2010 BRIT Awards

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30th BRIT Awards
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Date 16 February 2010
Venue Earls Court
Host Peter Kay
Backstage: Fearne Cotton
ITV2: Caroline Flack and Rufus Hound
Radio 1: Scott Mills and Greg James
Television/Radio coverage
Network ITV and BBC (Radio Coverage)
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The 2010 BRIT Awards took place on Tuesday 16 February 2010. It was the 30th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony was held at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London. The ceremony was broadcast live on ITV, hosted by Peter Kay with Fearne Cotton doing the side of stage coverage. ITV2 also broadcast an after show highlights programme immediately after the main broadcast. BBC Radio 1 had official radio coverage throughout the day in the run up to the evening's show, with Scott Mills and Greg James on the Red Carpet.

The ceremony was broadcast live, but with a short delay to enable any offensive language to be cut. This occurred several times during the course of the evening, most notably when Liam Gallagher collected the Best Album of 30 Years award and also during Lily Allen's acceptance speech for Best British Female.

The ITV show drew 5.8 million viewers between 8pm and 10pm, which was a 21.9% share of the evening, topping the 5.18 million (21.7%) drawn in for the 2009 ceremony, but still down on the 6.07 million (24.4%) of 2008. The ITV2 Brits Encore show at 10pm drew 776,000 viewers, a 3.8% share.[1]

Live performers[edit]

Artist(s) Song(s) UK Singles Chart Reaction UK Albums Chart Reaction
Lily Allen "The Fear" No.1 It's Not Me, It's You – 19 (+9)
JLS "Beat Again" No.1 JLS – 17 (+6)
Kasabian "Fire" 3 West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum – 20 (+43)
Lady Gaga "Telephone"
"Dance in the Dark"
No.1
did not chart
The Fame – 2 (+3)
Florence + the Machine
Dizzee Rascal
"You Got the Dirtee Love" 2 (debut) Lungs – 3 (+6)
Tongue n' Cheek – 33 (+40)
Jay-Z
Alicia Keys
"Empire State of Mind" 16 (+9) The Blueprint 3 – 10 (+12)
Cheryl Cole "Fight for This Love" No.1 3 Words – 32 (+6)
Robbie Williams "Bodies"
"Let Me Entertain You"
"Feel"
"Supreme"
"Millennium"
"Come Undone"
"Morning Sun"
"You Know Me"
"No Regrets"
"Angels"
"Everything Changes"
"Rock DJ"
"Rudebox"
did not chart Reality Killed the Video Star – 8 (+13)

The Awards[edit]

2010 was the 30th Anniversary of the BRIT Awards and two special awards were presented in honour of the occasion; the Brits Hits 30 award celebrated the best live performances from previous BRIT Awards ceremonies, and was won by the Spice Girls for their performance at the 1997 ceremony. The Brits Album of 30 Years award celebrated winners of the Best British Album award from previous years and was won by Oasis for (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. As these two awards had to be fitted into the same running time of the award show, there was no award presented for Best International Group or Best Live Act. Leading the nominations was Lily Allen, Florence and the Machine, JLS, Lady Gaga and Pixie Lott with three nominations each. Lady Gaga won three awards and Florence and the Machine won one, for best album.

MasterCard British Album (presented by Tom Ford) British Single (presented by Alan Carr)
British Male Solo Artist (presented by Andy Serkis) British Female Solo Artist (presented by Shirley Bassey)
British Group (presented by Idris Elba) British Breakthrough Act (presented by Geri Halliwell)
International Male Solo Artist (presented by Melanie Brown) International Female Solo Artist (presented by Jonathan Ross)
International Breakthrough Act (presented by Cat Deeley) International Album (presented by Mika)

Critics Choice[edit]

(presented by Courtney Love)

Outstanding Contribution to Music[edit]

Special awards[edit]

BRITs Hits 30 – Best Live Performance at the BRIT Awards (presented by Samantha Fox) BRITs Album of 30 Years (presented by Noddy Holder)

Moments[edit]

Liam Gallagher and Peter Kay[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 lucky 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, reacted to Liam's actions by saying "what a knobhead".

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