are very different, and that is definitely to its credit. It’s deep, wholesome, soulful, and unfortunately not very catchy or memorable at all.

Almost Home, the collaboration with Damien Jurado is more memorable, but unfortunately the mournful quality which I think they were trying to achieve comes across more as a bit of a listless drone. The instrumental Going Wrong is nice, but to me it sounds like the kind of thing that Moby might have hidden away on a bonus disc in earlier times, rather than giving it pride of place on the album.

The Perfect Life starts off with a promising piano chord, and even the gospel vocals don’t spoil it. Wayne Coyne may not be the best vocalist ever, but he does a decent job on this track, and it’s certainly the liveliest moment on this side of the album, making it something of a standout.

Things are definitely looking up by the middle of the album – Skylar Grey‘s performance on The Last Day is really rather good, and while the song may not entirely be exceptional, it is pretty good. And the same is true of Don’t Love Me with Inyang Bassey. There’s still something missing – somehow it still feels as though you aren’t listening to the best music ever recorded, but it’s a lot better than it was a few tracks earlier.

The largely instrumental A Long Time and Saints are good too. Not great, but definitely good. But by Tell Me, with vocals from Cold Specks again, your attention will likely be starting to drift, and The Lonely Night, with a slightly absurd vocal from Mark Lanegan does relatively little to help. Finally, the last ten minutes of this release are dedicated to a solo Moby song called The Dogs, and finally Innocents reaches its overdue but underplayed ending.

Ultimately the best tracks on this album are actually on the bonus disc Everyone is Gone, and the album, in trying to be all dark and meaningful, somehow falls rather flat. This is the kind of release where you could listen to it a dozen times and still have absolutely no memory of any of the individual songs. And that’s a real shame.

You can find Innocents at all major retailers, but the good tracks are all on the bonus disc of the deluxe edition, which at the time of writing is still available here.

Chart for stowaways – 3 May 2014

The top ten singles this week looks like this:

  1. William Orbit – Water from a Vine Leaf
  2. Pet Shop Boys – Flourescent
  3. Mike Oldfield – Sentinel
  4. The Grid – Heartbeat
  5. Dirty Vegas – Let the Night
  6. Sister Bliss feat. John Martyn – Deliver Me
  7. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do it Again
  8. Moby feat. Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life
  9. B.E.F. – Party Fears Two
  10. Oi Va Voi – Dusty Road

Chart for stowaways – 26 April 2014

Here are the top singles this week:

  1. William Orbit – Water from a Vine Leaf
  2. The Grid – Heartbeat
  3. Pet Shop Boys – Flourescent
  4. Mike Oldfield – Sentinel
  5. Moby feat. Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life

And the top albums:

  1. Moby – Innocents
  2. B.E.F. – Music of Quality & Distinction Vol. 3 – Dark
  3. De La Soul – Stakes is High
  4. De La Soul – AOI: Bionix
  5. Depeche Mode – Black Celebration

Chart for stowaways – 19 April 2014

Here are this week’s top ten singles, with a sudden unexpected influx of oldies:

  1. William Orbit – Water from a Vine Leaf
  2. The Grid – Heartbeat
  3. Mike Oldfield -Sentinel
  4. Moby feat. Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life
  5. Pet Shop Boys – Leaving
  6. B.E.F. – Party Fears Two
  7. Moby with Cold Specks – A Case for Shame
  8. Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør – Running to the Sea
  9. Pet Shop Boys – Flourescent
  10. The Future Sound of London – Lifeforms

Chart for stowaways – 5 April 2014

Here are this week’s top ten singles:

  1. Moby feat. Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life
  2. Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør – Running to the Sea
  3. The Human League – The Things That Dreams are Made of (Remixes)
  4. Moby feat. Cold Specks – A Case for Shame
  5. Jean Michel Jarre – Vintage
  6. Pet Shop Boys – Leaving
  7. Depeche Mode – Peace
  8. B.E.F. – Party Fears Two
  9. Moby feat. Mark Lanegan – The Lonely Night
  10. B.E.F. – Don’t Want to Know

Chart for stowaways – 22 March 2014

Here are the next batch of singles:

  1. Moby with Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life
  2. Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør – Running to the Sea
  3. Moby with Cold Specks – A Case for Shame
  4. Moby with Mark Lanegan – The Lonely Night
  5. The Presets – Ghosts
  6. B.E.F. – Party Fears Two
  7. Depeche Mode – I Feel Loved
  8. Depeche Mode – Peace
  9. Alphabeat – Boyfriend
  10. Groove Armada – History