2013 Brit Awards

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33rd BRIT Awards
Brits 2013 logo.jpg
Date 20 February 2013
Venue The O2
Hosted by James Corden
ITV2: Rizzle Kicks and Laura Whitmore
BBC Radio 1: Greg James and Jameela Jamil (Reporter)
Most awards Emeli Sandé and Ben Howard
Television/Radio coverage
Network ITV (Television coverage)
BBC (Radio coverage)

The 2013 Brit Awards were held on 20 February 2013. This was the 33rd edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony was held at The O2 in London, and was presented for the third time in three years by James Corden.[1][2]

Leading the nominations were Mumford & Sons and Emeli Sandé with four nominations each, but Sandé and Ben Howard ended up as the most successful winners, with two awards each.[3][4][5][6]

The statue for 2013 was designed by Damien Hirst.[7] Coverage on ITV attracted more than 6.5 million viewers, with a peak of 7.5 million, the biggest audience for the awards in ten years.[8]


Artist(s) Song(s) UK Singles Chart Reaction UK Albums Chart Reaction
Muse "Supremacy" 58 (debut) The 2nd Law – 23 (+33)
Robbie Williams "Candy" 39 (+12) Take the Crown – 42 (+9)
Justin Timberlake "Mirrors" 4 (+24)
Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble" 6 (+6) Red – 7 (+18)
One Direction "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)" 1 (debut) Take Me Home – 14 (+1)
Up All Night – 29 (+7)
Ben Howard "Only Love" 9 (+181) Every Kingdom – 4 (+42)
Mumford & Sons "I Will Wait" 12 (+34) Babel – 2 (+3)
Sigh No More – 32 (+7)
Emeli Sandé "Clown"
"Next to Me"
10 (−1)
Our Version of Events – 1 (+2)

International broadcast[edit]

The awards were also broadcast in other countries, distributed by BBC Worldwide.[9] Those include:

Country/region Broadcaster Air date
Australia BBC UKTV 21 February http://www.uktv.com.au
Belgium vtm 28 February http://www.vtm.be
Canada MuchMusic 22 February http://www.muchmusic.com
Canada (French) MusiquePlus TBC http://www.musiqueplus.com
Cyprus ANT1 (Radio)
Music TV
1 March http://www.antenna.gr/tv/
Denmark DR TBC http://www.dr.dk
Finland Yle 3 March http://www.yle.fi
France D17 TBC http://www.d17.tv
Germany WDR-EinsFestival 27 February http://www.einsfestival.de
Hong Kong TVB 2 March http://www.tvb.com
India Viacom 27 February http://www.viacom18.com
Japan Dlife 30 March http://www.dlife.jp
New Zealand BBC UKTV 21 February http://www.uktv.co.nz
Poland BBC Entertainment 21 February http://www.bbcpolska.com
South Korea MBC Music TBC http://www.mbcplus.com
South Africa Mnet 23 February http://mnet.dstv.com
Sweden Kanal 5 22 February http://www.kanal5play.se
Thailand True Music TBC http://music.truelife.com
Turkey Dream TV TBC http://www.dreamtv.com.tr
Ukraine M1 20 February http://www.m1.tv
United States Fuse 20 February http://www.fuse.tv
Latin America Turner TBC http://www.turner.com

Nominees and winners[edit]

The nominees were revealed on 10 January 2013.[10] For the 2013 Awards, the 'Best Live Act' category was reinstated but the 'International Breakthrough Act' and 'Outstanding Contribution to Music' awards were rested. The 'Brits Global Success' award was also awarded for the first time since its inception. However, once again, the 'British Producer' award was not presented during the ceremony.[11]

British Male Solo Artist
(presented by Ed Sheeran)
British Female Solo Artist
(presented by Taylor Swift)
British Breakthrough Act
(presented by Nick Grimshaw)
British Group
(presented by Simon Pegg and Bérénice Marlohe)
British Single of the Year
(presented by Tom Daley and Jonathan Ross)
MasterCard British Album of the Year
(presented by Bryan Ferry)
International Male Solo Artist
(presented by Jourdan Dunn and Rafe Spall)
International Female Solo Artist
(presented by Dermot O'Leary and Sharon Osbourne)
International Group
(presented by Dave Grohl)
Critics' Choice[12]
British Producer of the Year Best Live Act
(presented by Louis Smith and Jack Whitehall)
BRITs Global Success
(presented by Robbie Williams)

Special Recognition Award[edit]

(presented by Damon Albarn)


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  2. ^ "Biggest names in the music industry gather for tonight's ceremony". The Independent. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Emeli Sandé, Mumford & Sons, One Direction – the triumph of the bland". Daily Telegraph. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Read all about it ... Emeli Sandé reigns at the Brit awards 2013". Guardian UK. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brit Awards: Sande wins two awards". BBC News. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "King and Queen of the Brit Awards: Emeli Sandé and Ben Howard lead winners with two gongs each". Daily Mail. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Details of awards night & nominations launch unveiled". Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2013
  8. ^ "Brits hits right note with biggest TV audience for a decade". The Guardian. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "International broadcast details". BRIT Awards. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Brit Awards 2013: The nominations". BBC News. Retrieved 10 January 2013
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