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The BRIT Awards
2014 BRIT Awards
2008 Brit Awards Earls Court Centre.jpg
Awarded for Excellence in music
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Phonographic Industry
First awarded 1977
Official website www.brits.co.uk

The Brit Awards (stylised as the BRIT Awards; often simply called the Brits) are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards, and the British equivalent of the American Grammy Awards. The name was originally a shortened form of "British", "Britain" or "Britannia" (in the early days the awards were sponsored by Britannia Music Club), but subsequently became a backronym for British Record Industry Trusts Show.[1] In addition, an equivalent awards ceremony for classical music, called the Classic BRIT Awards, is held each May. Robbie Williams holds the record for the most Brit Awards, 12 as a solo artist and another five as part of Take That.

The awards began in 1977 as part of the commemoration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee[2] and as an annual event in 1982 under the auspices of the British record industry's trade association, the BPI. The last BPI Awards show was the first of the ceremonies to be broadcast on television, by the BBC, and in 1989 they were renamed the Brit Awards.[3] MasterCard has been the long-time sponsor of the event.[4]

The Brit Awards were broadcast live until 1989, when Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood hosted a widely criticised show in which little went as rehearsed.[5] In subsequent years, 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.[5] In that year, comedian Russell Brand was presenter and three awards were dropped from the ceremony: Best British Rock Act, Best British Urban Act and Best Pop Act.[5]

On 18 February 2009, the venue for the BRITs was once again the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London. The Brit Awards were held at The O2 Arena in London for the first time in 2011.[6]

Ceremonies[edit]

The first awards ceremony was in October 1977 and there have been 34 editions to date (with no ceremonies held between 1978 and 1981).[7] The 2014 BRIT Awards were held on 19 February 2014.

The last BPI Awards was the first of the ceremonies to be broadcast on live television, by the BBC in 1988. BBC continued to broadcast the renamed BRIT Awards, live in 1989 and pre-recorded from 1990–1992. BBC Radio 1 has provided backstage radio coverage since 2008.

ITV have broadcast the awards since 1993, pre-recorded until 2006 and live from 2007 onwards.[5]

Table summary[edit]

No. Ceremony Date Broadcaster(s) Multiple wins British Album of the Year winner British Single of the Year winner(s) Outstanding contribution winner(s) Host(s) Venue
1^ 1977 BPI Awards 18 October 1977 Thames Television[8]
(ITV)
The Beatles (3 awards) The BeatlesSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Queen – "Bohemian Rhapsody" & Procol Harum – "A Whiter Shade of Pale" L.G. Wood & The Beatles Michael Aspel Wembley Conference Centre, London
2 1982 BPI Awards 4 February 1982 N/A No clear winner "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 Paul McCartney (2 awards) "Memories" – Barbra Streisand "Come On Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners The Beatles Tim Rice
4 1984 BPI Awards 21 February 1984 Culture Club & Michael Jackson (2 awards) "Thriller" – Michael Jackson Culture Club – "Karma Chameleon" George Martin
5 1985 BPI Awards 11 February 1985 Prince (2 awards) "Diamond Life" – Sade Frankie Goes to Hollywood – "Relax" The Police Noel Edmonds
6 1986 BPI Awards 10 February 1986 Eurythmics (2 awards) "No Jacket Required" – Phil Collins Tears for Fears – "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Elton John & Wham!
7 1987 BPI Awards 9 February 1987 BBC Peter Gabriel (2 awards) "Brothers in Arms" – Dire Straits Pet Shop Boys – "West End Girls" Eric Clapton Jonathan King
8 1988 BPI Awards 8 February 1988 No clear winner "...Nothing Like the Sun" – Sting Rick Astley – "Never Gonna Give You Up" The Who Noel Edmonds Royal Albert Hall, London
9 1989 BRIT Awards 13 February 1989 Fairground Attraction, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins & Tracy Chapman (2 awards) "The First of a Million Kisses" – Fairground Attraction Fairground Attraction – "Perfect" Cliff Richard Samantha Fox & Mick Fleetwood
10 1990 BRIT Awards 18 February 1990 Fine Young Cannibals, Neneh Cherry, Phil Collins & Queen (2 awards) "The Raw and the Cooked" – Fine Young Cannibals Phil Collins – "Another Day in Paradise" Queen Cathy McGowan Dominion Theatre, London
11 1991 BRIT Awards 10 February 1991 No clear winner "Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1" – George Michael Depeche Mode - "Enjoy the Silence" Status Quo Simon Bates (voiceover)
12 1992 BRIT Awards 12 February 1992 Seal (3 awards) "Seal" – Seal Queen – "These Are the Days of Our Lives" Freddie Mercury Odeon Hammersmith, London
13 1993 BRIT Awards 16 February 1993 ITV Annie Lennox & Simply Red (2 awards) "Diva" – Annie Lennox Take That – "Could It Be Magic" Rod Stewart Richard O'Brien Alexandra Palace, London
14 1994 BRIT Awards 14 February 1994 Björk, Stereo MC's and Take That (2 awards) "Connected" – Stereo MC's Take That – "Pray" Van Morrison Elton John & RuPaul
15 1995 BRIT Awards 20 February 1995 Blur (4 awards) "Parklife" – Blur Blur – "Parklife" Elton John Chris Evans
16 1996 BRIT Awards 19 February 1996 Oasis (3 awards) "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" – Oasis Take That – "Back for Good" David Bowie Earls Court, London
17 1997 BRIT Awards 24 February 1997 Manic Street Preachers & Spice Girls (2 awards) "Everything Must Go" – Manic Street Preachers Spice Girls – "Wannabe" Bee Gees Ben Elton
18 1998 BRIT Awards 9 February 1998 The Verve (3 awards) "Urban Hymns" – The Verve All Saints – "Never Ever" Fleetwood Mac London Arena, London
19 1999 BRIT Awards 16 February 1999 Robbie Williams (3 awards) "This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours" – Manic Street Preachers Robbie Williams – "Angels" Eurythmics Johnny Vaughan
20 2000 BRIT Awards 3 March 2000 Macy Gray, Robbie Williams and Travis (2 awards) "The Man Who" – Travis Robbie Williams – "She's the One" Spice Girls Davina McCall Earls Court, London
21 2001 BRIT Awards 26 February 2001 Robbie Williams (3 awards) "Parachutes" – Coldplay Robbie Williams – "Rock DJ" U2 Ant & Dec
22 2002 BRIT Awards 20 February 2002 Dido & Kylie Minogue (2 awards) "No Angel" – Dido S Club 7 – "Don't Stop Movin'" Sting Frank Skinner & Zoë Ball
23 2003 BRIT Awards 20 February 2003 Coldplay, Eminem & Ms. Dynamite (2 awards) "A Rush of Blood to the Head" – Coldplay Liberty X – "Just a Little" Tom Jones Davina McCall
24 2004 BRIT Awards 17 February 2004 The Darkness (3 awards) "Permission to Land" – The Darkness Dido – "White Flag" Duran Duran Cat Deeley
25 2005 BRIT Awards 9 February 2005 Scissor Sisters (3 awards) "Hopes and Fears" – Keane Will Young – "Your Game" Bob Geldof Chris Evans
26 2006 BRIT Awards 14 February 2006 Kaiser Chiefs (3 awards) "X&Y" – Coldplay Coldplay – "Speed of Sound" Paul Weller
27 2007 BRIT Awards 15 February 2007 Arctic Monkeys & The Killers (2 awards) "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" – Arctic Monkeys Take That – "Patience" Oasis Russell Brand
28 2008 BRIT Awards 9 February 2008 ITV
BBC Radio 1
Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters & Take That (2 awards) "Favourite Worst Nightmare" – Arctic Monkeys Take That – "Shine" Paul McCartney The Osbournes
29 2009 BRIT Awards 18 February 2009 Duffy (3 awards) "Rockferry" – Duffy Girls Aloud – "The Promise" Pet Shop Boys James Corden, Mathew Horne & Kylie Minogue
30 2010 BRIT Awards 16 February 2010 Lady Gaga (3 awards) "Lungs" – Florence and the Machine JLS – "Beat Again" Robbie Williams Peter Kay
31 2011 BRIT Awards 15 February 2011 Arcade Fire & Tinie Tempah (2 awards) "Sigh No More" – Mumford & Sons Tinie Tempah – "Pass Out" N/A James Corden O2 Arena, London
32 2012 BRIT Awards 21 February 2012 Adele & Ed Sheeran (2 awards) "21" – Adele One Direction – "What Makes You Beautiful" Blur
33 2013 BRIT Awards 20 February 2013 Ben Howard & Emeli Sandé (2 awards) "Our Version of Events" – Emeli Sandé Adele – "Skyfall" N/A
34 2014 BRIT Awards 19 February 2014 Arctic Monkeys & One Direction (2 awards) "AM"Arctic Monkeys Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre"Waiting All Night"

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

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 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 Earls Court, and with a different production company (MJK Productions).

Rick Astley and The Who (1988)[edit]

1988 was the first year that the show moved to the Royal Albert Hall. A major coup at the time was to get The Who to perform, which was intended to be the first appearance of their much awaited comeback. The show was running late because the amount of time needed for the winners to get to stage to collect their awards had been underestimated. Rick Astley was the final winner of the day, and was seated in a box rather than at a table. With 9:00 pm and the news broadcast fast approaching, the decision was made to let The Who on and Astley was halfway to the stage when the band started playing. Even with this change, The Who's performance was still going to overrun, and the BBC took the decision to delay the 9:00 pm news by over a minute.

Bananarama (1988)[edit]

1988 saw the final performance of all three original members, until 2000, performing their single Love in the First Degree with fourteen partially clothed male dancers.[9]

Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood (1989)[edit]

In 1989, the ceremony was broadcast live and presented by Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and singer Samantha Fox. The inexperience of the hosts, an ineffective autocue and little preparation combined to create an unprofessional show that was poorly received. The hosts continually got their lines mixed up, a pre-recorded message from Michael Jackson was never transmitted and several star guests arrived late on-stage or at the wrong time, such as Boy George in place of The Four Tops.

Freddie Mercury (1990)[edit]

The 1990 awards ceremony saw the last public appearance of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.[10] Queen appeared at the ceremony to receive the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.[10][11] Mercury (who had been suffering from AIDS since 1987 but had not disclosed it to the public) did not make a speech, as Brian May did the talking on behalf of the other members, but his gaunt appearance was noticeable.

The KLF (1992)[edit]

In 1992, dance/art band The KLF were 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 to walk out in disgust.[12] The performance ended with Bill Drummond firing blanks from a vintage machine gun over the audience and KLF publicist/announcer Scott Piering stating, "Ladies and gentlemen, The KLF have now left the music business." Producers of the show then refused to let a motorcycle courier collect the award on behalf of the band. Later, guests arriving for an after show party witnessed the band dump a dead sheep outside the venue with the message "I died for ewe – bon appetit" tied around its waist.

Suede (1993)[edit]

In previous years the Awards were primarily aimed as a tribute to already legendary status stars such as Annie Lennox, Phil Collins and Rod Stewart. However before the ceremony, publication The NME had criticised the Awards show for not representing new exciting music.

In 1993, Suede were an up-and-coming indie band who already had a sizeable following. As a result of NME '​s criticism and the release of new single "Metal Mickey", Suede earned a last-minute invitation to play at that year's Brit Awards ceremony where they performed their third single, "Animal Nitrate". Impressed by the band's charged sexuality, in particular the androgyny and energy of singer Brett Anderson, Suede's debut album shocked audiences and critics alike and earned them the Mercury Prize, and "Animal Nitrate" rose into the UK top ten. Looking back on the performance Anderson has said, "I've never felt more out of place than that time we played at the Brits, it was so ridiculously corporate."

Blur (1995)[edit]

In 1995, British band Blur won 4 Brit Awards (Best Album for Parklife, Best Single and Best British Video for the single with same name as the album "Parklife" and Best Band) in only one night, something unheard in the history of the awards' show.

Michael Jackson and Jarvis Cocker (1996)[edit]

In 1996, the pop singer 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 protest at this portion of the performance. Cocker ran across the stage, lifting his shirt and pointing his (clothed) bottom 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. No criminal proceedings followed.[citation needed]

Oasis and Blur (1996)[edit]

1996 saw the height of a well-documented feud between Oasis and fellow Britpop band Blur. The differing styles of the bands, coupled with their prominence within the Britpop movement, led the British media to seize upon the rivalry between the bands. Both factions played along, with the Gallaghers taunting Blur at the 1996 BRIT Awards by singing a rendition of "Parklife" when they collected their "Best British Band" award (with Liam changing the lyrics to "Shite-life").

Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress (1997)[edit]

Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, wore an infamous Union Jack dress.[13][14] Spicemania was at its height in the UK and the Spice Girls had just cracked the US as well, reaching number 1 with their debut single and album. Geri Halliwell captured the zeitgeist and became pin-up girl for Cool Britannia.

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, so as to not offend anyone. It was worn during the Spice Girls' performance of their number one song "Who Do You Think You Are". Later on 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.[15] The performance won Most Memorable Performance of 30 Years at the Brit Awards in 2010.

Melanie C and Liam Gallagher (1997)[edit]

Prior to the ceremony in 1997, Liam Gallagher stated in the British media that he "wasn't going to the Brit Awards because if he bumped into the Spice Girls, he would smack them". In response to this, as the Spice Girls received the award for Best British Single, during their acceptance speech, Sporty Spice, Melanie C, challenged Gallagher by saying "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough".

Chumbawamba and John Prescott (1998)[edit]

In 1998, Danbert Nobacon of politically active band Chumbawamba threw a bucket of iced water over Labour cabinet minister John Prescott. Despite apologies on behalf of the band from EMI Europe, Chumbawamba were unrepentant, claiming "If John Prescott has the nerve to turn up at events like the Brit Awards in a vain attempt to make Labour seem cool and trendy, then he deserves all we can throw at him."

Belle & Sebastian (1999)[edit]

In 1999, 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 band 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.

Robbie Williams and Liam Gallagher (2000)[edit]

Around the time of his departure from Take That, Robbie Williams had begun a friendship with the Gallagher brothers from Oasis at the Glastonbury Festival. However, it was short-lived and the two parties regularly traded insults in the press with Noel Gallagher referring to Williams as "the fat dancer from Take That". Having won Best British Single and Best Video for "She's the One", Williams challenged Liam Gallagher to a televised fight, saying: "So, anybody like to see me fight Liam? Would you pay to come and see it? Liam, a hundred grand of your money and a hundred grand of my money. We'll get in a ring and we'll have a fight and you can all watch it on TV, what d'you think about that?". Liam Gallagher was not in the country at the time.

Ronnie Wood and Brandon Block (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 guitarist 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, at which Block broke free to square up to the guitarist.[citation needed] 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. Some time after the incident, Block claimed that he had subsequently apologised to Wood for his behaviour, and Wood had merely brushed it off.

Geri Halliwell Vs. The Spice Girls (2000)[edit]

The Spice Girls were set to receive the Outstanding Contribution award at the 2000 Brit awards, reportedly to mark their dominance of the music scene in the past decade. There was much media speculation before and even during the event as to whether or not former Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell would accept the award with the four remaining members of the group.[16] On the night, however, Halliwell declined to join her former band mates 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.

Noel Gallagher and A1 (2001)[edit]

During the night, British pop rock/boyband group A1 picked up an award for 'Best Newcomer'. At the end of the night, Noel Gallagher walked onto stage to present the night's Outstanding Contribution winners, U2, their award. As Gallagher took the microphone at the start of his presenting speech, he said "This award ceremony over the years has been accused of not having a sense of humour, but when you see A1 winning best newcomer, you know that someone's taking the piss somewhere". Apparently, A1 were offended, and in April 2001 they performed a cover version of the Oasis song "Don't Look Back in Anger" in a mocking way, live using instruments, and not a backing track, as Gallagher had also called the band "manufactured".[17]

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 singer 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.[18] He would again instigate controversy the following year at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.

Vic Reeves and Sharon Osbourne (2008)[edit]

After Vic Reeves appeared to forget which award he was presenting, 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.[19] 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.

Arctic Monkeys (2008)[edit]

When the Arctic Monkeys took to the stage to collect their award for 'Best British Album', the band were dressed up in traditional English country and hunting outfits, and even took a plastic duck to the stage with them. During the acceptance speech, they made a rude tirade about the BRITs School, which forced the television producers to pull it from the television broadcast.[20]

Girls Aloud (2009)[edit]

British reality band, Girls Aloud, marked their first ever performance at the 2009 ceremony, by performing their single "The Promise". The performance saw the band members, including Cheryl Cole, 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 eventually went on to win. The Promise won best British single, their first BRIT award.

Mick Kluczynski (2009)[edit]

Ten days before the 2009 Brits, Mick Kluczynski, the production manager for the Brits since 1995 who assisted with the transition from the Fleetwood/Fox debacle to the scale of the current ceremony, died. Despite this setback the team he put in place ensured that everything went as planned, and the show was dedicated to him.[21]

Liam Gallagher and Peter Kay (2010)[edit]

At the 2010 Brits, Liam Gallagher made a surprise appearance to accept his award for Best Brits album of the past 30 years. After thanking all of his former bandmates (apart from brother Noel) and declaring his fans "the best fans in the fucking world", he gave his award to a fan and hurled his microphone into the audience; a search for the microphone caused a 10 minute delay. After walking off stage, comedian Peter Kay, who hosted the awards, commented "what a knobhead".[22]

Adele's performance of "Someone like You" (2011)[edit]

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 450 million views on YouTube. The performance launched "Someone Like You" 46 spots up the UK charts to number one, and in the process, made Adele the first artist in the UK since The Beatles to have two top five singles and two top five albums at the same time. The performance had all lights down and focused Adele and her piano.

James Corden, Justin Bieber and Plan B (2011)[edit]

James Corden, the host of the 2011 ceremony (as well as the 2012, 2013 and 2014 ceremonies, and co-host for the 2009 event), made jokes which drew criticism on Twitter. An example was talking to acts in between awards when he came across Justin Bieber. Corden said to Bieber "You smell amazing! How old are you?". A bemused Bieber replied "thanks".[23] Similarly, after Plan B's performance of his hit "Prayin'" finished with a man on fire, Corden described it as a really violent episode of Porridge and remarked "is Justin Bieber OK? The amount of hair products that boy uses. He could have gone up in flames." As the man on fire took to the stage during Plan B's performance, some of the crowd showed their disapproval and booed.[24]

Adele and Blur (2012)[edit]

Adele won the award for 'British Album of the Year', widely regarded as the most important award. Less than half a minute into her acceptance speech, host James Corden was forced to cut Adele off[25] 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 over-running.[26] Adele was visibly annoyed and proceeded to raise her middle finger[27] and the producers of the show came under fire on Twitter for the decision.[28] Following the incident Adele said "I got cut off during my speech for Best Album and I flung the middle finger. But that finger was to the suits at the BRIT Awards, not to my fans".[29] 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."[30] Due to the tight schedule, only three of the five songs Blur played were broadcast on ITV.

Adele (2013)[edit]

At the end of her speech for Best British Single which was broadcast from Los Angeles via satellite, Adele stated, "I won't keep you too long as I wouldn't want to interrupt the Best Album speech at the end of the night". By saying this Adele was clearly referring to the incident at the 2012 Brit Awards when she was cut off. Her remark was taken lightly as intended, with the audience laughing and applauding and host James Corden making a joke when she was finished saying, "Is she definitely done? Check the tape!"

Alex Turner (2014)[edit]

During Arctic monkeys acceptance speech for British Album of the Year, lead singer Alex Turner purposely dropped the microphone he made his speech with on stage saying "you can invoice me for the microphone if you need to". This was met with mixed reactions from the audience in the O2 arena and television viewers, with many people slating Turner for his actions on social media. Accusations were also made against Turner that he was under the influence of drugs.

Categories[edit]

British Female Solo Artist
British Male Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
British Group
BRITs Global Success
Critics' Choice
British Producer of the Year
Best Live Act
British Single of the Year
British Album of the Year
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
International Breakthrough Act
International Group
International Album

Most successful acts[edit]

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.

British acts Number of awards
Robbie Williams (5 with Take That) 17
Take That 8
Annie Lennox
Coldplay
Arctic Monkeys 7
Oasis 6
Spice Girls 5
Blur
Phil Collins
George Michael (3 with Wham!)
Freddie Mercury (3 with Queen; 2 posthumous)
Elton John 4
The Beatles
Dido
Manic Street Preachers
Paul Weller
Adele
One Direction
International acts Number of awards
U2 7
Michael Jackson 6
Prince 5
Björk 4
Eminem
R.E.M. 3
Scissor Sisters
Lady Gaga
Kylie Minogue
Justin Timberlake
Kanye West

Viewing figures[edit]

Year Air date Official ratings[31]
(in millions)
Weekly rank[31]
1999 16 February 9.86 19
2000 4 March 9.61 17
2001 27 February 8.62 24
2002 21 February 7.83 21
2003 20 February 7.64 23
2004 17 February 6.18 30
2005 10 February 6.32 27
2006 16 February 4.70 41
2007 14 February 5.43 35
2008 20 February 6.35 24
2009 18 February 5.49 32
2010 16 February 6.52 24
2011 15 February 4.79 40
2012 21 February 5.59 30
2013 20 February 5.91 23
2014 19 February 3.84 18

See also[edit]

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