2012 BRIT Awards

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32nd BRIT Awards
Brits 2012 logo.png
Date 21 February 2012
Venue The O2 Arena
Host James Corden
ITV2: Keith Lemon and Laura Whitmore
Radio 1: Scott Mills and Matt Edmondson (Red Carpet)
Reggie Yates and Gemma Cairney (After Party)
Television/Radio coverage
Network ITV (UK TV coverage)
BBC (Radio coverage)
Fuse (US TV coverage)
MuchMusic (Canadian TV coverage)
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The 2012 BRIT Awards were held on 21 February 2012. This was the 32nd edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The award ceremony was held at The O2 Arena in London for the second time. The ceremony was presented by James Corden.[1] Leading the nominations was Ed Sheeran with four, followed by Adele and Jessie J with three, whilst Bon Iver, Aloe Blacc, Coldplay and Florence and the Machine all had two.[2][3] Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston received remembrance tributes due to both musicians dying in 2011 and 2012.[2][3][4] Adele picked up two awards, best British album and also British female whilst Ed Sheeran also won two awards for best British male and British breakthrough.[5] Blur received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The statue was designed by Peter Blake.

Performances[edit]

Artist(s) Song(s) UK Singles Chart Reaction UK Albums Chart Reaction
Coldplay "Charlie Brown" 30 (+85) Mylo Xyloto – 6 (+5)
Florence and the Machine "No Light, No Light" Did not chart Ceremonials – 9 (+14)
Lungs – 34 (+22)
Olly Murs
Rizzle Kicks
"Heart Skips a Beat" did not chart In Case You Didn't Know – 16 (+1)
Olly Murs – 53 (−8)
Ed Sheeran "Lego House" 17 (+20) + – 3 (+5)
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Chris Martin
"AKA... What a Life!" Did not chart Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – 12 (+4)
Adele "Rolling in the Deep" 28 (+11) 21 – 1 (+2)
19 – 7 (+2)
Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" Did not chart Doo-Wops & Hooligans – 11 (+4)
Rihanna "We Found Love" 22 (+12) Talk That Talk – 18 (+9)
Loud – 26 (+2)
Blur "Girls & Boys"
"Song 2"
"Parklife"
"Tender"
"This Is a Low"
Did not chart
64
74
Did not chart
Did not chart
Blur: The Best Of – 22 (re-entry)

Tributes

Nominees and winners[edit]

Nominations were announced on 12 January 2012.[2][3][6] Categories for this year remain largely unchanged, though the award for "Best International Album" has been discontinued.

British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Plan B)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Kylie Minogue)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Cesc Fàbregas and Nicole Scherzinger)
British Group
(presented by Jo Whiley and Huey Morgan)
British Single
(presented by Tinie Tempah)
MasterCard British Album of the Year
(presented by George Michael)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Jessie J and Jack Whitehall)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Jenson Button)
International Group
(presented by Brian May and Roger Taylor)
International Breakthrough Act
(presented by will.i.am and Rob Brydon)
Critics' Choice
(presented by James Corden and Jessie J)
British Producer
(presented by Laura Marling)

Outstanding Contribution to Music[edit]

(Presented by Ray Winstone)

Result summary[edit]

Best British Male Solo Artist Best British Female Solo Artist Best British Breakthrough Act Best British Group Best British Single MasterCard British Album of the Year Best International Male Solo Artist Best International Female Solo Artist Best International Group Best International Breakthrough Act Critics' Choice
Ed Sheeran Winner N/A Winner N/A Nominated Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
James Blake Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
James Morrison Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Professor Green Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Adele N/A Winner N/A N/A Nominated Winner N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Florence and the Machine N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jessie J N/A Nominated Nominated N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kate Bush N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Laura Marling N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Anna Calvi N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Emeli Sande N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Winner
The Vaccines N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Coldplay N/A N/A N/A Winner N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Arctic Monkeys N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chase & Status N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Elbow N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kasabian N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
One Direction N/A N/A N/A N/A Winner N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Example N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
JLS (feat. Dev) N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Military Wives/Gareth Malone N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Olly Murs (feat. Rizzle Kicks) N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pixie Lott N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
The Wanted N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
PJ Harvey N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bruno Mars N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Winner N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aloe Blacc N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A Nominated N/A
Bon Iver N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A Nominated N/A
David Guetta N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ryan Adams N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rihanna N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Winner N/A N/A N/A
Beyoncé N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A
Björk N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A
Feist N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A
Lady Gaga N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A N/A
Foo Fighters N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Winner N/A N/A
Fleet Foxes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A
Jay-Z and Kanye West N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A
Lady Antebellum N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A
Maroon 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A N/A
Lana Del Rey N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Winner N/A
Foster The People N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A
Nicki Minaj N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated N/A
Maverick Sabre N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated
Michael Kiwanuka N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Nominated

Acceptance speech controversy[edit]

Adele and Blur[edit]

Adele was cut short by host Corden during her acceptance speech for the MasterCard British Album of the Year award, causing her to 'give the finger' on national television.[7] Adele stated that the gesture was aimed at "the suits", not her fans. ITV offered its apologies to the show as an ITV spokesman said "The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over-running and we had to move on.[8] We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption".[9]

Corden was also upset by the occurrence, stating afterwards "I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it. Blur get to play for 11 minutes and she gets to say thank you once".[10] Due to the over-running, Blur's set was also cut off, prior to their performance of "Tender".

Emeli Sandé[edit]

There was later more controversy when Emeli Sandé was refused to be allowed to give a speech when she won the Critic's Choice Award. Sandé was said to be distressed by the bosses of the show and also angry after Adele got an apology for being cut off, whereas she did not. During the presentation of the award, Jessie J was asked to give her advice on her career instead of Sandé giving a speech. A friend of Sandé's said to the Daily Record, "She's had a number-one album with Our Version of Events in the UK and they're asking Jessie J what advice she has got for her." An ITV spokesman later gave Sandé apologies and said; "Because there was more music than ever before, everything got pushed back. The public love Emeli. They really support her and think she's fantastic."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonze, Tim (21 February 2012). "Brit Awards 2012 Live Coverage". Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Adele, Coldplay Lead BRIT Award Nominations one direction Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 February 2012
  3. ^ a b c The BRIT Awards 2012 nominees Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2012
  4. ^ Hogan, Michael (21 February 2012). "Brit Awards 2012: as it happened". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Adele cut short amid triumph". BBC News. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ed Sheeran leads Brit Award nominations". RTÉ News. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brit awards 2012: James Corden 'furious' at stopping Adele mid-flow". Daily Telegraph (London). 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "ITV apologises for cutting Adele's speech short". Radio Times. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Brits double winner Adele makes a very rude gesture after show host James Corden interrupts her final winner's speech". Daily Mail (London). 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Video: Brit Awards 2012: Adele's gives the middle finder to the suits after speech cut short – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London). 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Emeli Sandé was said to be distressed after not being allowed to give speech – STV". Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

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