1999 BRIT Awards

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19th BRIT Awards
Date 16 February 1999
Venue London Arena
Host Johnny Vaughan
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The 1999 BRIT Awards were the 19th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 16 February 1999 at the London Arena in London.

Live performers[edit]

The awards[edit]

MasterCard British Album Best British Single
Best British Video Best Soundtrack
Best British Male Best British Female
Best British Group Best British Breakthrough Act
Best British Dance Act
Best International Male Best International Female
Best International Group Best International Breakthrough Act

Outstanding Contribution to Music[edit]

Notable Moments[edit]

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.