|The BRIT Awards|
|Current: 2021 Brit Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in music|
|Presented by||British Phonographic Industry (BPI)|
|First awarded||18 October 1977 (as The British Record Industry Britannia Awards)|
The BRIT Awards (often simply called the BRITs) are the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards. The name was originally a shortened form of "British", "Britain", or "Britannia" (in the early days the awards were sponsored by Britannia Music Club), but subsequently became a backronym for British Record Industry Trusts Show.In addition, an equivalent awards ceremony for classical music, called the Classic BRIT Awards, is held in May. The awards were first held in 1977 and originated as an annual event in 1982 under the auspices of the British record industry's trade association, the BPI. In 1989, they were renamed The BRIT Awards. Mastercard has been the long-term sponsor of the event.
The highest profile music awards ceremony in the UK, the BRIT Awards have featured some of the most notable events in British popular culture, such as the final public appearance of Freddie Mercury, the Jarvis Cocker protest against Michael Jackson, the height of a high-profile feud between Oasis and fellow Britpop band Blur, the Union Jack dress worn by Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls, and a Chumbawamba member throwing a bucket of iced water over then-Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.These moments took place in the 1990s when the ceremony had a reputation for being “a little shambolic, unpredictable and, at times, anarchic” with a criticism it has lost its edge since then and “evolved into a more polished, sanitised affair.”
The BRIT Awards were broadcast live until 1989, when Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood hosted a widely criticised show in which little went as rehearsed.From 1990 to 2006, the event was recorded and broadcast the following night. From 2007, The BRIT Awards reverted to a live broadcast on British television, on 14 February on ITV. That year, comedian Russell Brand was the host and three awards were dropped from the ceremony: British Rock Act, British Urban Act and British Pop Act. For the last time, on 16 February 2010, the venue for The BRITs was the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London. The BRIT Awards were held at the O2 Arena in London for the first time in 2011.
The BRIT Award statuette given to the winners features Britannia, the female personification of Britain. Since 2011, the statuette has been regularly redesigned by some of the best known British designers, stylists and artists, including Vivienne Westwood, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Peter Blake, Zaha Hadid, Anish Kapoor and David Adjaye.In 1992, KLF opened the show and invited extreme metal band Extreme Noise Terror on stage, complete with flame-throwers, and fired machine gun blanks over the crowd. The group sent a dead sheep to the aftershow party, and later buried their BRIT Award statuette at Stonehenge signifying their abhorrence of the music industry. Robbie Williams holds the record for the most BRIT Awards, 13 as a solo artist and another five as part of Take That.
The first awards ceremony was in 1977, as "The BRITish Record Industry BRITannia Awards", to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee and was televised by Thames Television. There has been an annual ceremony since 1982.
The 1988 BPI Awards was the first of the ceremonies to be broadcast on live television. The BBC had previously broadcast the ceremony from 1985, with the shows from 1982 to 1984 not broadcast on television. The BBC continued to broadcast the renamed BRIT Awards, live in 1989 and pre-recorded from 1990 to 1992. ITV have broadcast the awards since 1993, pre-recorded until 2006 and live from 2007 onwards.BBC Radio 1 has provided backstage radio coverage since 2008.
Since 2014, ITV have aired a launch show in January titled The BRITs Are Coming, which reveals some of the artists who have been nominated at the upcoming ceremony. The first host was Nick Grimshaw, followed by Reggie Yates (2015) and Laura Whitmore in 2016. Emma Willis hosted The BRITs Are Coming in 2017 and again in 2018 when it was broadcast live for the first time. Clara Amfo hosted the 2019 launch show and Alice Levine hosted in 2020.
The first ceremony in 1977 was broadcast by Thames Television.Ceremonies were not held from 1978 to 1981, and at first were not televised after resuming in 1982.
|No.||Year||Date||British Album of the Year winner(s)||British Single of the Year winner(s)||Outstanding Contribution to Music / BRITs Icon winner(s)||Host||Venue|
|1||1977||18 October||Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles||"Bohemian Rhapsody" – Queen |
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" – Procol Harum
|Michael Aspel||Wembley Conference Centre|
|2||1982||4 February||Kings of the Wild Frontier – Adam & the Ants||"Tainted Love" – Soft Cell||John Lennon||David Jacobs||Grosvenor House Hotel|
|3||1983||8 February||Memories – Barbra Streisand||"Come on Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners||The Beatles||Tim Rice|
|4||1984||21 February||Thriller – Michael Jackson||"Karma Chameleon" – Culture Club||George Martin|
|5||1985||11 February||Diamond Life – Sade||"Relax" – Frankie Goes to Hollywood||The Police||Noel Edmonds|
|6||1986||10 February||No Jacket Required – Phil Collins||"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" – Tears for Fears|| Elton John |
|7||1987||9 February||Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits||"West End Girls" – Pet Shop Boys||Eric Clapton||Jonathan King|
|8||1988||8 February||...Nothing Like the Sun – Sting||"Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley||The Who||Noel Edmonds||Royal Albert Hall|
From 1989 to 1992, the ceremonies were broadcast on the BBC. Since 1993, they have been broadcast on ITV.
|No.||Year||Date||British Album of the Year winner(s)||British Single of the Year winner(s)||Outstanding Contribution to Music / BRITs Icon winner(s)||Host(s)||Venue|
|9||1989||13 February||The First of a Million Kisses – Fairground Attraction||"Perfect" – Fairground Attraction||Cliff Richard|| Samantha Fox |
|Royal Albert Hall|
|10||1990||18 February||The Raw and the Cooked – Fine Young Cannibals||"Another Day in Paradise" – Phil Collins||Queen||Cathy McGowan||Dominion Theatre|
|11||1991||10 February||Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 – George Michael||"Enjoy the Silence" – Depeche Mode||Status Quo||Simon Bates (voice over only)|
|12||1992||12 February||Seal – Seal||"These Are the Days of Our Lives" – Queen||Freddie Mercury||Hammersmith Odeon|
|13||1993||16 February||Diva – Annie Lennox||"Could It Be Magic" – Take That||Rod Stewart||Richard O'Brien||Alexandra Palace|
|14||1994||14 February||Connected – Stereo MC's||"Pray" – Take That||Van Morrison|| Elton John |
|15||1995||20 February||Parklife – Blur||"Parklife" – Blur ft. Phil Daniels||Elton John||Chris Evans|
|16||1996||19 February||(What's the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis||"Back for Good" – Take That||David Bowie||Earls Court|
|17||1997||24 February||Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers||"Wannabe" – Spice Girls||Bee Gees||Ben Elton|
|18||1998||9 February||Urban Hymns – The Verve||"Never Ever" – All Saints||Fleetwood Mac||London Arena|
|19||1999||16 February||This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours – Manic Street Preachers||"Angels" – Robbie Williams||Eurythmics||Johnny Vaughan|
|20||2000||3 March||The Man Who – Travis||"She's the One" – Robbie Williams||Spice Girls||Davina McCall||Earls Court Two|
|21||2001||26 February||Parachutes – Coldplay||"Rock DJ" – Robbie Williams||U2||Ant & Dec|
|22||2002||20 February||No Angel – Dido||"Don't Stop Movin'" – S Club 7||Sting|| Frank Skinner |
|23||2003||20 February||A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay||"Just a Little" – Liberty X||Tom Jones||Davina McCall|
|24||2004||17 February||Permission to Land – The Darkness||"White Flag" – Dido||Duran Duran||Cat Deeley|
|25||2005||9 February||Hopes and Fears – Keane||"Your Game" – Will Young||Bob Geldof||Chris Evans|
|26||2006||14 February||X&Y – Coldplay||"Speed of Sound" – Coldplay||Paul Weller||Earls Court|
|27||2007||15 February||Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not – Arctic Monkeys||"Patience" – Take That||Oasis||Russell Brand|
|28||2008||9 February||Favourite Worst Nightmare – Arctic Monkeys||"Shine" – Take That||Paul McCartney||The Osbournes|
|29||2009||18 February||Rockferry – Duffy||"The Promise" – Girls Aloud||Pet Shop Boys|| Kylie Minogue |
|30||2010||16 February||Lungs – Florence and the Machine||"Beat Again" – JLS||Robbie Williams||Peter Kay|
|31||2011||15 February||Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons||"Pass Out" – Tinie Tempah ft. Labrinth||James Corden||The O2 Arena|
|32||2012||21 February||21 – Adele||"What Makes You Beautiful" – One Direction||Blur|
|33||2013||20 February||Our Version of Events – Emeli Sandé||"Skyfall" – Adele|
|34||2014||19 February||AM – Arctic Monkeys||"Waiting All Night" – Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre||Elton John|
|35||2015||25 February||X – Ed Sheeran||"Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars||Ant & Dec|
|36||2016||24 February||25 – Adele||"Hello" – Adele||David Bowie|
|37||2017||22 February||Blackstar – David Bowie||"Shout Out to My Ex" – Little Mix||Robbie Williams|| Dermot O'Leary |
|38||2018||21 February||Gang Signs & Prayer – Stormzy||"Human" – Rag'n'Bone Man||Jack Whitehall|
|39||2019||20 February||A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships – The 1975||"One Kiss" – Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa||P!nk|
|40||2020||18 February||Psychodrama - Dave||"Someone You Loved" – Lewis Capaldi|
|41||2021||11 May||Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa||"Watermelon Sugar" - Harry Styles||Taylor Swift|
In 1987 the BPI Awards ceremony was held in the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel. At the time there was a BBC electricians' strike in effect, and the organisers decided to use a non-TV events production company, called Upfront, to manage the show. Despite the show being picketed, the event was transmitted as intended. For a while, the outdoor broadcast scanner was rocked on its wheels by the protesters and they managed to shut off the power to one of the big GE video screen projectors. Upfront was then asked to organise the following year and persuaded the BPI to move the event to a larger venue, starting the trend that continues to this day, albeit at The O2, and with a different production company (MJK Productions).
In 1989, the ceremony was broadcast live and presented by Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and singer Samantha Fox. The inexperience of the hosts, an ineffective autocue, and little preparation combined to create an unprofessional show that was poorly received. The hosts continually got their lines mixed up, a pre-recorded message from Michael Jackson was never transmitted and several guest stars arrived late on stage or even at the wrong time, such as Boy George in place of The Four Tops.
The 1990 awards ceremony saw the last public appearance of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.Queen appeared at the ceremony to receive the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Mercury (who had been suffering from AIDS since 1987 but had not disclosed it to the public) did not make a speech, as Brian May did the talking on behalf of the other members, but his gaunt appearance was noticeable.
In 1992, dance/art band The KLF was awarded Best British Group (shared with Simply Red) and were booked to open the show. In an attempt to hijack the event, the duo collaborated with grindcore metal band Extreme Noise Terror to perform a death metal version of the dance song "3 a.m. Eternal", a performance that prompted conductor Sir Georg Solti to walk out in disgust.The performance ended with Bill Drummond firing blanks from a vintage machine gun over the audience and KLF publicist/announcer Scott Piering stating "Ladies and gentlemen, The KLF have now left the music business". Producers of the show then refused to let a motorcycle courier collect the award on behalf of the band. Later that evening, the KLF dumped a dead sheep outside the venue of an after-show party, whilst their Brit Award was reportedly found buried in a field near Stonehenge in 1993.
In 1996, Michael Jackson was given a special Artist of a Generation award. At the ceremony he accompanied his single "Earth Song" with a stage show, culminating with Jackson as a 'Christ-like figure' surrounded by children. Jarvis Cocker, of the band Pulp, mounted the stage in what he would later claim as a protest at this portion of the performance. Cocker ran across the stage, lifting his shirt and pointing his (clothed) backside in Jackson's direction. Cocker was subsequently questioned by the police on suspicion of causing injury towards three of the children in Jackson's performance, who were now on stage.
Regarding his actions, Cocker said, "My actions were a form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. I just ran on the stage. I didn't make any contact with anyone as far as I recall."
1996 saw the height of a well-documented feud between Oasis and fellow Britpop band Blur. The differing styles of the bands, coupled with their prominence within the Britpop movement, led the British media to seize upon the rivalry between the bands.Both factions played along, with the Gallaghers taunting Blur at the 1996 BRIT Awards by singing a rendition of "Parklife" when they collected their "Best British Band" award (with Liam changing the lyrics to "Shite-life" and Noel changing them to "Marmite").
In 1998, Danbert Nobacon of the politically active band Chumbawamba threw a bucket of iced water over then-Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. Despite apologies on behalf of the band from EMI Europe, Chumbawamba were unrepentant, saying, "If John Prescott has the nerve to turn up at events like the Brit Awards in a vain attempt to make Labour seem cool and trendy, then he deserves all we can throw at him."
Some controversy was caused by the host of the 2007 awards ceremony, comedian Russell Brand, who made several quips relating to news stories of the time including Robbie Williams entering rehab for addiction to prescription drugs, the Queen's 'naughty bits' and a fatal friendly fire incident involving a British soldier killed by American armed forces in Iraq. ITV received over 300 complaint calls from viewers.He would again instigate controversy the following year at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
Adele won the award for 'British Album of the Year', widely regarded as the most important award. Less than half a minute into her acceptance speech, host James Corden was forced to cut Adele off in order to introduce Blur who were due to perform an eleven-minute set as they had won the 'Outstanding Contribution to Music' award and the ceremony was running over its allotted time.Adele was visibly annoyed and proceeded to raise her middle finger and the producers of the show came under fire on Twitter for the decision. Following the incident Adele said "I got cut off during my speech for Best Album and I flung the middle finger. But that finger was to the suits at The BRIT Awards, not to my fans". Adele received an apology from the show's organisers, who stated; "We send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short. We don't want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night's biggest award. It tops off what's been an incredible year for her." Due to the tight schedule, only three of the five songs Blur played were broadcast on ITV.
At 67 years of age, the influential musician David Bowie became the oldest recipient to date of the Best British Male Solo Artist Award.Bowie used his acceptance speech, delivered in his absence by Kate Moss, to urge Scotland to remain part of the UK in the September 2014 Scottish independence referendum. His speech read: "I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male – but I am, aren't I Kate? Yes. I think it's a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much and Scotland stay with us." Bowie's unusual intervention in British politics garnered a significant reaction throughout the UK on social media.
Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, wore a Union Jack dress.Spicemania was at its height in the UK and the Spice Girls had just cracked the US as well, reaching number 1 with their debut single and album. Halliwell was originally going to wear an all-black dress, but she thought it was too boring so her sister sewed on a Union Jack tea towel, with a 'peace' sign on the back. The now iconic red, white and blue mini-dress was worn during the Spice Girls' performance of their number one song "Who Do You Think You Are". In 1998 she sold her dress in a charity auction to Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas for a record £41,320, giving Halliwell the Guinness World Record for the most expensive piece of pop star clothing ever sold. This performance won the award for "BRITs Hits 30 – Best Live Performance at The BRIT Awards" at the 2010 BRIT Awards.
Three years following the iconic Spice Girls performance, Halliwell, now a solo artist, performed her new single "Bag It Up" at the 2000 BRIT Awards. The performance featured Halliwell emerging, whilst dancing on with a pole, from a pair of large inflatable female legs. As the performance continued, her male backing dancers stripped to their pink briefs whilst dancing with the Union Jack flag. It is widely believed that Halliwell lip-synced her performance. In addition to all this, the performance is famous for being performed on the same night that the Spice Girls received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, which Halliwell declined to accept with her former bandmates.
When it was announced that past Brit Award recipient Damon Albarn, and his project Gorillaz, would be taking the stage at the 2002 Brit Awards, no one knew what to expect. The four cartoon members of the band performed the song on giant life size screens (an early version of a hologram) without the Blur frontman being present at all. The band performed their hit single "Clint Eastwood" alongside UK underground rap group Phi Life Cypher and a group of silhouetted female dancers mimicking the zombies from the band's music video. The performance received rapturous cheers and applause.
English-Irish girl group Girls Aloud marked their first ever performance at the 2009 ceremony, by performing their single "The Promise". The performance saw the members, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle appear as though they were naked, with their modesty being covered by pink feather fans. This performance was nominated in the 2010 ceremony for the "BRITs Hits 30 – Best Live Performance at The BRIT Awards", alongside Oasis and The Who, which the Spice Girls eventually went on to win.[ citation needed ]
Adele performed her song "Someone like You" at the 2011 Brits with only a piano accompanying her. Her emotional performance was received with a standing ovation at the O2 Arena and the video received 177 million views on YouTube. The performance launched "Someone Like You" 46 spots up the UK charts to number one, and in the process, made Adele the first artist in the UK since The Beatles to have two top five singles and two top five albums at the same time. The performance had all lights down and focused on Adele and her piano.
Madonna's live return to BRIT Awards after 20 years was widely promoted in the media in the days leading up to the ceremony and during the show itself. [ citation needed ] In an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Madonna blamed her fall on a wardrobe malfunction as her cape had been tied too tightly so it could not be unfastened in time, before adding: "I had a little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head. And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am to make sure I was compos mentis. I know how to fall, I have fallen off my horse many times."During the performance of "Living for Love", she walked onstage wearing an oversized cape. When standing on stairs situated on the stage, the cape's cord failed to separate, so when Madonna's backing dancer pulled the cape behind her, she fell down the stairs and noticeably hit the stage hard. She paused momentarily as her backing music continued, before she managed to separate herself from the cape and then continued performing.
In the leadup to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Katy Perry was a major endorsement for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, performing at many of her rallies and speaking at public events. After Donald Trump won the election, Perry returned to recording her fifth studio album and in February 2017 released "Chained to the Rhythm". During the performance, she was joined onstage by two large skeletal puppets dressed as Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May.The performance was also notable as a backing dancer fell offstage at the end of the performance whilst wearing a house costume.
According to The BRIT Awards website, the list of eligible artists, albums, and singles is compiled by the Official Charts Company and submitted to the voting academy, which consists of over 1,000 members of the music industry, including the previous year's nominees and winners. The voters use a secure online website to vote, and the voting is scrutinized by Electoral Reform Services.The concept of fan voting was abolished after the 2019 Brit Awards.
Coldplay is the act with most performances ever, with five opening presentations and eight overall, followed by Take That and band member Robbie Williams, who performed seven times each. Rihanna and Adele have performed at four ceremonies each, with all four performances taking place on the same evenings (2008, 2011, 2012 and 2016).
|1985||Alison Moyet, Bronski Beat, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw and Tina Turner|
|1986||Huey Lewis and the News, Kate Bush, Phil Collins and Tears for Fears|
|1987||Chris de Burgh, Curiosity Killed the Cat, Five Star, Level 42, Simply Red, Spandau Ballet and Whitney Houston|
|1988||Bananarama, Bee Gees, Chris Rea, Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, Rick Astley, Terence Trent D'Arby, T'Pau and The Who|
|1989||Bros, Def Leppard, Fairground Attraction, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, Randy Newman, Tanita Tikaram and Yazz|
|1990||Lisa Stansfield, Neneh Cherry, Nigel Kennedy, Phil Collins and Soul II Soul|
|1991||EMF, The Beautiful South and Status Quo|
|1992||The KLF, Extreme Noise Terror, Lisa Stansfield, Beverley Craven and P.M. Dawn|
|1993||Suede, Peter Gabriel, Cirque du Soleil, Bill Wyman and Madness|
|1994||Björk, PJ Harvey, Bon Jovi, Brian May, Dina Carroll, Elton John, Meatloaf, Pet Shop Boys, Stereo MCs, Take That, Van Morrison and Shane MacGowan|
|1995||Blur, East 17, Eddi Reader, Elton John, Eternal, Sting, M People, Madonna and Take That|
|1996||Alanis Morissette, David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, Pulp, Simply Red and Take That|
|1997||Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Jamiroquai, The Fugees, Manic Street Preachers, Mark Morrison, Prince, Sheryl Crow, Skunk Anansie and Spice Girls|
|1998||All Saints, Chumbawamba, Finlay Quaye, Fleetwood Mac, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Shola Ama, Spice Girls, Texas, The Method Man and The Verve|
|1999||B*Witched, Billie Piper, Cleopatra, Steps, Tina Cousins, Supatroopers, Boyzone, The Corrs, David Bowie, Placebo, Eurythmics, Stevie Wonder, Manic Street Preachers, Robbie Williams and Whitney Houston|
|2000||Basement Jaxx, 5ive, Queen, Geri Halliwell, Macy Gray, Ricky Martin, Spice Girls, Stereophonics, Tom Jones, Travis and Will Smith|
|2001||Coldplay, Craig David, Destiny's Child, Eminem, Hear'Say, Robbie Williams, Sonique, Westlife and U2|
|2002||Anastacia, Jamiroquai, Dido, Gorillaz, Kylie Minogue, Mis-Teeq, Shaggy, Ali G, So Solid Crew, Sting and The Strokes|
|2003||Avril Lavigne, Blue, Coldplay, David Gray, George Michael, Ms Dynamite, Justin Timberlake, Kylie Minogue, Liberty X, Pink, Sugababes and Tom Jones|
|2004||50 Cent, Beyoncé, Muse, Black Eyed Peas, Busted, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliott, Jamie Cullum, Katie Melua and Duran Duran|
|2005||Daniel Bedingfield, Natasha Bedingfield, Franz Ferdinand, Green Day, Gwen Stefani, Jamelia, Lemar, Keane, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Scissor Sisters, Bob Geldof, Robbie Williams and The Streets|
|2006||Coldplay, KT Tunstall, Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Gorillaz, Jack Johnson, Paul Weller and Prince|
|2007||Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, Take That, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Corinne Bailey Rae and Oasis|
|2008||Mika, Beth Ditto, Rihanna, Klaxons, Kylie Minogue, Kaiser Chiefs, Leona Lewis, Mark Ronson, Adele, Daniel Merriweather, Amy Winehouse and Paul McCartney|
|2009||U2, Girls Aloud, Coldplay, Duffy, Take That, Kings of Leon, The Ting Tings, Estelle, Pet Shop Boys, Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers|
|2010||Lily Allen, JLS, Kasabian, Lady Gaga, Florence + the Machine, Dizzee Rascal, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Cheryl Cole and Robbie Williams|
|2011||Take That, Adele, Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, Plan B, Arcade Fire, Tinie Tempah, Eric Turner, Labrinth, Justin Bieber, David Jensen, Terry Wogan, Cee Lo Green and Paloma Faith|
|2012||Coldplay, Florence and the Machine, Olly Murs, Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Chris Martin, Adele, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Blur|
|2013||Muse, Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Ben Howard, Mumford & Sons and Emeli Sandé|
|2014||Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Disclosure, Lorde, Aluna Francis, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Rudimental, Ella Eyre, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers|
|2015||Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Royal Blood, Ed Sheeran, Kanye West, Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London, Take That, George Ezra, Paloma Faith and Madonna|
|2016||Coldplay, Justin Bieber, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Rihanna, SZA, Drake, Little Mix, The Spiders from Mars, Lorde, The Weeknd and Adele|
|2017||Little Mix, Bruno Mars, Emeli Sandé, The 1975, Chris Martin, Katy Perry, Skip Marley, Skepta, The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Robbie Williams|
|2018||Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Rag'n'Bone Man, Jorja Smith, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Liam Gallagher, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Rita Ora, Liam Payne and Stormzy|
|2019||Hugh Jackman, George Ezra, Little Mix, Ms Banks, Jorja Smith, Calvin Harris, Rag'n'Bone Man, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Jess Glynne, H.E.R., The 1975, Pink and Dan Smith|
|2020||Mabel, Lewis Capaldi, Harry Styles, Lizzo, Dave, Billie Eilish, Celeste, Stormzy, Burna Boy and Rod Stewart|
|2021||Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Arlo Parks, Years & Years, Elton John, The Weeknd, Griff, Headie One, AJ Tracey, Young T & Bugsey, Rag'n'Bone Man, Pink, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir|
There have been numerous acts, both groups and individuals, that have won multiple awards. The table below shows those that have won four or more awards.
|Number of awards||British acts||Notes|
5 as part of Take That
7 as part of One Direction
1 as part of Eurythmics
4 as part of The Beatles
4 as part of The Beatles
2 with Wham!
2 as part of The Police
|Manic Street Preachers|
3 as part of Queen
|Number of awards||International acts||Notes|
2 with The Revolution
5 with Foo Fighters
1 as part of Nirvana
|Year||Air date||Official ratings |
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This is a summary of 1996 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.
The Spiceworld Tour was the debut concert tour by British girl group the Spice Girls. It was launched in support of their second studio album Spiceworld (1997). The sell-out European/North American tour ran from February to August 1998, after which it returned to the UK in September 1998 for a series of stadium shows. The final concert at London's Wembley Stadium was filmed and broadcast live on pay-per-view, for later VHS release in 1998 and eventual DVD release in 2008.
The KLF are a British electronic band formed in London in 1987. Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty began by releasing hip hop-inspired and sample-heavy records as the JAMs. As the Timelords, they recorded the British number-one single "Doctorin' the Tardis," and documented the process of making a hit record in a book The Manual . As the KLF, Drummond and Cauty pioneered stadium house and ambient house. The KLF released a series of international hits on their own KLF Communications record label and became the biggest selling singles act in the world in 1991.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a record deal with XL Recordings. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards Critics' Choice Award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008. It is certified 8× platinum in the UK and triple platinum in the US. The album contains her first song, "Hometown Glory", written when she was just 16, which is based on her home suburb of West Norwood in London. An appearance she made on Saturday Night Live in late 2008 boosted her career in the US. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele won the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Spice Girls Live at Wembley Stadium is the third video album by English girl group the Spice Girls. It was released on VHS on 24 November 1998 by Virgin Records, and was filmed at Wembley Stadium in London on 20 September 1998 during the Spiceworld Tour. The concert was first broadcast live in a pay-per-view special on Sky Box Office, and although the television broadcast was completely live, studio vocals were dubbed into several songs for the video version of the performance. It received a DVD release in the United Kingdom on 6 October 2008.
The 1997 Brit Awards were the 17th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 24 February 1997 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.
The 2009 Brit Awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 18 February 2009. It was the 29th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony was held at Earls Court in London, and was broadcast live on ITV on 18 February at 8pm (GMT). Duffy became the first female artist to ever win three awards in the same year, and only Blur, in 1995, have ever won more awards at a single ceremony. The show was advertised as live by ITV but the broadcast included several audio deletions which means the show was shown on a time delay system. The 2009 Brit Awards ceremony was watched by 5.49 million people and was the 32nd most watched programme on TV on the week ending 22 February.
The 2011 Brit Awards was held on Tuesday 15 February 2011. It was the 31st edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The award ceremony was held at The O2 Arena in London for the first time in its history, moving from the original venue of Earls Court, also in London. The ceremony was hosted by James Corden. Leading the nominations was Tinie Tempah with four nominations. The artists with the most awards won were Tinie Tempah and Arcade Fire, with two wins each. The 2011 awards were billed as a reboot of the Brit Awards format featuring a different venue, a new award statuette designed by Vivienne Westwood and a greater emphasis placed on music, particularly live performances. Whilst the re-working of the show was generally well received, the TV audience was the lowest for five years, with an average viewership of 4.8 million viewers peaking at 5.9 million.
Adele Emily Sandé,, known professionally as Emeli Sandé, is a British singer and songwriter. Born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and raised in Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, by an English mother and Zambian father, Sandé rose to prominence after being a featured artist on the 2009 Chipmunk track "Diamond Rings". It was their first top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart. In 2010, she was featured on "Never Be Your Woman" by the rapper Wiley, which was another top ten hit. In 2012, she received the Brit Awards' Critics' Choice Award.
The 2012 Brit Awards were held on 21 February 2012. This was the 32nd edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The award ceremony was held at The O2 Arena in London for the second time. The ceremony was presented by James Corden. Leading the nominations was Ed Sheeran with four, followed by Adele and Jessie J with three, whilst Bon Iver, Aloe Blacc, Coldplay and Florence and the Machine all had two.
This is a summary of 2008 in music in the United Kingdom.
Jessica Hannah Glynne is an English singer and songwriter. After signing with Atlantic Records, she rose to prominence in 2014 as a featured artist on the singles "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit and "My Love" by Route 94, both of which reached number one in the UK. She has been considered one of the "Most Influential People Under 30" by Forbes magazine in 2019.
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