1990 Brit Awards

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10th Brit Awards
Date 18 February 1990
Venue Dominion Theatre
Hosted by Cathy McGowan

The 1990 Brit Awards were the 11th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place on 18 February 1990. The ceremony was held at the Dominion Theatre in London for the first time, having previously been held at the Royal Albert Hall, and was hosted by Cathy McGowan.

Live performers[edit]

The awards[edit]

Solo artist awards[edit]

Group awards[edit]

Breakthrough awards[edit]

Record awards[edit]

General awards[edit]

Notable moments[edit]

Freddie Mercury[edit]

The 1990 awards ceremony saw the last public appearance of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.[1] Queen appeared at the ceremony to receive the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.[1][2] 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 and he died in November 1991.


  1. ^ a b The Highs and Lows of the Brit Awards BBC News Retrieved 28 April 2011
  2. ^ Queen, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May, BRITS 1990 brits.co.uk Retrieved 28 April 2011