1999 Brit Awards

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19th Brit Awards
Date16 February 1999
VenueLondon Arena
Hosted byJohnny Vaughan
Most awardsManic Street Preachers, Natalie Imbruglia and Robbie Williams (2 each)

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.

Performances[edit]

Artist(s) Song(s) UK Singles Chart reaction[1] UK Albums Chart reaction[2]
B*Witched
Billie Piper
Cleopatra
Steps
Tina Cousins
Supatroopas
"Thank ABBA for the Music" N/A B*Witched - 28 (+11)
Honey to the B - 53 (+39)
N/A
Step One - 6 (+/−)
N/A
N/A
Boyzone featuring
Barry McGuigan
Chris Eubank
Nigel Benn
"When the Going Gets Tough" N/A Where We Belong - 18 (−9)
The Corrs "Runaway"
"Haste To The Wedding"
2 (debut)
N/A
Talk on Corners - 1 (+2)
Forgiven, Not Forgotten - 7 (+/−)
Placebo
David Bowie
"20th Century Boy" N/A Without You I'm Nothing - 17 (+8)
N/A
Eurythmics featuring Stevie Wonder "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
"Here Comes the Rain Again"
"There Must Be An Angel"
N/A
N/A
N/A
Greatest Hits - 11 (+53)
Manic Street Preachers "You Stole the Sun from My Heart" N/A This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours - 9 (+11)
Generation Terrorists - 66 (−5)
The Holy Bible - 100 (re-entry)
Robbie Williams "Let Me Entertain You" N/A I've Been Expecting You - 2 (−1)
Life Thru a Lens - 8 (+2)
Whitney Houston "It's Not Right But It's Okay" N/A My Love Is Your Love - 37 (+21)
Cher "Believe" 30 (−1) Believe - 30 (−3)

Winners and nominees[edit]

British Album of the Year
(presented by Mariella Frostrup & Prince Naseem)
Outstanding Contribution to Music
(presented by Stevie Wonder)
British Single of the Year
(presented by Sheryl Crow & Meat Loaf)
British Video of the Year
(presented by Helen Baxendale & John Thomson)
British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Jools Holland & Ian Dury)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Kulvinder Ghir & Meera Syal as Chunky Lafunga & Smita Smitten)
British Group
(presented by Kylie Minogue & Lee Evans)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Huey Morgan and Zoe Ball)
British Dance Act
(presented by Sharleen Spiteri & Boy George)
Soundtrack/Cast Recording
(presented by Mark Morrison)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Linor Abargil & Ian Wright)
International Group
(presented by Björn Ulvaeus)
International Breakthrough Act
(presented by All Saints)

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.

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