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 10th 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.


Winners and nominees[edit]

British Album of the Year British Producer of the Year
British Single of the Year British Video of the Year
British Male Solo Artist British Female Solo Artist
British Group British Breakthrough Act
British Classical Recording Soundtrack/Cast Recording
Outstanding Contribution to Music International Solo Artist
International Group International Breakthrough Act

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. He briefly thanks the public and wishes them goodnight before Queen leave the stage. Mercury died in November 1991 from complications resulting from AIDS.[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Highs and Lows of the Brit Awards". BBC News. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. ^ Queen, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May, BRITS 1990 Archived 18 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine. brits.co.uk Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Adam Lambert: Freddie Mercury Would Be An 'Open Book' About Sexuality In 2018". On Top. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.