2009 Brit Awards
|29th Brit Awards|
|Date||18 February 2009|
|Hosted by||James Corden, Mathew Horne and Kylie Minogue|
The 2009 Brit Awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 18 February 2009. It was the 29th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony was held at Earls Court in London, and was broadcast live on ITV on 18 February at 8pm (GMT). Duffy became the first female artist to ever win three awards in the same year, and only Blur, in 1995, have ever won more awards at a single ceremony. The show was advertised as live by ITV but the broadcast included several audio deletions which means the show was shown on a time delay system. The 2009 Brit Awards ceremony was watched by 5.49 million people and was the 32nd most watched programme on TV on the week ending 22 February.
Alesha Dixon presented a backstage programme, screened on ITV two days after the ceremony.
|MasterCard British Album of the Year (presented by Tom Jones)||British Single (presented by Alan Carr)|
|British Male Solo Artist (presented by Jamie Oliver, Jamie Cullum and Adele)||British Female Solo Artist (presented by Simon Pegg)|
|British Group (presented by David Hasselhoff)||British Breakthrough Act (presented by Alex James)|
|British Live Act (presented by Nick Frost)||Critics Choice (presented by Kylie Minogue)|
|International Male Solo Artist (presented by Gok Wan)||International Female Solo Artist (presented by Lionel Richie)|
|International Group (presented by Natalie Imbruglia)||International Album (presented by Joe Calzaghe)|
|Outstanding Contribution to Music (presented by Brandon Flowers)||Producer's Award|
British reality band, Girls Aloud, marked their first ever performance at the 2009 ceremony, by performing their single, "The Promise". The performance saw the band members, including Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts appear as though they were naked, with their modesty being covered by pink feathers. This performance was nominated in the 2010 ceremony for the "BRITs Hits 30 – Best Live Performance at the BRIT Awards", alongside Oasis and The Who, which the Spice Girls eventually went on to win. The promise won best British single, their first ever BRIT award.
Ten days before the 2009 Brits, Mick Kluczynski, the production manager for the Brits since 1995 who assisted with the transition from the Fleetwood/Fox debacle to the scale of the current ceremony, died. Despite this setback the team he put in place ensured that everything went as planned, and the show was dedicated to his memory.