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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
Britannia
Music Club), but subsequently became a backronym for British Record Industry Trusts Show (though the first word of which term may still be shortened to Brit like the earlier awards).[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.[2] 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.[3] Mastercard
Mastercard
has been the long-term sponsor of the event.[4] 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
Jarvis Cocker
protest against Michael Jackson, and the Union Jack dress
Union Jack dress
worn by Geri Halliwell
Geri Halliwell
of the Spice Girls.[5][6][7] 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.[8] 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.[8] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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
Anish Kapoor
and David Adjaye.[10][11][12][13]

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1 Ceremonies

1.1 Table summary

1.1.1 BPIs 1.1.2 BRITs

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
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) 3.2 Geri Halliwell's performance of "Bag It Up" (2000) 3.3 Gorillaz's performance of "Clint Eastwood" (2002) 3.4 Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
and Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(2003) 3.5 Girls Aloud's performance of "The Promise" (2009) 3.6 Cheryl's performance of "Fight for This Love" (2010) 3.7 Adele's performance of "Someone like You" (2011)[34] 3.8 Kanye West's performance of "All Day" (2015)[33] 3.9 Madonna's performance of "Living for Love" (2015)[33][34] 3.10 Katy Perry
Katy Perry
and Skip Marley's performance of "Chained to the Rhythm" (2017)[33] 3.11 Kendrick Lamar's performance (2018) 3.12 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] See also: List of Brit Awards
Brit Awards
ceremonies 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.[14] 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.[8] BBC
BBC
Radio 1 has provided backstage radio coverage since 2008. Since 2014, ITV have aired a launch show in January called 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 in 2017 and again in 2018, which was broadcast live for the first time. Clara Amfo hosted the 2019 launch show on 12 January.[15]

Table summary[edit] BPIs[edit]

No.

Year

Date

British Album of the Year winner

British Single of the Year winner(s)

Outstanding Contribution to Music/ BRITs Icon
BRITs Icon
winner(s)

Host

Venue

Channel

1

1977[a]

18 October

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. WoodThe Beatles

Michael Aspel

Wembley Conference Centre

ITV[b][16]

2

1982

4 February

Kings of the Wild Frontier
Kings of the Wild Frontier
– Adam & the Ants

"Tainted Love" – Soft Cell

John Lennon

David Jacobs

Grosvenor House Hotel

N/A[c]

3

1983

8 February

Memories – Barbra Streisand

"Come on Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners

Pete TownshendThe Beatles

Tim Rice

4

1984

21 February

Thriller – Michael Jackson

"Karma Chameleon" – Culture Club

George Martin

5

1985

11 February

Diamond Life
Diamond Life
– Sade

"Relax" – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

The Police

Noel Edmonds

BBC

6

1986

10 February

No Jacket Required
No Jacket Required
– Phil Collins

"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" – Tears for Fears

Elton JohnWham!

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
...Nothing Like the Sun
– Sting

"Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley

The Who

Noel Edmonds

Royal Albert Hall

BRITs[edit]

No.

Year

Date

British Album of the Year winner

British Single of the Year winner

Outstanding Contribution to Music/ BRITs Icon
BRITs Icon
winner(s)

Host(s)

Venue

Channel

9

1989

13 February

The First of a Million Kisses – Fairground Attraction

"Perfect" – Fairground Attraction

Cliff Richard

Samantha FoxMick Fleetwood

Royal Albert Hall

BBC

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
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
– George Michael

"Enjoy the Silence" – Depeche Mode

Status Quo

Simon Bates

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

ITV

14

1994

14 February

Connected – Stereo MC's

"Pray" – Take That

Van Morrison

Elton JohnRuPaul

15

1995

20 February

Parklife
Parklife
– Blur

"Parklife" – Blur ft. Phil Daniels

Elton John

Chris Evans

16

1996

19 February

(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
(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
Urban Hymns
– The Verve

"Never Ever" – All Saints

Fleetwood Mac

London Arena

19

1999

16 February

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

3 March

The Man Who
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 SkinnerZoë Ball

23

2003

20 February

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

17 February

Permission to Land
Permission to Land
– The Darkness

"White Flag" – Dido

Duran Duran

Cat Deeley

25

2005

9 February

Hopes and Fears
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
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
Favourite Worst Nightmare
– Arctic Monkeys

"Shine" – Take That

Paul McCartney

The Osbournes

29

2009

18 February

Rockferry
Rockferry
– Duffy

"The Promise" – Girls Aloud

Pet Shop Boys

James CordenMathew HorneKylie 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
Tinie Tempah
ft. Labrinth

N/A

James Corden

The O2
The O2
Arena

32

2012

21 February

21 – Adele

"What Makes You Beautiful" – One Direction

Blur

33

2013

20 February

Our Version of Events
Our Version of Events
– Emeli Sandé

"Skyfall" – Adele

N/A

34

2014

19 February

AM – Arctic Monkeys

"Waiting All Night" – Rudimental
Rudimental
ft. Ella Eyre

Elton John[d]

35

2015

25 February

X – Ed Sheeran

"Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
ft. Bruno Mars

N/A

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[e]

Dermot O'LearyEmma Willis

38

2018

21 February

Gang Signs & Prayer – Stormzy

"Human" – Rag'n'Bone Man

N/A

Jack Whitehall

39

2019

20 February

A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
– The 1975

"One Kiss" – Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris
and Dua Lipa

P!nk

Notes

^ These awards were to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee and were for the previous 25 years of her reign.

^ As Thames Television.

^ Untelevised.

^ Given at a separate show at the London Palladium
London Palladium
theatre the previous October.

^ Given at a separate show at the Troxy
Troxy
theatre previous November.

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.[17] Queen appeared at the ceremony to receive the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.[17][18] 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.[19]

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.[20] 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", 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.[21] 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
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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[citation needed]

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.[24] Adele
Adele
was visibly annoyed and proceeded to raise her middle finger[25] and the producers of the show came under fire on Twitter for the decision.[26] 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".[27] Adele
Adele
received an apology from the show's organisers, who stated; "We send our deepest apologies to Adele
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."[28] 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.[29] 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."[30] Bowie's unusual intervention in British politics garnered a significant reaction throughout the UK on social media.[29][31]

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 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.[32] The Brits responded 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".[citation needed]

Notable performances[edit] Spice Girls' performance of "Wannabe" and "Who Do You Think You Are" (1997)[edit] Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, wore a Union Jack dress.[6][33][34][35] 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".[36] 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.[37] 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.

Gorillaz's performance of "Clint Eastwood" (2002)[edit] 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.

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.[citation needed]

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.[38] 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,[citation needed] 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)[34][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)[33][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.[39] 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.[40]

Madonna's performance of "Living for Love" (2015)[33][34][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.[41] 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.[42] She paused momentarily as her backing music continued, before she managed to separate herself from the cape and then continued performing.[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."[42]

Katy Perry
Katy Perry
and Skip Marley's performance of "Chained to the Rhythm" (2017)[33][edit] In the leadup to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Katy Perry
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.[43] The performance was also notable as a backing dancer fell offstage at the end of the performance whilst wearing a house costume.[44]

Kendrick Lamar's performance (2018)[edit] The performance was notable as there was an apparent technical issue before it began, leading to Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
laying on a glass roof for over a minute 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.[45]

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."[46] He also hit out at tabloid newspaper the 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.[47][48] 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."[46]

Categories[edit]

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

Defunct British Dance Act British Live Act British Pop Act British Rock Act British Urban Act Classical Recording Classical Soloist Album (1977) Comedy Recording (1985) International Album International Artist International Breakthrough Act International Solo Artist Non-Musical Recording (1977) Orchestral Album (1977) Soundtrack/Cast Recording

Special Artist of a Generation (1996) Biggest Selling Album Act (1998) Biggest Selling Album & Single of 1993 (1994) Biggest Selling Live Act of 1999 (2000) British Album of 30 Year (2010) British Song of 25 Year (2005) Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury
Award (1996, 1998-1999) Global Success Award (2013–present) Icon Award (2014, 2016–present) Lifetime Achievement Award (1983) Live Performance of 30 Year (2010) Most Successful Live Act (1993) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1977, 1982-2010, 2012, 2019-present) Sony Trophy Award for Technical Excellence (1983-1984) Special
Special
Award (1983, 1985) Special
Special
Recognition (2011, 2013)

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.[49]

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)

1985 Alison Moyet, Bronski Beat, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw
Nik Kershaw
and Tina Turner

1986 Huey Lewis and the News, Kate Bush, Phil Collins
Phil Collins
and Tears for Fears

1987 Chris de Burgh, Curiosity Killed the Cat, Five Star, Level 42, Simply Red, Spandau Ballet
Spandau Ballet
and Whitney Houston

1988 Bananarama, Bee Gees, Chris Rea, Pet Shop Boys
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
Gloria Estefan
and Miami Sound Machine, Randy Newman, Tanita Tikaram
Tanita Tikaram
and Yazz

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, Rita Ora, Liam Payne
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

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.[50][51][52]

Number of awards

British acts

Notes

18

Robbie Williams

British Male Solo Artist (4) British Single of the Year (3) British Video of the Year (3) British Song of Twenty Five Year (1) Icon Award (1) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1) 5 with Take That

British Group (1) British Video of the Year (1) British Single of the Year (3)

9

Adele

British Album of the Year (2) British Female Solo Artist (2) British Single of the Year (2) Global Success Award (2) Critics' Choice Award (1)

Coldplay

British Group (4) British Album of the Year (3) British Live Act (1) British Single of the Year (1)

8

Annie Lennox

British Female Solo Artist (6) British Album of the Year (1) 1 with Eurythmics

Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

Harry Styles

British Video of the Year (1) 7 with One Direction

British Video of the Year (4) Global Success Award (2) British Single of the Year (1)

Take That

British Single of the Year (5) British Group (1) British Live Act (1) British Video of the Year (1)

7

Arctic Monkeys

British Album of the Year (3) British Group (3) British Breakthrough Act (1)

One Direction

British Video of the Year (4) Global Success Award (2) British Single of the Year (1)

Paul McCartney

British Male Solo Artist (1) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1) Sony Trophy Award for Technical Excellence (1) 4 with The Beatles

Outstanding Contribution to Music (2) British Album of the Year (1) British Group (1)

6

David Bowie

British Male Solo Artist (3) British Album of the Year (1) Icon Award (1) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

Ed Sheeran

British Male Solo Artist (2) British Album of the Year (1) British Breakthrough Act (1) Global Success Award (2)

Oasis

British Album of the Year (1) British Album of Thirty Year (1) British Breakthrough Act (1) British Group (1) British Video of the Year (1) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

Phil Collins

British Male Solo Artist (3) British Album of the Year (1) British Single of the Year (1) Soundtrack/Cast Recording (1)

5

Blur

British Album of the Year (1) British Group (1) British Single of the Year (1) British Video of the Year (1) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

Elton John

Outstanding Contribution to Music (2) British Male Solo Artist (1) Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury
Award (1) Icon Award (1)[53]

Freddie Mercury

3 with Queen

British Single of the Year (2) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

George Michael

British Male Solo Artist (2) British Album of the Year (1) 2 with Wham!

British Group (1) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

Spice Girls

British Single of the Year (1) British Video of the Year (1) Highest Selling Album Act (1) Live Performance of Thirty Year (1) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

4

The Beatles

Outstanding Contribution to Music (2) British Album of the Year (1) British Group (1)

Dido

British Female Solo Artist (2) British Album of the Year (1) British Single of the Year (1)

Emeli Sandé

British Female Solo Artist (2) British Album of the Year (1) Critics' Choice Award (1)

Manic Street Preachers

British Album of the Year (2) British Group (2)

Paul Weller

British Male Solo Artist (3) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

Number of awards

International acts

Notes

7

Prince

International Male Solo Artist (2) International Solo Artist (2) Soundtrack/Cast Recording (2) International Artist (1)

U2[54]

International Group (5) Most Successful Live Act (1) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

6

Dave Grohl

5 with Foo Fighters

International Group (4) International Album (1) 1 with Nirvana

International Breakthrough Act (1)

Michael Jackson

International Solo Artist (2) International Male Solo Artist (1) Artist of a Generation (1) British Album of the Year (1) British Video of the Year (1)

5

Björk

International Female Solo Artist (4) International Breakthrough Act (1)

Foo Fighters

International Group (4) International Album (1)

4

Eminem

International Male Solo Artist (3) International Album (1)

Beyoncé

International Female Solo Artist (2) 1 with Destiny's Child

International Group (1) 1 with The Carters

International Group (1)

3

Beck

International Male Solo Artist (3)

Bruno Mars

International Male Solo Artist (2) British Single of the Year (1)

Justin Timberlake

International Male Solo Artist (2) International Album (1)

Kanye West

International Male Solo Artist (3)

Kylie Minogue

International Female Solo Artist (2) International Album (1)

Lady Gaga

International Album (1) International Breakthrough Act (1) International Female Solo Artist (1)

R.E.M.

International Group (3)

Scissor Sisters

International Album (1) International Breakthrough Act (1) International Group (1)

2

Arcade Fire

International Album (1) International Group (1)

Justin Bieber

International Breakthrough Act (1) International Male Solo Artist (1)

Lana Del Rey

International Breakthrough Act (1) International Female Solo Artist (1)

Lorde

International Female Solo Artist (2)

Madonna

International Female Solo Artist (2)

Rihanna

International Female Solo Artist (2)

P!nk

International Female Solo Artist (1) Outstanding Contribution to Music (1)

Viewing figures[edit]

Year

Air date

Official ratings[55].mw-parser-output .nobold font-weight:normal (in millions)(Includes HD)

Weekly rank[55]

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 4.94 17

2019 20 February 4.10 -

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– Blur (1995) (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
– Oasis (1996) Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers
(1997) Urban Hymns
Urban Hymns
The Verve
The Verve
(1998) This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers
(1999) The Man Who
The Man Who
– Travis (2000) Parachutes – Coldplay
Coldplay
(2001) No Angel – Dido (2002) A Rush of Blood to the Head
A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay
Coldplay
(2003) Permission to Land
Permission to Land
– The Darkness (2004) Hopes and Fears
Hopes and Fears
– Keane (2005) X&Y – Coldplay
Coldplay
(2006) Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
– Arctic Monkeys (2007) Favourite Worst Nightmare
Favourite Worst Nightmare
Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
(2008) Rockferry
Rockferry
– Duffy (2009) Lungs – Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine
(2010) Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons (2011) 21 – Adele
Adele
(2012) Our Version of Events
Our Version of Events
Emeli Sandé
Emeli Sandé
(2013) AM – Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
(2014) x – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
(2015) 25 – Adele
Adele
(2016) Blackstar – David Bowie
David Bowie
(2017) Gang Signs & Prayer – Stormzy
Stormzy
(2018) A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
- The 1975
The 1975
(2019)

vteBrit Award for British Single of the Year "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum
Procol Harum
/ "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen (1977) "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
Soft Cell
(1982) "Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
Dexys Midnight Runners
(1983) "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club
Culture Club
(1984) "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
(1985) "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
Tears for Fears
(1986) "West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys
(1987) "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
Rick Astley
(1988) "Perfect" by Fairground Attraction
Fairground Attraction
(1989) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1990) "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode
(1991) "These Are the Days of Our Lives" by Queen (1992) "Could It Be Magic" by Take That
Take That
(1993) "Pray" by Take That
Take That
(1994) "Parklife" by Blur (1995) "Back for Good" by Take That
Take That
(1996) "Wannabe" by Spice Girls
Spice Girls
(1997) "Never Ever" by All Saints (1998) "Angels" by Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
(1999) "She's the One" by Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
(2000) "Rock DJ" by Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
(2001) "Don't Stop Movin'" by S Club 7
S Club 7
(2002) "Just a Little" by Liberty X
Liberty X
(2003) "White Flag" by Dido (2004) "Your Game" by Will Young
Will Young
(2005) "Speed of Sound" by Coldplay
Coldplay
(2006) "Patience" by Take That
Take That
(2007) "Shine" by Take That
Take That
(2008) "The Promise" by Girls Aloud
Girls Aloud
(2009) "Beat Again" by JLS
JLS
(2010) "Pass Out" by Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah
featuring Labrinth
Labrinth
(2011) "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction
One Direction
(2012) "Skyfall" by Adele
Adele
(2013) "Waiting All Night" by Rudimental
Rudimental
featuring Ella Eyre
Ella Eyre
(2014) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2015) "Hello" by Adele
Adele
(2016) "Shout Out to My Ex" by Little Mix
Little Mix
(2017) "Human" by Rag'n'Bone Man
Rag'n'Bone Man
(2018) "One Kiss" by Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris
and Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa
(2019)

vteBrit Award for British Breakthrough Act Graham Parker
Graham Parker
and Julie Covington (1977) The Human League
The Human League
(1982) Yazoo (1983) Paul Young
Paul Young
(1984) Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
(1985) Go West (1986) The Housemartins
The Housemartins
(1987) Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
(1988) Bros
Bros
(1989) Lisa Stansfield
Lisa Stansfield
(1990) Betty Boo (1991) Beverley Craven (1992) Tasmin Archer (1993) Gabrielle (1994) Oasis (1995) Supergrass
Supergrass
(1996) Kula Shaker
Kula Shaker
(1997) Stereophonics
Stereophonics
(1998) Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian
(1999) S Club 7
S Club 7
(2000) A1 (2001) Blue (2002) Will Young
Will Young
(2003) Busted (2004) Keane (2005) Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
(2006) The Fratellis
The Fratellis
(2007) Mika (2008) Duffy (2009) JLS
JLS
(2010) Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah
(2011) Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
(2012) Ben Howard
Ben Howard
(2013) Bastille (2014) Sam Smith (2015) Catfish and the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen
(2016) Rag'n'Bone Man
Rag'n'Bone Man
(2017) Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa
(2018) Tom Walker (2019)

vteBrit Award for Critics' Choice Adele
Adele
(2008) Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine
(2009) Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding
(2010) Jessie J
Jessie J
(2011) Emeli Sandé
Emeli Sandé
(2012) Tom Odell
Tom Odell
(2013) Sam Smith (2014) James Bay (2015) Jack Garratt
Jack Garratt
(2016) Rag'n'Bone Man
Rag'n'Bone Man
(2017) Jorja Smith
Jorja Smith
(2018) Sam Fender (2019)

vteBrit Award for British Female Solo Artist Shirley Bassey
Shirley Bassey
(1977) Randy Crawford
Randy Crawford
(1982) Kim Wilde
Kim Wilde
(1983) Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox
(1984) Alison Moyet
Alison Moyet
(1985) Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox
(1986) Kate Bush
Kate Bush
(1987) Alison Moyet
Alison Moyet
(1988) Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox
(1989) Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox
(1990) Lisa Stansfield
Lisa Stansfield
(1991) Lisa Stansfield
Lisa Stansfield
(1992) Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox
(1993) Dina Carroll (1994) Eddi Reader
Eddi Reader
(1995) Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox
(1996) Gabrielle (1997) Shola Ama (1998) Des'ree (1999) Beth Orton
Beth Orton
(2000) Sonique (2001) Dido (2002) Ms. Dynamite
Ms. Dynamite
(2003) Dido (2004) Joss Stone
Joss Stone
(2005) KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall
(2006) Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2007) Kate Nash
Kate Nash
(2008) Duffy (2009) Lily Allen
Lily Allen
(2010) Laura Marling
Laura Marling
(2011) Adele
Adele
(2012) Emeli Sandé
Emeli Sandé
(2013) Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding
(2014) Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith
(2015) Adele
Adele
(2016) Emeli Sandé
Emeli Sandé
(2017) Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa
(2018) Jorja Smith
Jorja Smith
(2019)

vteBrit Award for British Group The Beatles
The Beatles
(1977) The Police
The Police
(1982) Dire Straits
Dire Straits
(1983) Culture Club
Culture Club
(1984) Wham!
Wham!
(1985) Dire Straits
Dire Straits
(1986) Five Star (1987) Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys
(1988) Erasure
Erasure
(1989) Fine Young Cannibals
Fine Young Cannibals
(1990) The Cure
The Cure
(1991) The KLF
The KLF
and Simply Red
Simply Red
(1992) Simply Red
Simply Red
(1993) Stereo MCs
Stereo MCs
(1994) Blur (1995) Oasis (1996) Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers
(1997) The Verve
The Verve
(1998) Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers
(1999) Travis (2000) Coldplay
Coldplay
(2001) Travis (2002) Coldplay
Coldplay
(2003) The Darkness (2004) Franz Ferdinand (2005) Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs
(2006) Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
(2007) Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
(2008) Elbow (2009) Kasabian
Kasabian
(2010) Take That
Take That
(2011) Coldplay
Coldplay
(2012) Mumford & Sons (2013) Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
(2014) Royal Blood (2015) Coldplay
Coldplay
(2016) The 1975
The 1975
(2017) Gorillaz
Gorillaz
(2018) The 1975
The 1975
(2019)

vteBrit Award for British Male Solo Artist Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(1977) Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(1982) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
(1983) David Bowie
David Bowie
(1984) Paul Young
Paul Young
(1985) Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1986) Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
(1987) George Michael
George Michael
(1988) Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1989) Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1990) Elton John
Elton John
(1991) Seal (1992) Mick Hucknall
Mick Hucknall
(1993) Sting (1994) Paul Weller
Paul Weller
(1995) Paul Weller
Paul Weller
(1996) George Michael
George Michael
(1997) Finley Quaye (1998) Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
(1999) Tom Jones (2000) Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
(2001) Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
(2002) Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
(2003) Daniel Bedingfield
Daniel Bedingfield
(2004) The Streets
The Streets
(2005) James Blunt
James Blunt
(2006) James Morrison (2007) Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
(2008) Paul Weller
Paul Weller
(2009) Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal
(2010) Plan B (2011) Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
(2012) Ben Howard
Ben Howard
(2013) David Bowie
David Bowie
(2014) Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
(2015) James Bay (2016) David Bowie
David Bowie
(2017) Stormzy
Stormzy
(2018) George Ezra
George Ezra
(2019)

vteBrit Award for International Female Solo Artist Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
(1989) Sinéad O'Connor
Sinéad O'Connor
(1991) Björk
Björk
(1994) K.d. lang
K.d. lang
(1995) Björk
Björk
(1996) Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1997) Björk
Björk
(1998) Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia
(1999) Macy Gray
Macy Gray
(2000) Madonna (2001) Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(2002) Pink (2003) Beyoncé
Beyoncé
(2004) Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
(2005) Madonna (2006) Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado
(2007) Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(2008) Katy Perry
Katy Perry
(2009) Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
(2010) Rihanna
Rihanna
(2011) Rihanna
Rihanna
(2012) Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey
(2013) Lorde
Lorde
(2014) Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2015) Björk
Björk
(2016) Beyoncé
Beyoncé
(2017) Lorde
Lorde
(2018) Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
(2019)

vteBrit Award for International Group Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News
(1986) The Bangles
The Bangles
(1987) U2 (1988) U2 (1989) U2 (1990) INXS
INXS
(1991) R.E.M.
R.E.M.
(1992) R.E.M.
R.E.M.
(1993) Crowded House
Crowded House
(1994) R.E.M.
R.E.M.
(1995) Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
(1996) Fugees (1997) U2 (1998) The Corrs
The Corrs
(1999) TLC (2000) U2 (2001) Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child
(2002) Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
(2003) The White Stripes
The White Stripes
(2004) Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters
(2005) Green Day
Green Day
(2006) The Killers
The Killers
(2007) Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
(2008) Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(2009) Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
(2011) Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
(2012) The Black Keys
The Black Keys
(2013) Daft Punk
Daft Punk
(2014) Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
(2015) Tame Impala
Tame Impala
(2016) A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest
(2017) Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
(2018) The Carters
The Carters
(2019)

vteBrit Award for International Male Solo Artist Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1989) Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence
(1991) Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
(1994) Prince (1995) Prince (1996) Beck
Beck
(1997) Jon Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
(1998) Beck
Beck
(1999) Beck
Beck
(2000) Eminem
Eminem
(2001) Shaggy (2002) Eminem
Eminem
(2003) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2004) Eminem
Eminem
(2005) Kanye West
Kanye West
(2006) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2007) Kanye West
Kanye West
(2008) Kanye West
Kanye West
(2009) Jay-Z
Jay-Z
(2010) CeeLo Green
CeeLo Green
(2011) Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2012) Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean
(2013) Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2014) Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
(2015) Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
(2016) Drake (2017) Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
(2018) Drake (2019)

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Dedication Music Award
(VN) Europe Europe Music Awards (EU) Brit Awards
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Mercury Prize
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Classic Brit Awards
(UK) Gramophone Award (UK) Echo Awards (GER) Victoires de la Musique (FRA) Grand Prix du Disque (FRA) NRJ Music Awards (FRA) Diapason d'Or (FRA) Sanremo Music Festival
Sanremo Music Festival
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Meteor Music Awards
(IRL) Choice Music Prize
Choice Music Prize
(IRL) Russian Music Awards (RUS) ZAI Awards/ Aurel Awards (SK) Anděl Awards (CZ) BBC
BBC
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Swallow Music Awards
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