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The BRIT Awards (often simply called The BRITs) are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The name was originally a shortened form of "British", "Britain" or "Britannia" (in the early days the awards were sponsored by Britannia
Britannia
Music Club), but subsequently became a backronym for British Record Industry Trusts Show.[1] In addition, an equivalent awards ceremony for classical music, called the Classic BRIT Awards, is held in the month of May. Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
holds the record for the most BRIT Awards, 13 as a solo artist and another five as part of Take That. 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.[2] MasterCard
MasterCard
has been the long-term sponsor of the event.[3] 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, and the Union Jack dress
Union Jack dress
worn by Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls. The BRIT Awards were broadcast live until 1989, when Samantha Fox
Samantha Fox
and Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
hosted a widely criticised show in which little went as rehearsed.[4] 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.[4] That year, comedian Russell Brand
Russell Brand
was the host and three awards were dropped from the ceremony: Best British Rock Act, Best British Urban Act and Best Pop Act.[4] For the last time, on 16 February 2010, the venue for The BRITs was the Earls Court Exhibition Centre
Earls Court Exhibition Centre
in London. The BRIT Awards were held at The O2 Arena
The O2 Arena
in London for the first time in 2011.[5] 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
Zaha Hadid
and Anish Kapoor.[6][7][8]

Contents

1 Ceremonies

1.1 Table summary

2 Notable moments

2.1 Electricians' strike (1987) 2.2 Samantha Fox
Samantha Fox
and Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
(1989) 2.3 Freddie Mercury's final public appearance (1990) 2.4 The KLF
The KLF
(1992) 2.5 Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
and Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker
(1996) 2.6 Oasis and Blur rivalry (1996) 2.7 Chumbawamba
Chumbawamba
and John Prescott
John Prescott
(1998) 2.8 Belle and Sebastian (1999) 2.9 Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Wood
and Brandon Block confrontation (2000) 2.10 Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell
vs. the Spice Girls
Spice Girls
(2000) 2.11 Russell Brand
Russell Brand
(2007) 2.12 Vic Reeves
Vic Reeves
and Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne
(2008) 2.13 Adele
Adele
speech cut short (2012) 2.14 David Bowie
David Bowie
enters Scottish independence debate (2014) 2.15 Damon Albarn’s slurred anti- Brexit
Brexit
speech and Jack Whitehall’s response (2018) 2.16 British Video of the Year controversy (2018)

3 Notable performances

3.1 Spice Girls' performance of "Wannabe" and "Who Do You Think You Are" (1997)[34][35] 3.2 Geri Halliwell's performance of "Bag It Up" (2000) 3.3 Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
and Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(2003) 3.4 Girls Aloud's performance of "The Promise" (2009) 3.5 Cheryl’s performance of "Fight for This Love" (2010) 3.6 Adele's performance of "Someone like You" (2011)[35] 3.7 Kanye West's performance of "All Day" (2015)[34] 3.8 Madonna's performance of "Living for Love" (2015)[34][35] 3.9 Katy Perry
Katy Perry
and Skip Marley's performance of "Chained to the Rhythm" (2017)[34] 3.10 Kendrick Lamar’s performance (2018) 3.11 Stormzy’s performance (2018)

4 Categories 5 Voting procedure 6 Performances 7 Most successful acts 8 Viewing figures 9 See also 10 References

10.1 General references 10.2 Inline citations

11 External links

Ceremonies[edit] 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 have been 37 editions to date.[9] The 1988 BPI Awards was the first of the ceremonies to be broadcast on live television. The BBC
BBC
had previously broadcast the ceremony from 1985, with the shows from 1982 to 1984 not broadcast on television. The BBC
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.[4] BBC Radio 1 has provided backstage radio coverage since 2008. Since 2014, ITV have aired a launch show in January (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
Reggie Yates
(2015) and Laura Whitmore
Laura Whitmore
in 2016. Emma Willis
Emma Willis
has hosted the show since 2017, which was broadcast live for the first time in 2018. Table summary[edit]

No. Ceremony Date Broadcaster(s) British Album of the Year winner British Single of the Year winner(s) Outstanding Contribution to Music/BRITs Icon winner(s) Host(s) Venue

1[10] 1977 BPI Awards 18 October 1977 Thames Television[11] (ITV) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
– The Beatles "Bohemian Rhapsody" – Queen & "A Whiter Shade of Pale" – Procol Harum L.G. Wood & The Beatles Michael Aspel Wembley Conference Centre, London

2 1982 BPI Awards 4 February 1982 N/A Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
– Adam & the Ants "Tainted Love" – Soft Cell John Lennon David Jacobs Grosvenor House Hotel, London

3 1983 BPI Awards 8 February 1983 Memories – Barbra Streisand "Come on Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
& The Beatles Tim Rice

4 1984 BPI Awards 21 February 1984 Thriller – Michael Jackson "Karma Chameleon" – Culture Club George Martin

5 1985 BPI Awards 11 February 1985 BBC Diamond Life
Diamond Life
– Sade "Relax" – Frankie Goes to Hollywood The Police Noel Edmonds

6 1986 BPI Awards 10 February 1986 No Jacket Required
No Jacket Required
– Phil Collins "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" – Tears for Fears Elton John
Elton John
& Wham!

7 1987 BPI Awards 9 February 1987 Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits "West End Girls" – Pet Shop Boys Eric Clapton Jonathan King

8 1988 BPI Awards 8 February 1988 ...Nothing Like the Sun
...Nothing Like the Sun
– Sting "Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley The Who Noel Edmonds Royal Albert Hall, London

9 1989 BRIT Awards 13 February 1989 The First of a Million Kisses – Fairground Attraction "Perfect" – Fairground Attraction Cliff Richard Samantha Fox
Samantha Fox
& Mick Fleetwood

10 1990 BRIT Awards 18 February 1990 The Raw and the Cooked – Fine Young Cannibals "Another Day in Paradise" – Phil Collins Queen Cathy McGowan Dominion Theatre, London

11 1991 BRIT Awards 10 February 1991 Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
– George Michael "Enjoy the Silence" – Depeche Mode Status Quo Simon Bates

12 1992 BRIT Awards 12 February 1992 Seal – Seal "These Are the Days of Our Lives" – Queen Freddie Mercury Odeon Hammersmith, London

13 1993 BRIT Awards 16 February 1993 ITV Diva – Annie Lennox "Could It Be Magic" – Take That Rod Stewart Richard O'Brien Alexandra Palace, London

14 1994 BRIT Awards 14 February 1994 Connected – Stereo MC's "Pray" – Take That Van Morrison Elton John
Elton John
& RuPaul

15 1995 BRIT Awards 20 February 1995 Parklife
Parklife
– Blur "Parklife" – Blur ft. Phil Daniels Elton John Chris Evans

16 1996 BRIT Awards 19 February 1996 (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
– Oasis "Back for Good" – Take That David Bowie Earls Court, London

17 1997 BRIT Awards 24 February 1997 Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers "Wannabe" – Spice Girls Bee Gees Ben Elton

18 1998 BRIT Awards 9 February 1998 Urban Hymns
Urban Hymns
– The Verve "Never Ever" – All Saints Fleetwood Mac London Arena, London

19 1999 BRIT Awards 16 February 1999 This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
– Manic Street Preachers "Angels" – Robbie Williams Eurythmics Johnny Vaughan

20 2000 BRIT Awards 3 March 2000 The Man Who
The Man Who
– Travis "She's the One" – Robbie Williams Spice Girls Davina McCall Earls Court Two, London

21 2001 BRIT Awards 26 February 2001 Parachutes – Coldplay "Rock DJ" – Robbie Williams U2 Ant & Dec

22 2002 BRIT Awards 20 February 2002 No Angel
No Angel
– Dido "Don't Stop Movin'" – S Club 7 Sting Frank Skinner
Frank Skinner
& Zoë Ball

23 2003 BRIT Awards 20 February 2003 A Rush of Blood to the Head
A Rush of Blood to the Head
– Coldplay "Just a Little" – Liberty X Tom Jones Davina McCall

24 2004 BRIT Awards 17 February 2004 Permission to Land
Permission to Land
– The Darkness "White Flag" – Dido Duran Duran Cat Deeley

25 2005 BRIT Awards 9 February 2005 Hopes and Fears
Hopes and Fears
– Keane "Your Game" – Will Young Bob Geldof Chris Evans

26 2006 BRIT Awards 14 February 2006 X&Y – Coldplay "Speed of Sound" – Coldplay Paul Weller Earls Court, London

27 2007 BRIT Awards 15 February 2007 Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
– Arctic Monkeys "Patience" – Take That Oasis Russell Brand

28 2008 BRIT Awards 9 February 2008 Favourite Worst Nightmare
Favourite Worst Nightmare
– Arctic Monkeys "Shine" – Take That Paul McCartney The Osbournes

29 2009 BRIT Awards 18 February 2009 Rockferry
Rockferry
– Duffy "The Promise" – Girls Aloud Pet Shop Boys James Corden, Mathew Horne & Kylie Minogue

30 2010 BRIT Awards 16 February 2010 Lungs – Florence and the Machine "Beat Again" – JLS Robbie Williams Peter Kay

31 2011 BRIT Awards 15 February 2011 Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons "Pass Out" – Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah
ft. Labrinth N/A James Corden The O2
The O2
Arena, London

32 2012 BRIT Awards 21 February 2012 21 – Adele "What Makes You Beautiful" – One Direction Blur

33 2013 BRIT Awards 20 February 2013 Our Version of Events
Our Version of Events
– Emeli Sandé "Skyfall" – Adele N/A

34 2014 BRIT Awards 19 February 2014 AM – Arctic Monkeys "Waiting All Night" – Rudimental
Rudimental
ft. Ella Eyre Elton John[12]

35 2015 BRIT Awards 25 February 2015 X – Ed Sheeran "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
ft. Bruno Mars N/A Ant & Dec

36 2016 BRIT Awards 24 February 2016 25 – Adele "Hello" – Adele David Bowie

37 2017 BRIT Awards 22 February 2017 Blackstar – David Bowie "Shout Out to My Ex" – Little Mix Robbie Williams[13] Dermot O'Leary
Dermot O'Leary
& Emma Willis

38 2018 BRIT Awards 21 February 2018 Gang Signs & Prayer – Stormzy "Human" – Rag'n'Bone Man N/A Jack Whitehall[14]

Notable moments[edit] Electricians' strike (1987)[edit] In 1987 the BPI Awards ceremony was held in the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel. At the time there was a BBC
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). Samantha Fox
Samantha Fox
and Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
(1989)[edit] In 1989, the ceremony was broadcast live and presented by Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood
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
Michael Jackson
was never transmitted and several guest stars arrived late on stage or even at the wrong time, such as Boy George
Boy George
in place of The Four Tops. Freddie Mercury's final public appearance (1990)[edit] The 1990 awards ceremony saw the last public appearance of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.[15] Queen appeared at the ceremony to receive the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.[15][16] 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
Brian May
did the talking on behalf of the other members, but his gaunt appearance was noticeable.[17] The KLF
The KLF
(1992)[edit] In 1992, dance/art band The KLF
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" that prompted conductor Sir Georg Solti
Georg Solti
to walk out in disgust.[18] The performance ended with Bill Drummond
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", the performance indeed marked the end of the duo's musical career, because they released only several one-off performances and one live performance afterwards. Producers of the show then refused to let a motorcycle courier collect the award on behalf of the band. Later, guests arriving for an after-show party witnessed the band dump a dead sheep outside the venue with the message "I died for you – bon appetit" tied around its waist, whilst their Brit Award was reportedly found buried in a field near Stonehenge
Stonehenge
in 1993. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
and Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker
(1996)[edit] In 1996, Michael Jackson
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. Oasis and Blur rivalry (1996)[edit] 1996 saw the height of a well-documented feud between Oasis and fellow Britpop
Britpop
band Blur. The differing styles of the bands, coupled with their prominence within the Britpop
Britpop
movement, led the British media to seize upon the rivalry between the bands.[19] 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"). Chumbawamba
Chumbawamba
and John Prescott
John Prescott
(1998)[edit] In 1998, Danbert Nobacon
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
Chumbawamba
were unrepentant saying

“ If John Prescott
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. ”

Belle and Sebastian (1999)[edit] In 1999, the Indie band Belle & Sebastian were nominated for Best British Newcomers, despite having released three albums before the 1999 Awards. The award was sponsored by Radio One and voted for online by their listeners. At the time, Steps were arguably Britain's biggest boy/girl pop group and were also nominated. Despite this, the award was won by Belle & Sebastian. On the Saturday after the awards, a story appeared in the press alleging that the group had rigged the vote in their favour, encouraging students from two universities to vote online. However, fans argued that the band had a predominantly large student following, that band member Isobel Campbell had attended one of the universities in question, and in particular, the award ought to be given on artistic merit as opposed to popularity or CD sales. Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Wood
and Brandon Block confrontation (2000)[edit] Dance DJ Brandon Block was told by his friends that he had won an award and had been summoned to the stage to collect it. Because of his advanced state of intoxication, he believed them and walked on to the stage, eventually ending up next to a bemused Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
guitarist Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Wood
and actress Thora Birch, who were about to present the award for Best Soundtrack Album. After Block was removed from the stage by security, Wood aimed an insult in his direction. A series of insults were then traded between the two, both of which were audible through the stage microphone, causing claims that the whole event may have been staged. Wood then threw his drink into Block's face, and the DJ was ejected from the event. Sometime after the incident, Block claimed that he had subsequently apologised to Wood for his behaviour, and Wood had merely brushed it off. Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell
vs. the Spice Girls
Spice Girls
(2000)[edit] The Spice Girls
Spice Girls
were set to receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the 2000 BRIT Awards. There was much media speculation before and even during the event as to whether or not former Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell
would accept the award with the four remaining members of the group.[20] On the night, however, Halliwell declined to join her former bandmates and instead ensured front-page coverage the following day by performing her solo number 1 single "Bag It Up" straddling a pole between a pair of giant inflatable legs. Russell Brand
Russell Brand
(2007)[edit] 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
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.[21] He would again instigate controversy the following year at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Vic Reeves
Vic Reeves
and Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne
(2008)[edit] After Vic Reeves
Vic Reeves
appeared to forget which award he was presenting, Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne
attempted to wrestle the microphone from him, insisted he was drunk and called him a "pissed bastard". She proceeded to make the full announcement herself. The next day it was reported that Reeves was not intoxicated and was hurt by Osbourne's behaviour. The incident has since been ascribed to an autocue malfunction, but Reeves said in his defence that he was trying to read the autocue screen, but he couldn't read it because Osbourne was pushing him out of the way. Adele
Adele
speech cut short (2012)[edit] Adele
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
James Corden
was forced to cut Adele
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.[22] Adele
Adele
was visibly annoyed and proceeded to raise her middle finger[23] and the producers of the show came under fire on Twitter for the decision.[24] Following the incident Adele
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".[25] Adele
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."[26] Due to the tight schedule, only three of the five songs Blur played were broadcast on ITV. David Bowie
David Bowie
enters Scottish independence debate (2014)[edit] At 67 years of age, the influential musician David Bowie
David Bowie
became the oldest recipient to date of the Best British Male Solo Artist Award.[27] Bowie used his acceptance speech, delivered in his absence by Kate Moss, to urge Scotland
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
Scotland
stay with us."[28] Bowie's unusual intervention in British politics garnered a significant reaction throughout the UK on social media.[27][29] Damon Albarn’s slurred anti- Brexit
Brexit
speech and Jack Whitehall’s response (2018)[edit] When picking up the Best British Group award for Gorillaz, Albarn appeared to be drunk in his speech, slurring his words and starting a rant about Brexit. Taking the microphone while his bandmates hung back, he began: “This country is, believe it or not, quite a small little thing right. “It’s a lovely place and it’s part of a beautiful world but don’t let it become isolated and don’t let yourselves become cut off.” The speech appeared to go on for a while and at one point, the camera cut back to Jack Whitehall, who was supposed to continue presenting although it quickly went back to the speech as Albarn carried on speaking. Once the speech was over, Whitehall responded by saying, “I really didn’t want this to be an Adele
Adele
moment” referring back to 2012 when Adele
Adele
was cut off and swore at the audience. British Video of the Year controversy (2018)[edit] The 2018 ceremony garnered controversy when Harry Styles
Harry Styles
was announced as the winner of the British Video of the Year. The official Brits leaderboard for these votes showed Little Mix
Little Mix
consistently maintaining the number one spot each week, followed by Styles at number two. During the final voting event on the night of the ceremony Little Mix and Styles alternated between the top spot on numerous occasions. The last leaderboard update placed Little Mix
Little Mix
at the top spot, with Styles at number two. After the announcement of Styles as a winner, the Brit Awards were accused by Little Mix
Little Mix
fans of rigging the votes for this category.[30][31] The Brits responed to the claim, saying: "The final leaderboard was displayed on The BRITs website prior to the final count being checked and verified independently by the Electoral Reform Services, the company that independently run all BRITs voting processes. The leaderboard doesn’t work in real time and the vote was incredibly tight at the top. Fans can have complete confidence in the BRITs public vote." The Electoral Reform Services
Electoral Reform Services
added: "Robust vote-counting rules and filters are in place which are in accordance with ITV's voting regulations, and agreed and tested prior to any vote taking place. We are confident that the vote integrity has not been compromised."[32][33] Notable performances[edit] Spice Girls' performance of "Wannabe" and "Who Do You Think You Are" (1997)[34][35][edit] Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, wore a Union Jack dress.[36][37] Spicemania was at its height in the UK and the Spice Girls
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".[38] 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.[39] This performance won the award for "BRITs Hits 30 – Best Live Performance at The BRIT Awards" at the 2010 BRIT Awards. Geri Halliwell's performance of "Bag It Up" (2000)[edit] Three years following the iconic Spice Girls
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 pinks 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
Spice Girls
received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, which Halliwell declined to accept with her former bandmates. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
and Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(2003)[edit] At the 2003 BRIT Awards, Timberlake performed a three-part medley which comprised two of his hit singles, "Cry Me a River" and "Like I Love You", and a cover of Blondie's "Rapture". In addition to Timberlake beat-boxing during the interlude between "Cry Me a River" and "Like I Love You", the performance is most famous for a photo published by the Tabloids the following day which showed Timberlake pinching Minogue's bum. Minogue's appearance was a surprise guest for Timberlake's performance and this performance is regarded one of the best at the BRITs. Girls Aloud's performance of "The Promise" (2009)[edit] British reality group, Girls Aloud, marked their first ever performance at the 2009 ceremony, by performing their single "The Promise". The performance saw the members, including Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding and Kimberley Walsh appear as though they were naked, with their modesty being covered by pink feathers. 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
Spice Girls
eventually went on to win.[40] Cheryl’s performance of "Fight for This Love" (2010)[edit] Cheryl performed her debut single "Fight for This Love" at the 2010 BRIT Awards. The performance featured two costumes (one in a white trench coat and another in a black hooded leotard) and sampled the song "Be" by Rowetta Satchell. The performance was mainly noted for being the first time Cheryl had performed without her wedding ring. At the time of the performance, her marriage with footballer Ashley Cole was rumoured to be over following a second round of allegations of infidelity on behalf of Ashley.[41] Whilst at the time she passed this off as a fashion statement rather than a reflection of her personal life, it was later revealed in Cheryl's autobiography that she had broken off the marriage with Ashley by the performance at the BRITs. Despite allegations of lip-syncing,[42] which was later clarified to be an ITV technical problem in the broadcast of the performance, Cheryl received strong applause from the audience. Following the performance, host Peter Kay
Peter Kay
commented "Fight for This Love, never a truer word spoken", believed to be in reference to the breakdown of their marriage. Adele's performance of "Someone like You" (2011)[35][edit] Adele
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 160 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
Adele
the first artist in the UK since The Beatles
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
Adele
and her piano. Kanye West's performance of "All Day" (2015)[34][edit] On the date of the 2015 BRIT Awards, Kanye West
Kanye West
was announced as a surprise performer following reports of Rihanna
Rihanna
performing at the ceremony proven to be false.[43] He performed his new single "All Day" during the live broadcast for the very first time: large sections of the performance were muted by ITV due to explicit language, causing outrage from viewers at home who felt they couldn't enjoy the performance.[44] Madonna's performance of "Living for Love" (2015)[34][35][edit] 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.[45] 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.[46] She paused momentarily as her backing music continued, before she managed to separate herself from the cape and then continued performing.[47] 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."[46] Katy Perry
Katy Perry
and Skip Marley's performance of "Chained to the Rhythm" (2017)[34][edit] In the lead up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Katy Perry
Katy Perry
was a major endorsement for Democrat 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. Many saw this a continuation of the revolution to become a "political artist".[48] The performance was also notable as a backing dancer fell offstage at the end of the performance whilst wearing a house costume.[49] Kendrick Lamar’s performance (2018)[edit] The performance was notable as there was an apparent technical issue before is began, leading to Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
laying on a glass roof for over a moment before he started singing. However, fans of Lamar claimed that this was part of the performance and was misinterpreted as the backing music kept stopping and starting, also leading to moments of silence, which meant that viewers took to social media in order to see what was going on. Stormzy’s performance (2018)[edit] Stormzy, who had won British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year for Gang Signs & Prayer closed the 2018 ceremony. Performing under an indoor shower, he opened with "Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2" with masked figures praying behind him before going into a freestyle rap. In his freestyle, he called out Prime Minister Theresa May
Theresa May
over the handling of the Grenfell Tower fire. In the performance, he rapped "Theresa May, where's the money for Grenfell? What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals and you got the cheek to call us savages. You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages. We should burn your house down and see if you can manage this."[50] He also hit out at tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail
Daily Mail
asking someone to tell them they can tell them to "suck [his] dick". The performance garnered much media attention, with many lauding it the highlight of the night.[51][52] The following day, a spokesperson for May defended the Prime Minister's response to the disaster, stating that "the PM has been clear that what happened at Grenfell was an unimaginable tragedy, which should never be allowed to happen again. She is determined the public inquiry will discover not just what went wrong but why the voices of the people of Grenfell had been ignored for so many years."[53] Categories[edit]

British Album of the Year British Single of the Year British Video of the Year British Producer of the Year British Breakthrough Act British Female Solo Artist British Male Solo Artist British Group Critics' Choice Award Global Success Award Icon Award International Female Solo Artist International Male Solo Artist International Group

Voting procedure[edit] According to The BRIT Awards website, the list of eligible artists, albums, and singles is compiled by the Official Charts Company
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.[54] Performances[edit] Take That, band member Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
and Coldplay
Coldplay
have performed the most number of ceremonies, performing seven times each. Rihanna
Rihanna
and Adele
Adele
have performed at four ceremonies each, with all four performances taking place on the same evenings (2008, 2011, 2012 and 2016).

Year Performers (chronologically)

1990 Lisa Stansfield, Neneh Cherry, Nigel Kennedy, Phil Collins
Phil Collins
and Soul II Soul

1991 EMF, The Beautiful South
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
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
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
Simply Red
and Take That

1997 Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Jamiroquai, The Fugees, Manic Street Preachers, Mark Morrison, Prince, Sheryl Crow, Skunk Anansie
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
The Method Man
and The Verve

1999 B*Witched, Billie Piper, Cleopatra, Steps, Tina Cousins, Supatroopers, Boyzone, Barry McGuigan*, Chris Eubank*, Nigel Benn*, The Corrs, David Bowie, Placebo, Eurythmics, Stevie Wonder, Manic Street Preachers, Robbie Williams
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
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
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
Robbie Williams
and The Streets

2006 Coldplay, KT Tunstall, Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Gorillaz, Jack Johnson, Paul Weller
Paul Weller
and Prince

2007 Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse, The Killers, Take That, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Corinne Bailey Rae
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
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
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
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
Pharrell Williams
and Nile Rodgers

2015 Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Royal Blood, Ed Sheeran, Kanye West, Skepta, Fekky, Krept and Konan, Stormzy, Novelist, Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London, Vic Mensa, Take That, George Ezra, Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith
and Madonna

2016 Coldplay, Justin Bieber, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Rihanna, SZA, Drake, Little Mix, The Spiders from Mars, Lorde, The Weeknd
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
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, Rich the Kid, Rita Ora, Liam Payne
Liam Payne
and Stormzy

Barry McGuigan, Chris Eubank
Chris Eubank
and Nigel Benn are all retired professional boxers. Even though they are not musicians, they attended the ceremony in 1999.

Most successful acts[edit]

Coldplay
Coldplay
performing at the 2016 Brit Awards
2016 Brit Awards
at The O2
The O2
in London, February 2016. Their nine Brit Awards
Brit Awards
include four British Group awards.

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.[55][56][57]

British acts Number of awards

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
(5 with Take That
Take That
and 1 Icon) 18

Adele 9

Coldplay

Harry Styles
Harry Styles
(7 with One Direction) 8

Take That

Annie Lennox

Arctic Monkeys 7

One Direction

David Bowie
David Bowie
(1 Icon; 2 posthumous) 6

Oasis

Spice Girls 5

Blur

Ed Sheeran

Phil Collins

George Michael
George Michael
(3 with Wham!)

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury
(3 with Queen; 2 posthumous)

Elton John
Elton John
(1 Icon)[58]

The Beatles 4

Dido

Manic Street Preachers

Paul Weller

Emeli Sandé

International acts Number of awards

Prince (2 with Soundtrack)[59] 7

U2[59]

Michael Jackson[59] 6

Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl
(5 with Foo Fighters, 1 with Nirvana)

Björk 5

Foo Fighters

Eminem[59] 4

R.E.M. 3

Beck

Scissor Sisters

Lady Gaga

Kylie Minogue[59]

Beyoncé
Beyoncé
(1 with Destiny's Child)

Justin Timberlake

Kanye West[59]

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(1 with British Single)

Rihanna 2

Madonna

Justin Bieber

Lana Del Rey

Arcade Fire

Lorde

Viewing figures[edit]

Year Air date Official ratings[60] (in millions) (Includes HD) Weekly rank[60]

1999 17 February 9.86 12

2000 4 March 9.61 12

2001 27 February 8.62 18

2002 21 February 7.83 15

2003 20 February 7.64 15

2004 17 February 6.18 18

2005 10 February 6.32 17

2006 16 February 4.70 22

2007 14 February 5.43 19

2008 20 February 6.35 17

2009 18 February 5.49 17

2010 16 February 6.52 14

2011 15 February 4.79 18

2012 21 February 6.63 17

2013 20 February 5.91 14

2014 19 February 3.84 18

2015 25 February 5.99 13

2016 24 February 6.22 13

2017 22 February 5.57 14

2018 21 February

See also[edit]

List of BRIT Awards ceremonies Classic BRIT Awards

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